Focus on The Cambridge Diet

Lauren Goodger has been on the Cambridge Diet plan
The Cambridge Diet has been in the press again lately, thanks to TOWIE stars Lauren Goodger and Frankie Essex attributing their recent weight loss to the regime.

Combined with a few stints at boot camp the pair are looking a lot slimmer lately, with Lauren revealing that she has lost between a stone and a stone and a half since embarking on the diet.

The Cambridge Diet plan has been running for nearly 30 years, and sees slimmers replacing meals with a range of nutritionally balanced smoothies, shakes and bars. The programmes range from a tiny 440 calories a day allowance to 1500+ calories a day depending on how much weight you may need to lose.

Lauren has been on the 1200 calories a day diet, and while there’s no denying the results are impressive, is the Cambridge Diet actually healthy?

At the start of the diet, slimmers eat just three small meals a day of shakes, soups and porridge that are low calorie and low carbohydrate, meaning the body goes into ketosis and uses fat as fuel.

The Cambridge Diet Plan
This is a method adopted by many diets as it evokes rapid weight loss, however much of this will be water initially.

People signing up to the plan are advised to seek medical advice or see one of their consultants who will measure their BMI and put them on the correct plan for their size and weight loss goals. They will also inform your doctor that you have started this diet.

While I’m aware that this diet is backed by scientists and does encourage medical support, I think there are much easier and healthier ways of losing weight quickly.

The Clean and Lean diet plan for example also causes the body to go into ketosis during the initial 14 day kick start, but without the need for special milkshakes and soups. While the Cambridge Diet is obviously effective, I can’t help but feel that this is not sustainable as when the dieters return to eating solid foods they are likely to regain some, if not all, of the weight.

Eating fresh, unprocessed foods on the other hand can become more of a way of life, while also offering consistent weight loss or maintenance.

If you want to lose weight and prefer to follow a guided meal plan then I recommend James Duigan’s Clean and Lean diet book; it’s available on Amazon for around £6 and only requires you to buy unprocessed foods as opposed to expensive diet milkshakes. With the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Elle MacPherson endorsing the plan, I personally feel it is a healthier and more sustainable approach to slimming.

Have you ever tried The Cambridge Diet or know anyone who has?

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