Cambridge Diet

Cambridge Diet

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Who am I?

[/fusion_text][fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_spacing=”” rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=””]Before I delve into the 1:1 diet a.k.a. The Cambridge diet, let me tell you a little bit about myself and why I decided to undertake this diet.

I am a 36-year-old female, I weigh 72kg (approx) and I live a pretty sedentary lifestyle. I work in an office which I commute to by car every day. I don’t go to a gym and rarely exercise. I usually take between 1500 & 3000 steps each day. My diet, I would rate as poor to average with a tendency to gravitate towards excess.

Like everybody, I want to shed a few pounds – look better, feel better and improve my overall health. I was drawn to the 1:1 diet by its regimented simplicity. I, unfortunately, lack the qualities most health nuts need: I don’t like to cook and I’m an extremely fussy eater. I simply can’t face mounds of vegetables, lentils, and skinless chicken day in day out. So, while the idea of shakes and soups is not exactly mouthwatering, it should be at least be quick and easy.[/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”30″ bottom_margin=”” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=”” /][fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_spacing=”” rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=””]

What is the Cambridge Diet?

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Promising effective and rapid results, the Cambridge diet focuses heavily on meal substitutes such as shakes, soups and snack bars designed specifically to fulfill all of the bodys nutritional needs, all with a very low calorie count.

Proponents claim that by following the Cambridge diet strictly, consumers can expect to lose up to a stone a month without depriving the body of any essential vitamins, nutrients or proteins.

There are a number of variations of the plan, each with a different calorie count not to be exceeded. Your plan will depend on certain factors such as initial weight, fitness levels and goals.

Step one —by far the most extreme— requests dieters to remove all “regular” food choices from their diet and consume only Cambridge brand products. Later stages are a little more lienient allowing for healthy meal choices intersperesed with a few Cambridge products.

The premise being, that you eat so few calories that your body enters a state of ketosis. Ketosis is a survival mechanism in which the body turns to stored fat as a source of energy in the absence of glucose.

SUMMARY: The Cambridge diets primary focus is caloric restriction combined with specifically designed meal replacements to force the body into a state of ketosis allowing for rapid fat oxidisation.

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First Meeting

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My first meeting with the local distributor was quite interesting.  I was given a basic “sciency” overview of weight gain — how it happens, why it happens, the consequences and what the Cambridge diet could do to help.

I was given a brief questionaire based around my eating habits, activity levels and such. I then had my measurments taken: height, weight and BMI.  With the formalities out of the way, we moved on to my expectations from this diet. We settled on a goal of 65kg over a two week period which would make for a 7kg drop. Woah!

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The Diet Starts

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I was keen to get started immediatley, so armed with my soups, shakes and bars and full of optimisim I began the Cambrdige diet.

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Day Weight Comments
1 72.3Kg The shakes and bars taste fine. No hunger pangs — so far, so good.
2 71.5kg Almost 1kg down in a single day, I expect mostly water but still impressed. No hunger pangs or side effects
3 71.1kg No Issues thus far.
4 70.5kg No issues to report. Feel good – plenty of energy. Limited food choice is becoming boring
5 70.2kg Weight still dropping. The lack of variety in the diet is becoming irritating.
6 69.8kg Really not looking forwarrd to mealtimes, however, weight loss progressing nicely.
7 69.7 Weight loss stagnating. Feeling hungry a lot of the time – uh-oh.
8 69.5 Weight still lowering slightly. Feeling irritable and hungry most of the time.
9 69.5 Frustrated – that’s all for today.
10 69.3 Some movement on the scales.  Feeling lethargic
11 69.1 Slowly progressing.
12 69.1 Nearing the end and slightly disheartened, doesnt look like i’ll be reaching my goal weight loss
13 69.1 Unsure why this is happening, feeling really down.
14 69 Finished with a total weight loss of 3.3kg

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Cambridge Diet: The Verdict

So, I didn’t quite reach my goal. But, anyway – The Cambridge Diet, does it work? Yes, but is it any more effective than a traditional diet, probably not.

Over 14 days I lost a grand total of 3.3kg which is pretty impressive, on paper.  Of course, for those who have some experience of carbohydrate restriction, you will be aware that during such a time, the body will lose substantial amounts of water and glycogen. This is usually the initial large drop in weight experienced during the first few days to the first week of dieting.  This usually triggers excitement towards the efficacy of the diet but unfortunately is a bit of a red herring.  The takeaway from this: not all weight loss is fat loss and sadly, with most low-carb diets, this can account for the majority of weight loss. You can see this trend clearly in my results with the initial big loss in weight which then slows and pretty much stagnates towards the end.

The diet itself is simple to follow.  My plan consisted of 2 milkshakes or a milkshake & bar combo per-day with a soup for dinner. The meals themselves tasted fine initially but quickly grew unappetizing as the diet progressed. Although there were a number of flavours on offer, they gradually blended into one bland-tasting mess of mediocrity.

In terms of overall wellbeing, I found myself feeling pretty lethargic throughout the diet.  My consultant assured me that this diet included absolutley everything the body needs to functionaly at an optimal level but, I certainly did not feel “optimal” throughout the experience. Perhaps, one of the less regimented plans which allows the addition of some “normal” foods, such as fruits and vegetables would be more appropriate.

Finally, the cost.  My 14 day supply cost €120 which is quite expensive.  I believe I could have got similar results by simply controlling my calories a little better and implementing an exercise routine.

So, all things considered, I wouldnt recommend this diet. There is nothing particuallry revolutionry about it. It simply focuses on calorie restriction with a low-carb approach.

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