The cabbage soup diet has been around for many years and is still popular today. Dieters following this diet can expect to see results in just seven days, but is it a healthy diet to follow?
• 2 large onions
• 2 green peppers
• 2 cans of tomatoes
• 1 bunch of celery
• 1 head of cabbage
• 3 carrots
• 1 pack of mushrooms
• 1-2 stock cubes (optional)
• 6-8 cups of water
• Chop all the vegetables into cubes
• In a large stock pot, add the onions and a small amount of oil
• Then add the remaining vegetables and cover with water and add stock cubes
• Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat.
• Let simmer until all vegetables are tender for about 30-45 minutes
The basic plan
• Day 1 – Unlimited cabbage soup and fruit, but no bananas
• Day 2 – Only soup and vegetables. Focus on raw or cooked ready greens. Avoid peas, corn and beans. You may also have one baked potato with butter or oil
• Day 3 – As many fruits and vegetables as you can eat, in addition to the soup. However, no baked potato and no bananas
• Day 4 – Unlimited bananas, skimmed milk and cabbage soup
• Day 5 – You are allowed 10-20 ounces of beef, which you may substitute for chicken or fish. You may also have up to six fresh tomatoes. Drink at least six to eight glasses of water
• Day 6 – Soup, beef and vegetables. You may substitute the beef for grilled fish if you did not do so the day prior. Focus on leafy greens. No baked potato
• Day 7 – You may have vegetables, brown rice and unlimited fruit juice – but no added sugar
Mayo Clinic dietitian, Katherine Zeratsky said: “You may feel weak or tired while on the diet. And once you stop the diet, it’s easy to regain any weight that you lost.
“Fad diets like this one may be tempting, but keep in mind that long-term weight loss depends on making lasting healthy changes in your eating and exercise habits.”
It is advised for long-term weight loss to opt for a healthy lifestyle change which involves exercise to keep the pounds off.