Cambridge Diet

ImageIt is canned weight loss at its best. An idea made popular in the 1980s, the Cambridge Diet was as much a part of the diet industry as Jazzercise and leg warmers. The Cambridge Diet of today is an updated version of this original version, which has evolved with the latest nutritional findings. The extremely low-calorie program centers around a nutritional supplement that promises complete balanced in nutrition in just 110 to 170 calories per serving, so says the website.

Instead of just a shake powder which can be mixed with water, coffee or diet soda, you will also be able to choose from Cambridge Super Oats, Nutrition Bars and Soups. This low-fat weight loss program provides 33% of the U.S. RDA's recommendations for vitamins and minerals per serving.

There are four ways to do the Cambridge Diet that go from using the products as your main meals to consuming them as nutritional supplements in conjunction with a diet low in calories:

1. FAST START PROGRAM - Consume 3 to 4 Cambridge servings a day with no other foods for quick weight loss. You can lose 10 pounds in just one week. This is not recommended for people with serious medical problems.
2. Alternate Program - Consume only 3 to 4 Cambridge servings with no other food. The following day enjoy 3 servings of Cambridge along with 400, 600 or 800 calories from low-fat, low-calorie foods. Alternate the ritual every other day.
3. Regular Program - Consume 3 servings of Cambridge 15 to 20 minutes before each low-calorie meal which should consist of 400, 600 or 800 calories.
4. Use 3 servings of Cambridge with one healthy meal. Have your third serving 15 to 20 minutes before your meal or as a dessert. Limit calories to 400, 600 or 800. .

Along with promoting weight loss, the Cambridge Diet can be used by people trying to lower their cholesterol, reduce sodium, control diabetes and fight high blood pressure.

Like many fad diets that guarantee quick weight loss, this diet is difficult to sustain over a long period of time, especially if you aren't eating real foods while trying to lose. More than likely, you'll gain back that 10 pounds... and more.