Dieta Cambridge

by Georgia Ede
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Cambridge diet, do you know it?

The Cambridge diet emerged in the 70s from the hand of Dr. Alan Howard, from the University of Cambridge, hence the name of it, and since then, millions of people have tried it and it continues to be one of the most followed diets in the world. world for their successes ..

If you are looking for a quick method to regain your figure or reach your ideal weight, there is no doubt that the Cambridge diet is for you. It consists of eating or, rather, drinking shakes, soups, purees and porridges, made from the official products of the Cambridge diet that provide us with few calories and nutrients of high biological value.
The diet is divided into 6 different phases so that you go from one to another according to the weight goal that you have set.

The ideal thing to do is to consult with a Cambridge diet expert to help you decide which goals are best suited to your needs, based on the weight you need to lose.

How does the diet work?

The 6 different phases of this diet range from 440 kilocalories to 1,500 kilocalories a day, starting with strict phases in which we will adapt the body to consuming fewer calories than it is used to, and although they can be harsh; we will achieve a fast and effective weight loss ; since we will progressively increase the caloric intake so that the body does not detect a sudden rise and begins to store those excess calories in the form of fat in the body.

The hardest phases are those in which you only eat the official Cambridge diet products , while there are other phases that include normal meals, although these must be low in calories. The good news is that all the phases of this diet are nutritionally balanced , this means that they contain the recommended daily amount of minerals and vitamins, even if they are low in calories. It is important to follow the recommendations of each phase, and not to alter the instructions.

This diet is designed to cause mild ketosis , that is, a slight excess of ketone bodies in the blood, as we have explained in other diets, such as the Ketogenic Diet , during this state your body begins to break down your fat to convert it into energy because you don’t get the energy you need from food.

Cambridge diet products

The official shakes, soups and purees come in practical and convenient bags that are mixed with water. They are products of high nutritional value and that provide us with few calories but recharge us with vitamins, minerals and nutrients necessary for our body. Unlike other systems that work in a similar way, such as the Pronokal diet , these products have a reputation for being especially tasty.

Phases of the Cambridge diet

• First phase (415 – 615 kcal per day). It is a particularly hypocaloric phase , so it is not advisable to do intense exercise while we remain in it, since we could be ingesting very few calories for it. This phase is the so-called “Sole Source”because throughout the course one eats exclusively the official Cambridge diet products. The normal thing is to take between 3 and 4 products of the Cambridge line, although there are somewhat less strict variants in which 3 products of the Cambridge diet are consumed and a normal meal of about 200 calories or 4 products are taken that are complemented with 200 ml . skimmed milk. The duration of this phase should not exceed a week, in a week we can easily lose up to 5 kilos.

• Second phase (810 kcals daily)
In the second phase, 3 products of the diet are combined with foods rich in protein such as skimmed milk or some vegetables. During this stage we will have to lose around 50% of the weight we want to lose.

• Third phase (1000 kcals per day)
The next step consists of reducing the number of products in the diet to 2 and adding a light breakfast and salads for lunch and dinner to the daily diet . When we have reached 70% of the weight lost, it will be time to move on to the fourth phase. As we progress through the phases, weight loss will be more gradual and slower; but at the same time it is a healthier and sustained weight loss over time.

• Fourth phase (1200 kcals per day)
Although the 2 official products and the dinners and breakfast are maintained, we can now introduce the usual diet, only in small quantities and always controlling the caloric intake and balancing the balance between the calories we eat and those that we burn with the daily exercise we do.

• Fifth phase (1500 kcals per day)
As we approach the end of the diet, only one product of the Cambridge diet is consumed, we can afford a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. At this time we will begin to include five meals a day , to keep the metabolism active for a longer time; always controlling the caloric intake.

• Sixth phase (1500-1800 kcal per day)
The last stage represents the maintenance phase . We continue to take an official daily product but we can now eat normally, always within the parameters of a healthy, balanced and not excessively caloric diet so that the body continues to perform its functions and not accumulate unconsumed calories that could lead to weight gain .

Advantages and disadvantages of the Cambridge diet

The weight loss is very fast and sometimes you may notice that is too drastic because muscle mass can be lost if not carried out properly diet, but we must bear in mind that we hydrate properly and adjust caloric intake to energy expenditure personnel .

The Cambridge diet can have minimal but somewhat annoying side effects . At first, you may have bad breath , feel dry mouth , feel tired , this is caused by the state of ketosis in which the body enters and occasionally have dizziness , nausea and constipation . All this, due to the lack of carbohydrates and fiber. But this softens until it disappears as you go along and eat more calories.

In addition, all meals are nutritionally balanced so you will be taking all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs. If you contact a Cambridge Diet advisor, you can rest easy and set goals that suit your needs – in fact,  the Cambridge Diet is tailored for you . There are people who start doing the Cambridge diet and do not go through all its phases because they are not necessary, that is, if we want to lose little weight, we can start with phase two or three, without any problem since we will lose what we need, although in a little more time, but counteracting the side effects of the first phases of the diet.

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