The Cambridge Diet is a modified fast, Ketogenic diet. The balance of the macros, protein/fat/carbs, gets you in to ketosis, or fat burning mode. This means that after a few days of Cambridge, your body has depleted all it's sugar storage (glycogen) and you are now using stored body fat for fuel. It also allows your body to experience all the benefits of fasting while still providing complete nutrition. This has been what it's famous for for over 35 years! Now that everyone is discovering and understanding the many fabulous benefits of ketogenic diets, Cambridge is a wonderful choice to "Go Keto"
There are different ways recommended for using Cambridge for weight loss. As a VLCD (very low calorie diet) meal replacement, there is none better. Use with or without additional food, and you will get great results. But with all the buzz about keto-low carb/high fat and fasting, you may be wondering if you can use Cambridge as part of this new and exciting method of weight loss.
Here are the 2 recommended options for using Cambridge, along with my 3rd suggested option for those wanting to do low carb/high fat ketogenic fasting.
Option 1, use it for your sole source (SS) of nutrition, replacing all your regular food with your Cambridge products and non-caloric beverages.
Option 2, Use it as the core of your weight loss plan, 3xs a day, along with a low calorie meal of 3 to 4 oz protein and green veg.
Option 3, and here's the new idea! If you have been hearing about low carbohydrate, high fat weight loss plans and the benefits of fat in your diet, but you don't want to deal with all the factoring of macros and math, you can simplify and achieve the same thing with your Cambridge by adding a healthy source of fat such as heavy or double cream, (decadent!) avocado oil or other healthy non-seed vegetable oil to your shakes. Walmart carries a great selection of healthy oils and fats in their Keto section. 2 or 3 Tablespoons per shake will do it. Or you can use melted coconut oil if you are having it hot (coconut oil is solid at room temp) such as the soups or Oats (super yummy!) or if you are making one of the shake flavors in to a hot drink. Eating fat does not cause fat storage! It has ALWAYS been the sugar and carbs and grains that cause insulin to rise which signals the body to store fat. Don't blame the butter for what the bread did! Adding fat will also help to keep your gallbladder functioning and is satiating.
Your body can only burn one fuel at a time. Sugar or fat. When your diet is sugar/carbohydrate heavy, as most standard American diets are today, insulin tells your body to use the sugar for energy source and store what is not used as fat. It gets stuffed in to the liver and surrounds your other organs (very dangerous!) and injected in to the muscles. Then when those are full it starts collecting in adipose tissue. We become obese. Ketosis kicks in when the sugar is used up and the body then converts to using stored fat and producing ketones. Fat is released from all the places it's been stashed and cells once again become receptive to insulin. Insulin resistance, diabetes, PCOS, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, all are related to diet and can be improved or corrected the same way.
I am presenting this 3rd option to my customers with the hope that by adding healthy fats they will be able to stick with their diet and enjoy all the wonderful benefits of not only weight loss, but also assisting their body in the hard work it has to do to heal and recover from the harmful dietary guidelines we were all duped in to following by the food industry and our government. Low fat/high carb eating has created a health crisis. We now see the devastating results...even in our children.
I wish you all success and a healthy happy future!
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