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Unexpected pregnancy, hair loss – meet Australia’s ‘dangerous’ new diet

Lisa Dow lost more than half her body weight on the diet Photo: supplied

Unexpected pregnancy, halted periods, hair loss, leg cramps, nausea, rash and a general feeling of coldness.

Meet the possible side effects of Australia’s new fad diet, as listed on its own website: the Cambridge Weight Plan. Around 10,000 people in Australia have already used it, the company says, some to spectacular effect. Lisa Dow (pictured) lost more than half her body weight using the diet.

But a government regulator is now investigating whether the product can be legally sold in Australia.

And the diet is so low in nutrients it has been described as “dangerous” by a health professional, and falls below recognised non-binding international standards for low-calorie diets.

A spokesman for Cambridge said the diet was perfectly safe, scientifically validated, and has helped thousands of Australians.

“In more than 30 years of trading Cambridge Weight Plan have never had a customer experience a serious side effect,” the spokesman said. He said the side effects were “not long-lasting and do not have a long-term effect”.

A packet full of calories

The Cambridge Weight Plan was brought to Australia in 2012 by two Greek-Australians, who had already had significant success selling the diet in Cyprus.

But the diet is much older than that. The Plan is the result of research originally conducted in England in the late 60s and early 70s, and followed up by a Polish scientist in Poznan.

It works in six stages.

The first is the most severe: dieters reduce their intake to 440 calories a day. The Tony Ferguson Very Low Calorie Diet, by comparison, prescribes 800 calories a day, Optifast 600-800.

A day on Cambridge’s first stage is typically made up of three servings of the Diet’s shakes, soups, porridges and chocolate bars.

“Some people are terrified, but only the first three days are the worst,” the diet’s inventor professor Alan Howard said in an interview published by Cambridge. Now aged in his 70s, Mr Howard still consumes the diet’s shakes and soups every day.

“Then the body enters into a state triggered by chemical reactions which totally reduces the feeling of hunger. It is similar to being euphoric after having one drink. People who diet talk, laugh, are happy.

But going down that low is “a really bad idea”, says Tania Ferraretto, a practicing dietician and spokesperson for the Dieticians Association of Australia, who was speaking in a personal capacity.

“There’s absolutely no evidence for this diet. It’s dangerous. We don’t want people eating less than 600 calories a day, that’s not enough food.”

Diets like Cambridge are attractive because of the rapid weight loss they bring in the first few days. But that was all water-weight, not fat, Ms Ferraretto said.

Cambridge’s shakes and soups – $4.30 a packet. Photo: Cambridge Weight Plan

An investigation

Women of average height eat three soups or shakes – made out of packets sold by Cambridge – a day.

That totals about 43 grams of carbohydrate and 43 grams of protein per day; below the minimum 50 grams of each required by the United Nations international standards.

Those standards are non-binding in Australia, but the Weight Management Council of Australia (of which Cambridge is not a member) advises that any very-low-calorie-diet sold should meet them.

A spokesman for Cambridge said the company chose not to follow those standards because “CWP products are not foods for special medical purposes”.

A EU scientific report handed to the commission in 2015 recommended total diet replacements offer no fewer than 600 calories a day.

There are also questions about whether Cambridge meets Australian standards. Formulated meal replacement products are required to have at least 200 calories a serving under Australian law, a number Cambridge’s products do not come close to meeting.

A spokesman for the Department of Health Human Services confirmed the agency was investigating Cambridge’s products to “assess their compliance” with those standards.

A Cambridge spokesman said the program was a total diet replacement, not a formulated meal replacement, and as such was not regulated by those standards. There are no binding standards for total replacement diets in Australia.


The cost of a few calories

While Cambridge cuts the calories, it is no cut-price diet. Expect to spend more than $400 a month on the program.

Each Cambridge dieter who signs up gets assigned a personal consultant, who works one-on-one with the client. Their doctor is also notified that their patient has begun the program.

The meal replacements cannot be bought at other retailers – they are only available through the consultants, effectively locking in dieters.

To become a consultant, another consultant needs to sponsor you. They work as a business mentor – while also getting a “fee for monitoring, conducting regular appraisals and surveying their clients,” the spokeswoman confirmed.


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Diet Doc Announces Motivating Diet Plans that Target Stored Fat for Healthy, Safe and Fast Weight Loss

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Although almost everyone understands the link between disease and being overweight, many find losing excess weight almost impossible. Side effects that typically include powerful cravings for carbohydrates and sugary sweets, headaches, loss of energy and between meal hunger cause many to abandon even the best laid weight loss plans. Because of this, Diet Doc developed diet plans that deliver fast weight loss without side effects and for this reason, over 97% of their patients are losing 20 or more pounds per month.

