The Cambridge Diet is one of the Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCDs). This type of diet reduces calorie intake to a very low level for a limited time, usually with liquid meal replacements.
The Cambridge diet is based on a calorie intake of only 411 to 548 calories a day. Cambridge meal replacements are only available through counsellors who give information and support, either one-to-one or in group sessions. The first stage involves replacing all food with Cambridge products, for no more than four weeks. Ordinary foods are then slowly reintroduced.
The Cambridge diet is, therefore, basically a very strict, calorie-controlled diet using specialised foods, with support from a Cambridge Counsellor.
There has been a lot of research into the long-term effectiveness of VLCDs. They are clearly effective in helping people lose weight, but are often linked with rapid weight regain.
Don't forget: if you decide to follow a particular diet and lose weight, then go back to the old habits that made you overweight in the first place, you will become overweight again.
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