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What to Eat After Taking the Cabbage Soup Diet
After following a diet that consists of little more than homemade cabbage soup for a full week, you may feel exhausted, grumpy and ravenous. Since you’ve been neglecting your recommended daily intake of several essential nutrients while on the cabbage soup diet, a smart first priority is to ease back into a balanced, complete eating plan.
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The cabbage soup diet does not provide balanced nutrition. Although MayoClinic.com recommends that you get about 55 percent of your daily calories from carbohydrates, 25 percent from fat and 20 percent from protein, cabbage soup provides very little fat or protein and is short on the vitamins and minerals that you’d get from whole grains and low-fat dairy products. Thus, it’s important to get enough of those nutrients in the period immediately following the diet.
The cabbage soup diet “should be followed by at least two weeks of a normal, balanced diet to ensure proper nutrition,” states Katherine Zeratsky, registered dietitian and nutritionist for MayoClinic.com. That means daily servings of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean proteins and whole grains. At each meal, ChooseMyPlate.gov recommends achieving balance by making at least half of your foods fruits or vegetables, a quarter of your plate protein-rich foods and a quarter of your plate a grain, preferably a whole grain.
Suggested Eating Plan
On the morning after you end the cabbage soup diet, try a breakfast of whole-wheat toast and an egg-white omelet made with three egg whites, some fresh spinach and about a tablespoon of grated cheese. For lunch, have a whole-grain wrap with lean turkey or tofu and mustard, lettuce and tomatoes. Serve your wrap with coleslaw or a scoop of low-fat cottage cheese and fresh fruit. At dinner, make a whole-wheat pizza crust and top it with a small amount of part-skim mozzarella, low-sodium tomato sauce, lean ground turkey and a variety of healthy veggies.
In the days following the cabbage soup diet, you may be tempted to reach for sweets or other high-calorie indulgences. This can set back any weight loss progress you achieved on the diet, however, and rich foods will not meet your body’s nutritional needs. Instead of giving in to cravings, make a balanced and low-calorie eating plan a high priority. If you have specific nutritional questions or concerns related to effects from the cabbage soup or individual health issues, speak with your doctor or a registered dietitian.
How to Follow the Cabbage Soup Diet to Lose Weight Superfast?
The Cabbage soup diet is an extreme weight loss diet that is designed for overweight individuals.
It helps in losing up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of weight in a week without adding any extra efforts like exercising to your daily routine. In this diet regime, you’re required to consume a low-calorie cabbage soup multiple times a day for 7 days along with a list of suggested foods.
In general, most of the diet programs to lose weight may take some time to show results. Only in some low carb diets like the GM diet, the results may be seen quickly (in a week or so). Here I would like to add a point that the General Motors diet is also known as the Cabbage soup diet in some countries. Both the diets are same, except their names. So, don’t get confused with the terms.
Will the Cabbage Soup Diet Help with Losing Weight?
Unlike the other fad diets which emphasizes on extreme limiting of food intake, the GM diet plan says otherwise. You’re not required to go on a hunger strike to lose weight. You can eat as much as you want, but with an exception that the foods you consume should be the list of suggested foods for that particular day.
Example: If it is day 1 of the diet plan, then you can eat unlimited quantities of fruits (excluding banana) along with the cabbage soup. But, you should not include other varieties of foods like vegetables, milk, chicken, etc.… on the first day. Likewise, separate rules should be followed each day depending on the program.
Benefits of the Cabbage Soup for Weight Loss
- Since the soup is high in fiber and low in calories, it is generally prescribed to obese patients. There are around 20 calories for every 100 grams of the soup, but provides more than 53% of the DA of C vitamin (recommended dietary allowance) every day. The fruits on days 1, 3 and 7 provide vitamins A, C and E. The tomatoes are rich in antioxidant, lycopene. The potatoes and mushrooms are rich in B-complex vitamins. The meat on days 5 and 6 is a rich source of iron and vitamin D. The skimmed milk on day 4 is high in calcium and potassium can be found in bananas.
