After the holidays, a vacation, or a period of eating and merry-making, it’s time to look into our book of dieting and find out which one would work best for us, depending on our goals and eating habits.
If you have a special occasion coming up or you simply need to lose weight fast, the Cabbage Soup Diet may be just what you need. It is a diet that you have to strictly follow for seven days only and though it is not suitable for long-term weight loss, the Cabbage Soup Diet is a low-fat, high-fiber diet that can help you get into shape before you proceed to a more moderate long-term eating plan.
Though named Cabbage Soup Diet, the diet does not only consist of cabbage soup alone. The diet is designed around heavy consumption of a low-calorie cabbage soup over the time of seven days, but few other low-calorie foods are also on the list. The diet plan includes two daily bowls of fat-free cabbage soup and a short list of fruit, vegetables, onions, tomatoes, skim milk, and meat. This diet encourages drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol.
Day One- Fruits with Cabbage Soup
Eat all of the fruit you want (except bananas). Eat only your soup and the fruit for the first day. The drinks are limited to unsweetened teas, cranberry juice and water.
Day Two – Vegetables with Cabbage Soup
You can eat fresh, raw or cooked vegetables of your choice until you’re stuffed. Try to eat leafy green vegetables and stay away from dry beans, peas and corn. During dinner, you can reward yourself with a big baked potato with butter. Do not eat any fruit on the second day.
Day Three – Eat all you can day. Fruits, vegetables and cabbage soup, that is.
Eat all the soup, fruits and vegetables you want but strictly no baked potato.
Day Four: Bananas and Skim Milk Day
The fourth day is supposed to lessen your desire for sweets. You can eat as many as eight bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you would like on this day, along with your soup.
Day Five- Introduction of Meat (beef only)
You can eat from ten to twenty ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (chicken skin definitely not included ). Take your soup at least once on this day. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water on the fifth day to wash the uric acid from your body.
Day Six – Meat and Vegetables Combined.
Eat to your heart’s content of beef and vegetables this day. You can even have 2 or 3 steaks if you like, with leafy green vegetables. Eat your soup at least once. If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for beef on one of the meat days (but not both) and strictly no baked potato.
Day Seven – Rice and Veggie combo.
On the last day, you can stuff yourself with brown rice, vegetables and unsweetened fruit juices. Be sure to eat your soup at least once on the seventh day.
For your soup, you can add more vegetable (tomatoes, onion springs, mushrooms, celery, etc) or any seasoning (pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc.) to add flavor to the soup. Try not to add salt.
While following the the cabbage soup diet, you can eat as much of the foods listed in the program as you want. The diet claims to lose 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of weight in a week, though nutritional experts point out that it is nearly impossible to lose that much fat within a week. It is said that much of the weight lost is water, not fat.
CONS: Some people find the soup bland. Since the weight lost is due to water and not fat, the effect is not permanent. In addition, the recipe for the soup as often given has an extremely high sodium content, usually to make it palatable. The diet provides practically zero protein for several days, and many have reported feeling weak and light-headed during the course of the diet. It has also been noted that flatulence is a common side effect of the diet.
PROS: This seven-day diet provides a great “kick-start” for a more moderate diet.
Remember that the diet is only for seven days (and shouldn’t be followed for longer). Medical experts do not recommend this diet for long-term use because it could lead to malnutrition and serious health problems. If you decide to try it anyway, check with your doctor first.