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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.

  • You will lose weight
  • Unhealthy
  • 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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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


started yesterday 132 pounds today 130

posted Mar 9th, 2012 2:27 pm


started at 191.5 and ended at 182.5 on my 7th day! :) So happy

posted Mar 8th, 2012 3:27 am


started Wednesday at 191.5 today is my 4th day and im at 186.5 :D very motivated

posted Mar 3rd, 2012 11:11 pm


I am starting tomorrow. My goal is to be down 8lbs in 7 days. I am starting at 128 and hope to be 120 by the time I get on the plane to go to California next week. Do you think I can do it?

posted Mar 1st, 2012 4:03 am


If CSD not working for you use Acai berry after failed CSD. so far I am doing good. 10 lbs more to go.
today 110 lbs.

posted Feb 29th, 2012 7:51 pm


Im starting this week tomorrow. I have done it once before about 2 years ago and lost 6lbs in 6 days but i was a lot skinnier then. Because of some personal issues i have put a lot of weight, today i weighted myself and saw 191lbs! (im 5'7) i was so distraught, ive never ever been this heavy and i cant believe i let myself get this way! i spent most of the afternoon just crying and feeling miserable. Im using the csd to get some "quick" results in order to get more motivated to lose weight with better habits and exercise. If anyone just started or wants to start, and would like a buddy system plz reply and let me know we can exchange emails and keep ourselves motivated each day!

posted Feb 29th, 2012 4:03 am


I am on day 5 and i have lost 7 pounds.. this is my second time doing this.. my one problem is that i am constantly craving unhealthy food while doing this and am afraid i will just gain it all back when I'm done.

posted Feb 24th, 2012 10:24 pm


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