As I have touched on in one of my previous posts I am on a journey, of weight loss and fitness and I don’t think I have shared what I am doing?
I have been following the Cambridge weight loss programme See Here , my wife has been on “Soul Source” Step 1 programme and the results are amazing. The Cambridge weight loss programme is what is called a VLC ( Very Low Calorie ) diet. The diet plan has changed recently but there are essentially 5 steps, step 1 is soul source whereby you have 4 Cambridge meal replacement products a day approx 600 – 800 calories, as you go up the stages your drop the number of products a day and increase meals and calories to compensate.
I have started on stage three and I am essentially on 1000 calories a day, this is made up of a breakfast about 150 calories, a product for lunch, a dinner of about 400 calories then for me I have one final product in the day and some calories for skimmed milk in my coffee. Let me just say I am not person who likes shakes, protein shakes etc.. So the various flavours of shakes that are on offer are out for me. There are porridge’s, soups and even some meals like spaghetti bolognese or savoury tikka rice, to be honest most items are tasty so there is plenty of choice depending on your preference. I must just add there is also microwave meals which are, I think somewhere between 300-400 calories I have never tried them myself.
Those eagle eyed among you will see the bars, these are my saving grace, I am a bar person and this was what has helped me enormously. I believe the programme was changed about 12 months ago as you used to be only allowed 1 bar a day as there used to be more carbs in them, however since changes to the formula and rule changes from the government around VLC diets this has changed and you can have just bars. For me who has not mentioned or told what I am doing to anyone other than my wife the convenience and discreetness of a bar are perfect, they tasty bloody lovely too. I have 4 different boxes of flavours at the moment, Peanut, Mint Choc, Lemon & Chocolate. My consultant laughs at this but my favourite lunchtime bar is lemon, as its like having coffee and lemon drizzle cake and the chocolate mint is the after dinner treat as it reminds me of after eights, whatever works I say….
This is probably a good time to mention water, this will become your friend, I would estimate 70% plus of people don’t drink enough water and believe me the benefits are enormous, I know we all know it but until you start upping your intake you don’t fully appreciate it. The Cambridge advice is to have about 2.5 litres of water a day, if you have bars they say at least another glass when you have a bar to help digestion. In doing something like this, which lets face it is very taxing on your mind and body you need to essentially flush your system and help your liver break down the fat in your body and support your organ functions. Drinking water also help suppress appetite, in fact a lot of the time when people are hungry its actually the body telling you that it needs water….. The other benefits are your skin, and just general well being and feeling energised, trust me, i know we are always told to drink more water but it really does help and makes you feel better. I can probably guess what you are thinking now, I cant just drink water, well no you don’t have to. I have coffee and use a small amount of skimmed mil through the day, track the calories and incorporate that into my day. I’m also a big coke zero fan, I cant stand the full sugar fizzy drinks but low calorie / zero calorie drinks are my issue! You can have these on the diet and I have talked it through my my consultant, I am controlling this by limiting myself to a can ( OK maybe two ) a day, they are essentially zero calories but they can for some people lead to snacking so its something to keep an eye on. There is however a little silver lining to the water you will be drinking, you can get flavourings, my go to flavour is :
You don’t want to be having these is huge amounts but like Ms Popping said, a spoonful helps the medicine go down ……
I need to give a mention about my Cambridge consultant, clear any thought you have of group sessions or anything strange, I know most people screw there faces up when you say this about weight loss programmes. You see your consultant on a one to one basis, they are who you buy your products from, and they weigh you and talk to you about how you are getting on, this I have found invaluable. I can sometimes be in and out in 10 mins, other times I am there for 30 mins waffling on about my week, I am quite lucky once I commit my mind to something I can settle into the routine so most weeks I don’t have any issues I need to talk about. My consultant also sends out Whatsapp messages, has a private Facebook group and checks in at least twice a week which you can respond or not but it helps to know someone is there if you need to ask a question.
I would like to add what the costs are but you know what I don’t have that exact info to hand right now, I think my wife who had about 3 products a day was about £35 a week and me with my 14 bars a week is less than that but bars cost more so something like £28.
So in the interest of sharing with you, as if you’ve come this far you are probably thinking, yeah but is it any good does it work? Well I am still dealing with what I was, this is not the me now so I will share my weight in due course but I have been consistently losing about 4-5 lbs a week sometimes more and in the first few weeks as your body loses initial carbs and water in the system I lost a lot more.
So there we go, I have put it out there what i’m doing and I will continue to bring you along my journey, share my meal tips and my training as I am preparing for something big in 2017 as a physical challenge and target.
If you would like to know more please let me know..