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Cambridge Diet

A liquid diet that may be too calorie restrictive for long-term success.

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With new diets hitting the market faster than we can lose a pound, it is not too often that you stumble upon a diet that has been around for more than 20 years. The Cambridge Diet has proudly clocked some years under its svelte belt. Developed in the 80s, it still enjoys a very loyal and passionate audience of dieters who have been successful at losing weight and keeping it off.

It is a liquid diet program that involves drinking 3 servings of the signature Cambridge Diet formula each day with or without food. The three servings provide you with protein (either 30 or 50 grams), carbohydrates, fat, fiber and your daily-required vitamin and mineral allowances.

About ten years ago, the Cambridge Diet added an additional product to their 330 Original Product. The 420 Food for Life product contains 100% of the required daily protein needs in 3 servings whereas the 330 Product contains 75% of the required protein. The protein source comes from whey and soy. Both of them are nutritional supplements that do not contain drugs, medicine, stimulants or herbs.

There are four ways for you to follow the Cambridge Diet: - The Fast Track: Consume 3-4 servings of Cambridge a day and no additional food. - The Alternate Program: Use 3-4 servings of Cambridge for one day with no food and then the following day, consume 3 servings of Cambridge with the addition of 400-800 calories of low fat, low calorie health food. Continue to alternate in this manner. - The Regular Program: Eat 3 servings of Cambridge 15- 20 minutes prior to each low calorie meal. Calories should not exceed 400-800 for the entire day. - The Regular Program 2: Consume 3 servings of Cambridge and eat one meal of low calorie food each day. Calories should not exceed 400- 800 calories for the entire day.

PRO
  • Cambridge Diet contains all the essential nutrients
  • Has a proven success rate
  • Safe for diabetics and those with high blood pressure
CON
  • Its limited consumption of food may incite excessive eating
  • May be too calorically-restrictive for some individuals
  • Does not teach you to eat in a healthy and long-term way
  • Long-term weight loss may not be sustained
  • Calories might be too restrictive for exercise
DIET and NUTRITION

The foundation of the Cambridge Diet is its signature line of shakes. They come in an array of flavors like chocolate, vanilla, eggnog, strawberry, cappuccino, banana cream and many more. The shakes come in two styles: The Original and the Food for Life.

The Food for Life product contains 51 grams of protein, 54 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fat and 140 calories per shake. It also includes 100% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamins and minerals. The Original contains 31 grams of protein and contains about 110 calories per shake.

There is also a line of additional Cambridge products like soups, nutrition bars, and super oats.

When taken the prescribed three times a day, you'll only consume 420 calories. If you select to follow a plan that allows for food, you should not consume anymore than an additional 800 calories a day and these calories should come from low-calorie and low-fat foods like vegetables and lean proteins. If you are on the smaller side, it is recommended that you only consume an additional 400 calories on top of the 420 calories for the Cambridge products.

You are also strongly encouraged to drink at least 3-4 liters of water each day.

EXERCISE

Since the Cambridge Diet is so restrictive, exercise should be done cautiously. It is not recommended to start a new strenuous exercise program while on the Cambridge Diet. Moderate exercise like walking or biking is useful once you start to lose weight, providing that it is approached with caution and not done with excess.

CONCLUSION

There is no question that The Cambridge Diet has been around for a long time. And in the process, many have had luck losing weight by following its strict dietary regimen. Since the diet is so low in calories, check with your doctor before starting it, especially if you have an existing medical condition.

The Cambridge Diet devotees swear by the diet's ability to help them lose weight as long as the program is followed correctly. But like most diets that rely on shakes or supplements to shed pounds, its potential for long-term weight loss and for instilling sound and healthy eating habits in you is not that promising.

Common Misspellings

cambrdge Diet, cambradge diet, cambridge deit, camebridge diet, cambridge liquid diet, cambridgediet.com


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lizzy

yeaah its just the best

posted Nov 29th, 2013 7:52 pm


starver

have done cambridge before it is amazing. transforms your life for the better.

posted Aug 12th, 2013 12:02 pm


DAWN

Hi all,ihave started the CD yesterday,im on stage 2,3 cd meals a day and a low calorie meal too.Yesterday my 1st day I couldn't wait for my dinner,and savoured every mouthful lol,and today day two,this morning I felt tired when I woke up,but then had 2 glasses of water,a black coffee and a cd choc bar and felt wide awake again for a few hours.I have my own cleaning business so am doing a strenuous job,so not sure if 800 cals a day will be enough.Although im gonna stick it out a long as I can.I want to lose at least 4 stone.I will prob have extra veg,as 80 grams doesn't seem quite enough,im hoping it wont make much difference to the diet beings I clean for at least 8hrs a day.My weigh in is next Tuesday so will let you know my weight loss.Im so excited about this,and am 99.9% sure I will stick to it as long as I feel well.Good luck to all of you who are on this.My friend inspired me,she lost 12 stone in one year and is now a recent consultant,she has started me on this,im so happy.xx

posted Mar 20th, 2013 2:52 pm


Gail sheeran

Where can I buy the Cambridge Diet? If I live abroad can I do the cambridge diet?

