The origin of the Cabbage Soup Diet is unknown – no one has so far claimed to have invented it. There is no definitive cabbage soup diet, but a few versions have been floating around. The early version cabbage soup diet featured nothing else than the basic cabbage soup. The soup itself is based on cabbage, onions (or onion soup mix), tomatoes, green peppers, celery, carrots and mushrooms. There are some variations even here, but nothing important.
Later versions have added other types of vegetables, fruits, lean meat, skimmed milk and brown rice to the eating plan in order to help make the diet more palatable so that people can stick to it for a longer time. Dieters are not allowed any alcohol. The only drinks allowed beside the cabbage soup are water and unsweetened fruit juices.
The purpose of the diet is to lose 10 pounds in seven days, though nutritional experts point out that it is impossible to lose that much fat within a week, and that most of the weight loss is due to water and not fat, and therefore not permanent.
Does The Cabbage Soup Diet Work?
The biggest problem with the cabbage soup diet is all the hype that surrounds it. The low calorie intake at the core of the diet will force the body to enter starvation mode and often make you feel weak through the course of the diet. Some people claim that cabbage has fat burning properties, which is nonsense.
The basic idea behind the diet is to starve yourself by drinking a lot of cabbage soup and some water on the side. The trick is to keep your stomach filled with cabbage soup in order to keep hunger away while the body burns fat to maintain itself. So for long term weight loss, the cabbage soup diet is not a good idea.
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