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The Cambridge diet has been developed during the 1970s by a certain doctor known by the name of Alan Howard. It was developed at the Cambridge University in the United Kingdom as a very low calorie type of diet. It is meant to provide a very fast weight loss for those who are very obese. The diet requires a daily intake of no less than 400 and no more than 800 calories per day, and the regime lasts until the person meets the individual weight loss goal. Even though the diet was highly popular during the 1980s it was heavily criticized by certain health authorities because such low calorie intake may sometimes lead to serious health problems. Modern times have seen a modified version of the Cambridge diet which is not that severe, and it complies with numerous guidelines which are set by highly relevant health authorities.
The Diet
The Cambridge diet is commonly used by very obese people who have a body mass index which is more than 25. The diet is a very low calorie type of diet which is based mostly on liquids and it requires a person to ingest 400 to 800 calories per day, as long as it takes in order to reach the preset weight loss goal. The biggest advantage of the diet is a very fast process of weight loss. Another plus is that the weight loss occurs without being combined with any exercise regime. A diet which provides such a fast weight loss is commonly associated with the loss of various types of essential nutrients so it needs to be accompanied by different sorts of fatty acids, vitamins and minerals in the form of supplements. The diet normally includes meal replacement bars, porridge, soups and low calorie shakes. When the body does not gain enough calories, it starts using the accumulated fat deposits so that it can produce the energy. The Cambridge diet is very efficient in stimulating the burning of the accumulated fat deposits.
Cambridge Diet Side Effects
Even though the Cambridge diet provides the user with a very fast process of weight loss it can also be associated with certain types of side effects in some cases. The main problem is that such a low intake of calories triggers the burning of fat deposits but it also burns the muscles as well. Other side effects of the Cambridge diet include temporary hair loss, diarrhea, constipation, bad breath, dizziness, nausea, headache and several others.

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