I would say no, I dont feel you get everything you need, and what do you do when your done? You have to make a lifestyle change by developing a better diet of foods you can continue to eat. Best to use you meal planner and stay in your calorie range, that allows you to eat a variety of foods and still lose weight, it is a long term plan as well as much healthier.
KEM--that was my assumption too but would still like to know. Believe me! I KNOW the Cabbage Soup Diet! My Mom was on it way back in the late 60's! And no---it is not a sustainable diet! My Dad is 93 but he will still request the soup from time to time because he likes it (not to lose weight)
Presumably this is the cabbage soup diet, where you eat very limited foods (i.e. only fruit for a day, then only vegetables for a day, etc.), but you can eat unlimited cabbage soup. It's a 'fad' diet that's actually been around for a long time...but I definitely wouldn't recommend it! You don't get the nutrients your body needs. Just like other fad diets, you may lose weight, but it's most likely temporary, and certainly isn't a healthy way to do it!
Okay, this is just my personal experience, and my personal opinion. For YEARS I tried all kinds of "diets"-- whatever was the latest thing on tv or in the women's magazines or on the bestseller list. And while I did indeed lose some weight here and there, I always gained it back-- plus more.
The problem was, it was all "gimmick-y". Do exactly this, eat only that, follow this plan and these menus and whatever recipes exactly. None of it was a way of life that I could follow, for the rest of my life. I always ended up feeling deprived or craving stuff I was not "supposed" to have, or a special occasion would come along and I'd have no idea how to make healthy choices and I'd go hog wild.
So. While soup can indeed be a fabulous choice (and we eat a lot of different kinds of soup around here in the wintertime), I wouldn't recommend anything that is named The such-and-such DIET. Soup Diet, Grapefruit Diet, Detox Diet, whatever diet.
(Edited because for some reason I can't type this morning.)
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You really haven't given us enough information to say. I guess it COULD be fine for 7 days, if you are making sure you get all your food groups and calories in.
If you really wanted to try it, the best bet it probably to have soup for just a meal or two per day and supplement it with another meal and some snacks. That's more realistic than only eating one variety of soup for every meal for 7 days.
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That's what I was asking/implieing by "parameters" Sunshine.
No one has asked what kinds of soup? I make zucchini and turkey sausage soup, also beef barley, beef shank, chicken and wild rice, veggie soup, onion soup....all are healthy soups....nthing goes to waste in my home...and werent we talking about 7 days?
Vegans do it all the time...the onlt thing they have to be careful about is lack of iron and nutritional balance....veggies are good for you, have protein, minerals and such. It is certainly better than a juice fast that could raise blood sugar. Homemade soup is better since there will be less sodium.
The smarter approach is to either eat a bowl of soup everyday as a replacement meal, or to include a cup of soup before each meal to lessen hunger....just use califlower, carrots and celery, cabbage, tomatoes, green beans,Green Peppers, zucchini, spinach, mushrooms and onions...whatever mix for a good nutritional soup. Add spices and low sodium broth.
Spices contain an abundance of components that nuetrlize harmful substances in the bloodstream. A new study, I forget where I read it... says the pungent component in black pepper known as piperine fights fat by blocking the formation of new fat cells,, I always add Rosemary as this spice promotes enegry by boosting circulation and aids in speeding up digestion and the immune system. Garlic, too, as it strenthens the immune system....learn about spices as they are very helpful in keeping us well. My soups usually contain a little curry and cumin....parsley and bay leaf....people just need to learn about foods!
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I think it would be vital to assess the parameters of a plan before evaluating its safety.
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I agree with POOKIE, Its Not safe. I tried it, not enough protien. Leaves you very weak. And with lots of gas.Plus the bouillion are full of sodium.. I personally would never recommend this to anyone..
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Do you mean soup for every meal for seven days? I love soup and make it often, but I would not ever want it for every meal for seven days. I have brought a healthy bowl of soup to my place of work and have a cup of it every day for lunch. That works fine for me.
Are you talking about the Cabbage Soup Diet or just eating soup in general?
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Perhaps, PAXTONBLUE, you could explain exactly how 7 days of soup could act as a 'detox' any more than a normal healthy eating plan (including drinking lots of water)? Peer-reviewed references would be appreciated...
The only problem with diets like this is that they aren't great for the long term. You want to create a meal plan that you can do for the long haul. However if you want to use this as a detox before starting your long term plan than I say go for it. Just be very careful with the sodium that soups can punch. You might want to make your soup homemade so that you can control the sodium in it.
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What good, life-long eating habit is 7 days of soup encouraging? Ya, I thought so.
There's nothing wrong with eating soup, if it's good nutritious soup. What kind of soup is it? In the depths of winter (like now), I see nothing wrong with say tomato soup on Monday, pumpkin soup on Tuesday, chickpea soup on Wednesday, chicken soup on Thursday, vegetable soup on Friday, beef stew on Saturday, and potato soup on Sunday. Why not? Soup can be a fantastic meal. As long as you are in your SP calorie range and your macro ranges (carbs, fat, protein, fiber) for each day, why not? Make sure you are getting a lot of *variety* in your diet so don't double up the same soup twice - this helps make sure you get all your micronutrients and vitamins as well.
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I think the answer to your questions depends on a few factors: What is your current health state? What are the parameters of the "diet"? What are your goals? What is your activity level?
Long answer? NO... No fad short term diet is any good for you, you may lose weight, you will also feel deprived, hungry and grumpy, you will be deficient in nutrients and eating far too low calorie and potentially any weight you lose you will gain right back again as soon as you start eating decent amounts of food again.
Why subject yourself to something faddy and difficult instead of just concentrating on real nutrition?
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