The Cabbage soup diet is an inexpensive diet that has become very popular in the weight lose process or in an attempt to get rid of belly fat. If you want to lose fat this way, you must be prepared to take cabbage soup over a period of seven days. Because the cabbage soup is very low in calories you can eat as much cabbage soup as you want.
Visitors to this website often ask questions such as: Is cabbage soup a fat burner? Would a cabbage soup mix with fish and steak work in weight lose? Would the cabbage soup diet affect my blood sugar? Are there many cabbage soup diets? We will deal with these questions and others that are frequently asked about cabbage soup as we go.
How much fat are you likely to lose if you go on cabbage soup diet? Many people will typically claim to have lost about 10 pounds in a week. Is this possible? To lose one pound of fat you will normally need to use 3500 calories.
To lose 10 pounds a week would be equivalent to losing 10 x 3500/7= 5000 calories per day. We know that the cabbage soup does not have the properties of a fat burner.
So how would one really burn these calories? People on cabbage soup will normally find that they may lose 10 pounds in a week but some of the weight lost will be due to water lose. If you were to burn fat equivalent to 5000 calories in a day over seven days you would have a lot of medical complications such as electrolyte imbalance.
The actual fat lose while you take cabbage soup will depend on your body weight and daily calorie requirements. Theoretically if your daily calorie intake is 2500 and we estimate the calories from the cabbage soup to be 850 you will lose (2500-850) x 7/3500 = 3.3 pounds.
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Does the cabbage soup work? There is no doubt that the cabbage soup works but you must be prepared to deal with the adverse effects of the diet. You’ll lose weight because it is very low in calories. The main advantage of the cabbage soup diet is that it is easier to follow, as you do not have to deal with choices, which sometimes can be confusing. The fact that you do not have to make choices of what you will eat helps in your resolve of losing weight.
Some critics argue that most of the weight people lose on the cabbage soup is due to losing water and as soon as they stop dieting the lost weight is regained. This may be partly true and it depends on how disciplined you are and concerned about your health.
People regain weight most often because they overeat after a period of being on the cabbage soup. Quite often they overeat high calorie foods. You must decide to go slow on high calorie foods after dieting on cabbage soup.
While you will feel hungry during the dieting period you should have a plan on your meals. You should have a plan of the meals you intend to eat everyday. Unless you have a plan you will not succeed in your weight loss program.
There is no limitation as to how much of the cabbage soup you can eat. You may eat it as often as you want at any time. Although there are many variations of the soup the following ingredients have been used suceesfully:
1 Package Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 head cabbage
2 Green Peppers
1-2 Cans Diced Tomatoes
1-2 Cubes of Buillion (if desired)
1 Bunch Celery
6 Large Green Onions
Cut these vegetables to appropriate sizes. Add sufficient water so that they are covered. Boil for 10 minutes and cook at reduced heat until they are soft and tender. Add salt to your taste and eat as much as you like. Do not add fish, steak, chicken or any other type of meat to the soup.
How to take the cabbage soup To lose weight the soup is taken over a period of seven days as described below.
Day One: Only fruits are allowed but not banana. You are also allowed to drink tea, black coffee, cranberry juice, and water provided you don’t add sugar. You can take as much soup as you want.
Day Two: You should eat fresh, raw or cooked vegetables .Dry beans, sweet corns, and peas are not allowed. For dinner eat one big baked potato with butter. As of the cabbage soup, you may eat as much as you like. Fruits are not allowed at this stage.
Day Three: Baked potatoes are not allowed but you may eat as much fruit, vegetables, and your cabbage soup as you may desire.
Day Four: Sweets are not allowed but you can drink as many glasses of skim milk as you would like. You may consume up to eight bananas together with your cabbage diet soup.
Day Five: You should drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water and eat 300-500g of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes a day. Remember to eat the cabbage soup at least once today. You have an option to eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef. If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef.
Day Six: baked potatoes are not allowed but you may consume beef and vegetables. You may consume two or three pieces of steak together with fresh vegetables or salad. However you should consume your cabbage soup at least once in the day.
Day Seven: You should not take alcohol or carbonated drinks. Remember even diet soda is not allowed. You may however eat as much of brown rice as you may desire but drink only unsweetened fruit juices, and vegetables. Eat your cabbage soup at least once a day. Bread is also not allowed.
If you are all set for weight loss and can withstand the cabbage soup diet for seven days (and we assume you are healthy), I have the following tips.
Taking the cabbage diet soup is more or less like taking one of the low calorie diets like the Atkins or the South Beach Diet. You are creating a calorie deficit everyday.
If you want to lose 30 – 40 pounds within a 6-month period you can do the following. Take the cabbage soup diet in the first month and aim to lose 4 pounds. Start on exercise otherwise you will lose muscle while you are on the cabbage soup. If you don’t do this you will feel weak and unable to complete 7 days.
Take the cabbage soup diet every month for 6 days with aerobics and resistance training at least 3 times a week. You will lose weight and it will not return. If you will exercise and begin to eat a balanced diet, the weight will not return.
For a person with a lot of weight to lose, the cabbage soup diet is the best way to start. Let me add, you must consult your family doctor before you start on the cabbage soup.
You should also assess your body mass index and your waist to hip ratio. There are even prescription drugs for weight loss but because of their side effects, your doctor will be reluctant to prescribe them. You must assess your options in losing a lot of body weight and keeping it off.