Cabbage Soup Diet
Cabbage soup diet or Russian cabbage soup diet, is a popular fad diet, that has had constant hype and marketing publicity within the press, especially with claims that some medical professions recommend this cabbage soup diet for weight loss prior to surgery.
The cabbage soup diet requires food combinations that make little sense, plus this plan is just not very healthy to begin with and is hazardous to your long term health and fitness.
The cabbage soup diet is a diet that enables you to eat as much as you like of a soup that you have stunk the kitchen out making, followed by storing in Tupperware dishes within your fridge.
This diet is good for people who like to hear that they can eat as much cabbage soup as they want, as some dieters struggle if they know that they have to miss a meal or have a replacement shake. This will surely sound appealing to dieters, because after all, dieters just love to hear that they can eat unlimited amounts of any type of food.
The problem with the cabbage soup diet is that this cabbage soup is so horrible tasting, regardless of how you try and spice it up, that after a few servings you spend your time trying to wash the contents of your Tupperware containers down the sink.
Weight loss from the cabbage soup diet is due to the few calories that the soup contains, and also a major reduction in water content throughout your body.
Due to the lack of energy that the cabbage soup diet will give you, your energy stores in both your muscles and liver will be greatly reduced, resulting in a lower body fluid content, which results in you feeling tired throughout the day.
As the cabbage soup diet is really a form of starvation with the added benefits of regular visits to the loo, I personally would advise against this method, however if you wish to try it, you will find the recipe below.
Alternatively you could try and make up your own recipe by boiling two hand fulls from a compost heap. Personally I wouldn't try the first method, and certainly wouldn't recommend that you try the second.
For those of you that want to spend a week on the loo.
1 head cabbage, shredded or chopped 2 large onions, chopped 16-28 ounces canned tomatoes, chopped 2 green peppers 4 stalks celery 1-2 packages Lipton onion soup mix black pepper fresh herbs, chopped 6 carrots, sliced 1/2 pound green beans, sliced diagonally 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (optional)
Put all vegetables in a big pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil stirring in the soup mix, and boil gently for 10 minutes. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until all the vegetables are soft. Stir in the black pepper and chopped herbs of your choice to flavor.
Here is the good news, you can eat as much of the soup that you want, with the following on these days.
DAY 1: All fruits except bananas.
DAY 2: All vegetables, raw or cooked. This includes baked potato with a LITTLE butter.
DAY 3: Fruits and vegetables, but no potatoes or bananas.
DAY 4: Bananas and skim milk--eat as many as 8 bananas and drink as many as 8 glasses of skim milk.
DAY 5: Beef, skinless chicken, and/or fish--as much as 20 ounces, total. You can also eat 6 tomatoes. And you must drink 8 glasses of water. Don't forget at least one bowl of soup.
DAY 6: Beef, skinless chicken, or fish and vegetables. Drink 8 glasses of water and eat at least one bowl of soup.
DAY 7: Brown rice, vegetables, and unsweetened fruit juice.