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Medical FAQ’s: Medical Queries
Pregnant and lactating women require increased levels of protein and energy, and are advised to follow a diet rich in lean protein, wholegrains fresh fruit and vegetables etc.
The Cambridge Weight Plan is specifically formulated with 44 grams of carbohydrates in addition to the protein and fat present. This combination produces a mild ketosis which can be a benefit to those on weight-loss programmes as it may give a feeling of euphoria in some people while curbing the appetite.
Rapid weight-loss with very low calorie diets may temporarily affect the menstrual cycle patterns; ovulation, however is probably not interrupted. The metabolism of contraceptive pills may be affected during effective weight loss so extra care may be needed.
Check with your doctor before going on any diet. The Cambridge Weight Plan is low in Cholesterol, low in sodium and low in fat, and is suitable for weight loss after full recovery.
There are no specific contra indications to using the Cambridge Weight Plan after surgery for cancer provided that full wound healing has occurred and the medical and surgical teams approve of the intention to lose weight. You must consult those who know you case in detail.
We would recommend that anyone wishing to follow any weight loss programme at any calorie level should check with their doctor first. All Cambridge Weight Plan customers need to complete a Medical Record Form whether they plan to use the diet with or without food. Anyone on prescribed medications or with a medical condition and planning to use the Diet at less than 1500 Kcal per day should also consult their doctor.
We recommend that all customers, even those in perfect health, should consult their doctor before starting any weight loss programme, particularly if a doctor has not been consulted during the previous 12 months. Obesity is a significant factor in a number of medical conditions and anyone who is obese may have developed a medical condition of which they are unaware of. In the case of anyone who is on prescribed medication, or is suffering from a medical condition, the consultant will ask for the doctor’s signed confirmation that the information given on the Medical Record Form is correct.
Yes. Nobody with diabetes should attempt to lose weight without being supervised by his or her doctor. The Cambridge Weight Plan programmes are not usually used for patients with type 1 diabetes (insulin requiring) or type 2 diabetes (usually treated with diet and/or oral drugs) when they require insulin, except in specialist units with tight supervision. The customer must have the full agreement off their doctor or health care professional to say that they are willing to adjust medication and monitor the customer throughout the weight loss process. Again, adopting the maintenance programme is a good long-term health strategy.
When fat is released from fatty (adipose) tissue it travels to the liver where it can be used to make more fat or be ?burned? producing energy. The energy production pathway produces ketones. Everyone has some ketones in their blood at all times, but usually at low levels. The levels rise when fasting or while on a low carbohydrate diet designed to induce ketosis. Ketosis is a term applied to a state where the ketone blood levels are high enough to allow ketones to leave the body on the breath or in urine. Physiological ketosis is a normal protectic mechanism reflecting the way in which the body switches its metabolism to ?burning fat?. The effect of high levels of ketones varies from person to person. Some people feel euphoric, others may not feel hungry. There is little evidence that physiological ketosis is harmful
This is a simple urine test which indicates the presence of ketones.
The weight and amount of lean (muscle) tissue of the body are the major determinants of metabolic rate. The human body evolved to be super efficient in conserving energy. When dietary energy intake goes down the body adapts by reducing heat and energy loss thus metabolic rate drops. After weight loss and the establishment of a new lower energy requirement metabolism of the body should return to a level appropriate for the new amount of body weight and lean tissue.