While the Cambridge diet is a crash diet it attempts to provide a sturdier nutritional platform than several other crash diets or fad diets. It also has almost thirty years of longevity to back up its claims as a legitimate weight loss program, and its program continues to evolve and progress.
The Cambridge diet is a very low calorie diet (VLCD) as defined as any diet limiting calorie intake to 1200 calories or less per day. Certain programs of the Cambridge diet restrict caloric intake to 500 calories per day, others down to 700-800 calories per day. Consequently the Cambridge diet should only be started with the permission and supervision of a trusted physician, especially if treated for high blood pressure, diabetes, or other weight related issues.
This eating plan is composed from Cambridge diet products, and is composed of prepackaged foods, each formulated with a specific amount of protein and containing about 1/3 the nutritional requirements of vitamins and minerals in each serving, with a low calorie count (100-200) per serving. Three to four liters of water is recommended to avoid dehydration.
The Cambridge diet has created several programs designed to meet the individual needs of dieters based on factors such as the amount of weight loss intended and the dieter’s self assessment on their own self discipline in abstaining from regular foods and seeking healthier eating habits upon conclusion of the Cambridge diet. Consequently, the Cambridge diet attempts to provide a basic framework for instilling a better pattern of eating to avoid future dependence on the Cambridge diet.
VLCDs like the Cambridge diet are not without risk, though they can also yield reward. The Cambridge diet will guarantee weight loss to the order of three to five pound per week on any of their programs. What the Cambridge diet cannot promise without the use of a physician is its complete safety and long term weight management after the diet is completed.
When you have come to the decision that you need to lose some of that excess weight, the process might seem like something of an uphill struggle. You can always use some helpful tips to help you and here are some basic, yet useful weight loss tips that will help you achieve what you have decided to do. These tips may seem pretty basic, but you’ll be surprised at how they are so often ignored or simply not even thought about by so many people who regularly fail to lose any weight, or put back on what they do lose soon after completing a diet plan.
The most basic aspect of weight loss is in one simple but very firm rule that is almost flawless in its logic and almost always absolutely true when applied to anybody, anywhere. That rule is that in order for weight loss to occur, your body must burn more calories than it consumes. The rule is almost infallible because when you think about it, you cannot make body mass out of nothing. It all comes from what you eat (and drink) and how your body then deals with what it’s getting in converting it into energy to burn. So from this, we can see that there really are only two basic needs for you to lose weight:
- You must eat a healthy, low calorie diet to restrict the calories ingested
- You must exercise to burn more of the energy provided by those calories
All the rest is just window dressing. It’s really that simple.
So you need to start by looking at what you are eating and drinking and calculate the calories it all provides. Be honest with yourself here, because cheating won’t hurt anyone but you. Then you need to balance that by working out the amount of exercise you will need to do in order to burn more calories of energy than you are consuming. When you do that, you will lose weight. It will be gradual and at first it may even seem like you are not losing any weight at all.
This is because exercise builds muscle mass. Muscle tissue weighs more than fat. So as your body consumes the stores of fat, it builds up your muscles until a point is reached where the fat is used up faster than the muscles grow. This might sound like you are going to look like a bodybuilder, but it doesn’t work that way. You will tone up and look much more slender and fit, which is the main goal after all. You want to look good in that new set of clothes, don’t you? Well, that is how it’s done!