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WEll I am curious about the Cambridge Diet I think I might actually do it. I know you wouldnt be taking in a whole lot of calories but you would lose the weight really fast and that is what I want. What do you guys think?

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Um...what is it?
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It is a diet where you drink like these shakes and you drink 3 of them a day and each one is only 110 calories
So a total of 330 cals a day????  I can't imagine how that could possibly be even remotely safe.  Where did you hear about this diet?  Is there a website or something?
I just looked it up, and found very negative reviews.
You don't eat real food. It looks like shakes and bars mostly.
And, like many other diet systems of this kind, it's really a temporary solution (and not very healthy, in my opinion).
You are most likely going to be hungry a lot of the time (the reviews all made mention of that) and you will gain the weight back if you stop the diet.

If you really want to lose weight and be HEALTHY, slow and steady is the way.
It's not a race. It's a lifestyle change.

I hope you decide against this particular diet.
I think it would be more satisfying and easier to stick to if you have a diet full of fruits, veggies, lean meats, and foods that you can ENJOY and provide all the nutrients your body needs.

Good luck,
MC
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In that case, sounds really bad! :[

You need way more than 330 calories per day. A diet that low in cals will screw up your metabolism, sending your body into starvation mode where it grabs and stores all the calories you eat because it thinks you are starving. Plus, it can stunt your growth, make your hair and skin look unhealthy, and will make you feel super hungry.

Probably not the answer you were expecting, but you should eat at least 1200 calories per day.
It sounds like torture to me, you can lose while still eating whole foods and not feeling deprived.
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By the way - use the "Allowance" calculator tool on this site for a better and healthier guideline on how much you should eat to reach your weight goal.

**And unlike the Cambridge Diet, counting calories and using this website is free! And more likely to keep the pounds off! Save your money! **
1. Expensive
2. Not healthy. How can you go from eating food to only shakes with no energy and expect to live?
3. Fad. If counting clas works, why go for a fad. Because its harder, isnt it. Well the best things in life a free, but are never easy (to you know, make a hybrid cliche.)

I am currently doing the Cambridge diet.  Today is my 8th day.  I started at 236 and am currently at 229.  I plan on staying on it until I lose A LOT more weight.

Someone I work with did this plan about a year and a half ago and lost 105 pounds in 8 months.  She looks great and hasn't put it back on.

I think the reason people gain it back when they cut calories is because when you do something as drastic as this, it can be SOO good to start eating again that you overdo it and it triggers a binge session.

I am doing it because I need some time to get away from food and reconnect with my stomach.  I need to let it shrink to a normal size and to experience what hunger feels like.

In the 8 days so far, I have not felt hungry except when it's time to eat.

You can have 3 or 4 shakes a day - you can have shakes or soups.  I like both but the soups are especially good.  You can have chicken broth, and you can also stir in dried herbs, pepper and tobasco sauce into the soups to help give it more flavor.

VLCD get a hard time mostly because people fear 1) starvation mode and 2) I think a lot of it comes down to some people thinking it's dangerous.

To be honest my doctor told me that while I was not HUGE, it is MORE dangerous for me to dismiss it and that to be so overweight is far far more detrimental to your health than these sorts of plans are if followed properly and preferably if you are monitored by your doctor monthly.

I wish that people would not put down others who are trying to do SOMETHING rather than nothing about their weight.  Do I know for sure I will stay on this until the end?  No frankly - but at 8 days in I feel like things are going well.  We'll see how it goes.

I am listening to my doctor and my body in the meantime.

First of all - seriously low calorie diets are horrible for you. I know. At 16 I weighed 240 pounds, by age 18, after using multiple different "Low calorie diets" and quick-fixes, I lost over 140 pounds, and kept losing. It can feel really good to reach your "target weight" but by that point you will have set a new target, and a new target for later after that as well. I feel like these kind of diets impress on people the "thinness" that Hollywood is pushing on society. It kind of warps your mind into thinking that you need to be skinnier and skinnier.

I have always suffered from different eating disorders - food has never been my strong point.

