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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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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


today was my first day.just had clear soup .any one on this diet plz tell me can i eat vegies in soup too?started at 130 cant wait to check tommarow hope i have lost some will keep u updated .

posted Feb 23rd, 2012 7:20 pm


was wondering do we have to eat clear soup or we can eat all the vegeiesin it?

posted Feb 22nd, 2012 7:23 pm


Doing acai berry 14 day course. feeling gr8 and 2 lbs down in week1.

posted Feb 22nd, 2012 4:45 am



Day 1---not bad at all my only problem is not drinking diet cokes!!! I'm starting at 167 lbs with my goal being 159 in 7 days!!! Good luck!!

posted Feb 20th, 2012 8:14 pm



Just finished Day 1 on the CSD. Not too bad, but did get tired early evening and took a cat nap. Already decided to add an egg white to my Day 2 morning vegetables so I have enough protein to get through my morning workout!! Hoping this cleanse will help me lose those pesky final lbs!!

posted Feb 20th, 2012 3:48 am


This is my first day on the csd. I hope it works. I feel so hungry, like I'm missing out on something :(

posted Feb 15th, 2012 4:56 pm


I have started today. weighing 10 stone 2 pounds. just ,made the soup and had first bowl i quite like it.... for now anyways. does anyone know if you are allowed to drink green tea?

posted Feb 13th, 2012 11:55 am


Did not work for me. I quit the diet and planning to start again later.

I think I eat more when taking soup than I usually eat. My weight gain did took me to this conclusion to leave it now and try after week or so. I am not a looser but will try it again next week.

posted Feb 10th, 2012 5:10 pm


BEGINNING OF DAY 3, I feel fine. I lost 1 more pound. So far 5lbs down in 2 days...

posted Feb 10th, 2012 3:38 pm


@ Claudia, this is my first time doing the csd. I did not do any exercising yesterday. I wanted to see what my results were bf i decided to walk a couple of miles a day. I actually have more energy than I expected. So I persaonnally think you can not go wrong with a little physical activity. However if you are really weak I would take it easy, follow the diet and you should be fine.

posted Feb 9th, 2012 7:03 pm


I AM ON DAY 2, I am down 4lbs from yesterday. I fell somewhat ok. If I jump up too fast, I feel a little lite headed, but nothing too serious. I am very pleased with my results so I plan on taking it alllll they way.

posted Feb 9th, 2012 6:56 pm


today is my day 2 and im feeling so weak... i dont do excercise, only following correctly the soup diet. do you guys think i can cut off some weight if i only follow the diet plan? anyone wth same experience??plz share

posted Feb 9th, 2012 7:16 am


Day 1 of the Cabbage Soup Diet. So far so good. Can't wait til I weigh myself in the a.m.

posted Feb 8th, 2012 7:29 pm


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