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The Cabbage Soup Diet

The Cabbage Soup Diet

Ahh, the famous Cabbage Soup diet. Most people interested in dieting have certainly heard of this one; many of them have actually tried some version of it. While some experts label it a fad diet it can be utilized to enhance weight loss while maintaining health.

Since nobody has ever claimed to be the inventor of this diet which appeared in the mid 90s, there is no definitive cabbage soup diet, but rather a string of versions floating around in magazines and on the Internet. Every expert who tried to promote this diet has either added or replaced an existing feature, which means that aside from that cabbage soup you can expect to see a wide range of other foods, although nothing spectacular. The biggest problem with the cabbage soup diet is all the hype that surrounds it.

Some people claim that cabbage has fat burning properties calling it “Fat-Burning Cabbage Soup” . Others say that one could shed a whooping 5kg (10pound) in a single week on this diet. While this claim is disputed by many, it is obvious that such rapid weight loss is as unhealthy as it is unwise.

There’s no magical ingredient in cabbage that helps weight loss. The basic idea behind the diet is maintain a calorie controlled diet while maintaining basic nutrition.

The early version of the diet featured nothing else than the basic soup. Recent versions have added fruit, vegetables, skimmed milk, lean meat or brown rice to the eating plan in order to help people stick to it for a longer time. However as it is said, “all things in moderation: so what follows is a suggested recipe and how it could be used to help weight loss.

Free Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe


Cabbage Soup


    • 6 large spring onions
    • 2 green capsicums
    • 1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
    • 3 carrots
    • 1 bunch of celery
    • half a head of cabbage
    • 1 48oz can spicy V8 juice
    • 3-6 gloves of garlic
    • Seasoning to taste with pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc.

Place all ingredients in a large pot and bring to the boil then simmer until all ingredients are cooked.

An alternate recipe can be found on the video below.

The soup itself is based on cabbage, onions (or onion soup mix), tomatoes, green peppers, celery, carrots and sometimes mushrooms. There are some variations even here, but nothing important. The biggest advantage is that changes can be made to suit taste. This could include sauteing the onions and garlic before adding the rest of the vegetables or using original V8 juice rather than spicy or Fresh tomatoes can be used instead of canned.

Dieters are should refrain from alcohol. The only drinks recommended, beside the cabbage soup, are water and unsweetened fruit juices. However whole fruit could be argued to be better than juice, which is actually empty calories if the pulp and fiber are removed.

Recommended use of the Cabbage Soup Diet

Unfortunately, the cabbage soup diet is not a good idea if taken to the extreme and is correctly classified as a fad diet. However it can successfully be used to assist weight loss if it is used in place of the main meal for no more than one week at a time while appropriate maintaining protein and whole fruit intake. Of course it is imperative to maintain an active lifestyle and ensure adequate water intake.



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