The Dukan Diet. You might not want to “Du” it.

dukan diet kate middletonKate Middleton showed up at a volleyball match recently looking very svelte and beautiful and completely absent of any extra baby weight. How did she do it so quickly?

Reportedly, Princess Kate followed the Dukan Diet. It’s a high-protein, low-carb diet that is sure to be all the rage shortly due it’s relation to the princess and a couple of other celebrities.

But is this fad diet safe?

The Dukan Diet is similar to the The Atkins Diet and the Paleo Diet in that it is a high-protein, low-carb diet. It promotes rapid weight loss through a 4-phase system.

The first phase, which lasts from 1-10 days, allows protein only. Dieters in this phase can expect rapid weight loss. But they should also be prepared for the decidedly unglamorous side effects of bad breath, constipation, dry mouth, and fatigue.

The second, third, and fourth phases allow for incrementally more calories/carbs with a focus on a maintenance plan that includes a weekly all-protein day, plus oat bran and exercise.

This diet should definitely allow you to lose weight because it is highly calorie-restrictive. But according to Keri Gans, MS, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, it will not be all that healthy for you because it cuts out important nutrients like fruits, whole grains and healthy fats.

The bottom line is that if you are following a healthy diet, you should feel good. Restricting calories to the point of bad breath, constipation, dry mouth, and fatigue is not only unpleasant but a sign that the diet isn’t healthy for you.

At the Genetix Program, our dedicated team of doctors, certified counselors/trainers and nutritionists will work with you every step of the way to lose weight naturally, safely, and effectively. You can do it and we can help!

Author: Stephanie West

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