Cabbage Soup Diet

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