One of my goals for 2018 was to work on myself. I’ve got two little boys, a husband who I adore and since having the kids I’ve neglected myself a little. Life is busy, I work from home and I also do everything else like housework, cooking and everything else in-between. I wouldn’t change it for the world but something I wanted to focus on this year was doing a little something for me and one of the things I wanted to focus on was my weight. I have almost lost a stone and I’m feeling much better. I lost 7 lbs in just two weeks, here’s how.
Over Christmas I ate a lot. I put on a few pounds and I’m ok with that although I knew it was time to rein it in and do something about it. I’ve tried many food plans such as Slimming World, and Weight Watchers. I’ve had success with both but I really wanted something that would work a little faster for me, I’m quite impatient so needed to see results a little faster. And after seeing one of my YouTube friends SJ have such success with this diet I thought I’d give it a go, SJ has lost over 2.5 stone in 3 months you can check out her story here. The diet I’m talking about is the Cambridge Weight Plan.
What is the Cambridge Weight Plan? First of all it’s not something you can buy over the counter, you must visit a consultant who will offer you one-to-one support to create a personalised weight-loss plan that suits your lifestyle. My consultant was Jayne Thomas and she has a weight loss centre in Barnstaple which was perfect for me but if you’re not local you can find your consultant here. The Cambridge Weight Plan offers nutritionally balanced programmes ranging from 450kcal to 1500+kcal per day, and each programme incorporates at least one of our their low-calorie diet products.
Once I got booked in I spoke to Jayne about my issues, my goal and she then took my measurements, and I was weighed. I was advised to go on Step 1A which is 3 Cambridge Weight Plan products a day and around 2.5 litres of water a day (more if I could). I’m not going to lie, the first week was extremely difficult and this diet isn’t for the faint hearted. In my opinion you need to be fully focused and have a lot of willpower but it does work as long as you stick to plan. All of the products are filling and have all the vitamins you need and it’s not just shakes. You can have porridge, bars, rice pudding, smoothies, soups and more. My favourite products to eat was the porridge, and bars. I’m quite a routine person so stuck to what I liked and it worked. I did struggle not being able to have milk in my tea or coffee and I really missed that, but instead I would have a cappuccino shake made with hot water for that caffeine fix so there are ways around it.
There are 6 steps in this plan and you are meant to work your way through the steps in order to maintain your weight once you have reached target. Each step introduces more food and by the end of it you will be able to eat a healthy diet of around 1500 kcal and above each day. I am no longer on the CWP but I do plan to eat healthy, and clean from now on with the odd treat here and there. I want to live by the 80/20 rule and see how that goes, it’s all about making those small lifestyle changes.
Would I recommend this diet? Yes, if you are struggling to get started then this is a great way to just cut everything out and kick-start your weight loss. You do have the support of a consultant which is great so you can talk to them whenever you have a question or if you are struggling. It is an expensive diet in my opinion (around £2.30 per meal) but it does work, you just need to really want it, and focus. Water was my saviour, I will continue to drink lots even now I’m not on the plan. It’s worked wonders for my skin and it really does keep you full!
This journey I’m on is not just about my weight, there’s a lot more I want to focus on which I will go into more detail on this week so keep an eye out for that.
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