Cabbage is tough unless cooked a long time, inexpensive (meaning ‘cheap and nasty’ to most people), and smells like rotting dead animals when it’s cooked and the sulfur is released from inside the cells of the leaves.
However, cabbage is extremely healthy and, when used in the famous soup diet, can help individuals lose 10 pounds or more in a week’s time.
The soup diet is always a popular diet because of the many varieties of food you actually get to enjoy. For example: on a classic soup diet, you start off at the beginning of the week by fixing a large pot of soup, using all-natural healthy ingredients. As the week goes on, you can add different things into the soup to make a completely different dish.
Basic Cabbage soup recipe
For cabbage soup, a basic recipe could be: one head of cabbage, finely chopped; 8 cups of water; a tablespoon of salt; a large red onion; a few garlic cloves; and fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, etc.
Sautee the onions and garlic, add the water and herbs, and bring it all up to a boil and add the cabbage. After two or three hours of simmering, you’re ready to eat.
Of course, recipes are a little more complicate than that. This was just to get the gist of what a cabbage soup entails. Each night of the week, you could add ingredients to make a different and tasty dish.
Benefits of the cabbage soup diet
The cabbage soup diet helps you to lose mainly water weight, meaning you will shed some serious weight on the 7-day plan.
Depending on how much water weight you have, you could lose anywhere from 5 to 15 pounds, making it a great diet when you need to fit into those clothes in a hurry.
Obviously, the cabbage soup diet isn’t a long-term diet. If anything, the boring nature of a soup diet would cause most people to break it in a hurry, not to mention that it’s just not practical to eat the same thing always.
Cabbage is healthy, though, so there are many benefits to just that food source. The soup will be a low-carb, low-fat, high-fiber dish that will help you to stay energized throughout the week.
The Week Long Soup Diet Plan
(For each day, assume the soup is prepared and waiting for you). On the first day, you can eat the soup only and any fruit you want besides bananas. You can also have diet soda, unsweetened tea, and cranberry juice, but it’s best to stick just with the water.
On day two, it’s time to put the fruits up and go with some veggies. You want to stay away from the carb-loaded vegetables, like carrots, sweet potatoes, corn and peas, but adding some leafy greens, broccoli or cauliflower, celery, and other similar vegetables will be ideal. Eat only veggies and the soup; veggies actually in the soup would be even better.
On day three, you can blend the first and second days together and enjoy both fruits and vegetables. Stay away from the veggies on that no-no list, though, and also stay away from the bananas. Don’t worry, the good ole banana will take center stage soon enough.
Here’s where the banana comes into play. You not only want to eat bananas on the fourth day, but you should eat 6 to 8 of them. You also want to enjoy some skim milk. (A good tip: Blend the bananas and partially frozen skim milk together for a great smoothie!) The idea here: you want to wean yourself off the desire for sweets.
Today, it’s all about added protein and tomatoes. You want to eat anywhere from 12 to 20 ounces of protein here – this could be beef, skinless poultry, fish, etc. Just make sure that you’re eating some type of meat. You also want to eat around 6 fresh tomatoes. If you’re not a tomato person, juicing about a dozen of them and enjoying some tomato juice with your soup is a great way to get it down. (Tip: we’ll drink extra water on this day. More on that later.)
This is another protein day, preferably low-fat beef (but the same protein rules still apply). And instead of tomatoes (which are a fruit, technically a berry), you want to switch up and go with the aforementioned okayed vegetables.
On the seventh and final day, it’s all about gorging yourself. Yeah, that’s right; you want to actually eat a lot of food here (this is party so you can easily reincorporate your pre-diet eating habits on the eight day without any big shock to your system). So, we’ll include some brown rice and all-natural fruit juice on this day, as well as the abovementioned veggies.
Helpful Dieting Tips
- Don’t break away from the diet at all for 7 days; stick closely to the plan. If you can’t then don’t try the diet.
- Drink a minimum of four glasses of water every day, and double up on the tomato day (to wash the uric acid from your system)
- Supplementing this diet with a multivitamin is a good idea
- Eat at least one bowl of your soup every single day; and on days where you’re not eating other sources of protein, be sure to eat at least two bowls of your soup
- Be creative with herbs and spices so you can be sure that your food actually tastes good