If Kate Middleton could do it…
I’ve tried to curb my carb obsession for years, with mixed success. And so, desperate to finally get rid of that extra stomach flab that has always made me feel self-conscious, I decided to try a low-carb, high-protein diet known as the Dukan Diet.
While The Dukan Diet book was first published in 2000, the weight-loss plan gained international attention when Kate Middleton reportedly followed it in the months before her 2011 wedding to Prince William. And hey, Kate looked pretty damn good walking down the aisle.
With the Dukan Diet, you move through four distinct phases: “Attack,” “Cruise,” “Consolidation,” and “Stabilization.” How long you spend in the first three diet phases depends on how much weight you want to lose.
For example, the first phase, “Attack,” typically lasts two to five days, and you’re only allowed to choose from a list of 68 high-protein foods, such as beef tenderloin, chicken, seitan, reduced-fat bacon, and fat-free dairy products (fatty meats and full-fat dairy products not included).
In the second phase, “Cruise,” you can add 32 different kinds of veggies to your diet (think: kale, lettuce, artichokes, squash, spinach, and tomato, although the last one is technically a fruit). According to the Dukan Diet website, the average length of this phase is three days for every pound you want to lose. What’s still not allowed? Grains. Of any kind.
The third phase, “Consolidation,” is designed to prevent the rebound effect we’ve all experienced as we’ve gone “on” and “off” diets. In it, you slowly reintroduce previously forbidden foods by giving yourself two “celebration meals” per week. The average length of this phase is five days for every pound you want to lose.
The fourth and final phase, “Stabilization,” is supposed to last for the rest of your life. In this phase, there are no forbidden foods, but you’re advised to control your eating to prevent weight regain.
And to keep your weight in check, the website advises you follow three non-negotiable rules for the rest of your life: eat three tablespoons of oat bran per day, walk 20 minutes and take the stairs whenever possible, and eat nothing but protein-rich foods every Thursday. (I can get behind the second rule, but the other two? Not so much.)……………..