We all know how some bizarre diet trends come and go, with superfoods being a custom favourite. The Dukan Diet is the French-designed meal plan, which has made its way into the spotlight, with none other than one of our royal favourites, Kate Middleton, modelling her post-baby body success with this diet trick.
The Dukan Diet was first published in 2000 and is the invention of French nutritionist Dr Pierre Dukan.
It is no surprise the Dukan Diet has skyrocketed in recent years, as it is apparently a royal favourite, so we have the latest breakdown of all aspects of the diet fad below.
Introducing The Dukan Diet
It is based on a high-protein, low-carbohydrate arrangement of meals that ultimately encourages muscle strength and minimises fat.
“The Dukan Diet is the easiest to follow and the periods of restriction are relatively short”, Edwina Clark, R.D., head of nutrition and wellness at Yummly told Women’s Health.
Clark also reports that the Dukan Diet instructs that dieters avoid any sugar, fats and unnecessary carbohydrates, and focus solely on high-protein foods like steak, fish, eggs, non-fat dairy, while increasing your vegetable consumption.
The combination of these food groups and healthy amounts of exercise are renown for immediate slimming affect, which is perfect for baby shedding weight after pregnancy. Other celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bündchen rave about the results they’ve had on the Dukan Diet to help shed weight post pregnancy.
How easy is it to maintain the Dukan Diet?
As the core focus of the diet is on amplifying your protein intake while minimizing fats, it isn’t a sustainable diet.
The Self outlines how the Dukan Diet differs in longevity as it is heavily focused on quick intermittent weight loss.
This type of dieting makes sense for shorter periods of time for events or post baby weight loss initiatives. Which is why the Duchess of Cambridge allegedly chose to use the Dukan diet before her 2011 wedding and after her three pregnancies.
Further reports suggest that while the Dukan Diet is effective for short periods of time, dieters shouldn’t remove entire food groups from daily consumption.
It is no secret that carbohydrates are the foundation of your daily food intake; so potential dieters should seek professional advice before making any radical diet changes prior to starting them.
Samantha Heller, professor of nutrition and health at the University of Bridgeport told Women’s Health, “Carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel for our brains, our exercising muscles and most of the cells in our bodies. So why would you want to cut those out?” she says.
If you're looking for a diet that will assist in quick weight loss (and you don't mind not having pizza, waffles or cake for a while), the Dukan Diet might be a diet you would like to try.