Most of you will have heard of the Cambridge Diet, the very low calorie diet that was developed in 1970 by Dr. Alan Howard at Cambridge University. It is another diet that is a combination of supplements and low calorie food used in weight loss. It says that it will help you lose weight while stopping you from losing too much good fat from your body. Millions of people tried this diet in the eighties, when it was extremely popular.
On this diet, you can consume as little as 400 calories per day, which is extremely low and well below the average recommended by nutrition organizations and experts.
In the beginning, you live off Cambridge shakes and you do this for two weeks, while drinking low calorie drinks. During this period you shouldnít eat anything else. At the end of this fortnight you can eat the specialized Cambridge bars and drink the Cambridge soup, but you still arenít allowed to eat normal food. If you reach your target weight, then you can start eating real food, but no more than 1600 kcal per day.
As you donít eat normal food and consume a very small amount of calories, you should take vitamin, mineral, and oil supplements, so that you donít get a lack of nutrients because of the low calorie intake. The opinion of many nutritional experts is that some essential nutrients could still be missing, as the diet has so few calories. The lack of certain vitamins, minerals and oils could lead to numerous health problems.
There are later versions of the Cambridge Diet and these, like the more up to date versions of many diets, are less strict. They also follow health authority guidelines. Although, the NHS guidelines state that diets of less than 600 calories per day should only be followed under strict medical supervision. The NHS also says that if you consume less than 1600 calories per day, it is very likely that you will have vitamin and mineral deficiencies, whichin turn may cause certain health problems.
6 Steps of the Cambridge Diet
Step1: 415 Ė 615 kcal per day
Step 2: 810 kcal per day
Step 3: 1000 kcal per day
Step 4: 1200 kcal per day
Step 5: 1500 kcal per day
Step 6: 1500; kcal per day
Stages of the Cambridge Diet
There are 4 different stages or phases to the Cambridge Diet;
The first phase is called the Preparation phase and during this phase you set an appointment with your specialized nutritional consultant and the two of you talk about when you should begin the diet, your goals, target weight, what you want from the diet, i.e. simply to lose a few pounds or stones and how you should go about doing this.
The second phase, like in any diet, is the weight loss phase. The first two weeks of the diet are called the Sole Source. It is in this period that you drink only shakes, which give you a total of about 400 Ė 550 calories per day. Due to the very low calorie intake, you will be starving, but after a while your body will get used to living off liquids and not having solid foods. Itís like fasting, your body will adapt.
You really have to sum up all the will power you have to stick to the diet and ignore the cravings. If you do the diet for a few days and then stop, youíre bound to binge eat, i.e. eat all the solid food that youíve missed during your few days on the diet. So, the only way is to stick to it.
The third phase is called Stablisation. By this point you should have already lost weight, have your target weight in sight, be used to dieting and as a reward you can now eat more, i.e. 810-1500 calories per day, depending on your age, sex and other factors.
During this phase, you will still lose weight, as the calories are still fairly low, but if you stick to it it should stop you from gaining weight. The introduction of more calories per day should also mean that you donít gain weight, after coming off the very low calorie, almost crash diet. This stage lasts for 7 days to a fortnight, this depends on what your nutritionist tells you.
Once you have reached your target weight, then you reach the phase of Weight Maintenance. As many of you know, this is the phase when things often go horribly wrong and people start to gain their weight back again. As youíve been on a so called crash diet, the yo yo effect can take hold, if youíre not careful. This means, that the weight youíve lost will pile on again if you donít follow nutritional advice about what you have to eat now and for always.
Cambridge Shakes & Soup
The Cambridge shakes are easy to prepare, you simply have to add water to them, the same goes for the soup. To make them smooth and creamy, simply blend them with a hand blender.
The shakes are available in the following flavours:
Chocolate, vanilla, eggnog, strawberry, cappuccino, banana cream and many more.
The soups are available in the following flavours:
For those in a hurry, there are also shake bars, so shakes to go if you like.
Later on in your diet you can also eat chocolate covered bars. These are available in the following flavours:
caramel, cranberry, Double Chocolate, Malted Toffee, Orange, and Peanut.
Each Cambridge meal replacement product represents
Each Cambridge meal replacement product represents is about 140 calories.
There are also other products such as flavouring for water, in various flavours and powder that will help you make a mousse out of your shake.
As you donít eat hardly any fibre, there are also fibre supplements to stop you from getting constipated from a lack of fibre.
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