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Royal Wedding Countdown: Get in Shape Like Kate Middleton

In the final weeks before the royal wedding, Kate Middleton has been biking and rowing to get in top shape for the big day, says E! online. Oh, and she got a personal gym built by royal decree of Prince William. What, your groom hasn’t done that for you? Fear not, because we’ve got something better for SHAPE Brides: expert tips on the best wedding workouts to get toned before you get hitched.

1. John Dull and Michele Collier of the Supreme 90 Day System DVDs recommend focusing on diet, resistance training and high-intensity interval training in the 30 days before the wedding.

“Eat six small measured meals a day to keep your metabolism stoked and burn calories,” they advise. “Each meal needs to include a complex carb and a protein to keep your blood sugar levels consistent.”

Next is a stringent workout plan for six days a week: three days of circuit-style resistance training and three days of high-intensity interval training, as featured in the DVDs. “This combination preserves lean body mass while incinerating body fat, which will get you results in the shortest amount of time.” (Buy the Supreme 90 Day System here).

2. David Barton of DavidBartonGym prescribes a routine of cardio progression and weights. “It’s all about constantly challenging the body to overcome work loads greater to the ones it’s accustomed to,” he says. Target the arms, waist and back with rows, tricep moves and crunches.

3. Amy Hendel, CEO of healthgal.com and author of 4 Habits of Healthy Families, tells brides they can intensify their weight-loss efforts without feeling deprived. “Most women can tolerate a 1400 calorie diet, which should include satiating foods, including muscle-building protein and healthy fats to fill you up, help limit mood swings (a challenge for brides-to-be!) and support healthy nails, skin and hair. Go for three meals that average about 400 calories and one or two 100-calorie snacks. Each meal should include 2 to 4 ounces of protein like fish or nuts, skinless white meat, eggs or egg whites, beans and legumes, or a serving of 1% or fat-free dairy; one serving of whole grains; and fruits and vegetables. If you are not choosing nuts or fish, then include a small serving of healthy fat like a teaspoon of olive oil on your greens, or some avocado cubes or a teaspoon of flaxseed. For snacks, choose calcium-rich options like a fat-free small latte, a cup of fortified almond milk with a tangerine, or fat-free Greek yogurt.”

4. Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD, of Appetite for Health, shares a few ways to “drop 5 fast” to feel better on your wedding day.

•Eat fresh fruit before each meal, then a protein-fortified salad for dinner.

•Avoid eating after 7 PM.

•Drink 10 glasses of water every day.

•Get a trainer to keep you motivated.

•Google “1200-calorie diet plans and pull some menus devised by dietitians from the Internet.” At 1,200 calories a day, most women will lose 1-2 pounds per week.

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Is Kate Middleton’s diet healthy?

When it comes to her workout routine, Kate Middleton is just as regimented. “Kate is an exercise junkie. Pippa and Kate take their toned physiques extremely seriously. And mother Carole , in her 60s, is in extremely good shape,” a source told the Daily Mail. The outlet additionally reported that Kate’s intense workouts, described as “almost army fitness level,” involve running (with her kids in tow), doing CrossFit and planks, and mixing in yoga and pilates to keep things fresh. What’s most impressive? She reportedly does it all without a trainer.

She does however workout with her sister Pippa Middleton a lot. “They worked hard in the gym at Kensington Palace, starting with cardio warm-ups, hip raises, diagonal and reverse lunges, stomach crunches, squats, calf raises, bridges and push-ups,” an source dished to the Mail.

The duchess has always been athletic, which is why when she does go on world tours as a part of the royal family, she is quick to jump in on all the sporty fun. She has a soft spot for skiing no matter what the location, was a rower in school (and still does it in the gym), and grew up playing tennis among other sports. Nowadays she is keeping herself busy by running around with her three little ones, and eating clean as much as possible.

All in all, the duchess seemingly does everything she can to keep her body healthy and happy, and there are no apparent red flags about her current nutritional preferences.

Kate Middleton Diet And Workout Routine

After my recent blog post on Meghan Markle, many of you asked about her sister-in-law, and wanted to know about Kate Middleton’s diet.

I was also super curious to know what she does to stay looking so amazing all the time.

Now we have to remember that Kate has had three babies! Plus, she leads a really busy lifestyle assisting the Royal family with various engagements and of course her own charity work. So if you are a busy mom, she’s really someone to look up to.

As you can expect, Kate doesn’t do a lot of interviews (that’s royal protocol for you), so it’s not easy to find out everything we’d like to know about her.

