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Cabbage Soup Diet

Cabbage Soup Diet

The very definition of an ill-advised fad diet.

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Look up the definition of fad diet and you’ll see a picture illustrating the Cabbage Soup Diet. It should not be followed as a long-term eating plan, as it is dangerously low in calories and could do more harm than good. It is possible to lose 10 pounds in a week when you stick to this uber-low calorie plan.

The Cabbage Soup Diet does offer fast weight loss, but it is completely lacking in nutrition, flavor and variety. You'll consume mostly soups of cabbage, onion, celery, carrots, tomatoes and mushrooms. Nutritionists argue that the pounds shed are more likely attributed to the dramatic and dangerous loss in calories and not the proposed fat-burning power found in the cabbage. This diet deprives your body of essential nutrients and has been correlated to difficulty concentrating, feeling light-headed and weak.

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  • Dangerously caloric intake
  • Primarily losing water weight
  • Will regain lost weight if don't stick to healthy eating and exercise following completion
  • Does not promote exercise; would be too weak to do so

The one-week Cabbage Soup Diet relies on this simple plan:

  • Day One All-you-can-eat soup and fruit (no bananas). Consume plenty of water, cranberry juice and unsweetened tea.

  • Day Two Consume all the soup and vegetables you like (no beans, peas or corn). Have a buttered baked potato with dinner. No fruit today.

  • Day Three Eat all the soup, fruits and vegetables you like, nothing else.

  • Day Four Eat your soup, no more than eight bananas and all the skim milk you want.

  • Day Five Have at least one serving of soup today. You can also have 10-20 ounces of skinless chicken or beef and no more than six tomatoes. Drink plenty of water.

  • Day Six Eat plenty of vegetables and your servings of beef. Today is the day you can go a bit overboard with the meat (2 steaks if you like) - just make sure to add salad and vegetables. Stay away from the carbs - no fries, potatoes, etc.

  • Day Seven Have at least one serving of soup. Only eat brown rice, vegetables and unsweetened fruit juice.


No recommendations are made. Given the severely low calories you'll be consuming, you likely won't have the strength for physical activity.


For rapid weight loss as a jump-start to a more healthy eating plan, the Cabbage Soup Diet could possibly be a solution. However, fasting or liquid diets like Cabbage Soup promising dramatic weight loss results in only a week are typically only helping you shed water weight. This weight will creep right back on once you stop the diet and continue with previous poor eating habits. Finishing the Cabbage Soup Diet and beginning a healthy eating and exercise regimen is the best advice anyone following this unhealthy approach can receive. Be sure to speak with your physician before beginning.

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The Cabbage soup diet is a radical weight loss diet designed around heavy consumption of a low-calorie cabbage soup over the time of seven days. It is generally considered a fad diet, in that it is designed for short-term weight-loss and requires no long-term commitment. It has inspired several copy-cats based around similar principles.

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Mia's Mamma

I did this diet once in high school (about 12 or 13 years ago) under the supervision of my mother. No, it is not always easy to stick to, but you have to view it like it's only 1 week and you can do it. When I did this diet previously, I lost 20 lbs in the weeks and months subsequent do doing it. I think it's important once you finish this, to maintain reasonable eating habits and exercise. This is a great kick start, or maybe a way to help you out from time to time, but not something you should do all the time. I'm on day two now. Doing just fine and feel just fine. I don't know why some people are complaining of being hungry a lot. Eat more! You can pretty much eat as much of the soup or whatever else you're supposed to eat for the day, unless where specified. Good luck everyone!

posted Jul 27th, 2010 12:49 pm


after day 3 and i was feeling good. i even eat siomai and chinese noodles for lunch, i run for 20mins. i lost 5lbs. day 4 and looking forward for more pounds to lost

posted Jul 9th, 2010 8:55 pm


i am on daytwo i weighed my self this moring an in down 5lbs wow is all i can say

posted Jul 8th, 2010 10:47 pm


im starting my cabbage diet today, I am not into fruits and vegetables thing but since im on summer holiday, it wouldn't be that hard(i hope)...i will be checking your status guys to keep me motivated. thank you for the comments,

posted Jul 6th, 2010 9:38 pm



im starting my cabbage diet today... goodluck to us!

