Cabbage Soup Cleanse Weight Loss
How to Lose 15-20 Pounds by Eating Soup
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The Cabbage Soup Diet
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 Cabbage Soup Diet
Wonderfully pure, a "vat" of this stuff lasts about a week, depending on how much you eat each day. Eat as much of the soup as you like, as often as you like.
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- 1 head green cabbage, finely shredded or chopped
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 16 to 28 ounces canned tomatoes, chopped with juices
- 2 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
- 4 celery stalks with leaves, chopped
- 6 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 pound green beans, stem ends snapped, sliced on the diagonal
- Black pepper to taste
- Chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, sage, dill, cilantro, or thyme
- Balsamic vinegar or lemon or lime juice
- Minced fresh herbs
- Chopped green onions
- To Prepare
- Prep all the ingredients as directed in the recipe list.
- To Cook
- Put all the vegetables in a big soup pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and boil gently for 10 minutes. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until all the vegetables are soft. Stir in the black pepper and chopped herbs.
- To Serve
- This soup can be served hot or cold. It can be pureed or partially pureed to vary textures. It can be seasoned differently for variety, with balsamic vinegar, lemon or lime juice, different fresh herbs, or chopped green onions.
Reprinted with permission from An Exaltation of Soups by Patricia Solley. © 2004 Three Rivers Press
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I find the soup very plain
PS: As others noted, sautéd onions add depth to this soup. Sauté the onions while chopping the other vegetables: a lot of extra flavor for little extra effort.
Try adding 32 oz EACH of chicken and beef broths for the liquid--instead of water. Season with freshly ground black pepper, Worcestershire and Sriracha sauces to taste. This variation adds only 100 calories per batch, and elevates the soup from sorry to spectacular!
I used a soup recipe that was very similar to this as a base for many great low cal soup versions after finding the recipe online. I believe it was called something like the" Amazing Soup Diet". Adding meats, pasta and other ingredients make this soup very versatile and delicious. My favorite version was to add some cooked turkey Italian sausage, a couple of tablespoons canned beans and or cooked pasta and basil to a large bowl's worth of the base soup in a saucepan and simmer it for a few minutes. ( This was for one serving.) I would top the soup with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and perhaps a drizzle of olive oil and black pepper. It made an easy start for a simple and really very good meal. My version also called for the addition of spinach and zucchini to the base. On this basis I highly recommend this recipe as it is very nice to come home to most of a lunch or dinner just ready to tweak into a great meal. On its own the soup is healthy and somewhat plain.
It would be easier to beat yourself with a stick than to go through the hassle of making this flavorless dump of a soup. Eating it is punishment and proof that "diet" food is disgusting. Why is this recipe even on epicurious? And if it's on here, why aren't their recipes about eating styrofoam covered with mayonnaise and cumin seeds? It would be just as apropos.
Instead of cooking veggies in water use chicken stock. I also substituted half of the tomato products with a jar of salsa for added flavour.
Following the other reviews I decided to cook 2 breasts of chicken in water with herbs making my own chicken broth and adding protein. I then added all the ingredients minus the green beans. I also added 2 tbs. of chili powder, 4 cloves of garlic and 1 serrano pepper chopped. Spicy and delicious.
I give cabbage soup 4 forks the way I made it, but after reading the other reviews that this soup was bland, I used the recipe more as inspiration than anything else :) I basically tossed in any extra veggies I had in the fridge. a head & a half of green cabbage, a few carrots, green & red peppers, celery stalks, 3 cans of diced tomatoes, some onion & garlic carmelized in olive oil. The trick to making it not bland seems to be that instead of using a water base, I used a white wine/miso base. Miso stock is really healthy and a splash of wine goes a long way :) I also squirted in some ketchup, which gave it the barest hint of salty/sweet without me adding any other salt or sugar. Then I dumped in loads of spices - paprika, basil, oregano, black pepper, garlic powder. :) This soup turned out amazing! But I'd recommend anyone looking to avoid the possibility of blandness to go with a white wine/miso base. YUM!
I enjoyed this soup - I mixed this recipe with the recipe on the cabbage soup diet website, and as suggested, added a dash of my own spices - a good quality chili powder give it a nice kick. I also sautéed up 2 leeks (chopped) with some garlic, 2 cups of water, a bay leaf and a few sprigs of rosemary and thyme. Once they were softened (removing the herb remains and bay leaf), I blended it all together and added it to the onions, green pepper, carrots, and celery I was sweating with some more garlic and herbs. I did not add the green beans as that seemed a bit too starchy for the intent of the soup. Regardless, it was pretty good - and worked well too!
