The cabbage soup diet is a 7 day meal plan, aimed at
achieving fast weight loss. It is said to have originated Sacred Hearts Hospital to stimulate weight loss for
How the Cabbage Soup Diet Works
The cabbage soup diet is based on a fat-burning
soup that contains negligible calories. The more soup you eat the more weight
you should lose. The cabbage soup diet
is a radical weight loss diet designed around heavy consumption of a
low-calorie cabbage soup over the time of seven days. It is generally considered
a fad diet, in that it is designed for short-term weight loss.
The typical claimed intent
of the diet is to lose 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of weight in a week, though
nutritional experts point out that it is impossible to lose that much fat within a
Soup Diet Plan
- Day 1 - Cabbage soup plus as much fruit as you like,
- Day 2 - Cabbage soup plus vegetables including 1 jacket
potato with a little butter.
- Day 3 - Cabbage soup plus fruit and vegetables
excluding potatoes and bananas.
- Day 4 - Cabbage soup plus up to eight bananas and as
much skimmed milk as you like.
- Day 5 - Cabbage soup plus up to 20 ounces of beef and
up to six tomatoes.
- Day 6 - Cabbage soup plus as much beef and vegetables
(excluding potatoes) as you like.
- Day 7 - Cabbage soup plus brown rice, vegetables
(excluding potatoes) and unsweetened fruit juice.
What Food is Allowed on the Cabbage Soup Diet
allowed only water
and cabbage soup they want, plus a very restricted set of other foods. The 7-day
cabbage soup diet plan insists on sticking to the small list of allowed foods
on alternate days, along with two daily bowls of fat-free
cabbage soup. Other specific foods that can be eaten including fruit,
vegetables, skim milk, and meat. Dieters are also advised to drink plenty of water.
What Food is Not Allowed on the Cabbage Soup Diet
You are allowed to eat all you want
of brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices, and vegetables as specified in the
diet. Be sure to eat your soup at least once everyday. No bread, alcohol, or
carbonated beverages, not even diet soda. Beverages are limited to water,
and unsweetened fruit juice on days when fruit is allowed.
Effectiveness of the Cabbage Soup Diet
Weight loss will probably occur due
to the low calorie intake. It allows people to eat as much cabbage soup as they
want each day, which should sound appealing to dieters. After all,
dieters love to hear that they can eat unlimited amounts of food and still lose
weight fast. It is not a long-term weight loss solution, but is
known to be effective over the short term.
Known Benefits of the Cabbage Soup Diet
original documents mentioning the diet, it was claimed the diet is designed for
obese heart-surgery patients, so they could lose weight quickly and therefore
be at lower risk of complications during surgery. However, these claims remain
unverified. Because no one has ever officially claimed to be the creator of the
diet, there really isn’t any reputable organization that represents it.
Health Benefits of the Cabbage Soup Diet
- The change from some of our normally junky eating
habits can be beneficial.
- Vegetables from the Brassica family (such as cabbage,
broccoli, cauliflower) have been found to aid in preventing cancer.
Potential Risks of the Cabbage Soup Diet
diet plan is not recommended for children and adolescents.
the cabbage soup diet only last for seven days, this diet plan shouldn't cause
people in good health any long-term problems, but people who have special
dietary needs, including diabetics, should definitely consult a doctor before
starting the cabbage soup diet.
one week, dieters must stop for at least two weeks before attempting the diet
not do this diet more than four times a year or more than once every three
months. It is not a long-term solution to weight loss.
to the lack of energy that the cabbage soup diet will give you, your energy stores
in both your muscles and liver will be greatly reduced, resulting in a lower
body fluid content, which results in you headache and feeling
tired throughout the day.
may get too much sodium from the combination of soup mix, bouillon and juice.
has also been noted that flatulence (the presence of a mixture of gases in the
digestive system) is a common side effect of the diet.
often report feeling nauseous whenever they smell the soup toward the end of
the 7-day diet plan.
What the Experts Say About the Cabbage Soup Diet
Many individuals and
medical professionals are critical of the diet. It is claimed that most of the
weight lost is water
and not fat,
and therefore not permanent. In addition, the recipe for the soup as often
given has an extremely high sodium content, usually to make it palatable, and
the diet provides practically zero protein for several days at a time. Many
people report feeling weak and light-headed during the course of the diet.
The blandness of the soup
means that few manage the entire seven days, and often report feeling nauseous
whenever they smell the soup toward the end of the week-long diet. However some
diets such as the negative calorie diet basically look at the nutritional
properties of the cabbage soup diet, and make it more interesting by combining
other foods that have the same effect.
Weight loss will occur due
to the low calorie intake.
Consensus is this is not
a very nutritionally sound plan and certainly not one to live on.
Extensive use can damage your health and this diet is one that should not ne used as a primary long term method for weight loss.