The ‘royal’ Dukan Diet

We brought you the skinny on the Dukan Diet months ago, when French nutritionist Dr. Pierre Dukan introduced his popular weight loss method to the UK. As it did in France, the book rushed to the top of the best-seller list. Now that it is known that the slim Middleton ladies — mother Carole, and possibly Kate and Pippa — are fans, the diet is even more popular.

Whether Kate’s slightly-slimmer figure was a result of pre-wedding jitters and her normally healthy lifestyle, or dieting, here is the 411 on the Dukan Diet:

The protein-rich regime reminds me of the Stillman Quick Weight Loss Diet, which my mother used in the late 1960s, and all the other high-protein diets that followed. I have used high-protein plans on and off over the years because they are the easiest and fastest ways for me to drop extra weight.
More than 1.5 million French women swear by Dr. Dukan’s diet, and celebrities such as Gisele Bundchen are reported to be fans. Besides the Stillman diet, it is also reminiscent of the Atkins and even the SouthBeach diets. Dr. Dukan differs by limiting fat intake. During the first phase of his four-phase plan, the dieter eats only lean protein. They can have a small serving of oat bran daily. Dieters are also told they must drink three liters of water a day.
A protein-only diet slacks hunger, restricts choices, and rids the body of excess water while keeping hair and skin healthy and glowing. The diet also mandates no exercise for the week of the diet.
In the second phase, low-carb vegetables are added, and gradually the dieter is eased back to normal eating — with the caveat that they must have one weekly protein-only day.
One of the doctor’s biggest fans is a French woman in Texas, whose own website states: “According to Dr. Dukan, most obese people are not obese by chance; there’s a psychological side that has to be considered and understood and which goes down to the profound explanation of eating habits and self-commitment.”
Losing weight and getting in shape, no matter your goals, is long and tedious. After all darlings, French women may get fat, but we know most of them won’t stay that way.
There is more to the diet, so it’s a good idea to check out the book, now available in English from, which  can be accessed from both countries. There are several websites that can get you started, as well as an official Dukan website in the UK that will help you calculate a personal diet plan. I really enjoyed it.