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Does the cabbage soup diet work?


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I went to a cabbage soup diet site and they said that people can lose up to 9 pounds in just a week by following it religiously. Is this true? Because...I could go for that. They call it a "kick-start" and I could definitely use that. I've been stuck at 160 for 3 months. The best part to me was, it seemed like a real site. Not one of the fake ones that cost money or need you to sign up. It was free info on the cabbage soup recipe, diet plan and warnings. (the fact that they gave warnings was an indicator of truth also) Basically they said not to do it for more than a week at a time with a 2 week interval and that kids shouldn't do it. Of course, maybe I'm gullable and just want to beleive it's real...but if it really does work I'd like to know. Because then maybe I could force myself to stand the smell of cabbage cooking for a week lol.

Thanks.

Edited Aug 14 2011 13:54 by coach_k
Reason: Calorie Count's mission is to promote healthy and sustainable weight management. This diet is not recommended due to the lack of calories and nutrition. It's a fad and is not sustainable nor will it lead to long term weight loss.
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Sure it works, for a little while.  Then reality sets in and you know you are going to gain part of the weight back and you have been eating like some kind of a nut for a week or two but yep it does make most people lose weight.

I personally like the soup in the winter time to keep in the fridge and eat along with normal eating.  It is a good filler and keeps the metabolism working for me.
SURE, how about eating nothing at all for a week, you might lose 10 lbs!  Seriously, you have to know that this is unhealthy and any time you drop below calorie needs that you will lose a lot...but also will gain it all back, even when choosing to eat healthy b/c you deprived your body of the nutrients it needs.
hey maiden!


Would you post the site where you found all your info?

I made my own low cal cabbage/veggie soup with more nutrients (I think). It's yummy and I can eat it until I am full AND feel good about it. ( ;

thanks! O.
Thanks for the comments.

But honestly, I eat so healthy I shouldn't be overweight anymore. I eat something like 1000 - 1600 calories a day but it's in NOTHING bad lol. It's all salad or skinless,boneless chicken or fresh fruit or blah blah blah. It's getting so old. I haven't had fast food or resturaunt food since March and it seems to have gotten me nowhere. (vanity wise anyways)

This is the site. http://www.cabbage-soup-diet.com/recipe.html

I dunno..I'm willing to try almost anything here. I'm getting way behind on my goals and I can't seem to lose inches or pounds anymore. Completely not eating is out of the question. I'm completely useless that way and I can't do much of anything lol. Plus theres the whole headache thing.

Thanks for your time though.
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Are you exercising?
I've seen this topic a lot on motivation forum (as far as plateau goes).  I remember a poster saying she broke through by upping her calories to maintenance level for 2 weeks and then went back down to 1200 and started losing again.  Also, minimum is 1200 so maybe your metabolism has slowed down (if you consume 1000 calories, your metabolism will halt b/c it thinks it is starving).
Actually, the cabbage soup diet doesn't necessarily put you into starvation mode.

I mean it allows you to eat as much as you want of certain things on each day, so you could make it so that you're eating 1200+ calories of really healthy stuff.

I was actually planning on trying it out. xD
Yep, I've been going to the gym at least an hour every day. (weight training, treadmill, ball workouts) But, that's only been for 2 weeks. And since then I expected to see at least a few results..but I didn't. I guess I expect things too quickly because before all I had to do was do a few things around the house and I would lose 2 pounds a day lol. It's so much easier the bigger you are as I'm sure some of you know. Anyways, and when I'm not doing that I'm usually working at other things (remodeling --I hate it, cleaning,cutting grass, cleaning out the barn..blah blah blah) So I dunno what to do anymore.

But, I'll try varying my calories drastically. Thanks :)

Gadzooks,

You're right. Supposedly you get to eat almost a normal amount (minus fat and carbs). You just have to constantly eat the smelly soup :)
Personally, I like to make tomato-y cabbage soup.

I take water, add tomato paste/sauce/whatever it is xD, add cabbage, celery, carrots, onion, whatever.

It takes really good and I'd assume it wouldn't be that off?

Tell me how it goes if you end up trying it out. xD
if it works to break a plateau, then do it for a few days and then just go back to eating regular healthy foods. just don't use this as your main diet. i think my issue with this would be that i'd get sick of having to eat the soup all the time.

but i think you should try varying ur diet/calories and exercise first, keep this diet sort of like a last resort. i've heard cases where just changing up their exercise routine broke peoples' plateau.
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Jul 13 2007 20:48
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you might lose a few lbs, but lose ALL your friends from farting all day! Cabbage soup is great, once in a while. But all these fad crash diets are ONE thing. Calorie restriction. Period.

There is no point to it,  as when you stop, the weight comes back. Just eat normal foods, but a LITTLE less, and exercise more.

Eventually your body will stop at  a healthy weight. I can't believe people would go for these severe calories restriction fad-diets, but they do.

I've lost lots of weight, eating totally healthily, but just a bit less calories. Its the laws of thermodynamics folks. Its physics.

