The Plan

Programmes - 6 Steps

  • Step 1
  • Step 2
  • Step 3
  • Step 4
  • Step 5
  • Step 6

Step 1 Sole Source® and Sole Source Plus®

What do you eat?

If you choose the Sole Source® programme you will consume three Cambridge Weight Plan meals in place of conventional food. For men, or women above 5ft 8ins (1.73m), four Cambridge Weight Plan meals must be taken. Sole Source® is ideal for people who prefer a period of time away from the temptations of conventional food.

Sole Source Plus® allows some extra flexibility. On this programme, you may have three Cambridge Weight Plan meals plus a 200kcal meal (from a range of selected recipes available from your Consultant) or four Cambridge Weight Plan meals plus 200ml of skimmed milk. This is the same regardless of height or gender.

In addition to the water used to mix the Cambridge drinks and soups, it is vital that you drink at least 2.25 litres (4 pts) of water per day. Other fluids can include black tea, coffee, and herbal teas (leaf not flower) and flavoured waters.

Using Sole Source® or Sole Source Plus® is not allowed when certain medical conditions are present. We call these conditions 'contra-indicated'.

There are however, a number of medical conditions with which Sole Source® and Sole Source Plus® can still be used, but with special precautions.

In all cases, if you have a medical condition, a doctor’s signature will be required before starting any programme.

If you chose to follow the Sole Source® programme, your doctor will need to be informed before you begin, regardless of your BMI. The Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant will do this, allowing your doctor the option to provide clinical supervision if they think it necessary.

Use this step for:

Up to twelve weeks (in accordance with NICE Guidance, 2006). After this you will need to move up to a Step above 800 kcal for at least one week. At this point, if you have further weight to lose, you can use Sole Source® / Sole Source Plus® for another period of up to twelve weeks and so on, or select a programme with a higher calorific level.

Individuals with a BMI 40 and above may not commence on Step 1, but may do so following a period of time on a higher calorie intake. Your Cambridge Consultant will advise you.

Step 2 (810 kcal per day)

This weight loss programme is a nutritionally balanced low calorie diet. It gives the additional flexibility of a higher calorie level than the Sole Source programmes.

It is suitable for:

  • Anyone above BMI 20 who is not medically contraindicated.
  • Anyone for whom a Very Low Calorie Diet (below 810kcal) is unsuitable, anyone who is preparing for weight loss on the Sole Source programmes.
  • Anyone who has lost weight with Sole Source® / Sole Source Plus® and is now on the weight stabilisation programme.

What do you eat?

Three Cambridge Weight Plan meals, a choice of one protein rich food, skimmed milk and vegetables. Your Consultant will be able to advise you on suitable choices.

Continue to drink at least 2.25l (4 pts) of water per day.

Use this step for:

  • Weight loss until stabilisation begins.
  • Interim step for a minimum of one week between 12 week periods of Sole Source® / Sole Source Plus®.
  • At the start of stabilization phase after the Sole Source programmes are completed.

*Individuals with a BMI 50 and above may not commence on Step 2, but may do so following a period of time on a higher calorie intake. Your Cambridge Consultant will advise you.

Step 3 (1000 Kcal per day)

This programme adds fruit and carbohydrate to the 810 kcal meal in Step 2. It is suitable for those who prefer to lose weight more gradually or those whose lifestyle makes it impossible to avoid conventional eating.

What do you eat?

Two Cambridge Weight Plan meals - this is essential, plus a range of regular meal options. Speak to your Consultant for more details.

We recommend that you have 2.25l (4 pts) fluids which can include:

  • Tea, coffee, herbal teas (leaf not flower).
  • Your daily portion of milk.
  • Zero calorie drinks (Cambridge drink flavourings, carbonates, squashes, flavoured waters, etc).

Use this step for:

  • A two week stabilization step; either as preparation in week 1 or for a longer term weight loss programme in week 2.

*Males with a BMI 50 and above may not commence on Step 3, but may do so following a period of time on a higher calorie intake. Your Cambridge Consultant will advise you.

Step 4 (1200 kcal per day)

This weight loss programme adds more selected conventional food to your daily menu. It is suitable for those who prefer to lose weight more gradually, or those whose lifestyle makes it impossible to avoid conventional eating. It is also suitable for people on certain medications where a low (or very low) calorie diet would not be advised. This step can be followed for as long as you need.

What do you eat ?

Two Cambridge Weight Plan Diet meals – these are essential, plus wide ranging recipe options. Your Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant will be able to advise you.

Use this step for:

  • Weight loss, use for as long as you need.
  • For working through the maintenance programme you should use this step for two weeks.

*Males with a BMI 60 and above may not commence on Step 4, but may do so following a period of time on a higher calorie intake. Your Cambridge Consultant will advise you.

Step 5 (1500 kcal per day)

This weight loss programme adds more selected conventional food to the daily menu, whilst retaining a Cambridge Weight Plan meal for nutritional purposes. It is suitable for those who prefer to lose weight much more gradually.

What do you eat ?

One Cambridge Weight Plan meal – this is essential plus a wide range of menu options. Speak to your Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant for more details.

Additional calorie allowances are made for snacks and desserts

Use this step for:

  • Weight loss, use for as long as you need.
  • For working through the maintenance programme, you should use this step for two weeks.

Step 6 Maintenance

Well done — you have reached your target weight

Congratulations! You have worked hard to lose weight and have shown lots of discipline and stamina. You now might want to think about rewarding yourself and this can be as simple or as elaborate as you like.

Your aim now is to concentrate on keeping your weight stable and not putting those pounds back on. Cambridge Weight Plan not only helps you to lose weight, but the calorie-banded Steps help you stabilise your new weight and then maintain it. There are two key stages at this point:

  1. Stabilisation
  2. Long-term weight maintenance

1. Stabilisation is designed to help you gradually re-introduce different types of foods, so that you do not gain any weight. This is done by using the Step above the one you used to lose weight. You usually do this for a fortnight or until your weight is stable. Then you can move to the next Step and your Cambridge Consultant will advise you exactly when the time is right.

2. Long-term weight maintenance means that your weight has stabilised at one of the Steps for at least a fortnight. At this point, you will know the calorie level that you need to maintain your new weight or how you need to adjust your food intake to suit your requirements. You can continue to develop the skills that will help you keep your weight right for you in the long term. Do talk through your successes and any concerns with your Cambridge Consultant who will be able to provide you with tips and guidance.

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