It’s time isn’t it? To really write down on paper so to speak, my honest thoughts on Cambridge weight plan. I mean, it’s been a part of my life on and off for 10 years (wow has it really been that long?) & the majority of followers I have on social media are those of who i have befriended over the years whilst on embarking on one of my many attempts doing CWP.
So now I’m a blogger. I have a platform that is viewed by a few hundred people each day, and I am sure there’s lots of those readers who have no clue what Cambridge weight plan even is. Here I’m going to do my best to break it down for you, as well as give my own personal experience with CWP as well as my thoughts, now, 10 years on. Please do leave me a comment below, I’d love to know if you enjoyed this post.
What is Cambridge Weight Plan? (CWP)
Cambridge weight plan is basically a meal replacement diet, aimed to provide fast weight loss without the stress of calorie counting. These meal replacements vary from a range of powdered shakes, to ready made shakes and even spaghetti bolognese sachets and soups too. Cambridge weight plan offer different type of steps/plans for you to choose from that suit your lifestyle best and depending on whether you have medical issues and what type of lifestyle you live, there pretty much will be a plan for you. These products you’d be consuming from Cambridge would be distributed to you in the form of your own personal Cambridge weight plan consultant who you’d meet with weekly. They would weigh you, take measurements from you, supply you with all of your products and be there for support whenever you’d need it.
My own experience
The million dollar question. So I began my Cambridge weight plan journey for the first time when I was just 18 years old. I remember what prompted me to even research it in the first place. I’d watched a documentary on channel 4 called “Half a ton mom” I believe that documentary is now available on YouTube if you wanted to give it a watch. I remember watching this documentary and crying my eyes out. It was like a massive shock to the system. This lady in America who was morbidly obese, bed bound, pretty much dying with no life at all was seeking drastic help to lose weight so she went about trying to get weight loss surgery. Eventually she found a surgeon who was willing to take her on, as all others were really reluctant due to her size. She was so excited about getting this weight loss surgery, she thought it would literally be the answer to all her prayers. She went in for the surgery, gosh I remember the paramedics who actually came to transport her from her house to the hospital in order for her to have her surgery actually needed to break a wall down in her house to actually get her out! She was unable to walk, strictly bound to her bed at all times and too big to fit through the door way. In the hospital they even had to make a make shift hospital bed for her to have the surgery on due to fears she may brake the operating table. Anyway I’m babbling now, but she had this surgery. But unfortunately there was complications when she was in the recovery room and she died. It was heartbreaking. I haven’t seen the documentary for a good couple of years so I don’t remember the finer details but the moral of the story is, she died when it was too late. Her weight is ultimately what killed her, and I guess that just struck a chord within me and really saddened me. I didn’t want to do weight watchers again, I didn’t want to do slimming world. I didn’t want to try and lose weight myself and settle for just 1 or 2 pounds each week. I wanted results and I wanted them fast.
So I googled shake diets and that’s when I found Cambridge. Reading through the testimonials on their website I honestly could not believe my eyes, people having lost stones and stones and stones. Life changing amount of weight! I knew I had to find a consultant in my area and book an appointment straight away.
When I first did Cambridge weight plan, it was 2008 and the price was dramatically different to what it is now! It was around £38-40 a week and even though that’s still quite pricy, it was doable. I messed around for a couple of years, I got a bit cocky and confident after I saw the weight falling off me each week, I thought well I can just eat pizza and come back to this diet at a late date. I don’t think I was one hundred and fifty percent in the right mindset. Maybe I was too young and a little naive.
2012 came around and I decided now was time, like really time. I found a new consultant, her name was Kristina. She had a Newcastle accent and I couldn’t stand it but regardless of her accent, she was the perfect consultant for me. She had the patience of a saint and she was consistent and I needed that. I did 3 products a day, usually chocolate tetras (the ready made shakes!) I had lots of peanut bars too! I spent my 23rd birthday eating a peanut bar and guzzling a bottle of water in the pub while my best friend ate steak. I’ll never forget that. I started on March 4th 2012 and by the beginning of September I had lost 7 and a half stone.
