My Week on The Cabbage Soup Diet

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My Week on The Cabbage Soup Diet As a general rule, I’m not a fad diet person. I eat well, exercise and treat myself to the occasional ice cream bar. I am always very intrigued by people who go on diets like Atkins and South Beach Diet and not only love the diet but are able to keep it going for months and even years without any health problems. As a former Weight Watchers member myself, I have always been of the school of thought that fad diets don’t really work, that it’s all about keeping track of your eating and choosing wisely, while also eating in moderation. Then I was presented with a new kind of “fad” diet, and I couldn’t help but try to learn more.

I came across the Cabbage Soup Diet a year ago after some girlfriends of mine decided to go on it to lose some weight for swimsuit season. At first, I thought it sounded awful. I’m not really big on cabbage soup in my everyday life. However, after my friends reported back to me, I had a change of heart. Several pounds lighter and feeling refreshed and detoxed, they still hold up very healthy eating habits as a result of the 7-day diet that they did many, many months ago.

The diet itself is a bit daunting upon reading the rules. Each day has only a limited set of foods that you can eat, and while those change every day, the namesake cabbage soup is allowed every day in as much quantity as desired. As a lover of cooking and having fun with limited ingredients, I couldn’t help but want to make a menu for these seven days so I could enjoy myself while essentially cutting myself off from the usual pleasures of eating whatever I want.

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  • Snooth User: nursebette
    977803 15

    all it is, is a veggie soup, I add all kinds of veggies to it.Some times I add fish or chicken to it.I also have added rice or noodles to it. You could live on this soup with all the variations...... Jalapenos are great in it too,as they really help burn fat..Just use your imagination with it... and add fruits to your diet too.You will lose lots of weight....

    Jul 06, 2012 at 6:47 PM

  • Snooth User: kac333
    303933 1

    So have you actually lost any weight yet??

    Jul 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

  • Snooth User: muffy0110
    513195 10

    have done this diet several times over many yrs-always remained faithful and did loose weight only to put it back on. I have been on the dukan diet for over a yr and have keep my 30lbs off while eating pretty much what I want all the time. But I'm glad it worked for you :)

    Jul 14, 2012 at 2:48 AM

  • Snooth User: Helen Poole
    1337036 29

    Really wonderful

    Aug 30, 2013 at 6:01 AM

  • Snooth User: anvilpep
    1370081 34


    Sep 24, 2013 at 1:01 AM

  • Really wonderful

    Oct 07, 2013 at 12:14 AM

  • good

    Jan 21, 2014 at 1:06 AM

  • Snooth User: Kimmit65
    1479651 8

    Do I still eat breakfast while doing the cabbage soup diet? If so what foods would I be allowed to have

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM

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