Losing weight is often a difficult struggle; of course, most people are always searching for fast and easy ways to shed some pounds. The Cabbage Soup weight loss trend is known to many dieters as a popular "fad diet" that offers a fast way to lose weight, but does it really work? The diet plan is discussed here, along with the keys to success for permanent weight loss.

The Cabbage Soup diet involves, as its name implies, consuming cabbage soup for seven days. During this time, dieters only consume cabbage soup and a few other specific foods to lose weight. The diet is not a lifestyle changing plan like many popular diets, and requires no long-term lifestyle changes beyond the week-long duration of the diet program.

There are many versions of the recipe for cabbage soup. Most contain spices, cabbage and other vegetables, such as celery, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Some dieters like to add spicy flavorings to improve the taste of the soup. Other dieters concerned with sodium intake want to use a low-sodium version of the recipe. Many recent versions of the diet incorporate healthy sources of protein, such as protein shakes and tofu to make the diet plan more satisfying.

Besides cabbage soup, there are highly specific rules for which additional foods are permitted on each day. As a general guide, dieters can eat cabbage soup every day, plus fruit on day one, vegetables on day two, fruit and vegetables on the third day, bananas and skim milk on day four, tomatoes and beef on the fifth day, beef and vegetables on the sixth day, and brown rice, fruit juice, and vegetables on day seven. Dieters then go back to normal dietary habits, hopefully now a few pounds lighter.

Does the Cabbage Soup diet truly work for losing weight? Although no formal scientific study has examined the diet conclusively, those who have used the diet report varying results. For several dieters, the program resulted in weight loss (up to ten pounds), but only for a short while, as the weight gradually returned as the person returned to normal meal plans. Some dieters report light-headedness, fatigue, and lack of focus while on the diet. Other dieters did not feel any effects whatsoever, seeing no weight loss, but no illness either.

The Cabbage Soup diet program is only one of several popular diets that dieters can use. Unfortunately, because this diet does not always work, for many dieters it just adds to the frustration of being overweight. A better method of dieting does not use gimmicks or quick-fix diet plans. It takes hard work and lifelong commitments to maintain a healthy permanent weight. For most dieters, this means eating right and getting plenty of physical activity.

Unfortunately, many people fight to keep up the habits needed to lose weight. Countless active dieters cannot seem with their weight because of their intense food cravings, uncontrollable appetites or dietary habits, or a mere lack of motivation. Hypnosis therapy is useful for resolving these problems and providing the motivation needed for easy weight loss.

Among the reasons hypnosis is effective as a tool for weight loss is because hypnosis may be used for appetite suppression. A great number of people have uncontrollable appetites because have a habit of emotional eating which makes them have an unconscious impulse to overeat even when they are not hungry. Hypnotherapy helps re-train the unconscious mind to end the drive to eat too much, resulting in natural appetite suppression without the use of pills or drugs.

Another way hypnosis works to make you take weight off is by removing the stressful thoughts that make you want to overeat and undermine your motivation to stay physically fit. When you begin to have negative thoughts, hypnosis taps into your unconscious mind to naturally have positive thoughts instead, which reduces tension and stress.

Your motivation for exercise can be greatly increased through hypnosis therapy and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). First, you recognize what the most significant aspects of your life are. Then you use NLP to lead you into feeling that the things that are most crucial to you will benefit if you exercise, or placed in jeopardy if you don't. This way, it becomes very easy to stay motivated to take care of yourself and stay physically fit.

Anyone can learn hypnotherapy and NLP techniques from a good weight loss hypnotherapy CD program. The techniques in hypnosis CDs rely on the power of unconscious thoughts to help dieters eliminate their cravings. By extinguishing urges and cravings, the appetite is reduced or eliminated entirely. Hypnotherapy techniques can also help get you motivated to get physically active and shed weight.

By reprogramming your unconscious mind, hypnotic therapy makes losing weight easy. It is an excellent tool to make you feel motivated and naturally committed healthy habits. So before trying another fad diet, think about a healthier approach to losing weight through physical fitness, eating healthy, keeping stress-free, and using hypnosis techniques to make it happen.

Author's Bio: 

Alan B. Densky, CH is certified by the NGH. Visit his self development website for Free hypnosis downloads, videos, and newsletters. He offers several weight loss methods, including NLP to lose weight DVDs and weight loss hypnosis CDs.