Cambridge Weight plan: VLCD (Very low calorie diet)


Cambridge weight plan. One thing most diet plans or weight loss plans lack is ‘support system’. Rather than ignoring this, it should be emphasized on. So many people that started the weight loss journey and pulled back simply had no one to hold their hands through it (figuratively speaking). Many diets failed to produce results in most people not because the diet in itself was a flop but because, the participant probably wasn’t doing it right. This is why having an adviser at hand is very important.

The support system is one unique trait of the Cambridge diet. While on the diet, you not only get advice on healthy eating but also on exercise by a Cambridge consultant. Depending on your location, a Cambridge consultant is assigned to you to ensure that you’re on the program best suited for your weight loss goal and to give you step by step directives on how the program works. The Cambridge weight plan is all about providing flexible weight loss programs suitable for all lifestyles. There is a variety of programs you can choose from to suit your weight loss needs based on your BMI and the amount of weight you need to lose.

The Cambridge weight plan is an extremely low calorie diet made up of meal replacement products such as branded shakes, energy bars, soups and even porridges. The weight loss program may range from total meal replacement to a supplement system (using Cambridge products alongside normal meals for a slow-paced weight loss). This means a range of between 400 calories a day to 1500 calories.

Cambridge weight plan and what it is all about

The Cambridge weight loss plan can be summarized in six major programs. Let’s discuss them as stages but bear in mind that you and your assigned Cambridge consultant may decide on any of the stages depending on how much weight you want to lose.

  1. The first stage is based solely on Cambridge diet products. At least 3 to 4 branded products may be eaten or drunk per day during this stage amounting to 400-615 calories daily. This stage often results in drastic weight loss and should not exceed a period of 1-12 weeks.
  2. During the second stage in addition  to 3 diet products, high protein foods, skimmed milk and vegetables are included to the plan adding up to at least 810 calories per day. This stage normally lasts for a minimum of 1 week.
  3. At this point the per day calorie intake rises to about 1000 calories a day. The menu during this stage (which last for about 2 weeks) consists of two diet products, skimmed milk and salads.
  4. The journey eases up at this stage and controlled portions of regular foods are included for lunch and dinner. This stage can go on for as much as you and your Cambridge consultant deem fit. Caution should be taken regarding both calorie counting and portion control.
  5. This stage allows for one diet product, all three meals and a healthy midday snack. The per day calorie intake should amount to about 1500 calories. Much like the 4th stage, this stage has no recommended limits and as such can last for as long as you and your assigned Cambridge consultant deem fit.
  6. Like every other weight loss plan grouped in stages, the last and final stage is the lifelong maintenance stage. At this point you must have attained your targeted weight goal. This stage simply emphasizes on healthy living that will ensure that your weight is stable and maintained over time.


The Cambridge diet makes use of Ketosis (a state where the body breaks down fats and ketones; and uses them as energy source). In order to burn fat quickly, the Cambridge plan keeps glucose at an all time low or even extinct forcing the body into ketosis where the body starts using up stored fat as fuel. Yes! This ensures weight loss. The only problem is that alongside losing weight, you might also be losing muscle mass.This lifestyle may be highly effective but poses some serious health concerns. The issue of consuming 400-800 calories a day is border line starvation and may not bode well for people with eating disorders.


Some side effects of the Cambridge weight plan due to ketosis state and drastic calorie restriction may include; nausea, dizziness, insomnia, bad breath, constipation, dehydration, blurry vision, and thinning hair.

This diet is not at all flexible. Everything has to be done by the book and with constant supervision. Suddenly replacing your meals with shakes and soups (albeit nutritionally balanced) does not sit well with most people making this plan seem difficult.

If you decide on this plan, beyond speaking to the Cambridge consultant, be sure to consult with your doctor every step of the way.

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