Reportedly, the Middleton ladies are big fans of the Dukan Diet. Handy little summary at the link. There’s probably enough there to avoid having to pay $12.99 for the book.
I have to say, she looked marvelous, and so did her sister Pippa. Prompting Glenn Beck’s crew to make an immediate call for More, More Pippa.
Actually if you are healthy as a horse, only have about 10-20 pounds to lose and want to shed water weight really quickly, this would be an interesting way to lose it. It’s all protein, no carb, no fat, for 3-10 days, followed by an alternating series of vegetables-ok days and vegetables-not-ok days. The reason weight sheds pretty quickly is that carbohydrates bind up the water you consume in your food and via drinking liquids, and when there’s no carbs there’s rapid dehydration. 8 pounds per gallon, so you can dump about 8 pounds in a week. Soon as you go back to regular food you rehydrate and the weight comes back.
What’s most interesting about this plan is that it’s advertised as an Atkins-like all-you-can-eat, no calorie counting plan, but the meal plans it gives you are extremely low in calories. Let me guess, about 900/day. So the remaining reason you’re losing weight is that you’ve got a very large caloric deficit.
What’s second-most interesting is that the plan does a much better job than Atkins (which does not restrict fat), and South Beach (which decreases fat intake) … the difference isn’t in the approach to fat but the approach to after-diet care. It does a nice job in its maintenance phase of teaching restricted but healthy eating.
Which begs the question: if the goal after the first few weeks is restricted, healthy eating, why not just start there from the beginning instead of going for a quick, temporary loss up front?
So, the overall assessment: just because something is pushed by a doctor doesn’t make it an utterly realistic plan. If you do decide to go all-protein for a very short time, drink large amounts of fluids and note that this diet does give you some oat bran to keep you from going into Atkins Potty Straining mode. Trust me, been there, done that, it’s horrible. Do go to the vegetables-ok plan right away, even from the beginning. God made them tasty on purpose, so you’d eat them and get the good stuff.