The Cabbage Soup Diet admits that it is not like “mainstream” diet and is designed for you to lose a large amount of weight in a rapid amount of time.
The Cabbage Soup Diet is a dramatic, short-term weight loss plan which centers around eating a cabbage and vegetable concoction for the course of a week. The average weight loss on the plan is 10 pounds. Of course most of that is water weight.
The Cabbage Soup Diet is rumored to have started at a hospital where obese patients were awaiting surgery. It is a low fat high fiber diet and to be used only for seven days as a solution for large amount of short-term weight loss.
The first day is the “induction day” where you will eat all the fruit you want except bananas and cabbage soup. The purpose of this is to fill you up with high-fiber, low-fat food choices. On Day Two you want to eat as many vegetables as you want, one baked potato with butter and cabbage soup. There is no fruit allowed on this day.
On Day Three, fruit can make another appearance and you can eat as much fruit and vegetables as you like. On Day Four bananas are back to help stave off those sugar cravings. You can eat as many as 6-8 bananas on this day. You can also drink as much skim milk as you like as well. Cabbage soup on both these days is also on the menu.
Day Five allows you to be a carnivore again and eat meat. You can have 15-20 ounces of beef, chicken or fish. You can also eat six fresh tomatoes on this day. The added protein is served up of course with Cabbage Soup. On Day Six, you can enjoy beef, vegetables and soup. Water is of utmost importance on this day at least six to eight glasses.
On Day Seven you can add in as much brown rice as you want. Drink up fruit juice and eat your veggies and brown rice. This is the last day that you will dine on your Cabbage Soup.
It is recommended that you should only do this for seven days and then go back to your regular diet. Below is the recipe for Cabbage Soup:
6 large green onions (also called “spring” onions)
2 green peppers
1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
1 container (10 oz. or so) mushrooms
1 bunch of celery
half a head of cabbage