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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
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  • 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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I started this diet on monday as i am off on holiday soon and need to shed a few kgs. I am currently on day 4 and have so far lost 2kgs. I have felt fine doing my normal exercising, on monday i had a 4 hour dance training and coped perfectly fine. I also went to the gym last night to a 1 hour yoga class and a 15 min run on the treadmill. The only thing with this diet i find annoying is that i have to pee almost every half an hour lol. I consume about 1 or 2 bowls per day, but am starting to get sick of it. I drink lots of water and green tea throughout the day and haven't had any headaches or hunger pains yet which is a good thing. Hope the last 3 days i continue to lose a few kgs, definitely recommend this diet for quick weight loss :)

posted Nov 21st, 2013 1:21 am



Hello to all.
Diet started last Monday and today Sunday on the seventh day , lost 3.2 kg :-) .
Started 82.4 kg and now 79.2 kg.
On the fifth day the soup I could not eat it anymore and I made a little trick , shake the soup and taste changed much by adding spices such as soy, sweet paprika and some hot pepper .
Yesterday was the only day I did sports, running for 40 minutes.
During the week I had absolutely no hunger pangs .
I will continue the diet for another 3 - 4 days . I try to lose a couple more kilos.
The diet I recommend it to all , with regard to weight loss do not expect a 7 or 8 kilos because these values are only for people who are too overweight.
The final target is to reach 74 - 75 kg this goal to be achieved with a more balanced nutrition , weight I had a few years ago .
The most wonderful feeling is to get back pants that when you're 82 - 83 kg you cannot ;-).
I hope that my experience will be of help to everyone.

posted Oct 13th, 2013 6:00 am



I am currently have way through day 2, my first day went ok - but I woke up around 2am with the worst heart burn I have ever had. ughh too much totatoes and spices in the soup most likely the culpret. I have been eating my vegies all day, and feel more bloated and fatter than I was before I started this diet. I am pounding down the water and stuffing myself with vegies. sure hope this bloating feeling goes away, and trust me I will remember to take Prilosec for the next week!

posted Apr 2nd, 2013 7:38 pm


can anyone tell me if u lose any wieght with out doing any exercise or do i need to do some

posted Mar 20th, 2013 1:48 pm


Hello all, I am on day 1 of the CSD and have quite a headache. Have you all experienced headaches on the first day? I am going to stick with it but thought I would ask.


posted Mar 19th, 2013 8:11 pm



Hello everyone,

I'm on my second day off the CSD and lost three pounds already. :D My weight was 191.5 and now I am 188.5. Can't wait to eat my baked potato. Today was pretty tough, because my husband ate some IN-N-OUT :/, but i kept thinking to myself you lost 3 pounds already! So wish everyone good luck.

posted Mar 3rd, 2013 11:34 pm



Starting my day 1 today.
I have done this diet before and had good results.
Will keep everyone posted.

posted Feb 19th, 2013 8:51 pm



Today is only my 2nd day, I am a big guy weighed in at 489 before I starting this diet. This morning I weighed in at 486, down 4Pounds!!!!!!!! From just the first day WOW….. completing this diet is so important to me, getting ready for Gastric Bypass Surgery.

posted Jan 31st, 2013 5:56 pm


Just starting this today after feeling like I gained 10lbs over the xmas and new year break. Starting weight 144.8lbs

posted Jan 7th, 2013 2:19 pm



I am almost finished with day 2. I must admit, it is hard, and i am craving other foods, but i weighed myself this morning after only 1 day and already saw great results. I am also doing 45 min of cardio every morning as i always do. I plan on doing this to quick off my healthier diet. I would def reccommend it.

posted Jan 3rd, 2013 9:57 pm




posted Dec 12th, 2012 6:26 pm


Starting today at 209. I hope to get to 195 in seven days. I will do very little workout to help weight lose. I will keep you guys posted.

posted Nov 20th, 2012 11:35 pm


I started the CSD yesterday, Im not sure yet whether it works or not since I havent started weighing in. Im afraid if I do and it doesnt go well I will quit before giving it a chance. Im crossing fingers it works for me since I joined The Biggest Loser Challenge at my work place and its coming to an end in two weeks time.

posted Jul 19th, 2012 10:22 am


Starting day 1 @ 188.4lbs.

posted Jul 9th, 2012 10:32 pm


DAY 1.. i've made the soup but decided to blend it, makes it alot easier to get down.

I use Mrs. Dash seasonings to give each bowl a different flavor.

I'll keep you posted on my progress.

posted May 30th, 2012 1:39 pm



This was my last ditch effort to lose weight to fit into my wedding dress. I was 5'1, 135lbs and had about a week ! Luckily it worked an my tailor measured me again and was shocked. Lost 5 inches in my weight and about 2 to 3 in thighs, arms. Best for short term immediate weight loss! I'm doing it gain bc I gained back ! But I kept to healthy choice soups bc I had made. Huge pot of soup but it tasted bad !! Good luck !!

posted Apr 14th, 2012 1:52 pm


Day 3 here and I haven't lost an ounce, let alone a pound... I think I will eat the soup until it's gone and not bother with another batch... I am drained of energy, constantly hungry and I have been getting horrendous headaches.. This is not the diet plan for me, I will go back to eating whole grains, and steering clear of all red meat and processed foods as that plan has been most effective for me. If you have an active lifestyle that doesn't enable you to eat whenever you feel the urge, this diet plan is NOT for you!!!

posted Mar 27th, 2012 8:13 pm


ok! so day 1 of csd! Not Bad. the soup taste better than i expected! im 5'2 and 126. goal weight is to go back to being 114 again!
Had enough energy to go the gym so that made me happy. just wish i didn't have to go pee every ten minutes!

posted Mar 22nd, 2012 12:28 am


I am losing weight since the beginning off this year, but i got on a plateau, for 2 weeks on the same weight.

Now on the end off day 4, it's difficult but you see results! Lost 6 pounds so far. I am also exercising every day for 2 hours because that's my usual routine.

The most difficult for me was the breakfast on day 2...carrots and cucumber. And tomorrow the same problem...breakfast with tomato and beef???? Good luck, I would recommend it, I feel great with a lot of energy

posted Mar 21st, 2012 12:34 am



I did this diet 3.5 weeks ago, i lost 7lbs and i have not put them back on, i tweaked my daily eating habits to maintain the weight, as long as you are not pigging out and doing what you did before you'll keep it off!

posted Mar 11th, 2012 2:58 pm


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