Cabbage Soup Diet

The Cabbage Soup Diet Review – 7 days to quick weight loss, but be assured that it’s mostly water weight you will be losing!

About the Program

Many versions of this soup diet have been around for years. The weight loss claims have varied from ten to fifteen pounds in 7 days.

It’s not a long term program and I consider it a “fad diet”. You can repeat the plan but only after allowing some time to elapse before doing it again. (That is if you can stomach doing it again!)

Although the actual foods you eat are healthy, the daily caloric intake averages between 800 and 1,000 calories. This deprives your body of many needed nutrients and also promotes side affects such as dizziness, headaches and fatigue.

Foods You Can Eat

The foods are very resticted on this plan. Drink plenty of water and you can also drink cranberry juice, unsweetened tea, and black coffee. Follow the foods for the 7 days as follows:

Day 1: Fruit (no bananas) and unlimited soup
Day 2: Vegetables (except peas, corn, or beans), baked potato with butter, and unlimited soup.
Vegetables and fruits, and unlimited soup
Up to 8 bananas, unlimited soup, unlimited skim milk
Between 10 and 20 ounces of fish, chicken, or beef, up to 6 tomatoes (fresh), and unlimited soup
Unlimited vegetables, 2 to 3 beef steaks, and unlimited soup
2 to 3 cups of brown rice, unlimited vegetables, unlimited soup, and unsweetened fruit juice

Varied versions of the cabbage soup recipe are also floating around. However when I tried the diet I had this recipe:

1/2 head of cabbage
1 stick of celery diced
3 carrots chopped
1 large onion diced
1 green bell pepper diced
4 fresh tomatoes diced
1-3 chicken bouillon cubes
1 package onion soup mix or vegetable soup mix (dry)

Use a large pot and spray it with cooking spray – sautee all of the vegetables except the cabbage and tomatoes. Once they are tender add twelve cups of water, the cabbage, tomatoes, and bouillon cubes. Cook until tender.

Exercise

No exercise is included or promoted.

Costs

You can use the above or there is actually a book you can purchase called “The Ultimate Cabbage Soup Diet”.

Pros

This does promote quick weight loss.

Cons

It’s not a healthy diet and the caloric intake is extremely low.
Exercise is not promoted
Quick weight regain if you don’t continue on with a healthy diet plan and exercise
The weight loss is mainly water loss

Summary

I can sincerely say the Cabbage Soup Diet is unhealthy and extremely hard to stick with even for 7 days. I made it through Day 2 but ended up very sick at my stomach. A lot of people have used it for purposes of losing 5 pounds or so if they had a special event coming up such as a wedding, class reunion etc. But remember, it’s water weight loss – it’s definitely not something you can use for permanent weight loss.

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