It’s pretty obvious that
Kate Middleton has dropped some weight since her engagement to Prince William. At 5’10 and 120 pounds, Kate wears a size 2, and she wears it well.
Sure, some of it might have to do with the incessant stress that comes with being a princess in waiting, but it’s also rumored that Kate has dedicated herself to the Dukan Diet.
Her mother reportedly adopted this French weight loss plan and passed it down to Kate.
Penelope Cruz and
Jennifer Lopez are also said to have used the Dukan Diet, and if Penelope’s post-pregnant body is any indication, it works!
The Dukan Diet focuses on high protein, low fat/low cholesterol and consists of four phases:
The Attack Phase:
Protein, protein protein! The Dukan Diet gives you a list of 72 “pure protein” foods that you can eat during this phase, including: lean beef, veal, all fish, eggs, chicken and turkey. Not too bad, right? But before you get all excited and head to KFC, keep in mind, you don’t cook with any added fat. Grilling or roasting with spices, herbs, garlic, or onions is your best bet. And the diet suggests staying away from pork, beans and lentils and fatty beef. But the best part is, you can eat as much as you want of this all day. The attack phase lasts about 10 days.
The Cruise Phase:
Time for some roughage! During the Cruise Phase, you alternate between pure protein and protein and vegetable days. During this phase, you’ll reach your “true weight”, and you’re supposed to stay in the Cruise Phase for 3 days per pound you want to lose.
The Consolidation Phase:
Because you know you cheat at every diet, the Dukan Diet one allows for it, so you don’t have to feel guilty. After the Cruise Phase, your body is vulnerable and those glazed donuts start looking extra delicious. You stay in the Consolidation Phase for 5 days per pound lost, and you get two “celebration” meals per week. Hello, Twinkies!
The Stabilization Phase:
In order to keep the weight off, the Dukan Diet suggests three simple rules you must follow for the rest of your life:
1. Consume 3 tablespoons of oat bran per day.
2. Choose to take the stairs whenever possible.
3. Have one pure-protein (Phase 1) day per week.
Doesn’t sound too traumatic, and it’s certainly better than the coffee/wine/cheeseburger diet I’m on right now.