There may be times when we need to go on a quick diet to shed off excess holiday pounds or to look good for a special occasion, or even to jumpstart a diet leading towards a long-term moderate eating plan.
The Cabbage Soup Diet is perfect for this as it only lasts 7 days and promises a 10 to 15 pound weight loss within the week.
CABBAGE SOUP RECIPE
Although there are many variations to this much-circulated diet, the following recipe remains the most popular:
- 1 large cabbage, shredded
- 5 large carrots, chopped
- 18 ounces canned tomatoes, chopped
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 2 medium-sized red or green peppers, sliced
- 4 celery stalks, chopped
- black pepper
- 2 packs of any onion soup mix
- ½ pound of green beans, chopped
- Optional: any herbs of your choice such as mint, parsley, basil, cilantro, etc
Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Pour all the vegetables into the pot and cover. Stir in the soup mix and continue boiling for 10 minutes.
Reduce the heat and simmer until all the vegetables are soft. Mix in the chopped herbs and black pepper. Save a handful of herbs for garnish.
HOW TO DO THE CABBAGE SOUP DIET
The Cabbage Soup Diet is pretty straight-forward in its instructions. It promises that you can eat all you want, provided that you stick to what is allowed.
During the entire 7 days you must have a bowl of cabbage soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Although the instructions call for cabbage soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can actually eat as much as you want all day long.
During the 7 days you may drink as much water and non-caloric beverages as you want, including cranberry juice, black coffee and unsweetened tea. Below are the other foods that you may eat along with the cabbage soup:
- DAY 1: Any fruit that you want, except for bananas.
- DAY 2: Baked potato with butter, any low-calorie vegetables except for beans, peas and corn.
- DAY 3: Any fruit except for bananas and any low-calorie vegetables
- DAY 4: 8 bananas and 2 glasses of skim milk.
- DAY 5: 20 ounce of beef, skinless chicken or fish, 6 fresh tomatoes, and 6 to 8 glasses of water.
- DAY 6: 3 beef steaks and unlimited vegetables.
- DAY 7: 2 cups of brown rice and vegetables.
For those who find eating the same cabbage soup day after day to be boring, you can actually add a little variation to the recipe.
For example, try altering the kind of ingredients you use. Use red onions and red cabbage for the first batch, then use yellow onions and green cabbage for the next batch.
You can also experiment with different herbs for extra taste. Adding a few herbs such as chopped cilantro, cumin and chilli powder will give it a Southwestern flavour, while basil, oregano and garlic powder will give it a twist of Italian.
A little soy sauce, fish or shrimp bouillion and bean sprouts will give it an Oriental flair, while curry powder and a bit of mint will lend it a Moroccan taste.
If you want it to taste a little French you can add rosemary and thyme. The list is never ending if you use a little creativity.
HOW IT WORKS
The Cabbage Soup Diet is essentially a good-tasting fast, wherein you are consuming very little calories a day. Although the main star is the cabbage, it is really the low-calorie diet plan of 800 to 1,000 calories a day that makes you lose weight rapidly.
The cabbage soup is merely to sustain your hunger during this 7 day period. You may lose up to 10 to 15 pounds on this diet, but the bulk of what you are losing will likely be water.
Once the person resumes eating normally after the 7 days, the weight may be regained.
Though some may call this diet a quick fix, if you are intent on trying it, you may want to consult with your physician beforehand.
There is always the danger of feeling faint or light-headed when you are surviving on so few nutrients a day. People with medical conditions should check with their doctor to ensure they are fit to be on the diet.