Introduction to the Cabbage Soup Diet

Many of our clients have expressed an interest in various forms of fad diet plans. Many of them want to follow a diet that can simply help them to reduce weight. Others, however, want miracle diets that will drop the pounds of extra fat that they’ve accumulated over years, in just a couple of weeks. I have to deliver the bad news to them that diets do not work this way.

Diets are not recipes for fast weight loss. No diet plan can guarantee you rapid fat loss even if you follow that plan religiously. Diets and diet plans are just ways in which one can regulate or control the intake of calories on a daily basis. An intake of fewer calories and more burning of calories in terms of physical work and exercise can eventually affect weight loss or fat loss for many.

The word diet does not mean eating less in any way. Whatever we eat in a whole day forms our diet. Now doctors recommend controlling of our diet to affect fast weight loss. Diet plans are formed and prescribed to the patients to control the intake of calories in their food. This, coupled with a good exercise regime can ultimately affect in fast weight loss.

The Cabbage Soup Diet is one form of diet which has proved to be a huge contributor to fast weight loss. This form of dieting has been used by many people across the world and it’s proved to be effective for many of them. For years now, people from all over the world have actually felt a change in their body after following the Cabbage Soup Diet.

This is one of the most appreciated and easy weight loss diets where you don’t need to commit to a long term diet control regime. The Cabbage Soup Diet is simple and is designed for short term and fast weight loss. The aim of this diet planĀ  is to reduce the weight of an overweight person by typically by 4.5 kilograms or 10 pounds in a week s time. Yes, just in seven days you can lose 10 pounds!

For this diet, you’re supposed to drink as much cabbage soup as possible along with some additional items that range from butter, baked potato and other vegetables, to brown rice. This cabbage soup is to be prepared in a specific way with accurate mixtures of the right ingredients. According to Wikipedia, the recipe of Cabbage Soup is as given below:

  • 6 large green onions
  • 2 green peppers
  • 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 1/2 head cabbage
  • 1 package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 or 2 cubes bouillon/stock cubes either chicken or beef (optional)
  • Salt, pepper, parsley, garlic powder, curry powder or soy sauce to taste (or any other seasoning you like).

Spray a large pot with cooking spray and saute all vegetables (except cabbage and tomatoes) until tender. Add cabbage and about 12 cups (2.83 liters) of water. Toss in bouillon cubes, soup mix, and seasoning. Cook until soup reaches desired tenderness. Add tomatoes. To keep the recipe interesting you can make a base soup and then add seasoning/herbs each day for different flavors.

You can also check the Diet plan given in Wikipedia to know how to follow it. However, my future posts will have a detailed description of diets and diet plans and how to follow them to achieve fast weight loss.

There are many other diet plans based on the Cabbage Soup Diet which claim to affect fast weight loss, like the Sacred Heart Diet, the Military Cabbage Soup, TJ’s Miracle Soup Diet, General Motors Diet and the Russian Peasant Diet. Most of these have copied the concept of Cabbage Soup Diet by a great extent; however, they do not relate their diet back to this original recipe.

The Cabbage Soup Diet has proved to be a good mechanism to affect fast weight loss for many people across the world; however, there has been a talk among many dieticians that this diet affects only in loss of water from the body, and not actually fat loss. There are many theories and hypothesis both for and against the Cabbage Soup Diet, and it is always recommended that one consults his or her doctor before starting to follow this or any other diet plan.

I wish you all the best. Keep an eye out for future posts on dieting.