Advice please - Ex Cambridge dieter

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Posted: 05 Jul 2012, 06:34
I have been following the cambridge diet and recently came off it, I am now counting my calories. I have set myself a target of no more than 1300 calories a day as I still have ha;f a stone that I would like to shift. But having weighed myself every day (I know its not reccommended but cannot help myself) I don't seem to be losing anything?
Because the cambridge diet is based around very low calories and hardly any carbs, do you think its just my body adjusting to the change in diet or should I be doing less carbs rather than less calories??

So confused Rolling Eyes

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Posted: 05 Jul 2012, 13:03
I do not know about the cambridge diet, but your calorie intake seems very low and that might end up being counter-productive for long term fat loss

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Posted: 06 Jul 2012, 07:08
It is low but its even lower calories on the Cambridge Diet so this is high compared to what I am used to. I weighed myself again this morning and looks like I have gone up by another pound!
Have no idea why this is happening as my calorie intake is low??

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Posted: 06 Jul 2012, 08:11
My sister did Cambridge and then went onto Slimming world after 1 month. She gained about 6lb before the weight started to come off again. Stick with it, these meal replacement diets don't teach you portion control or how to eat properly. I would take your calories up to 1500 but make these good calories ie. protein, good fats and fruit. I think the initial weight gain is something to do with your glycogen! Maybe google that as it will explain it better than I can!

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Posted: 06 Jul 2012, 17:43
as I mentioned I do not know this cambridge diet , but if it is a low carb like Atkins etc. it is normal when you restart eating normally (ie with a decent level of carbs) to regain some water weight.

It would not be fat, but just a physiological glycogen restore within your muscles with its associated water weight. Once the process is complete you will restart noticing fat loss if you run calories deficit or fat gain if you run a surplus.
The bottom line is not to worry too much of short term oscillation and to focus on a lifestyle that you can adopt long term not just for a few weeks and most of stop weighing too frequently if weight oscillations annoy you.

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Posted: 06 Jul 2012, 19:33

After closely analyzing the last 4 days of your diet your calorie intake is fine. You're doing a great job at sticking around the same intake daily; which is what I recommend for most of my clients.

I would never put a female patient on a 900 calorie diet or lower with out direct doctor supervision and I've noticed your lowest intake was just over 1k calories. Very acceptable! Most clients I work with I usually have on a 1200-1500 calorie diet depending on gender and activity level... This brings us to TEE; which it's not too important right now.

I did notice that your percentages of FAT/Carbs/Proteins is off... With the unbalance you're currently eating at your body will store fat for energy and also burn muscle for fuel... This unfortunately is a common mistake with most diets and will slow down your metabolism over time.

If you have any further questions or need support feel free to let me know.

In Good Health,

Chris Cayo
Health Coach
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Posted: 09 Jul 2012, 06:16
Hi Chris,
Thank you for taking time out to analise my diet. I have also seeked advice from a cambridge councellor and they have also confirmed its glycogen so I'm not going to panic and stick with my 1300 calorie diet.

Would you please help me to understand where I am going wrong on my FAT/CARBS AND PROTEIN? What should I be doing different? This sort of dieting is so new to me and if I'm ever go to change my lifestyle for the future then I need to understand.

Many Thanks


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