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The Dukan Diet: Fit for a Princess?
April 11, 2011
Have you gotten caught up in the royal wedding fever surrounding Kate and Will’s upcoming nuptials? Imagine if you’re the bride, or even the mother of the bride. You have to look good for the big day. After all, Queen Elizabeth and some two thousand people will be there, not to mention the millions watching you on television. You gotta look good. So, enter the Dukan diet, France’s version of the Atkins diet. Rumor has it that Kate Middleton and her mother are “on” the Dukan diet in preparation for the wedding on April 29. Not to mention that Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen are avid followers, too.
The Dukan diet was created by French physician Dr. Pierre Dukan, a nutritionist who specializes in food behavior. This diet is so popular that his book has been translated into 14 languages and is sold in over 32 countries. And when you read “2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep it Off Forever” on the book cover, you can’t help but be curious. So what is this diet all about?
Dukan Diet: The Basics
What else can you eat on this diet? Spices, vinegar, nonnutritive sweeteners, and sugar-free gum. And you should take a multivitamin with minerals. Exercise is a big part of the plan. Dr. Dukan recommends walking for at least 20 minutes each day.
The Down and Dirty on the Dukan Diet
Possible side effects include dry mouth, bad breath, constipation, and fatigue. The Dukan Diet isn’t specifically for people with diabetes, but if someone with diabetes were to follow this, there’s also the risk of low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) among those who take insulin or certain types of diabetes pills.
The diet itself isn’t nutritionally balanced as it eliminates or at least severely restricts several foods groups, including fruit. The British Dietetic Association and France’s National Agency for Food, Environmental and Work Health Safety have given this diet a thumbs down.
As with most fad diets, there isn’t the evidence to back up the claim that weight loss can be maintained, particularly long-term. Is it harmful to follow for a short period of time? Probably not, unless the side effects become bothersome. Do you see yourself eating this way indefinitely? Maybe. Is this another Atkins-type of diet, repurposed? Very likely. Is this the best diet for the future Queen of England to be following? That remains to be seen.
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