But I can share with you the details of the Kate Middleton diet and workout routine that I managed to find online – maybe you’ll get some inspiration!

THE KATE MIDDLETON DIET: WHAT THE DUCHESS EATS

As you’d expect with someone that looks so good all the time, the Kate Middleton diet is a rigorous one.

Kate is a lover of whole foods. She enjoys eating clean and being on a high protein diet.

THE DUKAN DIET

If you haven’t heard of the Dukan Diet before, you’ll be interested to know that this is the Kate Middleton’s diet of choice to follow when she wants to lose weight.

It’s been her go-to diet for after each of her pregnancies. When she’s on the Dukan diet, she avoids all carbs and only eats healthy fats and oils, vegetables, and lean proteins.

But, while it may be an effective weight loss diet for her, I would still recommended that you have at least some carbs in your diet.

I’d recommend speaking to your doctor before attempting this diet to lose weight, just to make sure that it’s safe for you.

I must point out though that Kate isn’t on this diet all the time. This is her ‘get rid of baby weight fast’ diet.

But even when she’s not on the Dukan diet, she still follows a strict nutritious program on a regular basis. And this is what she eats:

  • A blend of fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants
  • Smoothies both morning and afternoon (Kate likes to have spirulina, kale, spinach, blueberries, matcha, lettuce and cilantro in hers).
  • Little or no dairy
  • Almond milk and berry snacks

KATE MIDDLETON’S WORKOUT ROUTINE

Kate has always made fitness a priority, and it really shows! This mindset goes way back to her Uni days and right through all three of her pregnancies.

Even with three young children and a busy lifestyle, she is able to incorporate weights and cardio into her day, even if it means running with the pram. Go Kate!

She also likes to work out with her sister Pippa when the two of them are spending time together. And Kate also likes to swim whenever she gets a chance.

She makes an effort every day to ensure she gets at least one hour of working out done.

Kate looks amazing, thanks to her diet and workout routine. And if you want to train like Kate, I have something really special for you! 🙂

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IT’S ALL ABOUT GETTING OUTDOORS AND BEING ACTIVE

Often the best way to exercise is to do it without realizing, like when you do sports.

For Kate, it’s all about spending time outside. Her favorite activities are tennis, hockey and sailing which she has done from an early age.

She also played netball and participated in athletics when she was at school.

I was quite interested to see that she once trained for a dragon boat race across the English Channel for two months!

KATE LOVES TO PLAY TENNIS AND HOCKEY

Playing tennis is great as it has so many benefits including these ones:

  • It improves your strength and flexibility
  • Helps to tone muscles
  • Increases your aerobic capacity
  • Improves your reaction time
  • Helps to reduce stress
  • Improves hand-eye coordination

Hockey is also a great sport to play as it is excellent cardio exercise, which is great for losing fat and staying fit. Does this link work?

Hockey also improves your coordination and balance and increases your strength.

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PLANKING FOR CORE AND ABS

In Kate’s workout routines, she always incorporates planking – normal front plank, side plank and prone sky dive plank – which is great for toning your tummy and tightening up your core. She also works on her abs by using a Swiss ball.

I also include different variations of planking in my workouts because they are really effective! If you like planking, you might like some of my ab and core workouts. You can find them here. 🙂

YOGA FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Kate understands the connection between physical and mental health. She always try to make sure she’s getting the right amount of exercise each week.

But it’s not all “go go go” in Kate’s workouts. She also loves to do yoga as much as she can, since it helps her de-stress.

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE KATE MIDDLETON DIET AND WORKOUT ROUTINE

Kate obviously looks stunning all the time, so I have to say that what she does definitely works!

I really like the fact that she makes sure to workout every day, not matter how busy she is. And she certainly likes to mix things up by not only doing solo workouts but playing social sports as well.

I also like that Kate’s regular diet includes lots of proteins, healthy fats, fruit and vegetables!

Love Rachel xx

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I Tried Kate Middleton’s Favorite Diet for 2 Weeks, and I Became Obsessed With Bread

I honestly couldn’t have given two licks about the royal wedding in 2011. I was a pouty, broke college graduate who wanted nothing to do with brunette Barbie doll Kate Middleton and all her perfection. But fast-forward seven years, and the royal family is most of what I write about during a week of work. And with a new royal wedding on the horizon, I went back and looked at what the fuss over Duchess Catherine was all about. What I found was a lot of people became obsessed with her super strict wedding diet and how much weight she lost. I thought: “Heck, why don’t I try this crazy diet thing out for myself.”

