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What Is the Cambridge Diet?

Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 05:05 PM

If you are looking to lose weight within a short time, the Cambridge diet plan may be the best option.

What is Cambridge Diet?
Cambridge diet involves food intake that is very low in calories. It restricts all high calorie foods and provides nutritional supplements or recipes with low calories.
History of Cambridge diet
The Cambridge diet started in Cambridge University in the United Kingdomcambridge diet plan
method in 1970. Dr. Alan Howard was working on obesity with other nutritionists and doctors. He came up with an exact combination of nutritional elements required by the body and developed a formula that is able to supply all the important nutrients, but provides minimum calories to the body. In 1973, Dr. Dennis Jones, collaborated with Howard’s team to convert this diet concept into a profitable and viable formulation. He planned to formulate a commercial product so that the public could use it. The Cambridge diet was finally launched in 1984.
The Cambridge diet plan
The Cambridge diet is a type of VLCD, which means “Very Low Calorie Diet.” The individual following the Cambridge diet plan consumes pre-packaged foods like Cambridge diet shakes or soups available in the form of sachets, nutri-bars, etc. It is claimed that Cambridge diet shakes or other foods are formulated in such a way that they contain precise amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients along with a minimum amount of calories.
The diet in the first few weeks allows intake of only about 500 calories per day. Gradually, the intake of calories is increased to 800 to maximum 1000 calories a day. The diet calls for drinking large amounts of water to avoid any kind of dehydration.
A qualified consultant needs to monitor the rate of weight loss, health, and progress of the person following the Cambridge diet plan. 
Cambridge diet side effects
Experts say that Cambridge diet might lead to potential health hazards. Various Cambridge diet side effects have been reported, like malnutrition, heart arrhythmias, headaches, extreme tiredness, constipation, etc.
If you need to lose weight through Cambridge diet, only use it under medical supervision. The counselor should check that you do not have any other medical problems and also ensure that the diet plan is not followed for a very long time.

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