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Serious question - does LL/ Cambridge Diet effect your brain?

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stressed2007 Fri 15-May-09 19:25:01

I used to be bright (as far as I can on). In the last 12 years I have lost lots of weight on the cambridge diet (a littLe) and twice on LL (each time about 6 stone). Never been good at keeping weight off for more then a few years hence the repeat business. However I never felt great while I have been on these diets and I think the very severe calorie restriction it gives has affected my brain. I am now so absent minded it is a joke - I know I "knew" things more then I know them now (if that makes sense) and I seriously think my brain works at about 30% capacity of what it did 10 years ago. Does anyone else think or know whether the VLCD's do have a long term effect on your brain? I am thinking about doing one of thse diets again but if it made this even worse I would be in serious trouble. Thanks very much

RedCharityBonney Fri 15-May-09 19:52:51

They certainly have a very bad effect on mood and general health.

It's powder. It's kind of weird!

If you don't mind a stranger offering you some advice, will you please not do one of these diets again? There's no 'live' nourishment in these diets. No phyto nutrients. It's quite freaky really.

If you want to do a vlcd which is full of real food, then I seriously recommend that you look into Jason Vale's juice master series of books. You make fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies and live on them for a while, and he makes sure they are balanced programs. People do lose weight quickly, and are then shown how to build real food back into their diet again when they are ready.

I haven't done juicing as a weight-loss thing, but I use the recipes and have read two of his books with interest.

Look into them and see for yourself?


stressed2007 Mon 18-May-09 16:38:31

Thanks for your reply.

I am bumping this hopefully for some of those LL/Cambridge det to provide their thoughts. Thanks

Sherrielc Wed 03-Jun-09 03:16:18

It's very feasible and there's probably quite a few different ways that it could have this effect.

One obvious one is hypothyroidism, have you had your thyroid checked?

Personally, I would not go down that road again as you're likely compounding the problem each time you do it.

I looked into the health risks of very low calorie diets a few years ago and listed some of the research I found here: very low calorie diet research

But the research is very short term, last I checked the health risks if VLCD's hadn't really been followed longer then 12 weeks after that they put the people straight onto a refeeding program and follow for a few weeks so long term is a very grey area. But having said that there is a lot of research in regards to starvation and these have a huge effects on your brain over the long term. There was a study a long time ago that studied the effects of men following a 1500 calorie diet over the long term and it had profound effects on their health and mental abilities and they became very obsessed with food. I can't think of the name of it right now as my partner is playing music very loud and I can't hear myself think!

However, having said that there is some research on the psychological causes of food restriction, there is one that I linked to on the bottom of that page and I keep meaning to go into this more but time is an issue. But basically it is very common for people to develop eating disorders after dieting particularly severe dieting such as VLCDs and VLCDs can even bring on psychosis.

Unfortunately, I don't recall reading much on VLCDs and memory but I definitely think this would be connected as thyroid alone can cause these problems that you're experiencing and very low calorie diets have been shown to downgrade your thyroid and you will see some of the research on that page I linked to.

Also, when I was researching this I did write a couple of articles on what I did find which you're more then welcome to have a squizz at low fat and very low calorie diets plus also I should share a great article I found on obesity online that explains the yo-yo phenomenon really well. It is a really good read: THE PHYSIOLOGY OF WEIGHT CHANGE

Sorry I couldn't help much with your question but I hope this helps in regards to VLCDS



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