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What else have you tried?

Guru

Silver Member
S: 22st10.5lb C: 19st1.5lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 41.9 Loss: 3st9lb(16.01%)
#1
Cambridge Diet is a pretty radical way to lose weight and I imagine this is not the first attempt at dieting for most of us - certainly not for me. So what have you tried previously? How successful was it? Why did you decide CD was the plan for you?

I have tried Slimming World (lost about a stone, put it back on and more), Weight Watchers (lost two stone, put it back on and more), Lighter Life (lost 3 1/2 stone, put it all back on and another stone).

I am at the point of desperation because of wanting a baby. I went to my GP and asked for gastric band surgery (he refused because there is nothing wrong with me except for being overweight). I asked for xenical and reductil and he refused and said that they were horrible.

He suggested I try CD, so here I am. If this doesn't work I will be saving up for a gastric band privately.

I am hoping that like when I did LL, removing food from the equation will help. I also hope that unlike LL, I last longer than three months!
 
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Caz

Slimming down the aisle
S: 19st1.5lb C: 18st6.8lb G: 13st0lb BMI: 38.2 Loss: 0st8.7lb(3.25%)
#2
Umm excuse me miss, if it doesn't work? It will work! Be positive! Then you can spend all that hard saved cash on gorgeous new clothes :D

I'm sure you'll last, you've got all of us for support too! We'll help beat your butt into gear when you need it :p
 

moti17

is gonna do it!!
S: 14st9lb G: 9st0lb
#3
All diets 'work', its just us that mess it all up!
Ive tried ww, found all the point counting a bit taxing, and its sloooow.
Rosemary conley is also good, will probably stick to that kind of thing when I get to goal.
 

Caz

Slimming down the aisle
S: 19st1.5lb C: 18st6.8lb G: 13st0lb BMI: 38.2 Loss: 0st8.7lb(3.25%)
#4
Umm excuse me miss, if it doesn't work? It will work! Be positive! Then you can spend all that hard saved cash on gorgeous new clothes :D

I'm sure you'll last, you've got all of us for support too! We'll help beat your butt into gear when you need it :p
 

Guru

Silver Member
S: 22st10.5lb C: 19st1.5lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 41.9 Loss: 3st9lb(16.01%)
#5
Oh aye, I didn't word that very well. I realise they work but for one reason or another I haven't stuck at them. With WW and SW it was because it seemed like such a looooooooooong time until I got to goal - four years of dieting is not appealing. With LL at the end I self sabotaged and I really disliked the leader so I dreaded going every week. I wasn't keen on the group therapy either so I am hoping that this time without those things, and with my CDC who so far seems really nice, I will stick it out.
 

eyeontheprize

can see the end in sight!
S: 20st7lb C: 12st10lb G: 12st6lb BMI: 25.5 Loss: 7st11lb(37.98%)
#6
i lost a stone on weight watchers, it was just too slow so decided to switch to CD instead. all diets work, i know i could have lost weight on any diet i chose (not as quickly though) as my head was in the right place.
 
S: 16st0lb C: 11st5lb G: 10st7lb BMI: 27.3 Loss: 4st9lb(29.02%)
#7
It will work and you will succeed. You will. Believe in yourself because it is only you that can do this. no one can do it for you.

I personally haven't tried any other diets because I know I am the type of person who has all or nothing. SW and WW allows syns and point saving so you can have a bit of the naughty from time to time but for me that is fatal and I knew it wouldn't work,

I got to 15st 3lb and realised how big I was so I started walking 5 miles a day everyday for 6 weeks, I got down to 14st my lightest. Then I stopped and put it all back on and more, then, when I fianally plucked up the courage to call a cdc I was 16stone.

I had known about this diet for years but because I hadn't researched it properly I avoided it thinking it couldn't be safe until the day when I caught myself in the cinema toilet mirrors - that was when I knew I needed to be away from food so I researched the diet and it went from there.
 

