Whether you like them or not, the Royal Family has massively increased in popularity over the last ten years. In the years that followed Diana’s tragic death at the hands of bike-riding paparazzi hungry for yet another invasive set of pictures, the UK public became so disconnected from the monarchy that it demanded an explanation from the Queen herself regarding the heart-breaking loss of the nation’s princess.
Fast-forward 15 years and we now have a new Queen of Hearts – Kate, often referred to by the Royal Household as Catherine and still famous as a Middleton rather than as a Windsor (a name that most Brits do not realise is actually the name of our country’s leaders). Since Wills and Kate announced their engagement, the loyal subjects of the Commonwealth and lovers of romance worldwide have poured over any news relating to the happy couple. The Royal Wedding attracted unparalleled TV ratings and parties all around the globe celebrated national and international joy. The pair’s first world tour was captured and followed by the world’s press and praised for its overwhelming success. More recently, Kate has delivered us a new heir, a little Prince Charming it would seem. The UK is absolutely delighted at the birth of Prince George of Cambridge. However, there is now a bigger focus: the ‘post-baby bump’. As the proud parents showed off their new bundle of joy to the world, the press soaked up the fact that the new mother was still clasping a ‘mummy tummy’.
The nation is now asking whether it is a good thing that Kate remains proud of her postnatal bump, when she will lose it or whether she should keep it. Opinion remains divided and British newspapers are dedicating entire sections to these mystical questions. The answer is a simple one. The one thing that we would certainly not recommend is a crash diet. You may have read my last article Down Size Me – The Adverse Effects of Crash Dieting, which clearly shows why this would not be a sensible idea. Kate has access to a personal trainer and there is a state-of-the-art gym in the grounds of Kensington Palace, which is currently undergoing a whopping £1 million makeover courtesy of the Queen. In addition, the Princess loves to train hard with her equally impressive sister Pippa.
It is no surprise that the most famous sisters in the UK are in great shape when you consider that the eyes of the world are constantly on them. With the correct diet, hard work and dedication, Kate will be trim in no time. She won’t keep her mummy tummy because whilst the nation likes to normalise the monarchy in an attempt to relate more closely with them we also love the fact that Kate is a real-life Disney princess, perfect in almost every way and destined to be the future Queen of our great nation. We expect that Kate will eat a low GI (Glycaemic Index) diet since it is one of the only diets that doctors recommend for pregnant or nursing mothers. Then once she has scaled back some of her mothering responsibilities to meet her Royal commitments, she will most likely go for a high protein, low carbohydrate diet and drink at least 2 litres of water every day.
Her complex carbohydrate intake will be larger in the morning and she will finish the evening with around 100g of grilled chicken, accompanied by either a small salad or a selection of vegetables. Over the coming months, breakfast will be the most important meal of the day for Kate since she will need the most calories at this point to get her through her gruelling schedule. After this, each meal will get smaller so that her body does not have to digest great chunks of food while she is trying to catch up on her beauty sleep. The rule will be simple: eat like a queen for breakfast, like a princess for lunch and like a pauper for dinner”. In no time at all, Kate will have regained her beautiful svelte, toned figure. As an expectant father myself with a wonderful 10 year old daughter already in my legacy, I would pose this advice to Kate: although we are sure that Royals do not do these kinds of things, perhaps she should concentrate on a few other mummy exercises, such as changing nappies and breastfeeding, for the next few weeks as she acclimatises to the joys of being a young mum, her greatest role to date. Good luck Kate!