What is the Cabbage Soup Diet all about?

The Cabbage Soup Diet is a quick fix if you are looking to lose some weight fast. It is a low-fat, high-fiber diet that allows you to eat a different combination of food each day for seven days. It is very low in complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals, so should not be used for long-term weight loss. The diet is based around a fat-burning cabbage soup that you can eat endlessly for the duration of the week. Since the calories are close to nil, the more soup you eat the more weight you lose.

The Cabbage Soup Diet should only be followed for 7 days at a time, with at least two weeks in between. This diet does promote rapid weight loss, but it is a temporary fix. If your goal is to manage your weight on a continuous basis you should follow this diet with a more sustainable weight loss program.

Pros and Cons of the Cabbage Soup Diet

Pros: Weight loss can be seen quickly. You can get as much of the foods listed in the program as you want. Although the diet is only for seven days, it provides a great "kick-start" for a more moderate diet.

Cons: The soup can be bland for some people. Some people have reported feeling light-headed, weak, and have suffered from decreased concentration.

Seven Keys to Success

1.Follow the diet religiously.
2.Drink at least 4 glasses of water per day
3.Keep in mind that it's only seven days
4.Complement the diet with a good multivitamin tablet
5.Print the information on this site so you can refer to it daily
6.Eat plenty of soup - as much as you want! Do not try to starve yourself or you'll probably cheat and break the diet
7.Try different spices to liven up the soup and add variety
Please note: This diet should only be followed for 7 days at a time, with at least two weeks in between. The cabbage soup diet is too low in complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals to continue for longer than this.

7-Day Plan

Day One:
Eat all of the fruit you want (except bananas). Eat only your soup and the fruit for the first day. For drinks- unsweetened teas, cranberry juice and water.

Day Two:
Eat until you are stuffed will all fresh, raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. Try to eat leafy green vegetables and stay away from dry beans, peas and corn. Eat all the vegetables you want along with your soup. At dinner, reward yourself with a big baked potato with butter. Do not eat fruit today.

Day Three:
Mix Days One and Two:
Eat all the soup, fruits and vegetables you want. No Baked Potato.

Day Four:
Bananas and Skim Milk:
Eat as many as eight bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you would like on this day, along with your soup. This day is supposed to lessen your desire for sweets.

Day Five:
Beef And Tomatoes:
Ten to twenty ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water this day to wash the uric acid from your body. Eat your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (no skin-on chicken). If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef on one of the beef days (but not both).

Day Six:
Beef and Vegetables:
Eat to your heart's content of beef and vegetables this day. You can even have 2 or 3 steaks if you like, with leafy green vegetables. No Baked Potato. Eat your soup at least once.

Day Seven:
Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables:
stuff yourself. Be sure to eat your soup at least once this day.

Cabbage Soup Recipe
6 large green onions
2 green peppers
1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
3 Carrots
1 Container (10 oz. or so) Mushrooms
1 bunch of celery
half a head of cabbage
1 package Lipton soup mix
1 or 2 cubes of bouillon (optional)
1 48oz can V8 juice (optional)

Season to taste with salt, pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc.

Slice green onions, put in a pot and start to saute with cooking spray.
Cut green pepper stem end off and cut in half, take the seeds and membrane out. Cut the green-pepper into bite size pieces and add to pot.
Take the outer leafs layers off the cabbage, cut into bite size pieces, add to pot.
Clean carrots, cut into bite size pieces, and add to pot.
Slice mushrooms into thick slices, add to pot.
If you would like a spicy soup, add a small amount of curry or cayenne pepper now.
You can use beef or chicken bouillon cubes for seasonings. These have all the salt and flavors you will need.
Use about 12 cups of water (or 8 cups and the V8 juice), cover and put heat on low. Let soup cook for a long time - two hours works well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Author's Bio: 

Chester Ku-Lea is a health nutrition consultant and is the owner of
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