Looking back now, I don’t remember how I actually lost so much weight in such a short amount of time. It feels like it was a different person and it wasn’t me. I remember going shopping with my friend to Birmingham, and we were in New Look (she was pregnant at the time) and I had lost 7 and a half stone to decided to try on some skinny jeans in a super super small size. I came out of the changing room to show her them on me and she literally screamed in excitement, “I can see your knee bones!” Is what I heard her say. She told me I had to buy these jeans. It felt so good to know I was in the tiniest pair of skinny jeans and I felt so good in them too! Of course this rapid weight loss came with its down sides too. My hair started falling out. Every shower id have, clumps of hair would fall out. I remember my hairdresser telling me how thin it felt and I was so upset. I think that may have been the main reason for me starting to mess about. That and the fact that because I’d lost the weight so quickly, I don’t think my brain has quite caught up with my body. I was still obese in my mind. I started binge eating after every weigh in. I’d order pizza or a kebab. I’d go to Frankie and Bennys and throw up when I got home. Before long I was in agony and I didn’t know what was going on with my body. Every time I’d eat anything I’d find myself on the phone to 111 asking for help because I couldn’t breathe. Eventually I got diagnosed with gallstones from excessive weight loss and the shock it had caused me body, ended up making me get hundreds of little stones in my gallbladder. Weighting to have my gallbladder removed on the NHS genuinely felt like a lifetime. Whilst waiting I had completely given up trying to lose weight. I probably should have stuck with Kristina and worked up the Cambridge weight plan steps, even if I didn’t want to continue losing a lot of weight but I think the 7 and a half stone weight loss, plus my hair falling out, plus becoming unwell due to my binges all got too much and I just gave up. I didn’t really contemplate ever putting all the weight back on but at the same time I I didn’t contemplate keeping it off either. I wish someone had of just grabbed me and shook me and said 7 and a half stone will pile back on you quicker than it took you to lose it. Maybe then I’d have had a reality check. But they didn’t and it did.
Years went by, I had my gallbladder removed. Thank god for that. It just means now I can eat steak and lasagne without the need to throw up but on the downside, instead of a gallbladder full of stones, I just have hips the size of Barbados that seriously don’t lie. I attempted CWP 700 more times, of course I did, each time with a new consultant. None of them really compared to Kristina. None of them really motivated me enough to keep going. I say that, but I think it was me who just didn’t have the motivation to keep going. Losing weight the first time is hard but losing it the 700 times after is even harder, trust me!
We are now in 2019. I am now 28 years of age. The last Cambridge consultant I had was Grace Mecklenbugh who has won various awards with Cambridge for being slimmer of the year having lost over 12 stone. She’s my age and she in hindsight was probably the best person I could have had to help me lose weight. She was motivating, she was passionate, she was full of knowledge and experience and she wanted me to do well. I could see that each week I saw her. But we are 10 years on now and things are different, of course they are. It’s no longer £38 a week to do just shakes. It’s more like £56 depending on your consultant. A lot of the guidelines have changed, a lot tell you to do 4 products which brings the price up to £70 a week, a lot of them aren’t supportive enough. And then you’ve got your life to live! I’m married, together we are absolute foodies. When I did Cambridge in 2012 I was single, I had no social life, I’d stay indoors every single day. You can’t hide yourself away when you’re in a relationship, you have to cook for your partner, you go out places, you do things. And we love finding new restaurants and eating good food! It’s our hobby. For so many reasons Cambridge weight plan just isn’t for me anymore. A part of me sees it now as one big big money scamming con, that just wants to rob you until you’re broke and then the minute you’ve lost all the weight, your body just isn’t equipped to go back to normal eating. It’s so confused to have food inside it again that if stores all the fat and you end up getting ill and putting the weight back on! It’s a vicious cycle and it’s emotionally draining.
That being said, Cambridge Weight Plan works. You need to lose a stone? 10 days on Cambridge and it will have gone. It’s fast rapid weight loss but it’s also starvation and it’s anti social. I find myself getting drawn back so many times until somebody knocks some sense into me and makes me see that it’s not healthy. Not really.
I recently had a friend of mine offer me free membership for weight watchers so I think we will most likely sign up to that next month and give the conventional healthy eating a go. We love cooking, we love making new dishes and following recipes. I think cooking with your partner is a really lovely thing to do together. Don’t get me wrong, shakes still tempt me. Superdrug currently have all their meal replacement shakes half price and I have been so very tempted to stock up and do a crash week just to get that Christmas bloat taken off but I’ve honestly been so busy to even go and get them and like I say, we enjoy cooking!
I’m so sorry this post is about 6 years long! Whenever I start talking about Cambridge weight plan I find I just can’t stop. If you would like to check out the Cambridge website out, you can do so by clicking here.
I think I will always be grateful to CWP for making me believe in myself, knowing I can and could achieve something that always seemed so impossible to me, quite literally changed my life. However, if I was a mum who had a teenage daughter who was thinking about doing a very low calorie diet, I think I’d put all of my energy into letting her know there are better choices out there. You’ve just got to find them.