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7 day soup diet!


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My mother used to do this when I was younger, and I remember seeing how much weight she would lose in 7 days. So, I decided to try it! It's basically a calorie-less soup full of vitamins and nutrients that you can eat as much as you want, and pairing it with day specific foods (day 1 only fruit, day 2 only vegetables, etc..).

Anyone else tried this diet?
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The chances of you keeping off the weight are 1 in a few hundred.

In general it is a bad idea to only eat soup.

1.  It isn't calorie less...almost anything you eat has some calories.  Zero calorie foods have calories...the reason they're called zero or negative calorie is because the amount of calories you burn just standing around are more than the stick of gum or celery that you're chewing.

2.  If you're only eating bowls of soup and a piece of fruit you're likely undereating at an extreme calorie deficit...this tends to lead to low energy, moodiness, generally being tired...not the most productive way to spend your time.

3.  Any diet that eliminates one or more major food groups is unlikely to be sustainable in the long run as it's likely to lead to malnutrition.  The best source for vitamins and minerals that your body uses to function is your food, not supplements, and many vitamins are fat soluable.  Malnutrition is not a healthy practice.

By all means make your soup, just use it as filler.  Eat your 1200-1500 calories (or whatever your appropriate base is) and have a bowl of soup with each meal to keep you on track and avoid hunger pains.

so, essentially -- starve yourself for 7 days, get happy about water weight loss, eat actual food, gain weight?

smw said it all, so no need for me to repeat.

Medically that diet can be dangerous for many types of people, especially diabetics. Anything that promises losing weight really fast just drops water weight and you lose no real weight. Plus you don't change your habits so you just go back and gain that weight back and more. Being a healthy weight is a full lifestyle change, its not something you do in 7 days.

It was actually designed in Toronto Ontario for hospital use for patients who required losing a bit of weight before surgery. It is not unhealthy or dangerous because it is not a long term diet plan. The soup consists of your daily requirement of vitamins and nutrients, and along with that you focus on specific foods each day. Doing this almost tricks your body into losing weight.
And of course being healthy is not an overnight event, but some people, like myself, are more motivated to continue if they see immediate results of feel good faster.
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And of course being healthy is not an overnight event, but some people, like myself, are more motivated to continue if they see immediate results of feel good faster.

those aren't "real" results

Original Post by emmeg89:

It was actually designed in Toronto Ontario for hospital use for patients who required losing a bit of weight before surgery. It is not unhealthy or dangerous because it is not a long term diet plan. The soup consists of your daily requirement of vitamins and nutrients, and along with that you focus on specific foods each day. Doing this almost tricks your body into losing weight.

a soup with no calories can have no nutrients.

If in fact it was designed for hospital use (which I doubt, many urban myths regarding soup diets), then it was designed for the mega heavy, who would then be monitored during and AFTER they were on this starvation diet.  Google soup diet (cabbage soup diet, 7 day diet, sacred heart diet, etc...)

You cannot trick your body into losing weight.  Any weight you do lose will likely be water weight.

Original Post by emmeg89:

It was actually designed in Toronto Ontario for hospital use for patients who required losing a bit of weight before surgery. It is not unhealthy or dangerous because it is not a long term diet plan. The soup consists of your daily requirement of vitamins and nutrients, and along with that you focus on specific foods each day. Doing this almost tricks your body into losing weight.


Please check your facts and give links.

everydaydiet

This diet is not recommended ■The Sacred Heart Hospital in Montreal Canada (Hôpital Sacre Coeur) issued a press release in 2004 stating that “no nutritionist at the Hospital took part in the development of this diet”. ■The American Heart Association have claimed that the diet is phony (ref). ■The Sacred Heart Medical Center also disclaim any association with the diet (ref).

 ezinarticles

However, dieters are cautioned to consult their medical advisers before using this diet.

The Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital Diet has been around for decades under a variety of names, including the Sacred Heart Diet, the Cabbage Soup Diet, the Cleveland Clinic Diet, and the Spokane Heart Diet. Although no institution lays claim to being its source, the details of this meal plan have been widely circulated and, in some instances, even recommended by medical professionals. There are claims that users can lose up to 10 lbs in a week by following the steps described here.

 

I did it a few times in my early 20s. It's tough to stick to, and I did quickly put the weight back on. And when I did manage to stick to it I was pretty cranky. If you're trying to quickly lose weight in a week's time for a specific event (where you don't care whether the loss sticks or not) I can see where the diet could have its place. Otherwise - it's sorta just tortuous without much lasting benefit.

I seriously doubt it was developed at a Toronto hospital. Our hospitals are world-leading in a lot of research, but working with overweight patients is not one of the focuses. I would agree that is likely an urban myth.

Obviously for 7 days the diet is not dangerous (unless you are diabetic) but most people keep going with it.

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Yeah I tried this. I lasted the first day haha. It is so restricting I could not do it lol!. My aunt did this and lost 10 pounds in that week.

Okay I have read two of your threads.  Do not blame this one on Canada.

There is some great info on this site that can help you reduce your weight in a healthy manner and keep it off for the rest of your life.  Please take some time and read about the healthy ways to make out a plan and let it work for the rest of your life.

Most of us here have done the yo yo thing for years losing and gaining and losing and regaining again and again.
We have done every diet that you can look up on the web or get from your friends and made up a few of our own.  They don't work.

Track what you eat for the next week.  Log your foods either here or on another site.
Make some small changes.  Drink a glass of water about 30 minutes before you eat.
Have a piece of fruit for dessert five nights a week.  Move your body.  Buy a scale and weigh your food.
these are just some starting points, but don't give up the foods that you like.  Incorporate them by eating only a serving of them once a week.  If you love pizza (or insert any fast food here) make sure that you only order it once a week and have one or two pieces.

Buy foods that you have to prepare most of the time.  They don't always have to be fresh, there is nothing wrong with frozen, but try making simple meals that don't come in a box.  Know your foods and where they come from.  Buy local and in season if you can.

PS doctors only get about four hours of nutrutional classes in their whole education unless they specifically take classes.

Take care and don't get discouraged. Armed with the right information you can do this without hurting your body and getting so tired that you don't want to get out of bed.

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