So I gave Kate’s wedding diet a chance for two weeks — and became so obsessed with all the foods I couldn’t eat, it wasn’t even funny.

First off, a confession

Kate used the Dukan diet to get in shape for her wedding. | Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

In all honesty, I kind of decided I hated the Dukan diet before I even started it. It’s very restrictive, the kind of eating plan that I had avoided my entire life. Plus, I knew from research I had done for work that restrictive diets can deprive you of nutrients and make you gain back a ton of weight afterward. Nevertheless, the protein-heavy plan was supposed to make me lose poundage, and I wanted to get rid of my finger food-and-Champagne weight from the holidays. So I went to the grocery store on Sunday night to stock up on chicken breasts, eggs, and seafood.

Next: The start

Admittedly, the first day was fine

Protein-rich foods are OK on the Dukan diet. | iStock/Getty Images

Outside of being bored with how few things I was allowed to eat and drink, I felt OK the first day on the Dukan diet. Because the diet allows you to snack on protein-rich things whenever you want, I never felt famished. There was even a second or two where I felt bad for prejudging it. Maybe the Duchess of Cambridge really knew what was up.

Next: The unraveling

But the fascination wore off fast

All I could think about was pizza. | Anastasiia Kuznetcova/iStock/Getty Images

By the end of the second day, all I could think about was pizza. I was OK without a glass of wine in the evening and only slightly missed having a piece of dark chocolate after dinner. All I could think about was a greasy mushroom and olive pizza. The desire for a pie evolved into a fascination with bread products that I wasn’t allowed to eat. Work took me forever to get done because I kept daydreaming about a paradise full of carbs. And my faith in Kate Middleton’s favorite diet was quickly fading.

Next: The breakdown

Meltdown in the supermarket

How could anyone resist sourdough bread? | iStock.com/Photology1971

I texted my best friend on Day 3 of the diet and told her all I wanted to do was take a large bite out of a baguette. Then, the next day I went back to the grocery store to stock up on the produce I would finally get to eat the next day and had to walk past the bread display. I kid you not, I smelled sourdough and felt my pupils dilate. The bread display looked so glorious that I took a picture of it and sent it to my friend. “Did Kate lose her mind over sourdough rolls like this?” I thought. “Because this is NO way to live!”

Next: The moment I gave myself a break

Breaking the cycle

Meghan Markle has the right idea. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

The bread episode made it harder to stay on the Dukan diet’s crazy path. I inevitably broke away from the liquid restrictions, which dictated I could only have water, tea, or black coffee. Nope, I went full tilt and poured myself a glass of cabernet. It might not have been the best wine I’d ever had, but wow, there is nothing more satisfying than a glass of wine after you haven’t been able to eat or drink anything fun for a few days. “Cheers to you and your psycho diet, Kate Middleton,” I thought through each sip.

Next: The (failed) attempt to give it another go

Then, a meltdown over veggies

No one should get this excited over broccoli. | iStock.com/Eric_Urquhart

Despite breaking the liquid portion of the diet — and frankly, not feeling much skinnier than I had at the start of the week — I tried to continue following most of the diet’s parameters and began integrating vegetables into my meals. First up was the broccoli I prepared to go with my chicken. Let me tell you, I have never been so excited to eat broccoli in my life. I thought: “Look at what your flippin’ diet has done to me, Kate. Nobody in their right mind should ever be this excited over a stupid head of broccoli.”

Next: The lesson

What I learned

Kate Middleton can keep her diet. | WPA Pool/Getty Images

Needless to say, my eating regimen slowly unraveled over the next week, including a very intense bonding moment with a couple slices of pizza. I decided that a super restrictive diet like the Dukan was not for me. Going without fruits and veggies — and denying myself the occasional treat — made me obsess about it.

A well-rounded menu of healthy foods is much more my speed — unless Kate Middleton wants to go on a beer and cheese diet, in which case I am totally ready to sign up for that.

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Kate Middleton swears by these diet and exercise secrets to stay slim

Despite giving birth three times, the Duchess of Cambridge (AKA Kate Middleton) has managed to maintain a lean and toned figure.

While she’s rarely given any insight into her life as a royal, let alone her diet and exercise routine, over the years various sources have dropped hints and info on how the Duchess stays in tip-top shape.