The soup is a bit bland and I recommend spicing it up to your taste. I sauteed onion and garlic in a bit of a light cooking spray. That helped. As for any diet you go on, do some research first. A Cook From Canada seemed pretty outraged that the editors did not put a more expansive precursor for this recipe. But I think an idiot clause applies here. I don't see precursors on fatty, high calorie recipies. Go to the cabbage soup diet website and check it out for yourself.
I would suggest cutting the recipe in half the first time. The recipe as is makes a *huge* vat of not very good tasting soup. Perhaps I just didn't get the spices quite right, but I can hardly stomach the stuff.
Well, I went looking for recipes similar to what my "fat Dr." ordered and lo and behold, here it is (except for the beans part). Everybody loves the stuff around here, (but they won't have to eat it as long as I will). At any rate, when I'm slowly chewing my protein every other day, I will continue to enjoy this stuff 'till I get more recipes. I think most of us on this website are safe from starvation and malnourishment! Come to think of it some of the recipes I found here are what helped send me to "Dr Imfat". Not because they are fattening, just because there are so many good ones!
This recipe is wonderful, especially in winter. I've done this diet twice now, and IT WORKS FOR ME. True, you can eat as much as you like as often as you like, but I treat myself to some quality protein every other day. Protein keeps you feeling more satisfied. So 4 oz of lean chicken or fish every other day doesn't add many calories, and I get some satisfaction for the carnivore in me!
I've made this recipe 3 times and even my family enjoys it on the first night. I spice it up with oregano leaves, cumin and coriander seeds, and cinnamon, which I cook in a little olive oil before adding the vegetables. I add chicken broth (extra) as it cooks. I also add some cinnamon which adds a nice sweetness. This may be a diet recipe, but it has lots of fiber and vitamin C (cabbage) and vitamin A (carrots). We think it tastes pretty good.
I found this soup to be hearty and delicious, thanks to a few modifications. Along with the ingredients as listed, I also added some chicken stock and about 1/4 cup of pre-made salsa.
Cabbage Soup Diet
The cabbage soup diet is a radical, 7-day weight loss plan that promises dieters a loss of 10 pounds in just one week. This diet plan is based around the heavy consumption of a low-calorie cabbage soup along with daily allowances of specified fruits and vegetables. It has become increasingly popular because it allows you to eat something whenever you get the urge; and still lose weight. Unlike most diets that restrict the eating habit, this one allows dieters to eat as much cabbage soup as they need to fill up.
And as for the benefits of cabbage as a weight loss ‘miracle’, well it’s not the cabbage that does anything ‘miraculous’; it’s the extremely low caloric intake that causes the weight to come right off. Critics of the diet say that although dieters will probably lose the 10 pounds that the diet indicates, most of this weight lost will be from liquids, not fat, and will be quickly put back on again.
Doctors warn that the cabbage soup diet is not suitable for long-term weight loss and for safety reasons should not be followed longer than the indicated 7-day regime. This is because while the soup is great as a low-calorie compliment to a healthy diet, it does not provide substantial calories or nutrients to be relied upon as a dietary staple.
Furthermore it is not recommended to exercise while on this regime, as commonly reported side effects are feeling light-headed and physically weak.
On a more basic level, other criticisms of the diet include the repetition and the apparent blandness of the soup, although there are now spiced up variations on the traditional recipe. But it is this repetition that actually makes it difficult to see through the full 7 days of the diet, without becoming completely turned off by the soup itself, or simply falling off the wagon.
One final con of the diet and perhaps a fairly embarrassing one; is the flatulence that comes with it. Cabbage has high sulfur content and as such produces a significant amount of gas in the intestinal tract as the food is being processed. This means that dieters are likely to suffer a fair amount of discomfort with feelings of bloating and the passing of substantial amounts of gas for the duration of the regime.
For individuals set on this diet for their weight loss goals it is a good idea to complement the regime with a multivitamin tablet, that will help to ensure that your body is getting the essential nutrients that it requires.
Below is a look into what the 7-day diet entails:
7-Day Cabbage Soup Diet Menu
Fruit: 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.
Vegetables: Eat as many 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. No fruit today.
Mix Days One and Two: Eat all the soup, fruits and vegetables you want. No Baked Potato.
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.
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. Eat your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (but no skin-on chicken).
Beef and Vegetables: Eat to your heart’s content of beef and vegetables this day. Try to eat leafy green vegetables. No Baked Potato. Eat your soup at least once.
Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables: Be sure to eat your soup at least once this day.
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