- The cabbage soup is not prepared using cabbage alone and you’ll also need to add other healthy ingredients such as carrots, tomatoes, celery, green onions, mushrooms, green pepper & leafy vegetables etc… Adding a variety of ingredients not only enhances the taste but also improves the nutritional values of the soup.
- The recipe of the soup is very simple and can be prepared in just 15 minutes (see below for recipe).
- This soup can also be consumed every day, even while you’re not following the diet. I prefer replacing my dinner (last meal of the day) with the nutritious cabbage soup, so that I don’t have to sleep bloated with unhealthy foods.
- Since there is no restriction on the quantity of soup and recommended foods, you’re less likely to be suffered with hunger pains.
- You can give this GM Motors diet a try as it will help you lose about 10 pounds in just 1 week. So, it might be beneficial in kick-starting your weight reduction and also sets a path in transforming to a healthy lifestyle (eating habits).
It is not time consuming to prepare the soup and also very cost effective as the ingredients are inexpensive.
7 Day Cabbage Soup Diet Eating Plan
As I said earlier, you’re allowed to eat selected foods along with the cabbage soup every day. So, don’t try to skip your meals for losing weight as this is the best diet plan to lose 10lbs in a week without going on a hunger strike. Eat to your heart’s content and lose weight effortlessly.
Day 1: You’re allowed to eat all varieties of fruits (except banana) along with cabbage soup and water.
Day 2: Today, you should be eating only vegetables with an exception of Potato for just breakfast. Do not eat fruit today and only drink the soup and enough water. Remember that you can have the vegetable either in raw or cooked form (your choice).
Day 3: Mix of fruits and vegetables. No banana or potato on this day. Soup and water can be consumed.
Day 4: Skimmed milk and bananas. You can eat as many as 6 large or 8 small bananas and 750 ml of skimmed milk per day. When you’re hungry, do have the soup and water.
Day 5: Beef or Chicken or Brown rice and 6 tomatoes. You should drink more water today in order to flush away the uric acid from your body. You can have the meat in soup or grilled form. Have soup at least once this day.
Day 6: It is same as the day 5, but replace tomatoes with vegetables (no potato). The rest of the rules are same.
Day 7: Brown rice, fruits and vegetables. You can prepare brown rice with sprouts & veggies for better taste. Drink 2 glasses of fruit juice per day and have soup at least once.
P.S: You should drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water every day as it will help in flushing out harmful impurities from your body, thereby helping you lose more weight.
Day 8 and Beyond: The cabbage soup diet should not be followed for more than 7 days at a stretch. Since, this is a low-fat, high fiber diet, it is advised to repeat this diet only after a gap of 1 week for better weight loss results. Meanwhile, you can follow the 1500 calorie meal plan in order to maintain your lost weight.
Cabbage Soup Recipe: How to Prepare?
Like I said before, preparing the cabbage soup is pretty easy and takes just 15 minutes to serve.
- Cabbage: 1/4 slice; chopped into small pieces
- Onions: 1/2
- Celery: 1 rib
- Carrot: 1/2 sliced
- Tomatoes: 2 small or 1 large
- Garlic cloves: 2; thinly sliced
- Mushrooms: 2 (sliced); optional
- Beans: 3 or 4
- Coriander leaves: As you like them
- Olive oil: 1 teaspoon
- Rock salt and Black pepper: For taste
- Water: As required
Cabbage Soup Preparation
- Take a pressure cooker and heat the Olive oil.
- Now, add the garlic cloves, onions and fry them until they turn golden brown. Follow with the rest of the ingredients (no particular order).
- Once you’re done with frying, pour enough water so that all the vegetables are immersed properly.
- Now, add some salt for taste.
- Put the lid on and wait for 3 to 4 whistles.
- Leave it for few minutes until the pressure is completely gone. Take the lid out, pour the soup into a bowl, add some pepper and lemon juice for taste and serve hot.
You can also add some sprouts to enhance the taste of the soup, but don’t go overboard as they contain calories.