Diet

Her wedding diet

To slim down for her wedding, Kate was rumoured to have followed the Dukan Diet – a high-protein, low-carb program that other A-list celebs such as JLo and model Gisele Bündchen claimed to use to drop their baby weight.

Image: Instagram @hrhtheduchessofcambridgeSource:BodyAndSoul

The Dukan Diet involves four stages: attack, cruise, consolidation, and stabilisation. In the ‘attack’ stage you can only eat protein for four to six days. You’re then allowed to introduce some vegetables into your diet during the ‘cruise’ phase. The ‘consolidation’ phase brings back some fruits, carbs, and cheese, along with two cheat meals a week. Then the ‘stabilisation’ phase refers to maintaining a healthy, balanced diet for the rest of your life, while also incorporating the ‘attack’ mode once a week.

It’s also rumoured that Kate’s mother is another fan of the diet, and curbs her cravings with prawns and cottage cheese.

Her diet during pregnancy

The Duchess suffered from extreme morning sickness while she was pregnant with her first two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. She reportedly had to undergo food hypnotherapy to encourage an appetite despite her nausea. The Duchess stuck to a diet rich in avocados, berries and oatmeal to help put on the weight needed for a healthy pregnancy. Kate also suffered with hyperemesis gravidarum – severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and electrolyte disturbance during pregnancy – when she was pregnant with her third child, Prince Louis.

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Her raw food diet

When Kate isn’t following the Dukan Diet, it’s been reported that she likes to dabble in the raw food trend at least one day a week, which might be the secret behind her glowing skin and luscious hair. Her raw food favourites include the beloved Latin American dish ceviche, goji berries, watermelon salad, gazpacho, and tabbouleh.

According to Marie Claire UK, the Duchess also enjoys mixing spirulina powder in her morning kale, spinach, lettuce, cilantro, and blueberry juice smoothies. Spirulina, a blue-green algae, is packed full of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and antioxidants. Moreover, it’s known to boost the immune system, fight off infections, and protect against allergic reactions.

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What she doesn’t eat

Although it sounds like Kate is the walking and breathing definition of health food trends, it’s confirmed she’s definitely not a fan of hipster almond milk.

Volunteers at a charity-run café visited by Prince William and Kate earlier this year, put almond milk on the table especially with the Duchess in mind, but the mum-of-three is said to have told Kim Gardener, who runs Betel UK’s women’s house: “Don’t believe everything you read – I don’t even like almond milk.”

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Exercise

Her exercise routine

While genetics obviously play a significant role in her lean figure, Kate is known to be “an exercise junkie”, according to a Daily Mail insider. The mum-of-three played sports throughout her childhood and teenage years, and despite her busy schedule now, she makes sure to maintain her fitness levels. On top of being a devoted skier, cross-country runner and hockey player during her schooling years, Kate had a strong passion for tennis – a sport she still regularly plays.

When she’s not running in Norfolk with Charlotte in her buggy and Lupo the dog at her side, the Duchess of Cambridge fits in an hour workout session, warming up with skipping and indoor rowing, followed by interval training where she incorporates exercises like hip raises, squats, calf raises, bridges and push-ups – all without a personal trainer.

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Her postnatal workout routine

After giving birth to her first child Prince George, the Duchess of Cambridge used a popular postnatal program, Busy Mums Fitness, to whip back into shape. Founder of the program, Kelly Rennie, created the program based off her own 20kg weight loss experience.

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Her favourite ab exercise

Although Kate likes to vary her workout routine all the time, she can never do a workout without adding in her all-time her favourite exercise: the plank.

“It tightens her muscles,” a royal insider told Daily Mail. “There are three elements, the basic plank, the side plank and the prone skydive, all of which are positions Kate can hold for 45 seconds or longer and repeat at least ten times each.”

It’s also been reported that Kate employs rowing and cycling exercises into her workouts, and uses a Swiss gym ball to focus on her abs.

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She’s a huge fan of Crossfit

The Duchess has also become a fan of Crossfit – a high-intensity fitness program that combines a wide variety of functional movements in a timed workout. She reportedly focuses on a number of different cardio and resistance training exercises to burn excess fat and keep her muscles strong.

She uses yoga to de-stress

When she’s not sweating it out in a rigorous workout, the Duchess is said to enjoy yoga to calm her mind, de-stress, and “keep her supple”. “Seated poses — known as asanas — are a Middleton favourite. Kate enjoys Pilates, too, which has helped her posture since having children,” a source told Daily Mail.