Another pitfall that most dieters find challenging is motivation, or lack thereof. Almost any diet that eliminates carbohydrates from the menu will result in some weight loss, but, most people do not understand that the body will adjust very quickly and alter the metabolism to accommodate the new eating plan. Weight loss typically slows or even stops and, because most dieters do not have a nutritional background, they do not know how to reset the metabolism to return to fast fat burn. Diet Doc is comprised of doctors, nutritionists and nurses, all of whom have received specialized nutritional education and who know how and why the body responds to dieting. They use their own algorithm to tailor diet plans that are compatible with each patient’s age, gender, activity level, medical conditions and nutritional needs that keep the body operating optimally while burning excess fat at an incredible rate.

And, because Diet Doc is a medical weight loss program and, after a personal online doctor consultation, they are able to incorporate their pure, prescription diet products that eliminate the typical dieting side effects, enabling their patients to turn their body into a fat burning machine without fatigue, hunger, headaches or cravings. Their prescription hormone diet treatments work flawlessly with the diet plans to search out stored fat from the belly, hips, thighs, underarms and buttocks to be quickly forced into the bloodstream where it is burned for energy and flushed from the system, while their exclusive diet pills and appetite suppressants curb the appetite and control cravings without jittery side effects. Patients find the meal plans appealing and the fast weight loss motivational. They are safely and comfortably sticking to their weight loss goals without feeling deprived. They report looking and feeling better within days with increased energy levels.

Another obstacle that many potential dieters confront is the challenge of balancing time and money. Fortunately, Diet Doc has partnered with Telemedicine, the most innovative and modern mode of medical communication, to enable their patients to consult with their doctors and nurses and work closely with their nutritionist, all of whom are available on an unlimited basis, without leaving the comfort of their home. People in any part of the country can simply call 888-934-4451 or visit https://www.dietdoc.com to begin their journey while eliminating costly, time consuming and embarrassing visits to doctor offices, weight loss clinics and group meetings. And, for added convenience, all prescription diet products can be easily reordered via the internet or telephone for immediate and direct delivery to the patient’s home or office for immediate use.

Diet Doc’s state of the art fast weight loss programs have helped those who are struggling to lose that final 10-20 pounds to those who must lose 100 pounds or more. They create effective diet plans for people of all ages, genders, shapes and sizes and invite those in even the most remote regions of the country to call today to schedule a personal and no-cost consultation.

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Diet Doc Weight Loss is the nation’s leader in medical, weight loss offering a full line of prescription medication, doctor, nurse and nutritional coaching support. For over a decade, Diet Doc has produced a sophisticated, doctor designed weight loss program that addresses each individual specific health need to promote fast, safe and long term weight loss. 

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Ravens Go All In With Player Nutrition

The Ravens rookie class strolled into the cafeteria Wednesday morning and crowded around the island stocked with fresh fruit. They grabbed blenders to stuff with kale, spinach, strawberries, raspberries, watermelon and bananas.

Even for the 300-plus pound offensive linemen, many of them opted for a fresh smoothie instead of a plate piled high with bacon, eggs and waffles. 

That’s part of life in today’s NFL. Nutrition has become an ever-increasing consideration for teams and players, and the Ravens are working to ensure they stay ahead of the curve.

“It’s changing for everybody,” Ravens Nutritionist Sue James said.

Education is an important piece of getting players to eat healthy, and that’s why James led a recent rookie workshop as part of their daily seminars to help transition into the NFL. Director of Player Development Harry Swayne puts together the rookie transition program, and for the past few years, he’s spent a day focused specifically on nutrition.

In her presentation, James detailed daily habits for players to follow to get the most out of their bodies. She shared what foods and drinks to have before workouts, and then the best foods to help promote recovery.

To make life easy, the Ravens made a significant investment in their nutrition program to provide players with everything they need. The organization introduced a new area of the cafeteria this year stocked with items designed to fuel players during their workouts and to help them recover. That refrigerator has products like beet root juice, coconut water, fresh-pressed fruit juices, high-protein smoothies, lean jerky and hummus.

“Coach Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome really support this,” James said. “Having the support of the entire building really helps.”

The team has also made significant changes to the type of food served and how it is prepared.

It wasn’t that long ago that Fridays were pizza days at the Under Armour Performance Center. There were also weekly grill days with cheeseburgers and French fries. Chicken wings were commonplace.

All of that is gone.

