The Cambridge Diet book

cambridge dietThe Cambridge diet book was developed back in 1970 and while it has been rebranded as the Cambridge Weight Plan (in January 2010) it is still very much the same diet as when originally created. As the name suggests it was created at Cambridge University in England by Dr Alan Howard and we will now look at the pros and cons, positives and negatives and the way in which the diet itself is structured.

Structure of the Cambridge diet

The diet itself is very controversial due in the main to the fact that calorie intake per day can range from anywhere between 440 and 1500. In the eyes of many people, the lower end of this range is “unhealthy” and could put individuals at risk. However, the diet is structured in such a way as to maintain the body’s intake of vital elements of an everyday diet while reducing calorie intake and hunger pangs.

Introduction of the Cambridge diet

The diet itself was introduced in America back in the 1980s and while it was very well received by those looking to lose weight it did attract significant criticism and controversy. Indeed the diet itself was investigated by the health and drug administration to allay any fears over health concerns. It was launched in the UK back in 1984 and while slight adjustments were made in 1986 on the grounds of official clearance by the authorities the core of the diet still remains intact.

How does the diet work?

The idea is to reduce the intake of calories for each and every individual while combining this with additional minerals, vitamins, nutrients and fatty acids which are required by the body. The plan is to induce the body into a state of starvation while providing the individual elements required to remain healthy, protect tissue and ensure no detrimental impact upon the body.

It was interesting to see that back in 2006 the National Institute of Clinical Excellence published a paper on obesity in the UK and cited the Cambridge diet as a potential option for those looking to lose significant amounts of weight. This is a perfect example of a diet which began under controversial circumstances but was tweaked and slightly changed to abide by various regulations around the world.

Why the controversy?

The controversy surrounding the Cambridge diet initially arose because of the near state of starvation with regards to basic calorie intake. However, when you take into account the fact that this is offset by the requirement to ingest various vitamins, nutrients and other vital elements of a traditional diet then perhaps the potential impact on health is reduced. There seem to be very few diets around the world which do not attract significant controversy in their early days if they are “off the beaten track”.

However, when you bear in mind the growing problem of obesity then you could argue that traditional diets are not working and we need to look at something which is a little “different”. The Cambridge diet and the Cambridge Weight Plan have assisted many people in losing significant amounts of weight and the general feedback has been very positive.

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