That’s all friends! Follow the GM diet aka cabbage soup diet plan without cheating (skipping meals or replacing with unhealthy snacks) and you’ll definitely lose those extra pounds within a very short period of time.
Special K, raw food, cabbage soup. The man who did 10 diets in 50 days and found one that really worked
By Andy Leeks For The Daily Mail 22:10 BST 12 Jan 2015, updated 16:46 BST 13 Jan 2015
- Andy Leeks, at 16 stone, was 3 stone overweight for his height (5 ft 11in)
- Failed to shift the pounds that had crept on in the last three years
- Tried 10 diets including 5:2, a juice fast, Atkins and the cabbage soup diet
- In total he lost 30½ lb and his waist went from 38-40 inches to 34-36 inches
The final straw for me was when people at work started calling me 'Big Man' - I had to do something about my weight. I'm sure it was meant affectionately, but I was mortified as I'd never considered myself as 'big'.
But the truth was last year, I tipped the scales at 16 stone - at least three stone overweight for my height (I'm 5 ft 11in).
I'd tried and failed to shift the pounds that had crept on in the last three years. I desperately wanted to lose the weight for good, so why was I unable to see a diet through to the finish?
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The answer was surprisingly simple: Boredom. I'd start a new diet with loads of enthusiasm, only to abandon my best-laid plans when the novelty wore off - usually once I'd learned all there was to learn about the plan and any weight loss started to slow.
Which is why I came up with the idea of trying out ten different diets in 50 days. Would it be possible to lose weight by changing diets regularly - without losing interest?
I've always had a short attention span and this seemed an interesting challenge. Fifty days seemed like a nice round number, and would mean I had to stick to each diet for only five days.
My first step was a full health screening with my GP. I explained my plans and that I wanted to see the before and after health results - to my surprise she agreed and said she'd be interested to see what happened, not just for my weight but for my overall health.
My starting blood pressure was 136/81 and my overall cholesterol reading was 4 - both within the healthy ranges, but with definite room for improvement.
The GP did warn me that if I did lose weight, I might not be able to keep it off because people who lose weight rapidly - typical of more extreme diets - tend to put it straight back on. Nonetheless, I wanted to see if it was possible - and whether it would get round the tedium of dieting.
I picked diets I hadn't previously tried. The ten diets in order were: the 5:2 diet; the Special K diet, where two out of three meals are replaced by Special K cereal or snack bars; following NHS guidance for a healthy diet; a juice fast; the high-fat, low-carb Atkins diet; a raw food diet; the baby food diet (replacing two out of three meals a day with tiny jars of baby food, in order to cut calories); calorie counting using a mobile phone app; the grapefruit diet, which involves having either grapefruit or grapefruit juice before or after each meal, supposedly to boost fat-burning; and the cabbage soup diet.
I started with the 5:2. The idea is to restrict calories drastically for two days and eat normally for the rest of the week - three days in my case.
On both fasting days, I ate tomato soup for lunch, one slice of toast (with crusts cut off to shave off some calories) with a small helping of beans for dinner and an apple.
By day three of the raw food plan, my throat was worse and I couldn't taste anything (no bad thing when nothing can be cooked)
I was worried I'd overdo it on the non-fasting days, as you can eat whatever you like. But, surprisingly, I found myself craving things like nuts and fruits rather than bacon sandwiches.
I lost 5 lb in the five days - though I realised afterwards I'd been following the female version of the diet and eating 500 calories on fast days, rather than the 600 recommended for men. I could have had those crusts after all.
I also lost 5 lb on diet two - the Special K diet, but it was much more boring. I couldn't wait to move on to the next diet and there's no way I could have stuck to it for more than five days.
But at least swapping meals for low-calorie cereal was easy. The juice diet - diet four - by comparison, was a nightmare to follow. All the juices had to be made fresh and took ages to prepare.
There would have been no way I could have lugged the required 3kg of fruit and veg into the office every day - fortunately my very understanding boss let me work from home that week.