The Ravens don’t serve any fried food anymore. Wings still find their way on the menu, occasionally, but now they’re baked. Black bean burgers have replaced beef patties. Pizza days are a distant memory. Cookies are gone.

“They’ve eliminated so many bad choices,” Swayne said.

Swayne, 51, came into the league in 1987 and had a 15-year playing career in the NFL with five teams.  He remembers when teams used to serve beer on Fridays along with the pizza. There was no large-scale emphasis on nutrition, and players basically ate whatever they wanted.

“I think the team nutritionists were the cafeteria workers at the University of Tampa where we had training camp,” Swayne said. “I still ate in training camp like I ate as a kid.”

The culture has changed dramatically in the NFL over the last 20 years, and that has started to trickle down to the college game. Some of the big-time college programs like Notre Dame have multiple nutritionists on staff, and rookies from those schools enter the NFL understanding the importance of solid nutrition.

But not every rookie has that luxury. As James talked with players after her workshop, several shared that their college diet consisted of whatever they grabbed off the school meal plan. Like most college students, that included plenty of pizza and cheap pasta. 

Old habits are tough to break, and there can be several barriers in getting players to completely buy into the team’s nutrition program. If a rookie has spent his entire life fueling up on soda and chips between practices, that lifestyle takes time to change. 

“I think the education part is huge,” Swayne said. “But if in your whole environment there has been one particular kind of food – the kind that is high in fat, high in sugar, high in carbohydrates – then education is going to have a much more difficult time getting you to change. So if you don’t talk about both sides of the coin, you’re really not helping guys who have been culturally inclined to eat a particular food.”

The ultimate selling point for many of the young players is that eating healthy is just part of the job description in the NFL. Players who last in the NFL look for any edge they can find, and the team’s veterans have bought into the nutrition plan.  

Swayne made sure to emphasize that the players will get out of their bodies what they put into it, and that can be the difference in cracking the lineup or even making the team.

“The real cost is in December and January, when you’re not as healthy as another kid that is making good choices in his food throughout the whole course of the year,” Swayne said. “If that leads to one or two missed games, I know a lot of teams that would love to have access to a healthy player for one or two more games. That’s why we spend the money on their food.”

Diet Doc Announces Strategically Created Diet Plans That Deliver Safe, Healthy, Comfortable and Quick Weight Loss …

Jersey City, NJ, May 11, 2016 –(PR.com)– The specially educated quick weight loss specialists at Diet Doc understand that patients often fail at losing weight because they lose interest. Menu options become boring and choosing foods that are compatible with their diet plan becomes complicated and time consuming. Weight loss results are typically too gradual to be motivational. For this reason, Diet Doc relies on their certified nutritionists to create meal and snack plans that include some of their patient’s personal food preferences that leave them feeling full and satisfied while burning fat from the hard to reach areas at an incredible rate.

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Those who have been unsuccessful when following other diet plans are encouraged to call 888-934-4451 or visit Diet Doc’s official website to complete an initial health questionnaire and schedule a one-on-one, online consultation with a physician. After a complete review of the system to identify the real cause of unwanted weight gain, patients work closely with a certified nutritionist to begin developing personalized meal plans that contain breakfast smoothies, healthy lunch ideas and nutritious dinner options. Patients become aware of the many fat burning foods that, not only taste good, but also help them lose weight. Diet Doc does not offer generic diet plans and crafts each plan to be personal to and compatible with each patient’s age, gender, health history and medical conditions, activity level, food preferences and specific nutritional needs. They include nutrient-rich, green leafy vegetables and delicious lean proteins that are designed to sustain energy levels while melting fat from the belly, hips, thighs, underarms and buttocks.

All patients are eligible for Diet Doc’s customized diet plans and many will qualify to speed the rate at which they see fat melting from the difficult areas by enhancing their diet plans with the company’s exclusive pure, prescription hormone diet treatments, proprietary diet pills and powerful fat burners that enable patients to lose 20 or more pounds per month while eliminating between meal hunger, food cravings and loss of energy.

Diet Doc is committed to helping patients regain their health and restore their figure by reversing unhealthy habits. They invite those of all shapes, sizes, ages and genders to call today to schedule a confidential and no-cost consultation.

About The Company:
Diet Doc Weight Loss is the nation’s leader in medical, weight loss offering a full line of prescription medication, doctor, nurse and nutritional coaching support. For over a decade, Diet Doc has produced a sophisticated, doctor designed weight loss program that addresses each individual specific health need to promote fast, safe and long term weight loss.

Diet Doc Contact Information:
Providing care across the USA
San Diego, CA
(888) 934-4451

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