The cabbage soup diet has been around since the 1980s and has continued to circulate among those who want to lose lots of weight in a short period of time.
The cabbage soup diet consists of a 7-day regimen of mostly cabbage soup, water, a few fill-in meats and carbs, other fruits and veggies. You are allowed as much of the cabbage soup as you like, with alternating foods on other days. Like most diets, it has pros and cons.
Day 1 All fruits except bananas, cabbage soup, water, cranberry juice, tea or coffee
Day 2 All veggies except beans, peas or corn, one baked potato, cabbage soup and same drinks
Day 3 Approved fruits and veggies, cabbage soup
Day 4 Eight or fewer bananas, skim milk, cabbage soup
Day 5 Six or fewer tomatoes, 20 oz or less of chicken, fish or beef, cabbage soup and water
Day 6 As much cabbage soup and veggie as you like, 3 or fewer steaks
Day 7 As much cabbage soup and veggies as you like, brown rice
Heres the pros and cons of the cabbage soup diet plan:
Pros You can lose up to 17 pounds in 7 days
Pros Simple plan to follow and of short duration
Pros The ingredients are inexpensive and easy to find in the grocery store
Pros The cabbage soup has very little calories so you can eat as much as you want
Cons Weight loss is typically water weight and thus quickly regained when regular eating is resumed
Cons Losing 10 to 17 pounds with this diet can be dangerous especially if its continued beyond one week
Cons The food mix is lacking in nutritional balance and can become boring
Make sure to consult with your doctor before beginning any nutritional or fitness regime. Remember, the cabbage soup diet relies mostly on cabbage to aid in weight loss, and whenever theres too much emphasis on one food rather a balanced mix of foods, that tends to create a problem or a health risk. Instead of dieting, choose an active lifestyle and eat foods you know are good for you. Then, watch the weight just fall off for good.