posted Mar 6th, 2013 8:50 am


dan 198

starting my diet 2mrow date 16th feb 2013. start weight 22stones 9lbs.

shall start the 3 CD and 1 small meal.

need to lose weight due to serious health.

wish me luck xx

posted Feb 15th, 2013 5:19 pm


costas

It works for me !
Its the second time in my life on diet at age 41
office work life with difficult hours for exercising so I was looking a program that does not combine exercise.
I lost 12 kilos in 7 weeks (in an average 1.5-2 kilos per 10 days). Yes it was difficult the first 4-5 days but then it becomes so easy that I do not believe that is me loosing the weight because you do not need to think what to eat, prepare, what is right or wrong ... is simple.
The diet has 7 steps to prepare you for long term good eating habit i.e. eat with balance.

posted Nov 20th, 2012 12:30 am


Faye

Lost 3 stone in 9 weeks (on SS) only 2.5 stone to go! I absolutely love CWP x

posted Nov 18th, 2012 10:53 pm


Audie

I went on this diet in the early 80s and lost 60 pounds. It took aprox 13 weeks to do this. I have recently gone back on it and have been loosing about a pound a day on average. First 3 days are the toughest. I have had no side affects other than the cravings for the first 3 days. After a week I saw my stomach get smaller and the weight I have lost and it keeps me motivated. I also mix a scoop of fiber and a scoop of whey protein. I also do a light weight routine every other day, and do a walk / jog for an hour every day. I seem to have plenty of energy, I think more than I did before the diet. Do not discourage stay true and it will work. Sometime the weight comes off in chunks. In the 80s when on this diet I went 5 days and did not loose any weight then the next day I weighed and lost 9 pounds,
I also make my shakes with more water than normal since I add the additional fiber and protein. The fiber helps greatly i would recoomend to add it. I do the extra protien for my weight training. I hope this may help some of you.

posted Jul 18th, 2012 5:11 pm


saima tahseen

day 2 today and i check i loss 3 pounds

posted Jul 2nd, 2012 12:31 pm


carol

Hi ive been on the cd since end of October 2011 and have lost nearly 5 stone. i came off it over cgristmas and have had two holidays, on the last one i lost 6lb. i do zumba 2 or 3 times a week, which is hard with no food but it really helps to tone you with such rapid weight loss. it is brilliant. 2 stone to go x

posted Jun 25th, 2012 6:04 pm


Rebecca

Hey peeps,
I have been on cambridge Diet for 5 weeks on SS and must say its the best diet I have ever done! I have lost 2 stone!!! yes 2 stone the first 4 days are murder and you feel emotional, have headaches, feel sick and tired... But if you can get past that is smooth sailing from there. I even went on 2 week holiday out of my 5 weeks and took my shakes felt amazing to come back and actually lose 9 pounds!!! Lots of people slate the diet by saying not enough calories however all I can say is I feel 10 times better now then when I was September I will be at my goal weight if not before I will keep you all posted!!!

posted Jun 18th, 2012 6:46 pm



Louise Esbach

Hi Everyone
I did the cambridge diet last year before my wedding and managed to lose 4 stone in 3 months :-) However, what with a few personal problems before the wedding, I stopped abruptly and never continued with it.... However, I am now back on it and am almost through the first week yay :-) I have 2 1/2 stone to lose but want to be able to spend more time coming off the diet on a gradual basis so that I can maintain the weight.... :-)

posted May 21st, 2012 12:07 pm


bhavna

lovely programme.....once u start its awesome....lovely shakes...my favourite is cappaccino..LF.

posted May 19th, 2012 9:22 am


Emma

Have been doing CD Step 2 since beginning of Feb and have lost 3 stone so far. Easy to do, still get to eat 'proper' food and never feel hungry. Best diet ever.

posted May 11th, 2012 3:59 pm



Linda Richardson

I just started CD last Saturday and have found the first week quite hard, felt awful for the first five days, have gone off tea and coffe, starting to feel a bit better, anyone else just starting?

posted May 3rd, 2012 6:05 pm


Brian Airey

What is the cost?

posted Mar 17th, 2012 5:12 am


Butterfly

How do I stay focused on the Cambridge Diet? Need help - how do I keep focused? I have started CD a week ago and finding it really hard to stick to ss especially in the evenings.

posted Feb 23rd, 2012 8:59 am


kev

have been on the plan for 17days and i have lost an incredible 16lbs so far i am finding it easy to follow and i eat about every 3 hours with one sole source plus meal and i am feeling great

posted Feb 5th, 2012 7:33 pm


Bob

Works great!

posted Jan 30th, 2012 8:49 pm


Chloe

Hello, I have been on the Cambridge diet for 2 weeks now and lost 4.5 kg in the first week and then went for my second weigh in on Monday and had only lost an extra 1.5kg, I had just come on my period and my consultant told me that it is normal to not loose as much when on your period.... Is this true? Has anyone else had this problem?

posted Nov 16th, 2011 2:11 pm



 

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