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Chinese Soup Diet

Soup diets rely on a very low calorie, high fiber soup to replace many -- but not all -- foods. The classic soup diet uses a broth based soup with tomatoes and cabbage, but simple alterations help you create a Chinese soup diet with different flavor. If you aren't using the more stringent diet, you can include a high fiber and low calorie soup in your meal planning to reduce your calorie intake. Always consult your doctor before beginning a weight-loss program.

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The usual cabbage soup diet recipe includes tomatoes, tomato juice or V8, cabbage, chicken broth and nonstarchy vegetables. If you prefer an Asian flavor for your soup, leave out the tomatoes and add ginger, garlic and soy. Use regular green cabbage, or replace it with bok choy and napa cabbage. Include a variety of nonstarchy vegetables in your diet. Depending on the soup diet you're following, you may be able to add chicken or egg to your soup for additional protein.

Soup diets work because they limit calories, sometimes dramatically. Cabbage based soups, regardless of the flavorings used, are high in fiber and low in calories. While some diets include a simple soup, such as a Chinese soup, to fill you up before meals and help control calories, others rely on set food combinations for each day of the diet.

Time Frame

The original cabbage soup diet is intended to be used for just seven days. If you simply include your healthy, Asian inspired soup as part of a regular balanced diet, you may continue on your diet much longer. Tweak your soup for meals by adding protein or additional ingredients, recommends "Good Housekeeping."

Considerations

If you want an Asian spin on the traditional cabbage soup diet, different foods are dictated for each day of the diet. On the first day, you may have fruit -- with the exception of bananas -- and soup. The second day includes vegetables and a baked potato for dinner, alongside soup. During day three, you may have fruits and vegetables, but no potato, with soup. On the fourth day, eat bananas and drink skim milk along with the Chinese soup. Eat beef, tomatoes and soup on day five, and beef and vegetables on day six, with soup at least once each day. Choose brown rice, vegetables and soup on day seven.

The traditional version of the soup diet is a crash diet, intended to produce quick weight loss, but is not well balanced or nutritionally complete. Consider taking a multivitamin while on the diet, and do not continue it longer than seven days. Choose a more moderate diet such as the "Good Housekeeping" Amazing Soup Diet for long-term weight loss.

The Cabbage Soup Diet

The Promise

Fans claim you can drop 10 pounds or more in a week. Some people use it to kick-start their weight loss plan, or to trim a few pounds for a special event.

But before you stock up on cabbage, know that this crash diet won't help you in the long run, and it doesn't give your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

What You Can Eat

Just like the name says, the bulk of this diet is fat-free cabbage soup, eaten two to three times a day with other allowed foods assigned each day. Here's what you can add:

  • Day 1: Fruit, except bananas
  • Day 2: Vegetables like leafy greens (not starchy), but no fruit
  • Day 3: Fruits and vegetables
  • Day 4: Bananas and skim milk
  • Day 5: Beef (or baked chicken without the skin) and tomatoes
  • Day 6: Beef and vegetables
  • Day 7: Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices, and vegetables

There are different recipes for the soup, which is recommended every day of the diet. They all have similar ingredients, such as tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, and bouillon.

Level of Effort: Medium

Limitations: Your menu options are severely limited on this diet. It gets very boring, very quickly. If you want to try it again, it's recommended that you wait 2 weeks first.

Cooking and shopping: Get out your soup pot. You will need to make the cabbage soup and cook some of the vegetables recommended in the plan. Your shopping list will be very short for the week.

Packaged foods or meals? No.

In-person meetings? No.

Exercise: The cabbage soup diet doesn't include exercise, and working out at high levels isn't a great idea on such a low-calorie diet. Your body just won't have enough gas in the tank for exercise.

Does It Allow for Dietary Restrictions or Preferences?

There's not a lot of room to tweak the diet, since it's so rigid.

It is low in fat, because you eat mostly vegetables. But it's not vegetarian or vegan, since some meat is allowed.

What Else You Should Know

Cost: The only cost is for the ingredients, which you buy yourself. Some websites promoting the diet say you should take a supplement to make up for the nutrients you'll be missing from food.

Support: None. You do this diet on your own.

What Dr. Melinda Ratini Says:

You'll lose weight, but only in the short run. This is strictly a lose-weight quick scheme.

You'll likely get less than 1,000 calories a day on the limited menu. That's far fewer than the 2,000 daily calories recommended for most adults.

Since you're getting so few calories, the pounds come off quickly, but mostly you'll lose water weight. And chances are, you'll gain it all back as soon as you start eating a normal diet again.

Health experts don't recommend following very low-calorie diets unless you're under a doctor's care. A better bet is to aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds each week on a healthy, well-balanced diet.

Is It Good for Certain Conditions?

Because it includes so few carbs, this diet could wreak havoc with any diabetes treatment plan.

Salt is not addressed on the plan, so if you've been told to cut back on the sodium, you'll have to hold back on using the salt shaker and bouillon when making the soup or cooking your food.

Since you'll likely regain any weight that you lose, the diet won't have a lasting positive impact on heart disease, cholesterol, or high blood pressure.

Though this diet is fast, cheap, and simple, it's not easy to stick with. It will likely leave you feeling hungry, weak, and bored. You might even feel sick. And if you follow the Cabbage Soup Diet for more than a week, you could run short on key nutrients.

Nor does the diet encourage the necessary lifestyle changes you need to make in order to be healthier and have lasting weight loss.

The drastic weight loss you might experience with The Cabbage Soup Diet can cause health problems and can be dangerous even when it’s done under a doctor’s supervision.

Never start this diet without talking to your doctor first. If she thinks you need a very low-calorie diet, she'll likely show you a much healthier way to go about it.

News release, University of Florida.

Cabbage Soup Diet: "7 Day Plan."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI): "Aim for a Healthy Weight."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK): "Very Low-calorie Diets."

Columbia University: "Reduced fat and calorie diets: How low is too low?"

The Original Cabbage Soup Diet

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The Original Cabbage Soup Diet

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 head cabbage, chopped
  • 6 onions, sliced or chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 bunch celery, chopped
  • 1 bunch shallots or 1 bunch green onion, sliced
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) envelope onion soup
  • 1 ⁄2 cup balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • 48 ounces V8 vegetable juice
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed

Directions

  1. Place all in large stock pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Refrigerate all leftovers.

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Nutrition Info

Serving Size: 1 (281 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 20

Amt. Per Serving % Daily Value Calories 67.5 Calories from Fat 4 6% Total Fat 0.5 g 0% Saturated Fat 0.1 g 0% Cholesterol 0.1 mg 0% Sodium 277.5 mg 11% Total Carbohydrate 15.2 g 5% Dietary Fiber 3.8 g 15% Sugars 8.1 g 32% Protein 2.7 g 5%


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