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.
The typical claimed intent of the diet is to lose 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of weight in a week, though nutritional experts point out that it is nearly impossible to lose that much fat within a week. This has lent credence to claims much of the weight lost is water.
Beverages are limited to water, and unsweetened fruit juice on days when fruit is allowed. This is a typical outline of the diet:
Day 1 – Cabbage soup plus as much fruit as you like, excluding bananas Day 2 – Cabbage soup plus vegetables including 1 jacket (baked) potato with a little butter Day 3 – Cabbage soup plus fruit and vegetables excluding potatoes and bananas Day 4 – Cabbage soup plus up to eight bananas and as much skimmed milk as you like Day 5 – Cabbage soup plus up to 20 ounces of beef and up to six tomatoes Day 6 – Cabbage soup plus as much beef and vegetables (excluding potatoes) as you like Day 7 – Cabbage soup plus brown rice, vegetables (excluding potatoes) and unsweetened fruit juice
Flat Belly Diet (or Flat Belly Diet!) is a diet book by Liz Vaccariello (vice-president and editor-in-chief of Prevention) and Cynthia Sass (Prevention’s nutrition director). The book was first published Rodale Books in October 2008.
The Flat Belly Diet begins with a 4-day jump start, known as the Anti-Bloat Jumpstart. The first 4 days are the most restrictive of the diet. The book gives a very specific menu for those 4 days with the focus on foods the authors claim will immediately relieve “belly bloat” and prepare the dieter to embark on the regular diet starting on day 5.
One of the major components of the 4-day anti-bloat jump start is “Sassy Water,” named for Cynthia Sass. This water which contains things like cucumber, ginger and other natural ingredients is supposed to aid the dieter in getting a good water intake as well as providing nutrients.
After the 4-day anti-bloat part, the dieter begins the real diet which stresses a MUFA at every meal. MUFAs are mono-unsaturated fats like those found in some oils like olive oil, some chocolate like semi-sweet chocolate, some nuts and seeds, olives and avocados. The authors claim that it’s this regular ingestion of MUFAs that helps target belly fat and is credited with helping the dieter feel more full and satisfied after each meal.
Other key principles of the diet include eating 4 meals a day, instead of three, with the daily calories of about 1600 spread evenly between the 4 meals, for 400-calorie meals. While 1600-calories a day is a standard amount many weight loss diets aim for, the Flat Belly Diet encourages things most other diet don’t, like including chocolate in your meal plans to benefit from the MUFAs contained in the chocolate as well as keeping the dieter from becoming discouraged at the idea of not being able to enjoy favorite foods like chocolate (and peanut butter, another high-calorie but MUFA-rich food that’s allowed on the Flat Belly Diet! and typically left out of other weight loss diets).
NutriSystem Nourish Diet plan is a “send you the food” diet plan operated by NutriSystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI) of Horsham, Pennsylvania. The NutriSystem Diet is based on the Glycemic Index of Carbohydrates. By combining exercise, and frequent smaller portioned meals, the glycemic index diet is supposed to reduce hunger (due to a constant blood glucose). There is some support for weight loss and health benefits of low glycemic-index diets in controlled scientific studies, however, some other studies have suggested there is no long-term benefit to these diets. It was founded by Stacie Mullen, a television personality, in 1991 when the company was going to produce 20 breakfast, luncheon, dinner, snacks, and beverages
The company started out in 1972 selling a liquid protein diet, which it abandoned in 1978 due to the growth of competition. It then started selling food which was packaged and preserved in portion controlled packages, to take the decisions out of dining. In 1995 the company partnered with fitness “guru” Susan Powter and, as a test, re-branded all the NutriSystem weight-loss centers in Metro-Detroit as “The Susan Powter Center” teaching Susan Powter’s “Stop The Insanity” way of diet and exercise. With food workshops and aerobic classes. All NutriSystem food items sold were repackaged with Powter’s name and image. After some differences with the company and Powter, the idea was “scrapped” and the weight-loss centers were closed after 6 months. The company went bankrupt soon thereafter and closed down its weight-loss centers. It reemerged in 1999 as an Internet advertiser, and a publicly traded company, with the meals shipped to consumers. CEO Michael Hagen shifted advertising to TV, using satisfied customers in ads. Clients can call, email or chat online with the weight loss counselors for advice or support. The average customer stays on the program 10 weeks. Many regain the weight lost.
Along with offering support from weight loss counselors, the NutriSystem web site offers an online user-based community that includes discussion boards, chat rooms and personal web pages where users can connect with each other. Creating an account through the web site also allows users to track their daily diet and exercise and weight loss progress and to modify and place orders.
Current TV ads feature former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino as the lead spokesperson, also featuring other well-known celebrities who have purportedly lost weight using the company’s products. Marie Osmond and Tony Orlando have also been featured in recent ads (2008). In addition to celebrity endorsements, NutriSystem regularly features everyday success story testimonials in their print and TV advertisements. These success stories are discovered through before and after photo contest submissions periodically run by NutriSystem.
As of January 2009, singer Belinda Carlisle is now the primary spokesperson for NutriSystem products. Belinda’s fee for her efforts has not been disclosed. She will be giving her new duties her full attention once various touring commitments have been met.
A gluten-free diet is a diet completely free of ingredients derived from gluten-containing cereals: wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, and triticale, as well as the use of gluten as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent. It is recommended amongst other things in the treatment of celiac disease and wheat allergy. Additionally, the diet may exclude oats. Some people for whom the diet is recommended can tolerate oat products and some medical practitioners say they may be permitted, but there is controversy about including them in a gluten-free diet because studies on the subject are incomplete.
The gluten-free diet must be strictly followed by sufferers of celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis.
The scientific literature on the link between gluten and autism is mixed and there is no substantial research on in utero causality. There have been too few adequately designed, large-scale controlled studies and clinical trials to state whether the diet is effective. A small single -blind study has documented fewer autistic behaviors in children fed a gluten-free, casein-free diet, but noted no change in cognitive skills, linguistic ability, or motor ability. This study has been criticized for its small sample size, singleblind design which may have skewed results on the basis of a “parent placebo effect”. A 2006 double-blind short-term study found no significant differences in behavior between children on a gluten-free, casein-free diet and those on regular diets. A long term double-blind clinical trial sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health ran from 2004 until November 2008; as of July 2009, results are not yet available.
hCG stands for Human Choriogonadotropin, the hormone produced by pregnant women in the early stages of pregnancy. Research suggests a small, daily hCG injection (approx. 125 IU to 200 IU) results in a weight loss of 1 to 2 lbs per day, and often more, when accompanied by a VLCD (very low calorie diet of apprx 500 calories). We recommend you read Kevin Trudeau’s book, “The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You to Know About” which contains vital information on using hCG injections for weight loss.