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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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Snowy

I love this diet and for the first time in ages I feel different and actually quite chuffed with myself. I have lost 22lbs in 3 weeks. My clothes are really loose round my waist especially and people are starting comment.

I am drinking loads and loads of water, literally 4 litres as my c/d counsellor says the more you PEE the SLIMMER YOU WILL BE!!!! Woohoo. Keep going you guys, we will look fab for Christmas and beyond.



Snowy xxxx

posted Nov 29th, 2008 2:53 pm


Tamika

Hi everyone its really nice to read all the stories posted I took is on the sole source it will be my 5 week for my first 4 weeks I lost 22 pounds and yes it should be more but I cheated couple of times so now I am on track for the week I have to lose 102 pounds more to go can some please help when I cheat I will drink a dieter's tea and I will walk extra miles and plus I drink about 5 1.5 litres of water per day. PLEASE HELP!!!

posted Nov 29th, 2008 12:27 pm


pauline

hi everyone ,this is week 3 and i still have not lost anymore weight go to diet teachers on mon for my 3rd weigh in lrts hoping her scales say different to mine.i am detemined to stick with it .my husband had steak and chips with peppercorn sauce last night for tea and i had my chichen and mushroom soup c/d and i was not the least bit bothered . but if i am not loosing weight i don't know what to do .my husdand thinks i look thinner. but before i started the c/d i took photo's of my stomache and i can tell you it was not a pretty sight infact if ever i lost my phone i may well be arrested for giving people heart attacks! well anyway i took another photo of my stomache again last night and you could really tell how much smaller it is i was quite amazed and chuffed. so maybe i am retaining fluid because on my little ketone sticks it is number 3 pink well that's all for now check in tomorrow, this is good it's like therapy writing it all down and much cheaper!!!!

posted Nov 29th, 2008 3:33 am


Donna Hamilton

I am trying to lose my last 20 pounds and I am having a REALLY difficult time. I use to be able to stick to sole source but now- I am struggling. Seriously, I'm so close to my goal- I'm 5'8 and weigh 160 pounds....I want to be 140....does anyone have any tips to give me? I believe in this diet but- havent seen the scale move lately.....what's the deal?!?!

posted Nov 28th, 2008 2:10 pm


Monica

Had the worst week. Have had everything I'm not supposed to plus eating the bars/drinking the shakes as a meal replacement. I am due on and my willpower just goes out of the window. This happens to me EVERYTIME and I just cannot control it. The urges are too strong. Hopefully I can exercise it off and not gain anything. Weigh in next week :(

posted Nov 28th, 2008 10:12 am


rosy

I love this diet, first week was horrible but once that's done it gets so much easier. I'm on week 5 and so far have lost 2 stone. My friend lost 5 stone in 14 weeks and a year later is still maintaing.

posted Nov 28th, 2008 7:33 am


pauline

haven't been hungry on c/d and drink 21/2lts water plus 200mls skimmed milk i find it easy to follow and the willpower to stay with it for now but this is my 3rd week and i have only lost 61/2 and that was in week 1 just hope next week i have a big weight loss just to prove that i can loose weight and have the willpower to stick with it. i am still very positive.the only thing i can think of is i take medication from doctor does anyone know if that could stop me loosing weight on c/d because i have lost weight on ww without any bother but i put it all back hence c/d.

posted Nov 27th, 2008 3:53 pm


pauline

hi evertone i started c/d 3 weeks ago my daughter is getting married in feb2009 she has lost about 20lbs in 4 weeks. i thought great a quick fix i will do it 1st week great lost 61/2lbs i was amazed .week2 thought this is great the diet is ok you dont feel hungry plenty of water i am doing fine . week 2 weigh in i am full of confidence got on scales at diet teachers house stayed the same. week 3 get weighed tomorrow and guess what i have only lost 1lb .what's that all about i am going to give it another week and if i have not lost any weight well there must be something wrong with me. is it that i have been fat for that long it just does not want to shift. can anyone suggest something that might help.

posted Nov 27th, 2008 3:20 pm


harry

hey everyone im on the cambridge diet again i dne it b4 for3 weeks and lost 1 stone buh wen i hit the barrier the waall i stoped n i doubled the weigh on a again, im starting it again this time with hope i will fullfill the task in hand n get my body tha i want , has anyone got any tips on how toi handle the seduction of the brain telling u to eat, i try distract ma self jus rle hard i wna loos 5 stones by march i wnt my life how it used to me any tips on how to handle these problems im so confused :s

posted Nov 27th, 2008 7:41 am


calli

You do get cravings on this program just like anyother...the determination should hopefully deter yourself from givng in to those cravings...however if you do surcombe...like i have on many occasions...don't beat yourself up about it....the CD is easy enough to get back on track and carry on where you left off....

