Kate's diet one of the world's worst, say experts
THE Dukan Diet, which it is thought Kate Middleton followed to slim for her wedding, is confusing, rigid and has absolutely no solid science behind it, the British Dietetic Association has claimed.
The Dukan Diet -- also followed by her mother Carole Middleton -- is a complicated four-phase diet that starts off with a protein-only approach that promotes weight loss of around 7lb per week.
Mrs Middleton told an interviewer last year she was following the diet and it was rumoured her daughter had taken up the plan, created by Frenchman Pierre Dukan, before her wedding to Prince William.
However, the Dukan Diet topped the British Dietetic Association (BDA) annual list of the five worst celebrity diets to avoid in the New Year.
It works on restricting foods, calories and portion control. However, the BDA says cutting out food groups is not advisable.
The BDA said: "This diet is so confusing, very rigid, full of very French foods that most Brits would run a mile from like rabbit and offal, and even Dr Dukan himself warns of the associated problems like lack of energy, constipation and bad breath."
It said the diet has "absolutely no solid science behind it at all".
The BDA receives hundreds of calls every year on the subject and comes across a huge range of weird and whacky diets and diet claims.
Based on telephone call volume and other contributing factors, the Dukan Diet topped a list of celeb diets to avoid in the New Year. Next on the list of diets to avoid is the "Alcorexia" or "Drunkorexia" Diet, believed to be followed by many top models and other celebrities.
It involves eating very little during the day or week -- a very low calorie (VLC) diet -- and then 'saving' all the calories not eaten to binge drink alcohol. The Blood Group Diet -- said to be followed by Cheryl Cole and Courtney Cox-Arquette -- is also one to avoid, according to the BDA, which says it is "completely based on pseudo-science". Completing the list of the BDA's weight loss programmes to avoid are the Raw Food Diet and the Baby Food Diet, followed by Lady Gaga.