Cabbage Soup Diet: How it works
It's quite self-explanatory. You spend a week eating unlimited amounts of low-calorie cabbage soup, which you cook yourself at home. The cabbage soup makes up your staple diet for the week but you are also allowed a small selection of other foods, all designed to help you shed fat fast. If you follow the rules, people claim to have lost 10lbs in a week on this quick-results diet plan.
The Cabbage Soup diet pros
This cabbage soup diet is super-cheap and a great quick fix for a special event or holiday. You only have to stick to it for one week to see good results and so it's easy not to stray.
The Cabbage Soup diet cons
Critics believe that you are in fact losing water, rather than fat, on the plan which can result in you gaining weight again very quickly.
Others have felt light-headed due to a lack of protein and some have reported severe flatulence! This really is just a quick-fix diet and not suitable for long-term weight-loss goals.
The Cabbage Soup recipe
6large onions, chopped
2 green peppers, diced
2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
250g mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch celery, chopped
1/2 head cabbage, chopped
3 carrots, sliced
1 package dry onion soup mix
1 or 2 cubes bouillon (optional)
Salt and pepper
For added flavour: Cayenne pepper, curry powder, mixed herbs or any other seasoning.
1.Use spray oil to sauté the chopped onions in a large pot.
2.Add the green pepper pieces and heat for a minute.
3.Add the chopped cabbage leaves, sliced carrots, celery and mushrooms.
4.Sprinkle over a little cayenne pepper or curry powder.
5.Add 12 cups of water and any additional stock cubes.
6.Cook over a medium heat until the soup is the vegetables are tender and the soup is the right consistency.
Cabbage Soup Diet meal plans
Day 1: Unlimited cabbage soup and fruit (excluding bananas). Water and sugar-free fruit juice to drink.
Day 2: Cabbage soup and additional vegetables. One jacket potato with butter for dinner. No fruit at all.
Day 3: Unlimited cabbage soup plus any fruit and vegetables you choose (excluding potatoes or bananas).
Day 4: Unlimited cabbage soup and skimmed milk. Plus up to eight bananas.
Day 5: Unlimited cabbage soup and 565g of beef and 6 tomatoes. Drink 6-8 glasses of water today to flush extra uric acid from your body.
Day 6: Unlimited cabbage soup and limitless beef and vegetables (excluding potatoes).
Day 7: Unlimited cabbage soup with a little brown rice, vegetables and sugar-free fruit juice.
Have you tried The Cabbage Soup Diet? Tell us how you got on in the comments section below.