I spent the weekend at a spa retreat (a bit of pampering but sticking to the plan by taking my weekend products and the staff letting me prepare my own meals). I told people I'd lost over 2 and a half stone and they were all really impressed. But as soon as I mentioned Cambridge there was a lot of snorting and just general derision. I sort of expected this from people at the beginning but it works for me as my results show but still the haters insist on making me feel like a freak. It really winds me up. I know it shouldn't because this works for me but if anyone has any suggestions for dealing with these people I'd love to hear them. I had a lovely weekend other than the way people reacted to my food choices and would like to do something similar again.
I think one of the problems with the likes of Cambridge is that for every 5 people that successfully lose the weight and manage to maintain, there is always one that gains it all back and half again. And they tend to shout the loudest. And for every one person they tell, they tell ten more, and those ten tell ten more. So before you know it you've got over 100 people believing that it's a rubbish diet and doesn't work. And negativity is always believed over positivity :(
That's true of any diet, if you go back to eating crap and sitting on your backside the weight will go back on. It was a specific Cambridge hatred that surprised me. I've tried other things and they didn't work for me but this has and I will do all I can to keep the weight off and stay healthy. It's getting the weight off is the first hurdle there are plenty more to come.
Were you out with people who are dieting too? Without meaning to offend, I've no idea what it is, so not sure how so many people could hate it unless they've looked into it!
I'm not sure of the ins and outs as I do SW but if it works for you that's all that matters, if you look better and feel better about yourself it shouldn't matter how you got there. Without sounding rude, maybe you should point this out to them - they might just change their tune!
It's a food replacement diet. I tried sw and ww and several other things but I couldn't get anywhere near goal weight and was disappointed with feeling hungry all the time for half a lb loss per week.
The other people there were eating healthy/dieting to varying degrees but it was only my choice of diet that seem to cause such issues. I guess if one or two knew what Cambridge was then it was easy for them to explain it to the others. I hope I never judge anyone for the choices they make they way that I felt judged this weekend.
Anyway good luck with sw llamasoks!
This is my second time around on Cambridge. The first time I told everyone and whilst most were supportive a number just said it is rubbish and everyone puts the weight back on again. I am just keeping quiet this time although it can be difficult on social occasions. I have tried just about every diet and have put the weight back on after each one so have concluded that it doesn't matter what diet you follow - if you return to old habits, you will regain your old figure (a rather large one in my case!).
Aghhhh...god I know this feeling and I find myself lying about my diet!!!
It is sooo frustrating. ..the people close to me r supportive; as they know how much I struggle with food, so they would rather me do something I can stick with instead of me stuffing my face!!
Example: friend txes me...ohhh iv lost weight gone from 22 stone to 19 1/2 ...i reply; really well done and iv also gone from 17.3 to 15 1/2... and then her reply is Ohh for god sake dont tell me you on the cambridge diet again!!!!! ... (unsuppotive and no praise)... I go yeah I am; but doing step two so I am eatting abit (which is a lie; as I a mainly doing SS).!! She goes well I am not on a diet im doing SLIMMING WORLD .... at this point I am wound up and go ' SW is a diet, so dont tell me ur not dieting..if u following a plan then there is no difference aghhhh
For one ... I think shes jellous - she tried cambridge and lasted 1 week and gave it up
For two - shes WONTED to do cambridge yet tells me im stupid for doing it
Aghhh - to say the least it really pissed me off meh!! And trying to tell me SW isnt a diet...pfft sorry love, iv tried them all!!!
RANT OVER - WE SHUD IGNORE THEM AS THEY R NEGATIVE PEOPLE AND MORE THAN LIKELY JELLOUS THAT U CAN STICK TO SUCH A HARD DIET!!!
Well done nickyanddean on your weight loss. You're right those I've chosen to tell are generally those close to me and they are supportive (hubby, parents and a couple of close friends) but this weekend I didn't have a choice as I was prepping my own stuff what clearly came out of a Cambridge packet. As far as I'm concerned we are adults and make our own choices and should respect them.
Interestingly my auntie lost about 4 stone on sw diet and put it back on. Now she's on Cambridge. It's about changing our relationship with food and I think removing it and reintroducing the right things is the right thing for me!
I will always support anyone who has lost weight or gotten healthy and fitter because they deserve that support for making that effort. It doesn't matter if it's a few lbs or a few stone it's still a bloody good achievement however you do it! The bigger challenge is changing your life forever so that we look fab forever!
The silliest thing i've heard - about any VLCD - is that the weight comes off too quickly. Sorry? Isn't that a good thing?! What's so good about carrying extra stones of weight - I'd rather it come off really quickly, thank you!!
Stupid, ignorant, ill-formed, nasty-pasties, and mostly, jealous people! (And most of them we class as family and friends - go figure!! lol.)
Lots of my friends have been like this. Until they heard my weight loss. I think it all boils down to jealousy that they aren't losing all ye weight and they can't so put a downer on you!
Any diet if you go back to eating lots of rubbish after you'll put it back. Cambridge is no different. It's all about changing your mindset :)
next time someone has a dig about you being on cambridge point out 2 things:
1) why didnt you have this much interest when i was shoveling crap in my mouth and getting fat? Would have saved me a job! and...
2) rant away, and keep going for as long as you like, because whilst you're ranting, i'm burning fat.
and then walk away!
Yes defo.. stuff them...we will be the ones who feel amazing and look amazing!!
The negative people r using people who strugglw themselves or who have never had an eatting problem!!
I was the worst secret eatter EVER lol...id be ashamed if people saw what I used to eat!!
Glad in not the only one to have suffered from this. Hopefully they will feel that an apology at some stage when I'm still slim and gorgeous in 10 years despite their doom mongering will be due.
I had some negative responses at first but that seems to have turned around since they see me every day, sticking to plan, losing weight. I try (not always successfully) to turn those voices into motivation to prove them wrong. My closest friend at work is very slim and has studied nutrition and had a lot of things to say to me at first. She's now a big supporter of me following the plan and I can tell she admires my resolve.
I always love that my dad raised me on 'he who laughs last, laughs longest'.
So for all the people who hated on me when I did cambridge last year even those who were overweight saying 'well I would rather do something healthy like SW or WW' with the connotation that what I was doing wasn't healthy. Or laughing saying it wasn't real life and that I am weird.
Well funnily enough they are still battling with their weight, pound off pound on saga. I did cambridge for 3 months and lost almost 4 stone to get to 10.7.
A year later I am still that weight and still same size. So I chuckle all the way over to the the size 10 section and enjoy my new healthy and lighter new life! Comebacks don't have to be immediate or even verbal!
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