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.