Pros and Cons of the Cambridge Diet

The Cambridge Diet is an extremely low-calorie diet that originated in the United Kingdom. While on this diet, individuals will consume pre-packed foods to help with calorie counting. The foods have been created to provide exact amounts of vitamins, nutrients and calories.

Con: Extremely Low Calories

Some of the meal plans on the Cambridge Diet have individuals eating between 415 to 500 calories per day. After four weeks on the extremely restrictive diet, the daily calorie amounts will increase to 790 calories, which is still considered extremely low calories.

Pro: Based on Scientific Research

Researchers Dr. Alan Howard, Dr. Robert Nesheim and Dr. Ian McLean-Baird created the formula that the Cambridge Diet is based upon. After completing their research, they conducted clinical trials to prove that the Cambridge Diet was safe and effective.

Con: Medical Supervision

To safely go on the Cambridge Diet, individuals will need to have the constant guidance of a medical professional. With a diet that is this restrictive, individuals will require this medical attention to ensure that they are safely consuming enough minerals and nutrients to keep their body functioning. In addition to a physician, individuals are recommended to consult with an accredited weight loss counselor while on the Cambridge Diet.

Pro: Variety of Products

The Cambridge Diet is based on consuming pre-packed foods. Foods are available as sachets, meal bars, soups and shakes. All of these foods come in a variety of flavors, allowing people to customize this diet to their tastes.

Con: Advised For Only Certain People

The Cambridge Diet is not advised for everyone. This diet is only recommended for individuals who have a body mass index above 25. Furthermore, this diet is not recommended for people who suffer from kidney problems, heart disease or chronic infections.

Con: Side Effects

The makers of the Cambridge Diet state that there may be some side effects experienced while on this low-calorie diet. Side effects include diarrhea, nausea, headaches and constipation. Some of these side effects may pass but the physicians state some individuals will experience these side effects throughout the entire diet.

Con: Cost

The foods available on the Cambridge Diet are quite expensive. In the United States, a week’s supply of food ranges from 50 to 100 dollars a week. To complete all phases of this diet, individuals should expect to spend hundreds of dollars.

Con: Maintenance Plan

The maintenance plan on the Cambridge Diet is around 1,500 calories per day for most women. This number is still low in calories. According to the Mayo Clinic, a low calorie diet is one that recommends 1,200 to 1,500 calories per day. Therefore, this is not exactly a maintenance plan but instead a continuous diet.

The diet is an extremely restrictive and fails to promote exercise or include a reasonable maintenance plan. A diet this restrictive could lead to a host of health problems. Instead of an extreme diet, individuals should aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds of weight per week and look for a diet that promotes a well-balanced meal plan in addition to exercise.


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