A couple of weeks ago my Cambridge Consultant asked me that very question. As I'm not weighing in this week I thought I would focus on the answer.
Like I've said before, I'm no stranger to diets and I've always been that person that loses weight and then gets bored and puts it all back on again and more.
I've cheated on all of the previous diets I've been on, having a 'treat' after weigh in because calories don't count after weigh in! Or deciding a little naughty meal won't hurt (which ultimately turns in to a naughty week).
So while discussing cheating/falling off the wagon (which I haven't) Andy asked me why I thought I was getting on better on Cambridge than any of my previous attempts.
Before I get in to my answer I would like to point out that I am not saying anything against any other diet plan, different things work for different people. This is just my opinion.
Cambridge is a low calorie diet (or very low if you start on step 1)
On most of my previous attempts I've chosen diets that let me eat lot's of food, as long as it's in a certain category you can eat as much as you like. For someone who has always loved quantity when it comes to food this seems like a dream, eat loads and lose weight. Yes you can lose weight I managed 4 and 1/2 stone on one such diet, however it wasn't teaching me anything. The current step I'm on with Cambridge though (and from what I've read of the next stages) restricts what you can have but in a good way. I've eaten Curly Kale this week (never had it before) I have a new found love for cauliflower, neither of which I would have tried if I was just allowed to eat whatever veg I wanted. The smaller number of options makes people more inventive when it comes to making a meal and the smaller portion (I think) makes you appreciate it more when you're eating. Even though the list is small compared to other diets there are so many variations of things you can have for a meal and the Cambridge products come in lot's of different flavours. Personally I am yet to get bored with any of it.
One to One Consultations
Group support is important when losing weight, but I have that with my friends and family and the small facebook group with some of Andy's other clients. I'm all for celebrating people's success, believe me recent compliments are making me really happy. However I also think there is a downside to the group consultations. It's hard to bring up any issues you have in front of other people, it's also really hard when you've maintained for a week or gained when you know you've been really good; this becomes even harder when someone else in group has lost weight despite not sticking to plan, not getting at anybody here, I have been that person who felt a sigh of relief at 'getting away' with the pizza/crisps/pudding (delete as appropriate) but it's difficult to be on the other side of that too. If I've got questions I'll send a text or ask on facebook (it usually involves tea), I'm never made to feel like I'm bothering anyone and have never had to wait long for a reply. It's not just about the diet though, Andy asks about other aspects of your life and is supportive when I'm grumpy (which is a lot). Plus who doesn't want to wake up on a Monday morning to a message telling you you're amazing accompanied by your latest progress picture?
State of mind
This is obviously a big thing for any diet, your mind has to be in the right place for it to work otherwise there is no point. Before I graduated I wanted to be slim for my graduation photos which didn't happen. In fact I struggled to diet through the whole of my degree making excuses for needing sugar while essay writing, getting takeaways as had no time to cook or shoving a pizza in the oven as it was quick and easy, not forgetting the McDonalds breakfast before most of my tutorials! Now though I have nothing in particular to lose the weight for other than myself so there is no pressure. I have set a target to reach before I go on holiday but if I'm not quite there I'm not worried. The diet has completely changed my way of thinking, so much so that when I started I planned on having two 'naughty' days while on holiday, now though I don't want to. I want to be able to get to my target weight by sticking to plan 100% (so far so good). I don't foresee anything getting in my way but you never know. For now though I make no plans to go off track because each time I get into smaller clothes I feel better about myself and can only imagine how good I will feel at target.
When I get there I want to be proud of how I got there.