Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog.
This is my very candid review of the Cambridge diet for anyone who is considering it. I hope that this helps with the decision of whether or not to do it. I am not a health professional or a nutritionist, I’m just a regular person giving my own opinion on the diet. I just decided that I’m not comfortable in my skin and I would like to lose some weight, so I’m now joining the whole bandwagon of #newyearnewme #2021weightloss. A mindset change is the first step you need to be able to follow the long journey through. I don’t know how long I’m actually going to keep my motivation for but fingers crossed.
I am on step 2 which means I have three products a day as well as a healthy meal of my choice. Because of the one-to-one nature of the diet, I have the option of planing my extra meal with the help of my Consultant. The diet consists of having 200 calories meals four times a day. They give you a wide variety of meals to choose from. They also provide you with a booklet that tells you what else you can eat. The 800 calories a day step is just to put your body in a deficit for some time and then after you are at a weight you like, you can gradually increase it to what you need in a day to sustain your achieved weight. You definitely shouldn’t be doing any strenuous exercise while doing the diet because that’s taking a serious health risk. I think you would need to add more calories to compensate for that.
The meals they give you are really tiny. I guess they are supposed to help you shrink your tummy. The quantity is not the worst bit, because I feel like you can get used to it, the worst part is its tastes. Most of the meals, especially the bars, don’t taste great. Even the things that are very highly recommended online like their chocolate chewy or toffee chewy bars, in my opinion, are quite disgusting. This is just my point of view and everyone’s taste buds are different I guess but they also leave a really bad aftertaste in your mouth. Honestly, I even feel a bit nauseous while I’m eating them. The only meal I think tastes nice is the green Thai Curry and that’s only if you really overcook it. Their meal sachets tend to taste a bit powdery.
I think the most difficult bit is the first few days or the first week. The first couple of days I found myself counting down to the next meal because I was so hungry, but that feeling didn’t last long. No matter what you do, because you’re reducing your portion size and calorie intake by so much, you will feel hungry to some extent. It’s a new experience for your body and hence it’s only normal that your body will go through something, so definitely don’t stop your diet only because you’re feeling hungry. Simply put, if you reduce what you’re eating you will feel hungry. Of course, you can and should stop for other health reasons.
After a week or so I got used to their tiny meals. I found that distracting myself with work that I needed to do anyway, helped me get through the tough beginning. In addition, drinking loads of water is so helpful. I recommended it if you’re on any diet. Usually, I love water but it started being a bit boring so I bought the Twinings Cold Infuser and it tastes amazing. It helps me keep hydrated and sometimes even makes me feel full. Also, this may be a bit T.M.I but there is a problem with constipation, which may be solved by adding chili to your food or by having dates and banana smoothies.
The Cambridge diet cost me £51 for 21 meals (for a week) and that’s actually the cheapest rate I’ve seen online. I needed to buy it and taste it and go through the whole thing to know if it suits me. However, due to the awful taste, I have been looking for substitutes that meet the 200 calories restriction. You can see it as a budget and open your mind to understand how you’re choosing things for your health. Although, I should say all the Cambridge diet meals have a wide range of vitamins added to them. So I would recommend, if you were doing your own 200 calorie meals diet, it might be a good idea to take supplements, like the WellWoman/Man supplements.
200 calories may not sound like much, but you can eat a lot more than what the Cambridge diet gives you to eat and you’d probably stay fuller and probably be even healthier. For example, you could get a bowl of vegetarian/vegan soup for 100 calories that you can pair with rice or corn cakes or vegetables like Brussels sprouts. Another example is the milestone soup which is even better because it has bits of pasta and potatoes as well as vegetables in it. You can have fun discovering more creative ways to spend your 200 calories per meal. In my personal opinion, the Cambridge diet overall is a nice concept and may help you think outside the box. Because by the time you’ve tried the products and how, frankly, disgusting most of the meals are you may be inspired to learn more about what’s out there.
I only recommend the diet if you need a jump start and need that bit of motivation or that push to explore ways to control your portion size, which was my main problem and it definitely helped with that. Also, paying £51 was enough motivation for me to stick to it. It’s up to you and whether or not you need that push, maybe paying for a week’s worth of food and trying it out would help.
This is just my honest review of the Cambridge diet. I’m not knocking it down. It’s worked for a lot of people and I have experienced weight loss on the diet but the meals, especially the bars, taste really bad. It’s important to like what you eat because it can help you stay on your diet. It’s not for everyone, but you won’t know if it’s for you till you try it. Although I found their meals are just not for me, I do intend to keep having 200 calories meals four times a day plus having my supplements till I achieve my goal weight. Like anything, it obviously takes discipline and motivation.
If you are on a weight loss journey, I wish you all the luck in the world. It’s really difficult but I know you can do it. If you’ve tried the Cambridge diet let me know what you thought of it.
Thank you for spending time with me today and I hope you’ll be back here again next week Wednesday. Have a great rest of the week!