Kate Middleton at the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange

Kate in Erdem tonight and a TINY Sophie in Burberry at the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange reception at Buckingham Palace. Courtesy: Twitter/DailyMail

Kate Middleton is too thin for some people.

The Duchess of Cambridge is already a mom of three, but she never gained too much weight following her pregnancies. She was able to maintain her pre-baby figure.

One netizen took to Quora to ask why Middleton stays so thin. The same user wondered what the duchess’ diet is.

According to Deanna Eppers, Middleton used to follow the Dukan diet days before her royal wedding to Prince William. It remains unknown if she still follows that diet, but she does follow a clean and healthy diet plan.

Middleton’s breakfast is usually green smoothie or muesli with fruits on top. Her lunch is a green salad with lean protein, like chicken or salmon. For dinner, the duchess typically eats roasted vegetables with more lean protein.

Also, Prince William’s wife doesn’t snack. Instead, she drinks a lot of water and some unsweetened tea.

“She eats very clean and exercises on a daily basis. She is also a very competitive in sports,” Cathy Snyder wrote.

Meanwhile, according to a report from Daily Mail, Middleton employs rowing and cycling exercises into her workouts. She focuses on her abs with the help of a Swiss gym ball. She also finds time to run as often as possible when in Norfolk. Sometimes ,she runs with Charlotte in her buggy or with their dog, Lupo, by her side.

Also, just like her sister-in-law Meghan Markle, Middleton reportedly loves yoga.

“While Kate’s workout routine is obviously rigorous, the Duchess of Cambridge is also said to enjoy yoga—which helps her calm down and de-stress, as well as building up strength and core muscles,” Harper’s Bazaar reported.

“The benefits of daily yoga practice needs, so it’s unsurprising that Kate employs it to stay trim.”

The netizens have different opinions about Middleton’s weight. Some find the duchess too thin and are already concerned for her health. They fear that she might have an eating disorder like Princess Diana.

For others, Middleton’s weight just suits her height and age. Also, they say there is nothing to worry about Prince William’s wife because she is healthy and is capable of doing things she has to do. Others say that Middleton is not thin, she’s just lean.

How did Kate Middleton become a royal?

Early life

Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.

She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.

Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.

Education

Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.

After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.

For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.

Relationship with Prince William

Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.

In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.

The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.

Wedding

Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.

On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.

Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.

Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.

Royal Fans Dub Kate Middleton ‘Too Skinny’ as Experts Claim There Is a Natural Reason for Her Build

Kate Middleton has always been on the thin side, but royal watchers now think the Duchess of Cambridge is too skinny for her own good. Middleton’s weight has sparked a number of rumors about her diet, though royal experts believe there is a perfectly good explanation behind her low weight. So why does Middleton always look like she is on the verge of being too skinny?

Kate Middleton | Photo by Adrian Dennis – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Experts claim there is a natural reason behind Middleton’s weight loss

Royal watchers have grown concerned over Middleton’s weight over the years, with some fans theorizing she might suffer from an eating disorder. While fans debate the reasons why Middleton is so thin, royal expert Deanna Eppers believes there is a scientific explanation behind her frail look.

According to International Business Times, Eppers argues that Kate Middleton — and other members of her family — are what is called an ectomorph, which basically means it is difficult for her to add weight to her lean frame.

“Ectomorph is long and lean, difficult to put on weight, with many models or ballet dancers having this look to them,” Eppers explained.

We cannot say for sure if Eppers is correct, but her theory would explain why Middleton has zero trouble keeping weight off.

For comparisons, another type of body composition are mesomorphs, who typically gain muscle fast and are athletic in build. A third type are Endomorphs, who put on weight a lot easier than the average person and can find dieting difficult.

Is Kate Middleton really an Ectomorph?

There is no denying that all of the Middletons have a thin frame and could be characterized as having lean and lengthy limbs. Taking that into account, it is possible that Middleton is an ectomorph.

After all three of her pregnancies, Middleton lost her baby weight incredibly fast. She also has had no trouble keeping the weight off, which could be chalked up to her body type.

Unlike people who suffer from eating disorders, Middleton’s face does not appear gaunt. She also has some muscle and looks like she is healthy.

That would not be the case if Middleton was battling an eating disorder, such as anorexia. Unfortunately, there is no way of telling if Middleton truly is an ectomorph or not, but it is certainly a compelling theory.

Royal watchers chime in on the debate

Apart from the experts, royal watchers have also voiced their opinion about what is really going on in Kate Middleton’s dieting life. Some of her followers admitted that she often looks too thin and could be opening the door for health issues down the road.

