The Cabbage Soup Diet

The Cabbage Soup Diet is one that has been doing the rounds for awhile now, with huge celebrity followers such as Sarah Michelle Geller.

Of course, there are probably a lot more, but with a smelly diet such as this one, as you can well imagine, few people would probably admit to using it to lose weight!

Once reported to be a hospital diet, although furiously denied at all costs, the Cabbage Soup Diet is pretty much as it sounds. You eat a lot of cabbage soup!

An incredibly rigid diet plan that usually lasts from five to seven days, it was designed (by whom, nobody knows) to lose a large amount of weight at a very fast pace.  It is usually used before a big event, such as celebrities using it before a night like the Oscars. It has been reported that you can lose up to 10 pounds (or about five kilos) per week.

What’s The Cabbage Soup Diet Plan?

The whole idea behind the Cabbage Soup Diet is to eat basically as much cabbage soup as you like in order to fill you up, or until you physically can’t stand any more cabbage soup in one day.  Although it sounds like an awful diet plan, there are a few ways in which you can mix it up:

  • Use low calorie vegetables – onions, tomatoes, cabbage
  • Use low calorie mixes – bouillon, tomato juice, onion soup mix
  • Include other healthy foods, (as advised by the diet plan) including bananas, milk, fruit juices, potatoes and beef.

Are there Any Disadvantages?

Of course, as with any fast weight loss, there are bound to be certain disadvantages that you will have to put up with if you choose the Cabbage Soup Diet.

The most obvious one, of course, is that you will soon get bored with eating cabbage soup combined with the other ingredients, as the food lists are rather strict and very minimal. On top of this, there are have been reports of light-headed and weak sensations, and in some cases, a problem focusing or concentrating for large periods of time, making it difficult to work and function as you normally would.

Certain medical conditions cannot deal with the strict nature of the cabbage soup diet, including:

  • Eating disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Food intolerances

You are cutting out many of the vital food groups, such as carbs, protein and other minerals and vitamins that the body needs in order to function properly.  As a result, this is not a weight loss method that should be used over a long period of time. You will also find that once you have gone back to your “normal” eating pattern, you will put the weight that you have lost back on, simply because you have increased the calories that you are eating once again.

The Conclusion

The Cabbage Soup Diet will work as part of a very short term weight loss method, but only when used properly. Over a long period of time, this diet will prove to be very bad for your health, and even in the short term, problems could be faced.

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