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Pippa Middleton powers nation-wide bike race with high protein low carb diet

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Think that athletes have to load up on pasta and potatoes to power through an endurance race? Pippa Middleton is determined to prove that theory wrong as she sets off on a cross-country bike race powered by her high protein low carb ketogenic diet, reported the New York Daily News on Monday.

Joined by her brother James, Pippa plans to cross 12 states in eight days. The race, which stretches from California to Maryland, is sponsored by the Race Across America and is for charity.

The endeavor requires both energy and endurance. "Once we get going it's nonstop, with very little sleep," revealed Pippa.

For fuel, Pippa will be relying on her high protein low carb ketogenic diet. She avoids carbohydrates, according to the Daily Mail, focusing on protein, fats and vegetables.

And she has company on her plan, which is modeled on the Dukan diet. Pippa's mother, Carole, also follows the Dukan diet, which Duchess Kate used to slim down for her wedding.

The low carb high protein Dukan diet, which just received a makeover in "The Dukan Diet Made Easy," consists of four phases. The first phase is designed to jump-start your weight loss and is called the Attack phase, consisting of protein, which can help dieters lose up to 10 pounds in one week.

The second phase, known as the Cruise phase, adds vegetables to the program. The Consolidation phase adds more variety, while the Stabilization phase teaches dieters to maintain their weight loss.

To provide dieters with enough fiber, the Dukan diet requires them to add a few tablespoons of oat bran to their meals. The company manufactures its own Dukan Diet Organic Oat Bran.

In contrast to the Atkins diet, however, the Dukan diet generally emphasizes unprocessed food rather than processed products such as frozen dinners. There's also a cookbook, "The Dukan Diet Cookbook: The Essential Companion to the Dukan Diet."

For those who question whether a high fat low carb diet can fuel an extensive cycling race, Stephen D. Phinney and Jeff S. Volek answer that question in "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance." The two have conducted numerous studies showing that keto-adapted athletes enjoy more than adequate energy levels with regard to glycogen depletion, training and recovery.

In addition to her low-carb diet, Pippa practices Pilates regularly, according to the UK Telegraph. Her instructor, Margot Campbell, earned her own share of fame for her role in shaping the "rear of the year."

Pippa credits Pilates for her "core strength and posture." Apparently she prefers not to comment on her caboose.

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