 

But I can defenitely tell you after going from 87pounds to over 150 in less than a year, these are not the "diets" that create a lifestyle change.

 

Slow and steady defintely wins the race!

Always remember, the things your taught as a child can help you throughout your whole life!

 

(The tortoise and the hare.)

 

Exercise is one key, and people who have a sufficient amount of weight to lose WALKING IS KEY! Biking is also a fun way to exercise! Don't push yourself and good luck!

 

it never ceases to amazer me how much energy people expend trying to find way to cheat reality when dieting.

no liquid or low cal diet, no berry or cleanse, no pill and no magic vacuum pose held for 10 minutes a day will suddenly make you fit and healthy

Get off of google, geton your feet, run, jog, boke, play tennis and count your calories, but above all be patrient.  you cannot healthily lose the weight rapidl;y, moreover, weight lost quickly usually comes back with a few extra pounds.

you took years getting  to whatever size you are now, be willing to take some months/years getting to where you want to be. 

Beautiful_stranger: The first thing right below your Post Reply button are Calorie Count's posting guidelines. "Calorie Count's mission is to promote healthy and sustainable weight management. Please help our moderators follow this vision and respect the following guidelines."

A drastic, faddy, low calorie diet like the Cambridge Diet does NOT fall into this mission.

My doctor told me that while I was not HUGE, it is MORE dangerous... to be so overweight is far far more detrimental to your health than these sorts of plans are...

Have a read of this: Obesity on 700 Calories

The physical dangers that come with undereating are numerous. You put yourself at risk of osteoporosis, of loss of fertility if you lose your period, hair loss, electrolyte problems, a weakening of the immune system, low blood pressure, blood disorders such as anemia, heart problems, and even death. The mental woes that come alongside can be just as devestating. Depression is common in undereaters, as well as distorted perceptions and problems like Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

In turn you say someone calorie counting is more likely to binge - and yet, someone who starves themselves is much more likely to binge eat or for all the "weight" (largely muscle and water, when you deprive yourself that much) to come piling back on as soon as someone then does begin eating again.

Perhaps only in rare circumstances, perhaps only when so VERY closely monitored by a doctor, but these diets should not be considered a healthy or plausible way for someone to lose weight. Advising and promoting such is against Calorie Count's posting guidelines.

As well as that first link I gave you, I also suggest you look at these:

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Original Post by beautiful_stranger:

I am currently doing the Cambridge diet.  Today is my 8th day.  I started at 236 and am currently at 229.  I plan on staying on it until I lose A LOT more weight.

Someone I work with did this plan about a year and a half ago and lost 105 pounds in 8 months.  She looks great and hasn't put it back on.

I think the reason people gain it back when they cut calories is because when you do something as drastic as this, it can be SOO good to start eating again that you overdo it and it triggers a binge session.

I am doing it because I need some time to get away from food and reconnect with my stomach.  I need to let it shrink to a normal size and to experience what hunger feels like.

In the 8 days so far, I have not felt hungry except when it's time to eat.

You can have 3 or 4 shakes a day - you can have shakes or soups.  I like both but the soups are especially good.  You can have chicken broth, and you can also stir in dried herbs, pepper and tobasco sauce into the soups to help give it more flavor.

VLCD get a hard time mostly because people fear 1) starvation mode and 2) I think a lot of it comes down to some people thinking it's dangerous.

To be honest my doctor told me that while I was not HUGE, it is MORE dangerous for me to dismiss it and that to be so overweight is far far more detrimental to your health than these sorts of plans are if followed properly and preferably if you are monitored by your doctor monthly.

I wish that people would not put down others who are trying to do SOMETHING rather than nothing about their weight.  Do I know for sure I will stay on this until the end?  No frankly - but at 8 days in I feel like things are going well.  We'll see how it goes.

I am listening to my doctor and my body in the meantime.

There is no way a Dr. would or should recommend this, even Medifast has more than 330 calories a day and that is dr supervised.  Someone preparing for gastric bypass gets more calories on their liquid diet than that.  YOUR DR, should lose his license as well as his practice for reckless endagerment.

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