If I have high blood pressure, am I still okay to use The 1:1 Diet for weight loss?
Don’t worry! Good news is yes! If you have high blood pressure you should be able to follow any Step, but this depends on other health issues and your current BMI. Your consultant will be able to advise you on this. It’s advised to regularly monitor yourself whilst on Plan. Hypertension medication may need to be monitored and adjusted throughout the weight loss journey.
I used to have an eating disorder. Can I do The 1:1 Diet?
We understand that eating disorders can occur as a result of various underlying factors. If you currently have any eating disorders, then you won’t be able to start The 1:1 Diet. If you have a history of eating disorders and you have picked your fab Consultant, who will be your buddy every step of the way, they will contact The 1:1 Diet’s medical team for further advice as they look at each case individually.
Can a person who has raised cholesterol levels use The 1:1 Diet?
Yes, yippee! Studies have shown that using the The 1:1 Diet meal replacement products may reduce levels of blood cholesterol.
Is The 1:1 Diet suitable for people with coeliac disease?
There’s no need to worry, we have a range of gluten-free products suitable for individuals with coeliac disease. View the Allergies, Intolerances and Choices chart or contact your The 1:1 Diet Consultant for further information.
I am being treated for depression; can I use The 1:1 Diet?
Most customers would be able to follow The 1:1 Diet if they are suffering from depression. It may be that a higher Step would be more suitable for you but your Consultant would be able to advise you on this.
Can someone with diabetes use The 1:1 Diet?
We don’t want to make things complicated for you. Customers who have Type 1 and 2 diabetes can follow The 1:1 Diet with the support of their GP and/or specialist nurse. We would want you to be on a higher step to ensure that your diabetes remains stable, this may mean having some everyday food in your diet, Have a chat to your Consultant who will be able to advise on a suitable Step for you to follow.
I suffer from epilepsy and take anti-convulsant medication. Would I be able to use The 1:1 Diet?
It may be possible for you to follow The 1:1 Diet if you have been stable with no seizures or medication adjustments for at least six months. However you always have your Consultant, who will be able to advise on a suitable Step for you to follow.
I have had a heart attack or stroke; can I follow The 1:1 Diet?
We care about your health and safety a lot. If you have had a heart attack or stroke within the past three months, you will not be able to use a The 1:1 Diet. After this period, depending on your recovery, you may be able to follow The 1:1 Diet Step and your Consultant will be able to advise you further.
I have a problem with heartburn; will The 1:1 Diet aggravate this?
If you have symptoms relating to heartburn or gastric acid and want to do Step 2, it may be helpful to take your products in half portions instead of the three full ones. The good news is that you can follow any Step.
Can someone with lactose intolerance use The 1:1 Diet?
Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose (milk sugar) and is caused by a deficiency of lactase, an enzyme released by the small intestine that allows milk sugar to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Luckily for you, we have a range of lactose-free products available so you’d still be able to use The 1:1 Diet.
How will The 1:1 Diet benefit my arthritis?
Arthritis is a degenerative disease affecting joints. Weight loss is regarded very important in the treatment of arthritis. A lighter body puts less strain on the joints and some dieters find they may need less of their medication.
Is The 1:1 Diet suitable for anyone with a peanut allergy?
Don’t worry, it’s only The 1:1 Diet Peanut Crispy Bar that actually contains peanuts. Please note though that all other products in the The 1:1 Diet range are not made in a nut-free environment and therefore may contain nuts due to the possibility of cross contamination. The only exceptions to this are the The 1:1 Diet Ready to Drink Shakes. Please see the Allergies/Intolerances/Choices section for further information.
Can I safely use The 1:1 Diet with a thyroid complaint?
Don’t worry, The 1:1 Diet is suitable for anyone with thyroid function complaints. Speak to your Consultant who will be able to advise you further.
I notice a tendency towards bad breath. Why is this?
Bad breath can occur and is often made worse by not drinking enough fluid. But we have some tips and tricks for you, just use a mouthwash, carry a mouth spray with you or drink some water. Your breath will soon be fresh again.
Why do I feel cold on The 1:1 Diet Step 1 programme?
