A supervised, very low calorie diet first introduced in 1984. The original diet was criticized because it did not provide sufficient calories and protein, so it was reformulated. The new Cambridge diet (now part of the Cambridge Health Plan) uses specially formulated meal replacements to provide the vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids needed to maintain health. The reformulated diet provides the calories and protein recommended by the 1989 report of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy (COMA). The diet is designed to provide full nutritional needs with minimum energy. It is available only from trained counsellors who check that prospective users have no medical problems and ensure that the diet is not taken for too long.
Subjects: Medicine and Health.