How to eat like a royal for under $10

Kate Middleton follows the Dukan diet - and you can too - for a fraction of the cost.

The Dukan diet is a four-phase dietary regime that encourages dieters to follow a high protein, low carb diet.

Phase one will induce weight loss through a high protein consumption. Then, following this you should gradually reintroduce a small amount of wholegrain carbohydrates and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables for phase two.

During phase three, it is recommended that dieters eventually return to eating only protein one day a week, this is said to ‘reset’ metabolism. Phase four is all about maintaining the changes and improvements you have made to your diet.

This is basically a French style of eating, with a couple of cheat meals allowed along the way in which you can enjoy your wine, pastries and dessert. In Kate’s case, over the years she has been snapped with Haribo bears in hand as her treat of choice.

What are the benefits?

The Dukan diet is likely to result in a few kilos of quick weight loss, and even though this is likely just water weight, it can help motivate those wanting to lose weight to keep going. Plus, it is relatively easy to follow and includes wholesome, fresh foods.

Why is it a favourite of Kate’s?

Reports suggest that Kate uses the Dukan diet to maintain her very lean frame, eating mainly protein with minimal carbs. Must-have staples include eggs, plain yogurt, salmon, tuna, leafy greens and chicken breast.

The best-value products to help you follow the Dukan eating principles:

Phase one:

Frozen veggies such as spinach can cost as little as 80 cents per serve and are handy to keep on hand to add to soups and as a side to grilled chicken or fish.

Best buys: ALDI’s Market Fare grilled vegetables are $3.49 for a 600g pack and you can pick up a 450g bag of QuickSteam Vegetables for $1.79.

Phase two:

Once you have moved on from the initial phase of the Dukan diet, incorporating high protein bread into your diet will mean you can still enjoy wholegrain bread without the added carbs.

Best buy: Bakers Life Lower Carb, Higher Protein Bread is just $4.99 for a loaf.

Tinned tuna which you can find for less than $1 a serve can be used freely on the Dukan diet.

Best buy: Greenseas Tuna Chunks In Spring Water, $0.90 for one can.

Plain high protein, low carb yoghurt will mean you can still enjoy some dairy and the calcium it contains, without any added carbs.

Best buy: Yoguri High Protein Authentic Strained Yogurt, 900g, $4.99.

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