Dukan Diet: Kate Middleton's Weight-Loss Plan for the Royal Wedding?

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Mar. 18 2011, Published 7:43 a.m. ET

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When it comes to the latest trends in dieting, the Dukan Diet is leading the pack of weight-loss programs. The high-protein, low-carb plan originated in France, and it has recently been reported that soon-to-be princess Kate Middleton is following the diet to get "wedding-ready"!

The eyes of the world will be watching Kate walk down the aisle to wed Prince William on April 29, and with just over 40 days until the royal extravaganza, reports have been buzzing that Kate is shedding pounds on the Dukan Diet, according to ABC News.

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Her mother Carole Middleton is also said to have started the diet in November.

And the buzz has also reached Hollywood as Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Kidman have dieted the Dukan way.

The cover of the book, which will be released in the U.S. in April, says the diet is "The Real Reason the French Stay Thin."

And now with Kate's name linked to the diet, the book won't need much promotion. (Just think, someone paid $125,000 for the see-through dress she wore during a charity fashion show at St. Andrew's University in 2002, showing her fan base is big time! )

Kate's weight became a topic of debate when during her recent trip to Northern Ireland, a woman in the crowd told Kate "not to lose any more weight," and she replied that it is all part of the wedding plan, the Associated Press reported.

Prince William's fiancée is also reported to be 5-foot-10-inches and 120 pounds, so she really does not have weight to lose. She also loves exercise!

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The Dukan Diet is reported to be very similar to the famed Atkin's diet.

Catch the New York Times' review of the weight-loss plan, created by Dr. Pierre Dukan, below:

His own diet's high-protein, low-fat approach is organized into four phases: attack, cruise, consolidation and stabilization. The first encourages dieters to eat as much as they want of nonfatty, protein rich foods, including oat bran (a key component) washed down with oceans of water. The second stage introduces vegetables, but no fruit; the third brings with it two slices of bread, a serving of cheese and fruit and two servings of carbohydrates a day, with two weekly "celebration" meals with wine and dessert (the diet is French, after all); and the final stage six days a week of "anything goes" and one day of reversion to strict protein-only stage one — for the rest of your life.

The NYT article also notes that the diet is a staple in French culture and any society figure who follows the plan is known as "Dukanniste."

Will you try it to get ready for summer?


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