Others disagree and argued that Middleton is not too thin for her frame. Some fans even debated that Middleton can be as thin as she wants, as long as her doctors give her a clean bill of health.

“To me she appears to be too thin, but I’m not her doctor. If she has been deemed to be healthy by her doctor and has the energy to perform all the tasks she is expected to do or wants to do, then the answer is no, she’s fine. I have heard or seen nothing to indicate that she is incapable of doing all the things she needs to do because she isn’t healthy,” one fan wrote.

This, of course, is not the first time Kate Middleton has faced criticism over her weight. A few months ago, the Duchess of Cambridge found herself in a similar situation, with some royal watchers saying she was the skinniest she has been in a long time.

The fact that Middleton lost her baby weight quickly after welcoming Prince Louis last year did not help the speculation. But, aside from her body type, there is another reason why Middleton has kept in top shape over the years.

Inside Kate Middleton’s active lifestyle

Middleton has never been shy about revealing her strict dieting and exercising routines. The Duchess is known to run on a weekly basis and participates in a lot of yoga sessions.

She also sticks to a healthy diet and does not eat a whole lot of junk food. She even cooks for her family at home and is very cognizant of what she puts in her body.

Between the exercising and healthy eating, it is no wonder that Middleton is able to maintain her weight, even after she has given birth to three children.

Despite all of these factors, royal watchers will likely continue to talk about Middleton’s thin frame, with some chalking it up to the stresses of life in the royal family.

Kate Middleton, who recently returned home after a tour of Pakistan, has not commented on the rumors surrounding her weight loss.

Kate Middleton has been practicing this particular diet after her three pregnancies to shed her post-baby weight.

The Duchess of Cambridge is already a mom of three, but she remains in great shape. According to Julia Mullaney, there’s one diet that Middleton swears by when it comes to shedding the post-baby weight and that’s Dukan.

Middleton has always been a healthy eater and when it comes to losing the extra weight she gained from her pregnancies, she uses this rigorous diet.

Dukan has four phases. The first phase or Attack phase focuses on an extremely protein-heavy diet to “produce immediate and noticeable weight loss.” In the second phase or Cruise phase, vegetables are added to the diet. In the third phase or Consolidation phase, one can reintroduce indulgent foods slowly to avoid any weight gain. The fourth phase or Stabilization phase has three rules: eating three tablespoons of oat bran per day, walking 20 minutes daily and maintaining a protein-only diet on Thursdays.

Netizens noticed that Middleton has easily lost her post-baby weight compared to her sister-in-law Meghan Markle. When the Duchess of Sussex attended the premiere of “The Lion King,” many fans noticed the former “Suits” star’s extra weight two months after she delivered baby Archie.

According to Deanna Eppers, Middleton has good genes and long and thin body. Also, she didn’t gain a lot of weight in all of her three pregnancies because she was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. As for Markle, she said that nursing moms gain weight and some don’t change until the baby is weaned. Meanwhile, others believe that Markle was losing weight normally and not as quickly as Middleton.

“Normal weight gain during pregnancy is somewhere around 30–35 pounds. It then is likely to take at least a year for a woman’s weight to to return to where it was before she got pregnant,” Anne Agard wrote.

Aside from Dukan diet, Middleton revealed another secret on how she easily lost the extra weight she gained after her pregnancy. According to the Duchess of Cambridge, she runs after her kids.

What is the Dukan Diet?

First published in France, the diet plan is low in carbs and has different stages which dieters must stick to.

It is widely reported the Duchess used the plan when slimming down for her wedding and to shed baby weight.

However, it has also been claimed Kate will simply stay fit by cooking healthy meals at home and staying away from processed foods.

Early life

Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.

She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.

Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.

Education

Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.

After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.

For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.

Relationship with Prince William

Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.

In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.

The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.

Wedding

Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.

On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.

Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.

Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.

I tried to eat like Kate Middleton for a week, but I couldn’t get through it without cheating

  • I attempted to follow Kate Middleton’s diet for a week to see just how easy (or difficult) it would be.
  • As a senior member of the royal family, the Duchess of Cambridge takes part in some of the 2,000 engagements the royals attend every year — so she needs to keep her energy levels up.
  • She favors oatmeal, according to Self, as well as raw foods and vegetables for better skin.
  • While I did notice a change in my own energy levels and skin by the end of the week, there were some foods I didn’t try for long enough to see the health benefits.
  • For instance, I couldn’t stomach the duchess’ favorite green juice or the spicy curry she swears by.
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For my first duchess-themed breakfast, I kicked things off with a bowl of oatmeal with sliced pear.

