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The Cabbage Soup Diet Review

Updated on September 21, 2011

Introduction to the Cabbage Soup Diet

The cabbage soup diet is a controversial weight loss plan that is designed as a short term crash diet that helps an individual person to lose up to 10 pounds in a week. The cabbage soup diet is not a long term plan for sustainable weight loss, although a newly revised system: called "the new cabbage soup diet" does attempt to make this fad diet a little more reasonable and includes a maintenance plan for after the fact. The original (and most common) form of this weight loss diet is only meant to be a one week thing. The premise of the cabbage soup diet is designed around eating all the cabbage soup that you desire and complimenting the diet with fruits and vegetables and other negative calories foods, as well as one special exception each single day to make the diet a little bit easier to stick with. This diet is broken down into individual days, each with its special instructions to follow on a day to day basis.

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One of the major issues that comes up with this diet is the questionable history and not being able to nail down how it came to be. Internet rumors abound about this diet, claiming it was created by both the Mayo Clinic and Sacred Heart Hospitals as a rapid weight loss program prior to surgery, but both groups deny all affiliation with the plan and attempts to verify it’s origin remain unfounded. In short, no one really knows who invented it or where it came from or how it achieved the wide spread status it has that most fad diets fail to ever see. This diet has even been called the Sacred Heart Diet, the Mayo Clinic Diet, or other similar names - probably in an attempt to bring some validity to a questionable crash diet.

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Cabbage Soup Diet Recipes

A typical recipe for cabbage soup may vary but generally will include cabbage and negative calorie vegetables like onions, green peppers, celery, carrots and is flavored with onion soup mix, beef bouillon, and tomato juice. Salt, Pepper or soy sauce may be added to flavor to taste, or any type of spices. People who like spice might add cayenne pepper, and garlic powder can be made for flavoring.  Many people also choose to use V-8 vegetable juice as the base for the soup as opposed to water or plain tomato juice.  This helps add flavor but also calories when making the soup.  The rule of thumb is the liquid, seasoning, cabbage, and any number of vegetables and mushrooms that you feel like adding to the pot.

Issues of the Cabbage Soup Diet

The cabbage soup diet is not a healthy and not a long term diet plan and faces a lot of (legitimate) criticism for the lack of calories, protein, and other vitamins and minerals.  Those on the diet should take a daily multivitamin, and possibly calcium or other natural supplements to help minimize the shock to the body.  This diet is designed to be a one week at a time type of thing. The valid criticism comes because the diet itself is basically a starvation diet unless you eat 12 bowls of soup a day - and even then there's not a lot of calories there with those bowls of soup.

Other issues that come up are problems with losing water weight instead of actual fat and calories, as well as the cabbage soup being very bland and the diet is easy to get completely bored with.  There are some recorded cases of dieters on the cabbage soup diet who also experience a great deal of digestive problems.There are also some possible issues with sodium levels on this diet.

7 Day Cabbage Soup Diet

The premise of the cabbage soup diet is designed around eating all the cabbage soup that you desire and complimenting the diet with fruits and vegetables and other negative calories foods depending on the day of the plan. Each day is supposed to be followed very closely, and supposedly the cycling of fruits, vegetables, and saving the meat to the end is supposed to help speed up the weight loss process. The format of both the old and the new cabbage soup diet is broken down into this individual 1 week schedule:

Day 1: Eat all the cabbage soup you want. You’re allowed to eat any fruit you want on this day with the exception of bananas, and as much fruit as you want. Drinks can include unsweetened tea or black coffee, cranberry juice and water.

Day 2: Eat all the cabbage soup you want as well as any vegetables, with the following exceptions: beans, peas, or corn. You’re also allowed a single baked potato with butter on day 2.

Day 3: Eat all the Cabbage soup you want and any fruit and vegetables excluding bananas, beans, peas and corn. So basically Day 1 + Day 2.

Day 4: Eat all the cabbage soup you want and as many as six to eight bananas, but no other fruit. Day four you’re also allowed two glasses of skim milk.

Day 5: Eat all the cabbage soup you want and up to one pound of beef, chicken, or fish. You’re encouraged to consume six fresh tomatoes, and drink at least 6-8 glasses of water.

Day 6: Eat all the cabbage soup you want, a generous serving of meat (beef chicken or fish), and an unlimited amount of vegetables.

Day 7: Eat all the cabbage soup you want and up to 2 cups of brown rice. You’re allowed an unlimited amount of fruits and vegetables once again, minus the ones previously banned on the list.

A typical recipe for cabbage soup may vary but generally will include cabbage and negative calorie vegetables like onions, green peppers, celery, carrots and is flavored with onion soup mix, beef bouillon, and tomato juice. Salt, Pepper or soy sauce may be added to flavor to taste.

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