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The Cabbage Soup Diet Plan Review

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The cabbage soup diet is a diet that is often used for achieving quick weight loss.

According to some sources, you can lose up to 10 pounds in a single week while on this low-fat, high-fiber seven day diet plan.

Since the weight loss you get from this diet is usually temporary, it is commonly classified as a fad diet and is not recommended for long term weight loss or a lifestyle dieting plan.

In this review, I am going to explain the cabbage soup diet plan, how it works, its limitations and dangers and why you should use an alternative if you want to lose the weight and keep it from coming back.

How The Cabbage Soup Diet Works

The cabbage soup diet plan is actually quite simple. You eat fat-free cabbage soup 1 to 3 times a day along with some other allowed foods.

The plan does not involve exercise and you are done after seven days.

While you’re on this diet, you will usually consume about 1000 calories which is much lower than the recommended 2000 calories for healthy dieting. This is the reason why you’re going to lose weight but much of it is water weight instead of fat loss due to the high fiber content of the diet.

Since you’re mainly consuming cabbage, you’re not going to get all the nutrients that you need so this diet is not ideal for long term weight loss. In fact, it is recommended that you wait at least 2 weeks after you’ve finished the diet to try it again if so desired.

Below is an outline of the full diet plan. The recipes may vary although you have to consume the allowed foods on the days assigned.

Day 1: Fruit Day

  • cabbage soup for all meals
  • fruits
  • no bananas

Day 2

  • cabbage soup with vegetables for all meals
  • no fruits
  • recommends root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, radishes etc
  • can have baked potato with butter at the end of the day

Day 3

  • cabbage soup for all meals
  • fruits
  • vegetables with soup
  • no starchy foods like potatoes

Day 4: Banana Day

  • cabbage soup for all meals
  • bananas
  • skim milk

Day 5: Beef & Tomatoes Day

  • cabbage soup (at least two meals)
  • lean beef (or baked chicken breast without the skin)
  • tomatoes
  • 8 glasses of water

Day 6

  • cabbage soup (at least one meal)
  • beef
  • vegetables

Day 7: Rice Day

  • cabbage soup (at least one meal)
  • brown rice (no white rice)
  • unsweetened fruit juice
  • vegetables

There are different cabbage soup recipes that you can try for each day so that you’re not eating the same soup everyday. Use the allowed foods to vary the recipes.

On days when you can have other meals besides the soup, you should use the other allowed foods. For example, on rice day, you can have brown rice with vegetables and unsweetened fruit juice.

Should You Try the Cabbage Soup Diet?

Before trying this diet, it is important to check with your doctor to make sure it’s OK for you to do so you can avoid any serious health problems. It is better to stick to your prescribed dieting allowances if you have a condition such as diabetes for example.

Some people have reported feeling tired, nauseous or having headaches while on the cabbage soup diet. This may be due to the lack of nutrients although some dieters take a supplement to make up for this.

Besides the lack of nutrients, having the same thing for seven days, sometimes for every meal will make you bored, weak, hungry and even sick.

One thing is for sure though. You will lose weight. Eating only 1000 calories a day creates a large calorie deficit over time which is the formula for weight loss.

However, this weight is not what you want since it is water weight and you will quickly gain back these pounds when you resume your regular diet. There is usually no fat loss happening in those seven days. You need a balanced diet low in carbohydrates with an adequate protein allowance and high in healthy fats in order to achieve true weight loss.

If you desire true weight loss, a diet that works at moving fat out of your fat cells so that they can be burned off as energy is the way to go.

The cabbage soup diet might work well as a detox or cleanse before you go on a true fat loss diet because it is high in potassium which helps the liver to detox itself but that is probably it’s only benefit.

What About Exercise?

So it’s a low-calorie diet and you’re probably thinking that you could throw some exercise in there to see some real fat loss instead of just losing water weight.

Don’t do it. You would not have the energy to do exercise on this diet because you’re not eating enough protein foods to provide the required energy. You will likely end up burning off lean muscle if you don’t pass out first.

In other words, doing exercise on this diet is dangerous if it at all possible.

Alternatives to the Cabbage Soup Diet Plan

There are a lot of diet plans available that can help you achieve true fat loss and keep it off.

Instead of seriously considering a fad diet, you can begin on a diet that will give you real results and have you losing weight within the same time period.

No matter what diet you choose, make sure that it has a healthy balance that is low in carbohydrates but high in proteins and good fats.

One such diet which can help you drop up to 21 pounds in as little as 21 days is the 3 Week Diet, a rapid weight loss diet that combines a low-carb diet plan with simple exercise routines and fat mobilization techniques to keep you burning fat even when you sleep.

The science behind the diet is sound and is quite similar to the Ketogenic diet. The plan is radically different from anything else I’ve seen but it definitely will work if you follow the instructions.

Check out my full review of the 3 Week Diet by Brian Flatt which is my number one recommended diet plan on this website.

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