The Cabbage Soup Diet for Weight Loss - What You Should Know

This low-fat, high-fiber Cabbage Soup Diet promises a loss of up to 10 pounds in one week. However, it is not suitable for long-term weight loss. The recipe for the namesake cabbage soup includes a variety of vegetables as well as cabbage. Although the Cabbage Soup Diet provides a good kick-start to more moderate diets, some people find the soup bland and report feeling light-headed and weak.

The major problem with the Cabbage Soup diet is that it's just way too hard to maintain for most people even for one single day. You don't get very much food, and the food you do get is limited to certain types. The diet also isn't even close to being balanced or healthy and it's costly. However, the worst part of the diet isn't any of those things.

The Cabbage Soup Diet is fairly rigid: On day one, followers can eat all of the fruit they want -- except bananas -- and soup. The second day, dieters are allowed fresh, raw or cooked vegetables along with soup and a baked potato with butter, but no fruit. On day three you get all the fruit, vegetables, and soup that you want (still no bananas, peas, corn, or baked potatoes.) On day four you can have up to 8 bananas and as many glasses of skim milk as you want along with your soup. On day five you can eat up to twenty ounces of beef and up to six tomatoes, along with your soup. On day six you can eat as much beef and vegetables as you want (while still keeping in mind your restrictions from earlier) and soup. On day seven you can eat brown rice, plain fruit juices, vegetables and your soup.

On every day of the diet you are supposed to make sure you feel stuffed by filling up with the chosen food or cabbage soup. The Cabbage Soup diet can only be followed for seven days at a time, after that you must take a two week break before you try the diet again.

The recipes for cabbage soup include a lot of vegetables, and of course, cabbage. You can eat as much cabbage soup you want per day. In the first day you also can eat fruits and vegetables, except bananas.

Personally I feel the cabbage soup diet is not a good diet to follow because once the diet is stopped most if not all the weight lost will be gained right back. The key to success is choosing a diet plan that you can stick with for the rest of your life. So many people follow so-called quick fix diets hoping they will lead to extreme weight loss in a short amount of time, but unfortunately people trying these types of diets fall into the category of the yo-yo dieting syndrome. Nothing beats healthy eating and moderate exercise for long term weight loss and improved health. If you want to lose weight the right way while getting healthier in the process, I can help you!