The cabbage soup diet has been around for long and is a classic example of a fad diet that extols the weight loss properties of one food - cabbage soup in this case. There is no need to count calories as you are expected to fill up on cabbage soup for seven days. There are various recipes for preparing the soup but is generally prepared with cabbage, green peppers, onion, tomatoes, celery and water. The diet expects you to follow this strict regime for seven days. Certain other foods are allowed and each day is marked for different food items.
You have to eat cabbage soup every day (as much as you can) with one or two other foods, depending on the day of the plan.
- The first day you are supposed to eat only fruits (except bananas).
- The next day no fruit is allowed but you can have vegetables (no beans, peas or corn). You can have buttered baked potato but no more potatoes after that.
- The third day it is fruits and vegetables.
- On the fourth day you can have eight bananas and skimmed milk.
- The fifth day brings the respite of 10-20 ounces of meat (skinless chicken or beef) and no more than six tomatoes.
- On the sixth day you can allow yourself up to two steaks with salad and vegetables.
- Seventh, the last day, you are allowed to eat brown rice, vegetables and unsweetened fruit juice.
You can go back to your original diet after that and repeat the seven day plan after two weeks. There is no set number of times you can keep on repeating the cabbage soup diet plan.
Cabbage soup diet is one of the many diets that are based on the assumption that some foods help you to lose weight. Although it does amount to a considerable weight loss, it is not a long term solution. It is also not considered to healthy. Weight loss plans, whether short term or long term, must address the nutritional requirement of the body along with helping in a gradual weight loss. It pays too much attention on how to naturally lose weight fast with little regard to nutrition and exercise. Healthy weight loss is achieved by burning calories after eating a balanced diet and not by low calorie consumption that borders on starvation. Before taking up this diet, it is advisable to consult a doctor since it implies a drastic reduction in calorie intake.References: