400 kilocalories, three meals a day prepared from special powdered mixtures. This is how the Cambridge diet, also called the diet of last resort, looks like in short. According to some, it is the only proven way to fight excess weight, while for others it is a scam for people who cannot cope with obesity. Where does the truth lie?
The Cambridge diet is based on eating specially prepared, ready-to-eat meals (3 for women, 4 for men). They have the consistency of soup or pudding. Sometimes they are bars, juice in cartons, or a sachet of oatmeal. According to specialists who prepare the composition of the mix, it contains all the nutritional values necessary for the human body, i.e. the right dose of minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and fats.
In the first phase of slimming, which lasts from 1 to 3 weeks, their calorific value does not exceed 600 kilocalories. In the next stages, the energy value of the meals reaches up to 1500 kilocalories and is gradually enriched with dairy products and some vegetables or fruits.
The products prepared in this way are ordered in special health centers and each person enrolled in the program is placed under the care of a consultant – dietician, who helps to choose the type of diet and products, and above all, watches over the entire weight loss process.
The way to success with Cambridge diet
The Cambridge diet consists of 6 stages.
The first stage is characterized by the consumption of 3-4 ready-made meals, whose caloric value does not exceed 415-554 kcal in sum. It lasts from 1-3 weeks.
The second stage consists of 3 ready meals plus one protein meal. Their total caloric value is no more than 800 kcal and should be followed for no longer than 2 weeks.
The third stage consists of two ready meals and a conventional meal with an energy value of 1000 kcal and is used for about two weeks.
The fourth stage, the so-called stabilization stage, lasts about 2 weeks is two pre-prepared meals and one conventional meal (about 1200 kcal per day).
The fifth stage is another two weeks, the menu during this period consists of 1 ready meal and 2conventional meals (the total should be no more than 1500 kcal).
The last, sixth stage can be used for a very long time. It assumes adherence to the principles of rational nutrition, additionally, it can be enriched with one ready meal.
Using the principles of the diet allows you to reduce weight by three kilograms in one week. In addition to regular meals, it is recommended to drink at least two liters of fluids, preferably still water, herbal tea, or coffee. According to specialists, the most optimal way to use this diet in the long term is to take two ready meals and one standard meal.