The Cambridge Diet

The Cambridge Diet is a low calorie diet with meal replacement. This low calorie diet’s foundation is the pre-packaged, specially manufactured foods and shakes that the Cambridge Diet’s authors created and sell.

The shakes are designed to be meal replacements, and all of the foods are claimed to be nutritionally complete.

Type - Low calorie, liquid meal replacement

Are special products required - Yes

Is eating out possible? - No

Is the plan family friendly? - No

Do you have to buy a book? - No

Is the diet easy to maintain? - No

So how does it work?...

The most striking and effective characteristic of the program is that it is a low calorie diet plan – a very, very low calorie plan totaling about 400 calories per day.

It's designed to have a preliminary, more extreme, rapid weight loss two-week phase involving the replacement of meals with shakes.

These shakes are high in protein and low in carbohydrates, which further exacerbates the weight loss people on the Cambridge Diet will experience in those two weeks.

The Diet Plan...

The preliminary two-week period of rapid weight loss and meal replacement involves drinking three to four shakes instead of meals every day.

A large amount of fluids is also suggested (the liquids of course must be calorie free).

After the first two weeks of shake replacement, you are allowed to begin adding the specially formulated bars and soups into your diet plan.

You are allowed to continue restricting calories to 400 per day for another six weeks, but then it is recommended to switch over to a higher calorie diet designed to maintain your weight instead.

The higher calorie diet (between 800-1500 calories) allows for some normal foods.

Is it good for you?...

Because the diet is very low calorie, low carb, and high protein, it will definitely allow you to achieve dramatic short term weight loss.

However, low calorie diets are notorious for being ineffective in the long term and for causing many dieters to “yo-yo” back to an even higher weight than when started, due to the body’s prolonged period of near-starvation.

Very low calorie diets can even cause mineral imbalances that can in extreme circumstances lead to sudden death. Thus, a medical professional’s advice is crucial before starting this diet.

In spite of this, the program's “counsellors” who run the diet and provide the dieting products have questionable medical training, despite offering screening and advice that would imply the opposite.

Instead of relying solely on the advice of these paid counsellors, get the okay from your physician before attempting the Cambridge Diet.

A less extreme version of this diet (such as the SlimFast diet), perhaps including healthy snacks and a small well-balanced meal, might be preferable to most people.

Example Day...

• High Protein Shake

• High Protein Shake

• High Protein Shake

• Not allowed

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