Hi ,

I'm on my Cabbage diet on its 5th day , well I found I start to shedding weight on my 3rd day , and by the 5th day I did lose weight , but as every one says you will get back , but what I think is more important this diet give you sense of determination and encourages you to live without certain things that we eat even not needed . I used to think it was impossible to live without cup of tea and now been without english tea for the last 5 days . For me its a quick strat and gave me a great determination to get back to healthy diet and then on regular exercise in gym would certainly help me to control my weight in the future . So if you want a quick strat like I had could help you to lose ... I am not sure how much I would be able to lose at the end of my 7th day .

 

 

cheers

 

 

Honestly, the lack of variety in that diet will drive you crazy and make you gain more afterwards from the stuff you end up depriving yourself from.  Drink it once in a while, but don't live off of it.

I got off a plateau by eating all protein for a day.  My boss told me about it and I was very skeptical about it at first, but it knocked me off the plateau and I've been losing weight steadily ever since.  I ate so much chicken, beef and eggs I was totally sick of protein foods, but it definitely worked.  You only do this for 1 day though.  Try it and see if it works for you.

Wow this is an old post, but I guess I am going to add something to it anyways, I am currently on it today and I am the type of person I have to force to feed myself and so this is the hardest two days every for me. I recommend this if you are at a plateau or if you have 10 pounds to lose for your goal. I think that I will come off it and eat heathy and exercises and see if that helps me lose weight and another big problem I have is weighing myself each day and I hate cause I get discourage when I don't lose or I gain and so once a week you should weigh yourself because if you don't it will make you feel worse about yourself. Like I said it works and you can actually use the soup for daily eating if you want something to fill you for a snack or something, but I would only recommend it if you want to get rid of your plateau or lose those last 10 pounds.

A group of people at work did it during a "biggest loser" contest.  They did it the first week of the month, for two months (that was the duration of the contest).  Every one of them liked it and lost a lot during the 2 month contest.  The one participant that kept counting calories after the contest ended never gained any of it back.  The rest did, including the winner.  

I think part of the appeal is that it removes the decision making process, so it makes it easy to do.

I did not join because there was no way on earth that I was going to post my weight on a board in the middle of the shop.  My husband does not even know how much I weigh.  Just me and my doctor know that number.

 

Original Post by josal:

Sure it works, for a little while.  Then reality sets in and you know you are going to gain part of the weight back and you have been eating like some kind of a nut for a week or two but yep it does make most people lose weight.

I personally like the soup in the winter time to keep in the fridge and eat along with normal eating.  It is a good filler and keeps the metabolism working for me.

This is what I do :)   I love cabbage soup!

Original Post by leiann:

(if you consume 1000 calories, your metabolism will halt b/c it thinks it is starving).

 Untrue.  This is not what the 1200 number is about.


Also - if certain foods cause you to get gassy, it's not the food's fault, it's that you don't have / aren't used to the nutrient in the food.  So it's a sign that you were previously deficient.

 

I'm really inspired to go make some soup now :)

I've been doing something similar to the cabbage soup diet for the past two or three weeks.I was having a problem with binge eating at night. I deicded to solve it by eating at night, but eating ONLY soup made with all veggies.

Sunday afternoon I go grocery shopping. When I get home I make a BIG pot of vegetable soup (just vegetables. . . anything under the sun. . . tomatoes, celery, pumpkin, squash, zucchini, cabbage, spinach, onions. . .you name it it's in there!). I eat the soup Sunday night, Monday for lunch & dinner, Tuesday for lunch & dinner, and Wednesday if there is any left by then :) For breakfast on these days I have bananas, apples, and dried fruit (and sometimes some peanut butter or a hard boiled egg if I need something more substantial). And if I get hungry at night or in between meals, I eat the soup. I'm still eating my 1,200 calories a day but it's all fruits and vegetables. By Thursday I just feel. . .more clean. I often drink on the weekends so this also helps balance me out water-weight wise.

I think adding soup to a few days a week, even if it's not the cabbage soup diet will make you feel a lot better and help tip the scale :) Next week I am going to make carrot and coriander, and then maybe a pumpkin spice the week after that.

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i've done the soup diet twice - both times failed - I lost 10lbs in a week, but put it all back on within 3 weeks, and both times it caused me to significantly binge eat when i got through 1 week of the soup torture.

I like the calorie counting, i'm 6 weeks in and 12lbs down, but this seems managable. I don't feel like i was to binge eat. I'll occassionally allow myself a little luxury, but then i work it in by watching other stuff or exercising more. I feel in control with it.

I found the soup diet helpful to lose weight quickly while i needed it for that immediate moment - wedding photo's! I've heard it's perscribed by some surgeons to get patients quickly and effectively down to a lower weight to reduce surgery risks - of course, that in it of itself is not intended to be a long term solution to weight gain.

Old thread. Calorie Count's mission is to promote healthy and sustainable weight management. This diet is not recommended due to the lack of calories and nutrition intaken. It's a fad and is not sustainable nor will it lead to long term weight loss.

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