Diet & Nutrition

The diet that keeps Princess Mary in such great shape

Eat like a royal and lose weight!

By Alex Lilly
Don't you reckon Crown Princess Mary looks more stunning with each royal outing?
At 47, the Danish royal has a figure that many twenty-somethings would be envious of and for years, we've been desperate to know her health and fitness secrets. And now her healthy diet that keeps her looking trim has been revealed.
While the Mediterranean diet is packed full of fruit, veggies, olive oil, as you head further north to Scandinavia, the Nordic diet is all about seasonal foods packed with lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
When it comes to protein, the Nordic diet steers away from red meat like beef and lamb and instead features lean meats like venison and fish, particularly deep sea cold fish including herring, mackerel and sardines. These are rich in Omega 3- the good fats that can help your heart health and reduce inflammation.
For us over here in Australia where it's a bit warmer but you still want to try out that Nordic way of life, lean meats like kangaroo and oily fish such as salmon are usually pretty easy to find at your local supermarket.
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Though there have been reports that Princess Mary follows a Keto diet but the Nordic diet doesn't cut out carbs altogether. Instead it's about complex carbohydrates.
Rich in fibre and low GI, black rye bread is a Nordic staple and is a great food to include if you're trying to lose weight as it makes you feel fuller for longer and helps manage blood sugars and cholesterol levels.
Princess Mary's trim figure can be achieved! (Image: Getty Images)
While we all know it's important to up our fruit and veggie intake, the Nordic diet features plenty of root vegetables including parsnips, turnips, sweet potatoes and potatoes. Good news for us as we head into winter!
And for any of you out there who think potatoes will make you gain weight, think again!
Potatoes are rich in carbohydrates and fibre, though their nutrients vary depending on the type and method that they're cooked, generally speaking they're not an unhealthy food."
"Both sweet potatoes and regular potatoes contain carbohydrates to fuel our bodies and boost our mood," Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist Jemma O'Hanlon previously told Now To Love. "We need carbs in our diet, even if we're trying to lose weight."
All the more reason to enjoy some potatoes this winter. (Image: Getty Images)