posted Jul 6th, 2010 9:27 pm



perhaps i will start by tomorrow wish me luck and for me FIGHT !!!!!! good luck x_X

posted Jul 3rd, 2010 1:11 am



Day 5 and I am down 9 lbs. It hasn't been as hard as I thought. on day 4 I felt kind of weak but this morning I feel great! Looking forward to eating steak or chicken.

posted Jul 2nd, 2010 9:04 am


Day 4! I have lost a total of 6lbs. I am so looking for tomorrow STEAK NIGHT!

posted Jul 1st, 2010 9:17 am


This diet works! I am on day 4 and have lost 5lbs. Started at 165lbs and am hoping to shed at least 3 more lbs! Day 3 was tough and I had a headache by the end of the day but I don't think I drank enough water. So today is Banana day and I am really looking forward to day 5 for some yummy chicken! I believe the weight I have lost is water weight but this has really made me focus on eating more fruits and veggies. I exercise on a regular basis but since I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism I have struggled to lose weight. So this has been a great jump start to my metabolism and I plan on changing my eating habits for the future! Good luck to everyone who tries this and remember exercise and diet are the only way to keep weight off!

posted Jul 1st, 2010 7:51 am


Day 3 on my diet. I lost a total of 4 lbs. I am excited that the diet is actually working! Today will be the hardest for me, I want the bake potatoe again : )

posted Jun 30th, 2010 8:15 am


I am on day 2 of this diet. Not bad I lost 2 lbs since yesterday. Gave me modivation for day 2. I added some lime in my soup and it was very tasty. I will keep everyone updated.

posted Jun 29th, 2010 9:14 am

Amanda Cassel

How is the cabbage soup diet, which promotes fresh fruit and vegetables along with unsweetened soft drinks unhealthy? Meanwhile the site is promoting Diet V8 Splash which has high fructose corn syrup in it, known to cause type 2 diabetes. This site is a joke!

posted Jun 26th, 2010 6:59 pm


This is my day four but I didn't loose any weight. Why is wrong with me :((

posted Jun 26th, 2010 2:30 pm


I started the diet today....I exercise intensely so I felt a bit tired when on the cross trainer but I do feel great :-). I made the soup using a lot of vegetables and added some garlic granules, pepper, parsley, oregano and thai spices.....tasted yum....Good luck to all.....

posted Jun 26th, 2010 9:29 am



So I have completed day 1....and I won't lie....I struggled. But I'm a person that never eats soup and doesn't really care for fruit (terrible I know). And I had some really weird cravings like McDonalds cheeseburgers - which I never normally would want at 8am!! I do feel less bloated though :)
So today is day 2....and I am hungry! I am just eating some veg which is helping.....but I am really looking forward to potato tonight!
But I am determined :) I just wish that the office girls would stop trying to share their box of chololates!

posted Jun 8th, 2010 9:20 pm


I am starting it tommorow. Hoping to see positive results.....Good Luck!!! for me :-)

posted Jun 8th, 2010 1:00 pm



If you get tired of eating the soup, I figured out a way of disguising the soup..
Put soup in the blender and add cumin.
Eat hot or cold. Taste's like Salsa!

posted Jun 3rd, 2010 1:40 pm


I am on Day 5 havent weighed myself yet will do so once i finish the diet i hope i have lost a bit of weight though i feel like i havent lost any ...

Day three was the hardest for me but i pushed through on banana and skimmed milk day i had butternut sqaush soup hope this did not derail my weight loss will update on day 7 when i weigh myself ...fingers crossed

posted May 28th, 2010 9:22 am



Finished the week!

I lost a total of 9 lb and may have been able to to better.

On the last day I actually had 2 bowls of rice and veggies mixed together and I got a small blizzard from dairy queen and still lost 2lb haha...The blizzard killed my stomach...so not only does this diet work, but it will teach you a lesson when you go to eat something that is unhealthy.

I will be starting again in a week!

posted May 24th, 2010 2:05 pm



I just finished day 7. It seemed like the week went by fairly slow and I actually lost 11 lbs in the 7 days! I will wait 2 weeks then restart again. Good luck to everyone!

posted May 24th, 2010 12:32 am


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