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.

Diet

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

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