I have been on the CD for 8 wks and have been really happy with the results..it is not coming off too quickly which is just the way i want it...still have another stone and half to lose...but in those 8 wks i have dropped 2 dress sizes..so sometimes inches count more than pounds....

the aim is to try and stay focused as much as possible...Be proud of what you have achieved so far...this weight mullarky is not easy....

christmas is coming and the goose is getting slimmer!!!!!

posted Nov 27th, 2008 2:17 am


deborah richardson

hi i been on this diet a week and thought it was great im now avin it tough just want to eat and im not even hungry think it in my head i wud really just like to speak to some one who been in this situation as i want to continue this diet

posted Nov 26th, 2008 7:52 pm


Jennifer

I found it so hard to stay on this diet, couldnt sleep because I was so hungry!!! And before anybody says it drinking water doesnt really help at all, did lose 8 pounds the first week but had no life and was miserable

posted Nov 26th, 2008 5:55 pm


Monica

Hi all .. I'm on my 3rd week now. First two weeks I have lost 12 lbs. Excited is not the word!! Body shape has changed. I havent done as much exercise as I am used to and the weight is still falling off.

My only problem will be next week when I am due on. I get strong cravings and have to eat anything that comes into my mind. It's an urge I have to try and control though. I will keep doing CD as long as I can afford it and as long as I keep getting results.

posted Nov 26th, 2008 3:20 pm


Monica

Hi all .. I'm on my 3rd week now. First two weeks I have lost 12 lbs. Excited is not the word!! Body shape has changed. I havent done as much exercise as I am used to and the weight is still falling off.

My only problem will be next week when I am due on. I get strong cravings and have to eat anything that comes into my mind. It's an urge I have to try and control though. I will keep doing CD as long as I can afford it and as long as I keep getting results.

posted Nov 26th, 2008 3:11 pm


mica

I know it works coz last year I did ss religiously for 2 weeks and lost a stone and a half , ever since though I have found it very hard and extremely difficult to focus and continue on this diet but because I know it works I refuse to give up. I need a diet buddy to keep me motivated. my email is michenjie@hotmail.com please feel free to contact me for inspiration. Im going on holiday in 2 weeks time so I really want to lose at least a stone then continue when I get back.

posted Nov 26th, 2008 10:10 am


gemss

hi in response to slating weight watchers and taking lazy option with cambridge.



In the past my doctor perscribed me slimming tablets xenical and the side affect i had was not nice. I would never want to take that again. so been there and done that im afraid to say. No Major weight loss even with dietician help too.



weight watchers is a sensible diet no dought there and i did not mean to sound like i was slating it.. over the past 8 years for me weight watchers has helped me get some of my weight off. with lots of exercise daily.



having {pcos} and having two children my body has become so use to this diet. hence 4 months to get 14 pound off with daily exercise.

which when I have so much weight to lose was so hard and demotivating ,my body needed a shock to system.



now following cambridge and I have to say I do exercise, wii fit is excellent. I have got the most weight off I ever have. I now feel I have my life back. even though i still have some weight to go. By no means have I taken a lazy option just the right one for me at this time in my life.



I wish everyone luck with cambridge and I really hope there are lots of posts from people after they reach there goals.



hopefully when I get to my goal weight watchers or an alternative healthy eating plan will help me maintain my weight loss achieved with cambridge. I will do whatever I can to keep this weight off after years of battling with it.









posted Nov 25th, 2008 6:51 pm


cazzie

Anyone that can do this and keep the weight off i toally admire....I did this had still had major issues around food and I am back to the start.....overweight and unhappy....not the diet 's fault I know....but didnt teach me anything!!!
Now on weight watchers and learning to live and eat...not dreaming of food....allowed my treats along the way..............a life style change.....no health issues......worth the slower loss ....have lost 21/2 stone in three months....this is my new lifestyle..

Well good luck to everyone on the cambridge xx

posted Nov 25th, 2008 2:58 pm


emma

hi there, i did 2 weeks on sole source back in august and quit as i felt soo hungry all the time, now im back on it and on day 2 which im feeling really positive this time. i have my 21st birthday party in january so atleast i have something to keep me motivated. im currently 13st 7 and would like to lost 4 stone. i hope i can achieve this weight this time. your comments are really helping and when im feeling crap i just come on here and have a look at your weight losses and it keeps me going.. keep up the good work :)



posted Nov 25th, 2008 10:27 am


Ditzy

All the people slating weight watchers diet are obviously doing it wrong and taking the lazy option to lose weight with cambridge.

I considered this diet but long term it does not teach you to eat healthly and even the cambridge councellor I met said you have to stay on the shakes long term.

I have lost 3lbs every week on weight watchers through healthy eating and regular exercise. Also go out every weekend for nights out.

Hmmmm Slightly slower weight loss with weight watchers or No life with cambridge and disgusting crap you have to eat lol...know which one i choose.

And before people start saying how healthy it is, why do doctors give diet pills and gastric bands if this is so good??? Surely this is cheaper than surgery, but they know it's not a long term option.

I agree with the few negative posts on here that no one posts here after being on the diet 4-6 months

posted Nov 25th, 2008 10:06 am


clare

hi, me and my hubby are doing this together. iam 5ft3 and weighed 15st 10
just finished week 3s/s today 21lb lost todate.
paul is 6ft1 19st 4 and he has lost 18lb with a meal a day.
You do get your rough days but we feel so much better miss going to the pub and we both intend to have a few drinks at xmas and eat sensably were both aiming for 3 stone lost for xmas then back on it to loose the rest. dont give up.We have tried everything in the past our insperation this time was our eldest daughter has just started in the raf and we promised her we would do it to prove that sometimes things are difficult but you have to stick at it looking forward to her pass out !

posted Nov 25th, 2008 7:03 am



 

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