The Cambridge Diet is an extremely low calorie diet that has been fairly popular in both the United Kingdom (where it originated) as well as in the United States. Since 1984 this diet has gained many followers in both countries, but there were also many questions about whether or not this diet was safe.
This argument has continued, and for the most part the Cambridge Diet does not have a large following in the United States any more. This weight loss plan is still used as a popular option for the morbidly obese in the United Kingdom, however.
One of the main red flag issues that come up when talking about the Cambridge Diet is that this eating plan is a very low calorie diet, meaning the first step or “tier” has a person ingesting an incredibly low number of calories. In fact, the first tier has less than 500 calories a day which is under half of the necessary daily minimum.
These 500 calories all come from Cambridge Diet supplements, which are designed to be very high in vitamins, roughage, and the bare minimum of everything needed to get through a day. But even if this is true, it’s such a sharp drop in calories that it is hard to believe that this diet could be healthy for very long.
In the UK this diet is still popular for very overweight individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or higher.
Even then, the Cambridge Diet is only undertaken with weekly supervision, and as soon as it’s feasible the dieter moves to another tier that allows for more calories and eventually leads to a more balanced diet and eating plan, although some critics say even those tiers are often too few calories to be completely healthy.
It is hard to argue with the extremely low calorie count being a health concern. For the morbidly obese, this could be a good way to lose some weight fast when it’s important to get into better shape just to exercise or diet normally, but for people looking just for 10-20 pounds, dieters should definitely look for something better.
While the Cambridge Diet is still in use in the United Kingdom, unless this diet comes with medical attention or a dieting coach, there might be better choices for the majority of dieters out there looking to lose a few extra pounds.