Oatmeal was the first meal of the day. Mikhaila Friel, Insider

I have to be honest and say I’m not the type of person who puts effort into their breakfast. Usually, I’ll grab a bowl of whatever cereal we have in the office kitchen and scroll through my morning emails between bites.

The duchess, however, enjoys a bowl of oatmeal to kick-start her day, according to Self. The breakfast meal is even said to have helped combat morning sickness while she was pregnant with all three of her children.

The royal family carries out more than 2,000 engagements each year. Since Middleton is a full-time senior royal, she likely takes part in a great deal of these — and needs a boost of energy to do so.

Though my schedule isn’t as jam-packed as Middleton’s, as a royals reporter, I sometimes feel like it is. I found that changing up my breakfast routine and staying consistent with it really boosted my energy levels throughout the week.

I managed to stick to oatmeal every day, and I kept things interesting by adding different fruits each time.

Middleton’s diet contains plenty of raw foods, so I made it my mission to eat a bowl of fresh fruit or vegetables every day.

A bowl of fruit made for an early-afternoon snack. Mikhaila Friel, Insider

Mango, kiwi, pomegranate seeds, and blueberries made for a refreshing post-breakfast snack, and I changed this up by adding strawberries, grapes, and oranges to the mix later in the week.

Middleton favors raw foods “to achieve radiant skin,” a friend of the duchess told the Mail Online in 2014.

And according to a dermatologist, it actually works.

“It’s a no-brainer that fresh fruits are good for your skin,” Elizabeth Geddes-Bruce told Camille Styles in 2017.

I changed things up with blueberries, grapes, and strawberries. Mikhaila Friel, Insider

“I try to have a little fruit with every meal. Fruits like oranges, strawberries, mangoes, and papayas have high amounts of vitamin C,” she added. “Vitamin C is essential to forming tight collagen fibers. It also works as an antioxidant protecting your skin from damage from UV radiation, and pollution.

“And while many skin care products contain vitamin C, not all of them are formulated in a way that guarantees the vitamin C will remain stable and penetrate to the target areas.”

The royal is said to favor watermelon salad for the same reason.

Watermelon salad. Mikhaila Friel, Insider

My version of watermelon salad — which consisted simply of watermelon (of course), cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, goat cheese, and lettuce — quickly became my go-to lunch.

Bear in mind, though, that I wasn’t eating just raw foods for the week, so this is difficult to have an opinion on.

However, I did notice that my skin stayed clear and bright for the entire week that I ate like Middleton. Whether this was actually because of the watermelon salads and fresh bowls of fruit, I don’t know — but I’ll certainly be incorporating more of these into my diet in the future.

However, things quickly went downhill after I tried green juice.

Green juice at Pret. Mikhaila Friel, Insider

Like her sister-in-law Meghan Markle, Middleton is a fan of the green-juice trend, according to the Mail Online.

Halfway through the week, I paid a visit to my local Pret for a £4 ($5) Super Greens juice, which included a blend of cucumber, avocado, baby spinach, ginger, and apple juice.

Unlike the royals, who often favor the drink as a breakfast option, I chose to have mine after my oatmeal — and let me tell you, I’m certainly glad this wasn’t my only breakfast.

Look, I know green juice is supposed to come with a multitude of health benefits, but I couldn’t even finish half of the drink I had in my hand, never mind one every day for half of the week.

The duchess loves spicy chicken curry — but like Prince William, I couldn’t handle the heat.

Green curry at Rosa’s Thai Cafe. Mikhaila Friel, Insider

I had originally planned to put my cooking skills to the test for my first dinner, but after some (OK, a little) convincing from friends, I ended up in Rosa’s Thai Cafe in east London instead.

The restaurant’s green curry — made with chicken, aubergines, bamboo shoots, basil leaves, and chilies — was pretty tasty.

However, after eating light and mild food all day, I found it was a bit of a shock to the system to taste something so hot and spicy. I know they say the key to good health is a balanced diet, but this was a little too much of a contrast for me.

Like with the green juice, I ended up eating only half of the portion.

I didn’t feel too bad, though, as Prince William said earlier this month that he struggles to keep up with his wife’s dining habits.

While Middleton said she likes her curry hot, William said, “Me and heat, not so good.”

He added: “I love spice but not the heat.”

