Since having my little ones my weight has fluctuated and not always for the best! I’ve tried various diets, only to fall off the wagon and slip back into old habits. Until I heard a few friends recommending the Cambridge weight plan.
What is the Cambridge Diet Weight Plan?
The Cambridge weight plan is made up of 6 flexible steps. All of the steps are nutritionally balanced and start from 600kcal up to 1500+kcal per day. It is known as a very low calorie diet.
I’m on step two, which allows 3 Cambridge products a day and a meal of 200kcals. I normally have something like extra lean mince with chopped tomatoes and mushrooms or perhaps a little piece of chicken breast with some side salad. And it really is a little dinner! It is all measured out to the gram.
After around day 3 of the first week, the body is sent into a state of Ketosis. This is where your body starts to burn its own fat. The first couple of days I found to be quite a challenge, but once you overcome those, your hunger seems to slowly wear off.
You are recommended to drink at least 2.25 litres of water per day. And it is imperative that you do! This not only helps fill you slightly but also curbs headaches and helps toileting too! You can get a little ‘bound’ if you don’t drink enough water (I think that’s all we need to say on that one). I use my fitbit app to log how much water I drink a day. You could also create some kind of chart to keep you on track if that works better for you.
One to one support
What I really love about this diet is the one to one support from my lovely consultant Julia. I found Julia through the Cambridge find a consultant page on their website. You just pop your postcode into the search bar and a list of local consultants will be seen.
The first consultation will normally take around 45 minutes. The consultant will go through the health questionnaire with you to make sure that no health issues will conflict with the diet and that it is safe for you to proceed. They will then take all of your stats, measurements and BMI to determine which step is suitable for you to start on. You will discuss your targets and aims, they are on hand whenever you need them. I often have lovely little motivational texts throughout the week from Julia. It really does help give you that little push to stay focused.
What are the products like?
They are ok as far as meal replacements go. You get all of the nutrients that your body needs whilst on this plan. There are smoothies, a variety of shakes, which I really like. Porridge, I didn’t like the plain one at all, but the maple and pecan has really grown on me. The tikka rice which is surprisingly good with added chicken. Macaroni cheese and various soups. They have snack bars too, but unfortunately I don’t like these at all. They maybe the one for you, if you have a really sweet tooth.
How much does it cost?
My typical spend per week is around £48.00 – £50.00. It may sound a little expensive, but the results are excellent.
How much can you lose?
I obviously can’t speak for everybody as we are all different, however Cambridge do say to expect at least 1 stone loss per month. It’s not all about the weight either, it’s about the inches you drop around your waist, thighs, arms etc. I’ve dropped one dress size so far and here is how my weekly weigh in has gone up to now.
Week 1 – 12lbs
Week 2 – 6 lbs
Week 3 – 4lbs
Week 4 – 2lbs
Week 5 – 5lbs
As you can see, I’ve now hit the 2 stone mark. It is by far the best diet I have tried. The lovely Aby from You Baby Me Mummy is also on this plan and I think she has nailed well over 4 stone loss I think. Don’t get me wrong, it is no easy road by far. You need to be in the right mindset at the start. I have had some days where I have felt a little overwhelmed by it all, but with the help of Julia, I can get on with it. At the end of the day, you will be rewarded for your effort and determination, the crappy days don’t last! I hope this has helped fill in any gaps and answered any questions you may have on the Cambridge weight plan. Good luck on your weight loss journey!