Cambridge Diet: Pros and Cons

Nothing is perfect; so is the Cambridge Diet. The fact that it is on the markets of the United States, Great Britain, Australia and many other European countries since the early 1980s speaks for itself – the diet really works. On the other hand many of its aspects have been criticized during all these years.

So, let's try and weigh all pluses and minuses of the Cambridge Diet; the golden mean of dieting processes is worth doing some math.

Plus #1: The Cambridge Diet is the result of scientific research that lasted nearly a decade. Drs. Alan Howard, Ian McLean-Baird, Robert Nesheim and other professionals in the spheres of nutrition and weight management worked on the creation of this unique formula, the formula so unique that it was patented worldwide. Independent trials were conducted in different countries and successful results were achieved.

Plus #2: An important role in the Cambridge Diet plays the counselor; specially trained person who provides personal advice, support and encouragement. The Cambridge counselor will be a reliable help on the long way of changes.

Plus #3: The Cambridge Diet is rather flexible and has a wide range of programs to follow. Due to its flexibility and diversity you can choose the most appropriate variant for you. The diet is also distinguished by the variety of products. There are nutritionally-balanced sachets, meal bars, soups and shakes with different flavors. They are easy and quick to prepare and provide 100% of US RDA required vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

Plus #4: The diet has a well elaborated structured plan. It is divided into four stages, each having its time duration and tasks to complete. The diet plan is quite important for achieving long-term results.

Those were the main pluses. They are rather impressive but don't be in a hurry with the conclusions consider the minuses as well.

Minus #1: The Cambridge Diet is a very low calorie diet. The average daily intake of about 400 kcal is too little for a grown-up person. And if this person has to do some physical activity it is very likely he or she will not be able to keep up with the diet. When we take into account the fact that the person should consume more than 2000 kcal per day, 400 kcal is a prolonged fast. Minus #2: As it is very low caloric diet plan, the dieter should be very careful starting it. People with some medical conditions especially heart diseases, kidney problems, chronic infections are recommended to avoid the diet altogether or at least the Sole Source Nutrition program. The Cambridge Diet has also some side-effects, such as headaches, diarrhea, nausea, constipation or allergic reaction. Some of them will pass with the time but if not it is necessary to consider whether to continue the diet.

Minus #3: Criticism concerning ready prepackaged food products. A lot of dietitians claim that the balanced diet should be and can be achieved through the combination of conventional food and not these ready-to-eat bars, soups and sachets. The grown-up person can’t last on them for long. After returning to the regular food all lost pounds can be quickly regained back.

Minus #4: Following the Cambridge Diet is rather expensive. A week's supply of Cambridge meals costs about 50-60$ for a person using the Sole Source program. So, when this program lasts for 4 weeks the dieter should be ready to pay around 200-240$.

Surely money is not the ultimate value in the calculation of your health. There are more significant factors that should influence the choice. The facts and numbers are in front of you – just find out the right decision.


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