This is almost certainly due to a reduced thermogenic response to a reduced food intake. Large meals cause the body to generate a lot of body heat, while smaller meals produce less heat. Individuals differ widely in their thermogenic response. Your hands and feet may feel particularly cold, brrr... but this is a completely normal response. Your body is just trying to conserve heat and energy due to the reduced calorie intake. Other factors that influence body heat production include the slight reduction in metabolic rate, which always happens during weight loss and, of course, the loss of insulating fat! Don’t worry though, if you are sensitive to the cold try moving around a little more and be sure to wrap up warmly – many light layers are more effective than a single heavy layer.
Is it normal to get constipated after starting The 1:1 Diet?
Less frequent bowel movements may occur because The 1:1 Diet products are not as bulky as normal food. But to tackle this, keep well hydrated and drink at least 2.25 litres/ 4 pints of fluid daily in addition to the water used to mix your products. If you have previously suffered with constipation, let your Consultant know before you start. We’ve got you covered, The 1:1 Diet Fibre can be added to your shakes from day one and this may help avoid constipation. Less frequent bowel movements may occur because The 1:1 Diet products are not as bulky as normal food. To combat this, keep well hydrated and drink at least 2.25 litres/ 4 pints of fluid daily in addition to the water used to mix your products. If you have previously suffered with constipation, let your Consultant know before you start. Adding Cambridge Fibre to your shakes from day one may help avoid constipation.
I have been on The 1:1 Diet for two weeks and am getting cramp in my legs. Is the diet causing this?
You may get some leg cramps in the initial stages of Step 1, they are caused by the increased movement of fluid in the body’s tissues as water shifts and your sodium levels change. If you are still struggling please consult your GP or pharmacist. Don’t forget your Consultant will be able to advise you further on this.
Just after starting The 1:1 Diet I suffered from diarrhoea. Why is this?
We are sorry to hear this, but don’t worry, this is usually a minor problem and should last for only a short time. Some people are not used to the mineral content in The 1:1 Diet Products. Therefore it is a good idea to drink an extra glass of water at the same time as having a The 1:1 Diet Products. Here’s some advice from us: Take The 1:1 Diet products in the form of half portions (6/8 half portions per day, rather than 3/4 full portions) initially to dilute the mineral intake. Another possible cause of continued diarrhoea is lactose intolerance. Some people cannot digest the lactose in milk products and diarrhoea can occur. To ensure you don’t have to miss out, we have a range of lactose-free products that could be used instead. If you have diarrhoea, which has lasted longer than the first few days of the Plan, you should seek medical advice from your GP.
I have lost 19kg (3st) on the Step 2 and am now experiencing some hair loss. Is this due to the The 1:1 Diet?
Hair loss can be linked with weight loss. The thinning of hair and hair loss can occur during and sometimes after the weight loss phase. But weight loss is not the only reason for hair thinning and we would therefore recommend you seek medical advice from your GP if you are concerned.
Does The 1:1 Diet programme affect the menstrual cycle?
Hormone levels fluctuate when there are changes in weight – particularly in women. Rapid weight loss may temporarily affect the menstrual cycle. Ovulation, however, is probably not interrupted. To go into detail, in most cases the menstrual cycle remains unchanged but for some women breakthrough bleeding or heavier periods may occur. Others may find that their periods stop for a while. Fertility may also be affected and unexpected pregnancies have been known to occur, therefore if you have been trying unsuccessfully to become pregnant, you need to be aware that during and after weight loss, fertility may increase. The metabolism of hormonal contraceptives may be affected during effective weight loss and so we recommend additional methods of contraception if you do not wish to fall pregnant while on a programme.
Whenever I start The 1:1 Diet I feel nauseous. Is this normal?
Some people are more sensitive to the high concentration of minerals and vitamins in the products, and therefore my feel a little queasy, but that’s nothing that a glass full of H20 can’t fix. Another option would be to have your The 1:1 Diet products as 6/8 half portions per day, rather than 3/4 full portions, as this would help to split the mineral content you have each time.
I have developed a rash. Am I allergic to Cambridge Weight plan?
Skin rashes can be caused by any number of things. However, just occasionally, there may be something in the formula of The 1:1 Diet products to which someone has an allergic reaction to. If a rash occurs while using The 1:1 Diet you should stop the Plan straight away. If the rash fails to settle or progresses, then seek medical advice. When the rash has gone down, if you wish to restart The 1:1 Diet then seek advice from your Consultant on how to do this. Why not also take some time to look at the Allergies/Intolerances/Choices chart on the website. Food allergies should be properly investigated and allergen-free diets should be based on sound scientific tests.