Cambridge Diet: How it Works
To start any diet is a challenge demanding a lot of power, concentration of all internal resources and the firm psychological determination. Many potential dieters make a mistake when they decide to start a diet straight away tomorrow or on the first of January after the “last” festive New Year’s meal.
Since any diet implies changing of eating habits and eating regiment and in some way altering of usual daily routine it is very important to be ready for these changes, emotionally and physically as well. The developers of the Cambridge Diet took this fact into account. They divided the diet into four stages: preparation, weight loss, stabilization and weight maintenance.
The diet begins with the stage of preparation because a number of factors such as medical background, family circumstances or weight history may play a vital role in achieving of positive results.
On the preparation stage you should carefully prepare yourself and your body for coming changes. The good choice is gradual reduction of food intake especially favourite meals with high levels of carbohydrate, fats and sugar and increase of water consumption. It is also desirable to use this stage to determine causes of your overweight and factors that could be changed. Knowing the causes of the problem it is easier to cope with it once and for good.
Your Cambridge counselor, the distributor of the Cambridge Diet will help you to determine the right time to start and the right program to follow. The support and advice of the counselor will be a good assistance on the difficult way of changes.
The second stage – the weight loss proper is the beginning of the end; the crucial end of improper eating regimen and high-caloric, unbalanced food. Completely balanced nutritional formula of the Cambridge Diet provides the right level of protein to protect the lean tissue and all necessary components, minerals and acids to assure good health condition. At the same time the low level of carbohydrate promotes a mild ketosis.
Receiving small amount of carbohydrate from the diet the body uses it for energy. As it is not enough the stored carbohydrates are being used up. It takes several days to empty the stored supplies of carbohydrates and to switch to the other supplies of energy – excess fat. The fat burns down and the result of this “fat burning” process is the weight loss and the general state of well-being.
It is important not to get discouraged when there will be days without weight loss or it will last longer to lose excess pounds. You shouldn’t forget about the metabolism rate which differs from person to person. Moreover a lot depends on the chosen Cambridge Diet program. You will lose weight faster when on the Sole Source program than when on the programs with the higher calorie intake.
The stage of stabilization is intended to ensure long-term weight maintenance and prevent rapid weight regain. On this stage the selected foods are added to the Cambridge menus. The additional calorie intake shouldn’t be hurried. It is recommended to spend a week or two on every step of calorie increase. On the stabilization stage you will find out your personal required level of energy to assure the stable weight.
And the last but not the least stage is long-term weight maintenance. Losing weight is only half the way and easier one. It is much more difficult to maintain your new acquired weight, not to get too exciting because of quick results and not to let the old reasons and habits return and gain the upper hand over you.
All of these stages and processes are significant for the overall result. But the most significant is your effort to win and the desire to change your life for better.