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has anyone tried to CABBAGE SOUP DIET??? Supposedly able to loose 10-17lbs in 7 days!!!

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It was huge back in the 90s but went out of fad. I've been researching on it and it seems to work and really help people loose from 10-17 pounds a week. I'm just wondering if you guys have tried it and what is the result? Any side effects? Were you able to maintain the weight loss??

Here is the recipe for cabbage soup diet for those of you who are interested.

  • 6 large green onions (1 bunch)
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (14.5 ounce size, diced or whole)
  • 1 bunch celery, sliced
  • 1/2 head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 package (Lipton) onion soup mix
  • 1 or 2 cubes bouillon (optional)
  • 1 48 oz can V8 juice (optional)
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc.*
PREPARATION: Simmer or slow cook all until soup is done. *If slow cooking, add seasonings about an hour before done. Eat all the soup you want, whenever you want. This is the basic plan, shared by Sharon. First Day - All fruit is fine, except bananas; soup
Day 2 - Any and all vegetables, baked potato with butter for dinner; soup
Day 3 - Combine Day 1 and 2, without potato; soup
Day 4 - Up to six bananas, all the skim milk you want; soup
Day 5 - 10 to 20 ounces of beef, a can of tomatoes, 6 to 8 glasses of water; soup
Day 6 - All the beef and vegetables you want; soup
Day 7 - Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables; soup Note: No bread, alcohol, or carbonated beverages - not even diet soda
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I tried this. The result was the sight or smell of cabbage now makes me gag.

I lost weight, but not the 10-17 lbs in 7 days. I didn't keep it off.
I can only imagine the gas pains you would get from eating this "diet". Yea, you will lose water weight or muscle weight by doing this, but not FAT.
yes I've done it - I've done every fad diet known to womankind...

unless you intend to remain on that diet for the rest of your life, you will gain it all back, with interest

even if you do remain on that diet forever, you'll lose muscle too, and become weaker, and have an even slower metabolism

you need to develop healthy habits that you can take with you for the rest of your life....  otherwise you can expect to yo-yo yourself into the stratosphere....

Have you read this?

that is just wrong!
I tried the cabbage soup diet too. I use to LOVE cabbage, so I honestly thought that diet would work for me.  HUH!

After only 3 Days, I could not even think about eating that stuff without getting sick. I have only binged eating once, and that was on the 3rd day of this stuff. Yuck!

I highly DON'T recommend it!
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I love the cabbage soup and do make it sometimes but do not use diets that promote eating too much of one food. This weight loss adventure is not a diet for me, but a lifestyle change and so the restrictive diets seem to defeat my purpose because they are not good to stay on.

It's moderation in all foods that I strive for. But the recipe it great and the soup is wonderful.
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I tried it twice for a week at a time, and had some luck both times.  It worked for me as a sort of kick start, and I found it easier to make healthy choices after the week was up.  You will certainly not keep the weight off if you go back to your old habits. 

It would definately not be healty for much more than a week, and I have not done it since the 90s because it just doesn't fit into my lifestyle. 

Also, I think the amount you can lose depends on your starting point.  I think the only people who lose the 10-17 lbs are severly overweight.  Supposedly the diet was created by some hospital for very overweight patients that had to have heart surgery and needed to lose as much as possible in a short time to make the surgery safer (i.e. not primarily for permanent weightloss).

This diet was NOT created by a hospital; that's a myth.

This "diet" is bunk.

From the American Heart Association:

We want to inform the public about misleading weight-loss claims. Many of these diets ?? like the infamous Cabbage Soup Diet ?? can undermine your health, cause physical discomfort (abdominal discomfort and flatulence [gas] ) and lead to disappointment when you regain weight soon after you lose it.

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml? identifier=4584
The hospital most often mentioned is "Sacred Heart Hospital".  The location of this mythical place is never mentioned.  it could be any one of thousands of hospitals named Sacred Heart, so you won't be able to research it.  It's a complete lie.  We are so desparate to lose weight, and it's so difficult, and there are vultures out there looking to profit from our need by showing us a shortcut or miracle drug or food or diet.  Don't be a sucker.
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"Day 5 - 10 to 20 ounces of beef"

I like steak but I think this might be too much for even me.

So all the protein you get from the week is this gorging which your body won't handle and the skim milk? Hope cabbage is loaded with protein then.
I had a close friend who tried this diet.  She had serious gas and she always felt hungry - which made her really bitchy.  She said she did not feel healthy while on this diet.  She gave it up after a week.
Soup sounds good combined with balanced nutrition and portion control. 
Yes, years ago, I tried this diet...I really didn't need to lose weight at the time....I think I might have lost 5-6 pounds,  I even like cooked cabbage... but after 3 or 4 days...I couldn't stand the sight or smell of the soup....I think of it now and I cringe...YUCK!
I tried it and I am a big fan. Let me explain.

It's not really what we career dieters would call a diet. The weight loss, I think, is water weight and you might gain it all back very soon after. But still, I have been incorporating the cabbage soup week into my routine every season. I don't do it to lose weight -- it is however, excellent as a "body detox." It's hard to explain, but the week's course is chockfull of fiber and vitamins, as well as water, thing I don't usually eat in abundance (see ice cream & pasta:( ). So maybe it's just in my head, but after a second day, I have a lot more energy and think clearer.

However, after day 5, eating cabbage is a downer, man. By the end, you can't even look at cabbage...
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