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The Cambridge Diet was developed in 1970 by Dr. Alan Howard at Cambridge University. This very low calorie diet plan involves eating mainly specially manufactured Cambridge Diet products. Over 15 million people are said to have lost weight with the Cambridge Diet plan.

What does the plan involve?
The Cambridge Diet involves drinking meal replacement shakes, at first instead of food, and then in addition to certain other Cambridge foods. For the initial two weeks, you are permitted four special shakes every day. All other food, with the exception of calorie-free fluids, are prohibited.

Food and recipes
After the initial two week period, where you will consume no more than 400 calories a day, the plan allows you to start eating specially formulated bars and soups. You are still not allowed to eat any regular food. Once you reach your target weight, you can begin to incorporate normal food into your diet but without increasing your calorie intake to above 1500 each day.

Exercise
Three is no exercise required on this diet, which increases the likelihood of weight gain once the diet has finished.

Practicality
Eating out when on the Cambridge diet will be very difficult unless you take a special meal with you. Alcohol and caffeine are not permitted. You will need to buy special food to follow the program. However, the plan is suitable for vegetarians.

Celebrity followers
The Cambridge eating plan has not been linked to many celebrities but you can be sure that any number of stars have tried the program. Whether they successfully lost weight with the cambridge program is another question.

Does the plan work?
You will lose weight with the Cambridge Diet simply because you are eating practically no food and consuming less than a third of your recommended daily calories. However, not only is this type of diet very unhealthy, but most women put any weight loss straight back on when they begin eating regular food again. Meal replacement drinks can help you lose weight but usually only if they're combined with a healthy balanced diet. Consuming just 400 calories a day, over no matter how short a period, is not a sensible way to achieve permanent weight loss.

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