As far I’m concerned, the most appealing diets are, in fact, anti-diets. Forget pompous pressed juices, bland milkshakes and sweets bans, the blithe approach to staying slim that French women practice has always been what strikes my fancy. Considering that Marie Antoinette was French by default (although Austrian born, she married Louis XVI of France and became Queen of France) and always enjoyed the finer things in life, I was confident I could see eye-to-eye with the L’Autrichienne in matters of culinary fare. Although, I must admit, my sweet tooth hardly measures up to Sofia Coppola’s Antoinette, with her inexhaustible cravings for macaroon, vanilla pastries, and bubbly. However, in reality Antoinette wasn’t quite as confectionery as we’ve been lead to believe.
Shedding light on the late 18th-century queen’s slenderizing practices in the Marie Antoinette Diet is Karen Wheeler, a fashion and beauty journalist who lives in France. In the process of trying to lose weight for health reasons, Wheeler read a biography on Antoinette and wanted to put some of her tricks to the test. After coming up with a diet that allowed her to lose 10kg in 10 weeks, she felt she could give credence to Antoinette’s belief that eating cake for breakfast could promote weight loss. We haven’t been able to peruse the entire tome, but thanks to The Guardian, we have a basic how-to rundown of how to dine à la Marie. Here are 5 ways you can have you cake and eat it too.
1. Eat Cake for Breakfast
“The French queen ate cake for breakfast and was fond of hot chocolate, but seems to have known instinctively what scientific studies have recently shown: For example, it is not what you eat, but when you eat it.”
2. Lap Up the ‘Wonder’ Soup
According to Wheeler, Antoinette would eat a health-boosting ‘wonder’ soup every evening.
3. Heed the Advice of The No Excuses Diet by Jonathan Roche
It promises weight loss “without dieting and without long workouts!” and that sounds divine.
4. Conduct 12-hour Night Fasts
That means no more Insomnia Cookies.
5. Drink Hot Chocolate
In case you didn’t catch it the first time.