Jan 16, 2009

Cabbage Soup Diet, Good or Bad?

People are thinking of weight loss at this time of the year...maintaining weight all year round is my preference, but I understand how hard that is in our society today, with so many foods to entice us...it takes real self-control.

Usually, if I'm overweight, which I am right now, it's by about 10-20 lbs. I'm happy to have lost 10 in the past few months.

Several years ago I heard of "The Cabbage Soup Diet", and have made the soup on a couple of occasions. Wow, what a cleanse! But I have mixed feelings about it, some of them expressed in the following article by W. Darren, a link to that article and recipe for the diet at the end of this page.

The Cabbage Soup Diet has been getting great testimonials from people who have undergone the diet. Some can attest that they have lost over ten pounds in just one week. Others say that it’s the best diet they have done. However, others say that although the weight loss is undeniable, the after effects as well as the condition while on the diet is not worth it. The Cabbage Soup Diet is just one of the many fad diets that have hit the market in the past years. Let us consider the advantages and disadvantages of the Cabbage Soup Diet.

The 2 Advantages
  1. Dramatic and speedy weight loss. The Cabbage Soup Diet promises weight loss of up to ten pounds in just one week. This can be very essential for people who have to undergo surgical operations and need to lose weight fast. The Cabbage Soup Diet is also helpful for people who need to lose weight immediately for special functions such as weddings or an important first date.
  2. The presence of good dietary fiber and other nutrients. Cabbage and the other ingredients have fiber in them that helps sweep away toxins and waste from the body. Cabbage, if eaten regularly and often can help with constipation and prevention of other digestive problems. Celery has the same effect as well as green pepper. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a helpful antioxidant known to reduce the risk of certain cancers. More importantly, Cabbage Soup is very low in saturated fat and has almost zero cholesterol. It can greatly help obese people in losing weight and can reduce the risk of heart attack and hypertension.
The 3 Disadvantages
  1. The Cabbage Soup Diet can only be done in a week at most. Because of the dangerously low levels of carbohydrate and calorie content of the diet, medical experts only advise at most seven days for the diet to continue. A longer period can be very unhealthy and can result in a collapse in the dieter’s health. Worse, it can lead to sickness and other complications.
  2. Effects on the dieter during the dieting period. Some people who have undergone the Cabbage Soup Diet complain of irritability, weakness and lack of concentration. This is because the person is taking very little calorie and carbohydrates that they cannot function very well. The dieter also feels hungry more often since the soup, with the lack of meat, is often not filling. However, unlike the high protein diet such as Atkins and South Beach diets, this diet is relatively low in cholesterol and fat so it can be considered healthier.
  3. Blandness of the Cabbage Soup. One can only take in so much cabbage. It lacks flavor and since the heart of the diet is cabbage, it is the main course in every meal with the dieter often advised to eat as much of the soup as possible. There have been many varieties of the Cabbage Soup already. Some add spices like curry or herbs to make it tastier. Because of this, the diet is criticized as having high levels of sodium which can be harmful to one’s health.
I agree with all of the cautions above, and would not suggest you do this unless you are in excellent health, don't do this if you have hypoglycemia or diabetes without consulting a doctor as your blood sugar levels will be dramatically affected.

Here is a post with the recipe for the Cabbage Soup Diet.

Updated 3/19/16

1 comment:

  1. I am not sure I have the will power to just eat cabbage soup for a whole week...although if it works, maybe. I would need the recipe--could you Twitter that too?