Some looked like swamp water and my five-year-old daughter Charlotte asked me to stop helping her with her homework because my 'voice was smelly'. I bailed out a day early.
I did lose 4 lb on it, but I lost the same amount following the guidance for a balanced diet on the NHS website (diet three), and it was much more enjoyable, with plenty of wholegrains, lots of vegetables and fruit, some meat and fish and not too much fat or sugar. Nothing was technically off limits, and there was no calorie counting.
I was surprised that this worked as it didn't feel like a diet.
Counting calories using a tracker app on my phone (diet eight), the grapefruit diet (diet nine) and the baby food diet (diet seven) only shifted 1lb each. I hated the constant reminder that I was on a diet from logging everything I ate on my phone, the baby food was bland mush and I now like grapefruit a lot less than before.
I lost a little more - 1½ lb - on the Atkins regimen (diet five) of eggs, meat, butter and cheese. With no starchy foods or sugar, your body is supposed to use body fat for fuel. The downside was that I was almost instantly bored and miserable.
But nothing was as bad as diet six - the raw food diet. I was feeling really run down by this point and my throat was sore. But I persevered with the incredibly strict plan of food in its uncooked, unprocessed state - so raw fruit and veg, nuts and seeds, and not much else.
Fans claim food in this unadulterated state allows the body to function at its best, helping shed excess weight. Of course, it helps that this sort of food tends to have few calories.
By day three of the raw food plan, my throat was worse and I couldn't taste anything (no bad thing when nothing can be cooked). I woke in the middle of the night struggling to breathe, resulting in a 5 am trip to A&E.
I was diagnosed with an infection, requiring antibiotics and rest.
It seems foolish now, but I didn't mention my diet challenge. I spent the next two days in bed eating almost nothing - I lost 3 lb, although how much of this was down to illness rather than the diet is hard to say. I left the diet I'd been dreading most till last - the Cabbage Soup diet. Every meal was low calorie cabbage soup. It was awful.
No amount of herbs and spices could mask the fact it was yet another bowl of soup made from cabbage, onions and water. And as many other cabbage soup dieters have reported, it gives you bad breath and terrible wind. I felt sorry for my poor wife, who had already put up with 45 days of my see-sawing moods.
But for the first time in years, I'd managed to stick to my plan to diet for more than a couple of weeks - and in total I lost 30½ lb. I could see my feet for the first time in years and my waist had gone from 38-40 inches to 34-36 inches.
There was only one way of eating out of the ten that I could stick to long-term - and that's the diet by the NHS
I felt happy and healthy - although my doctor had news for me on that front. For while my blood pressure was a tiny bit lower, at 130/80, my cholesterol had gone up to 4.3, and this increase was down to a rise in so-called 'bad' LDL cholesterol.
My GP explained that extreme diets essentially shock the body; and in its confused state subtle changes can happen - not all helpful - which might explain why my LDL was slightly up.
She said people's exact reactions will vary, and added that if I keep the weight off, she would expect an improvement in my readings.
There were other lessons too. Around the four-week mark, I stopped weighing myself every day - something I always used to do when I was on a diet, and then not at all when I fell off the wagon. Weighing myself daily meant I would often see no change or even a slight increase and it was demotivating.
This time, perhaps because of the variety of the diets, I could stick it out long enough to see other changes that are more important than the number on the scale - my double chin was receding, my skin was better, I was finding my weekly run easier.
There was only one way of eating out of the ten that I could stick to long-term - and that's the diet set out by the NHS.
And now I know it can really work just as well as a plan with stricter, faddier rules.
It's nearly two months since I finished my ten-diet whirl, and unlike any other time I've dieted, I still feel determined to stick to healthy eating.
While I wouldn't recommend my methods to anyone, this was the first January in ages where I haven't been tempted by the latest New Year diet - in fact, I truly believe I will never do another diet again, thank goodness!
Andy's book Minimize Me - 10 Diets To Lose 25 lb In 50 Days is available to download on Amazon at the special offer price of 99p.
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