Jan 9, 2010

Time for Cabbage Soup Diet Talk Again - Recipe

Every year around this time, I give thought to trying the "Cabbage Soup Diet" to take off the extra pounds gained during the holidays quickly. I have done this before, and the first day or so, I do enjoy the soup, then begin to tire of it, and it does "keep you going", it's a good cleanse.

I am considering doing it again next week, just to jump start some weight loss that is needed, then get back on track by eating moderately and walking. I did NutriSystem last year and did lose quite a bit, but gained a good bit back over the past month. Here's what I've just read, thought I'd share it here with you:

Cabbage Soup Diet – The Recipe and 7 Day Diet Plan
By: W. Darren

At first glance, the recipe can be considered a very simple one. And it is. It was designed to minimize carbohydrates as well as caloric intake. Although some people comment on the Cabbage Soup Diet as merely losing water weight as opposed to true fat loss, the soup can be effective if it is only done the right way.
The recipe for the Cabbage Soup Diet is as follows:


  • 6 large green onions
  • 2 green peppers
  • 1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 Container (10 oz. or so) Mushrooms
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • Half a head of cabbage
  • 1 package Lipton soup mix
  • 1 or 2 cubes of bouillon (optional) [may I suggest low salt]
  • 1 48oz can V8 juice (optional)
Cooking the Soup
The soup is prepared by cutting the vegetables into tiny [personally I like bigger chunks and chew well] pieces. Place them in a pot and boil with the onion mix soup as the liquid base. V8 juice is also recommended. After boiling, let it simmer for a few minutes. You can let the vegetables simmer until tender but if you want it chunky, you have the option of turning the heat after a few minutes. Some people have made different varieties of the soup, giving an Indian twist to the dish by adding curry. Some people also place different herbs like parsley or sage to give it aromatic flavor. 

The 7 Day Diet Plan

First Day

The first day is reserved for fruits. Any kind of fruit can be eaten, except bananas. The dieter can have as much as soup as he or she wants together with the fruit. On the first day, water is the preferred drink although cranberry juice and plain tea (without any kind of sweetener) are also allowed.

Second Day

On the second day, vegetables are the food of choice. You can eat them raw or cooked with no calorie or carbohydrate content. The diet restricts vegetables like beans, corn and peas. The diet suggests taking in as much cabbage soup as the dieter can muster. For dinner, the dieter is allowed one baked potato with little butter. However, the dieter is not allowed any kind of fruit on the second day.

Third Day

The third day is the merging of days one and two. The dieter can have as much fruit and vegetables as well as the cabbage soup on this day. However, he or she is not allowed a baked potato.

Fourth Day

The dieter can eat as many as eight bananas today as well as milk (should be skimmed). The cabbage soup is still the main course however for all three of the day’s meals.

Fifth Day

Beef is introduced on this day but only up to ten to twenty ounces and raw tomatoes can be eaten but it should not exceed six tomatoes in all. Drink as much as eight glasses of water today. The cabbage soup intake can be reduced to only once a day.

Sixth Day

The dieter can eat as much beef and vegetables today. And your cabbage soup intake can be only once a day.

Seventh Day

On this day, brown rice is the first truly carbohydrate rich food that can be taken by the dieter. The soup should still be taken once a day and fruit juices and vegetables are also advised to be part of the diet today.

Disclaimer: Please consult with your doctor before trying a diet like this, it is not safe for everyone. For example, diabetics may experience dangerous lows in blood sugar, etc.

Article from a site I owned called Selling With Articles. The link that was available no longer leads to the author's site.

Updated 3/19/16 

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