Katierose

Gold Member
S: 19st2lb C: 19st2lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 47.5 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
#8
Hi
Just wanted to say that you have done fantastically well with your first week weight loss x and I know we are on different threads and just wanted to say hang on in there as you will do it. I ve tried all the other diets.. including slimming pills and although my weight loss is slower than others on here its consistent with CD. We can do this x:D
 

Zoe.D

loving life
S: 22st3lb C: 11st7lb G: 11st7lb BMI: 27.6 Loss: 10st10lb(48.23%)
#9
Hi Guru, well done on your first week's loss, fantastic. I had tried Weight Watchers many times but it took too long and had such a way to go I would give up. It was also too flexible for me with the fact that you could use your points on practicly anything that I found it very easy to cheat on it. CD works for me because it's quick. consistant and eliminates food for a while whilst my stomach shrinks and I retrain my brain.
 

LizS

Shut up Ethel
S: 14st13lb C: 12st9lb G: 10st13lb BMI: 29.5 Loss: 2st4lb(15.31%)
#10
Well done on Week 1 Guru - bucketloads of motivation when you see how well it works, isn't it!

As for me I have done most things. Countless attempts at WW and SW. I used SW to get from 15 stone to 13.5 for my wedding and it took me a hell of a lot longer than five weeks (which is how long its taken to lose the same on CD!)

WW is slow and point counting is a hassle but more importantly I always felt I could 'cheat and make up for it later' - firstly by cheating one day then being 'good' the next and then by having what the hell I wanted and trying to make up for it next week. Just doesn't work for me - I'm such an all or nothing type of person.

I also did slimfast when at college (total waste of time) plus self-devised calorie counting/exercise plan, which worked, but so very slowly, and so very easy to fall off.

The only diet that ever 'worked' in that I consistently lost weight over a period of time was LL. I lost 4.5 stone in 4 months. The only reason it didn't 'work' was because I didn't work at maintenance when I finished. I also stopped too soon because I was bored of SS and wasn't allowed into maintenance at that point, so I gave in, learned nothing, and went back to old habits and old dress size.

With CD I think it works on two levels - it suits my all or nothing approach and I simply cannot 'cheat' because there's no way to make up for it later, and also the choice of plans means I am far less likely to just stop like a train running into a brick wall!
 

Nicki-M

Full Member
S: 22st10lb C: 14st2lb G: 13st0lb BMI: 30.1 Loss: 8st8lb(37.74%)
#11
I must say I have been there and done that with all of the slimming companies out there, WW, SW, LL.
I was very successful with WW and lost over 4 1/2 stone but as its the mind that needs to change I did end up gaining it all back over the course of 2 years and an extra 2 stone.
I don't look at WW or SW as diets they basically are healthy living plans and basically teach us what and how much food we should be eating to sustain a healthy weight...I personally love the WW plan but as I have about 8 - 10 stone to lose...I was looking for the quick fix and thought abstinence and exercise was my best option. When and not if I lose the weight, I am going to...yes going to (not try to) follow the principals of the WW plan as I feel that this is healthy and balanced and what I need to maintain my weight loss.
I won't deprive myself..but, will promise to be good at least 80% of the time and try and allow myself only to be naughty 20% of the time and hopefully by maintaining a decent exercise regime I will not lose control and ever have to SS again....wishful thinking I know..but I plan on holding on to this belief once I see the glamorous new person that I become!!!
Wishing you all great success on your journey to GLAMOURDOM!!!!!!
 

curlywurly1234

Cambridge Consultant
S: 15st1lb C: 8st10lb G: 8st10lb Loss: 6st5lb(42.18%)
#12
I have done SW in the past lost 3 1/2 stone many many years ago.... Also ww........ I think they all work you head just has to be in the right place at the time you are doing them.
I also went to Paul Mckenna I can make you slim seminar that was great....... but nothing to fall back on after.....

Anyway got big again..... became desperate and CD is the way forward its quick...... and I needed something to happen straight away rather than take forever to lose...... and it definatley has worked for so many of us on here x
 


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