If you insist on trying the cabbage soup diet even after you’ve read all this, there’s not much I can do. But please consult your physician or doctor before trying the cabbage soup diet. If I’ve convinced you not to try the cabbage soup diet, then I’ve accomplished something. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean you can’t serve the cabbage soup as a dish for regular, healthy eating.
Cabbage soup diet is a fad diet which is based on a so-called fat-burning cabbage soup, as well as a very strict 7-day diet plan. The cabbage soup is said to have negligible calories and dieters can consumed unlimited amount of cabbage soup during the diet. “The more soup you eat, the more weight you’ll lose”. This should sound quite appealing to anyone who is on diet, as you can have unlimited amount of food while still losing weight fast. BUT, this only applies to the cabbage soup and plain water. Other than these two, this diet plan only allows you to have a very little amount of other foods and the choices are very limited too.
Imagine losing anywhere from 20 to 40 pounds in one month! Sound too good to be true? That’s because it probably is. Can you lose weight on the cabbage soup diet? Yes you can. However, these results typically won’t last. Much of the weight loss is liquid, and obviously, a body cannot sustain this diet over an extended period of time. If you want to jump start a weight loss program, however, then the cabbage soup diet might be what you are looking for.
Cabbage soup diet has limited health benefits but a good cabbage soup diet recipe can make this diet interesting and fun and most importantly effective. In fact a good cabbage soup diet recipe is vital to the cabbage soup diet because otherwise it can soon become monotonous. When choosing cabbage soup recipes look for ones that include other foods such mushrooms and cucumber. Also various other soups and soup powders can be included in a cabbage soup diet plan examples of such are shrimp bullion or fish soup. If needed cabbage soup can be spiced up with soy sauce and curry powder and even herbs such as cilantro, mint, thyme and rosemary can be used.
The cabbage soup diet is a short term weight loss plan that tempts dieters that they can lose up to 10 pounds in week by following a stringent diet. Although this diet plan can help you achieve quick weight loss, both medical professionals and fitness instructors often question the nutritional value of this diet plan since the cabbage soup plan only allows you to consume cabbage soup along with fruits and vegetables.
Although most people who start out on this diet plan are determined to stick to it and see it through, majority of the people end up quitting the plan due to the unpalatable nature of this diet. In addition, most people often start to crave other food items within 3-4 days of starting the cabbage soup diet. If you plan to follow this diet then you will have to be mentally ready to eat unpalatable foods for 7 days. Adding too much salt to the soup is not healthy since high sodium content can cause water retention and other problems. It should be noted that staying hydrated while on this diet plan is very important and taking sips of water every few minutes is a must to prevent de-hydration.
No one seems to know when the cabbage soup diet was first formulated or the identity of its originator. According to the American Dietetic Association”s timeline of fad diets, the cabbage soup diet originated around 1950, but it may date back even earlier. There is a recipe for “Doughboy Cabbage Soup” dating back to World War I (1914–1918), when American soldiers fighting in France had few other vegetables available and eating cabbage offered protection against scurvy, a deficiency disease caused by inadequate vitamin C in the diet. The name “Military Cabbage Soup Diet” is likely derived from the World War I soup recipe, although that early recipe lacked the tomatoes, bouillon cubes, and other seasonings included in recent versions of the diet.