With my taste buds still burning, I dared to eat another curry (a much milder, homemade recipe this time) only once more, later in the week.

For the majority of the time, however, I stuck to chicken-based dinners — mostly chicken and rice, so I would feel like I was at least halfway eating like the duchess.

I redeemed myself with my final duchess-themed meal: sushi.

I thoroughly enjoyed my last meal. Mikhaila Friel, Insider

Now this is something I could easily keep up.

Sushi is one of the duchess’ favorites, her husband has said. However, I can count on one hand the number of times I have tried the dish over the years, so this was still a relatively new experience for me.

At first glance, I didn’t think the supermarket sushi I had taken back to my flat would be filling enough for my final duchess dinner.

Surprisingly, though, it was an ideal portion. It obviously wasn’t as heavy (or spicy) as a curry or the chicken-based meals I ate earlier in the week, but it also wasn’t as light as the watermelon salads — a happy medium.

All in all, by the end of the week, I was slightly disappointed in myself for not being able to stay consistent with some of Middleton’s favorite meals, such as the green juice or the curry.

However, the meals I did eat were super easy to prepare and left me feeling energized and revitalized throughout the workweek.

I may not have dined exactly like a duchess, but the results were still pretty great.

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We can’t all be Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. But thanks to some new information, we can all eat like her—or at least, we can try to. Thanks to some serious compiling work from Delish, we now know Middleton’s diet involves raw foods, homemade curries, and royal feasts. And did I mention she loves sweets, too?

We might not all have access to Great Britain’s finest chefs, or fully understand what a Christmas fruitcake entails. But that doesn’t mean we can’t channel our inner royal selves for a moment or two. Here, eight things Middleton is known to cook, eat, or serve her family.

When she’s aiming to lose weight, she goes high-protein and low-carb.

Middleton reportedly relied on the Dukan Diet when trying to get in shape for her wedding. The program—which Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen have also reportedly given a try—focuses on increasing protein intake and decreasing carbohydrates. Lean proteins, vegetables, fruit, and whole wheat are all on the table, and Middleton’s mother (another fan of the regimen) suggests calming cravings with prawns and cottage cheese.

She has some go-to raw favorites, too.

Middleton doesn’t go full raw diet all the time, but she’s been known to appreciate the trend. She loves ceviche, goji berries, gazpacho, watermelon salad, almond milk, and tabbouleh.

She overcame a pregnancy-triggered food aversion with fruits and oats.

When Middleton was pregnant with Prince George, she struggled with extreme morning sickness and food aversion. While she reportedly attempted to combat her nausea by undergoing food hypnotherapy, she also stuck to a diet of avocados, berries, and oatmeal. These hearty foods helped her put on weight during her pregnancy, despite her morning sickness.

She’s a big fan of family recipes.

Middleton swears by family recipes so much that she whipped one up for the queen during her first royal family Christmas. Middleton made a batch of her grandmother’s famous chutney to give Queen Elizabeth, in lieu of a purchased gift. “I was slightly worried about it,” Middleton said of her decision. “But I noticed the next day that it was on the table.”

But she’s just as apt to be adventurous and try new dishes.

Lovely at-home cooking doesn’t keep Middleton from exploring her options. She and husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, used their Canadian royal tour as an opportunity to think outside the box, food-wise. Middleton even visited a British Columbia food and wine festival and gave geoduck clams with miso mustard sauce a try! “It’s really unusual,” she said of the dish. “I’ve never seen it before.”

She loves cooking and hosting.

Middleton enjoys preparing food for her family and sharing meals together at the kitchen table. While Prince William likes to tease her about her cooking, she’s known to be quite the hostess. Her go-to dish? Curry.

And the holidays always mean time for a feast.

Unsurprisingly, royal family holiday celebrations are filled with delicious foods. Lunch brings shrimp or lobster salad, roasted turkey, parsnips, carrots, and Brussels sprouts. And dinner involves some sort of rib roast, turkey, or ham—plus 20 other buffet items.

And—of course—she fully understands the importance of dessert.

Middleton has a sweet tooth, and she’s not afraid to treat those around her, either! Family gatherings often end with sticky toffee pudding or jam roly-poly (a pastry roll filled with fruit preserves). At holiday get-togethers, Christmas pudding and fruitcake are served with afternoon tea. But it doesn’t have to be a big occasion for Middleton to treat her family. She’s been known to serve her children various sweets at other times, too.

Sounds pretty delicious to us!

(h/t Delish)

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