Giving a diet a prestigious name, doesn’t guarantee it’s healthy nor good for you in any way. Here’s our Cambridge diet review.
What is the Cambridge diet?
Below is how the NHS describes the Cambridge diet:
“The Cambridge Weight Plans are based around buying and eating a range of meal-replacement products with the promise of rapid weight loss. There are six flexible diet plans ranging from 600 calories to 1,500 calories or more a day, depending on your weight loss goal. There is also a long-term weight management programme. The bars, soups, porridges and shakes can be used as your sole source of nutrition or together with low-calorie regular meals. While on the programme, you receive advice and support on healthy eating and exercise from a Cambridge adviser.”
I don’t even know where to begin.
The diet will definitely have the weight dropping off you rapidly. The changes will be drastic and severe. With such a rapid decrease in weight (fat and muscle mass) your body will suffer massively. It will start trying to preserve life and keep the body functioning.
600 calories is less than what most anorexics and starving, impoverished people eat.
To put this all into comparison a muffin is around 400 calories, imagine eating so little in just one day. Being so hungry and having no energy when you’re trying to maintain relationships, a job and activities in your free time.
Even if you follow the plans highest calorie option of 1,500 calories, you’re still under what the World Health Organisation classifies as starvation.
While this may make you lose weight rapidly, it’s certainly going to pile back on once you’ve stopped starving yourself. During starving, your body will go into survival mode, it’ll teach itself that it needs to store absolutely every piece of food because it’s used to having so little.
Once the starving is over and normal eating resumes, your body will still be storing everything, so weight gain will be rapid and you’ll probably be bigger than when you started.
This is just your basic yo-yo diet. Expect your metabolism to be destroyed.
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It’s claimed the meal replacements contain the recommended daily amount of essential nutrients and vitamins. That might be true but what about fibre?
You’ll be drinking a couple of smoothies, eating some soup and maybe a biscuit bar if you’re lucky. The results of a low fibre diet include cardiovascular disease, damage to the digestion system and poor blood sugar control.
Scream health? Yeah, thought not.
Our Cambridge diet review
I think it’s pretty clear that this diet is in no way shape or form healthy. Starving your body of food will definitely make you lose weight but it’s not the way you should go about it. Drastic weight changes are dangerous and could land you in hospital.
Expect bad breath, a dry mouth, tiredness, dizziness, insomnia, nausea and constipation from cutting down on carbs and fibre.
If you’re looking to reach a healthy weight, body size, still have an abundance of energy, you should instead start eating a high carb, low-fat vegan diet. Eating this way will mean you can eat an almost unlimited number of calories, feel full all the time and not need to worry about weight gain.
If there’s one thing you take away from this: don’t starve yourself, eat till you’re full. This diet is dangerous.