The only good thing about this soup is that it re-introduces cabbage to a lot of people. Having the soup 1-2 times a week is great, but I would add a lot of vegetables, like peas, tomatoes, onion, celery, and if you are done with Atkins, add some potatoes. Maybe even a little ham or chicken.
I find cabbage s a good alternative to romaine, which I eat with salads, but tend to overuse dressing. In a soup, I eat my greens without thinking about them. Takes a long time to get the cabbage soft enough though. I throw in all the vegetables except the tomatoes, and cabbage and boil that for 45 minutes, then add the other veggies in later. I don't add potatoes, since I am still doing Atkins.
Any time you limit your diet to one dish, you will have issues. Why not just have the cabbage soup as part of a moderate carb, or low fat diet, and do it for 12 years, instead of 12 days. A lb a week is 52 lbs. a year. Hardly slow weight loss.
Overall, I would suggest that you stop and ask yourself what food you like to eat. I personally love chicken, and ground beef, and mixing these with vegetables, allows me to get my 10 servings a day. Your maintenance diet should be the one you are doing to lose the weight on, and shouldn't be something that you can't wait to quit. If you like the food, all you have to do is add some calories, or in my case, carbs, to slow down weight loss, as you approach goal. That way, you avoid re-gaining the weight. If you love vegetables,like cabbage, why not try vegan/vegetarian, or a version of that diet. You may want to eat fish, or eggs on that diet, but find one that when you see the menu, you think " I could eat this way for the rest of my life! " If you don't like eating a lot of meat, eggs, and fat, then Atkins isn't the plan for you. Unless you have medical issues, why limit regular food, if you love it? I don't mean sweets, or fast food, but regular whole foods, made at home. This idea that we have to eat foods we wouldn't normally eat is a huge problem.
We are all capable of eating a diet we love, that helps us lose weight, and all we have to do is find out how. Starting by eating foods you don't like, just assures you that you won't stay on the diet for any length, and will struggle. Since most of us can lose weight on different diets, why not choose the one closest to how you eat?
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I adore the soup, but think the diet itself is non-effective
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2/3/14 3:32 P
Tried it, dropped weight, but unhealthy and felt so weak..
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The best way to "jump start weightloss" is NOT to be impatient. It is to actually start to eat healthily and within a healthy weight-loss calorie range.
Got me thinking about a way to jump start my weightloss.
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It sounds like a great way to malnutrition, rebound weight gain, and disappointment. Fad diets DON'T work.
2/3/14 1:16 P
If you made a soup chock full of vegetables and ate along with a balanced diet, thumbs up.
To eat this soup alone and nothing else. No I don't think very highly of it.
I used to work with this woman and she was on the cabbage soup diet. After she left the lunch room. Our coworkers would come in and crudely remark that she had been there. They knew this because she left the odor of cabbage soup wherever she went.
2/2/14 4:01 P
I use the cabbage soup diet as a jump start on dieting. It worked extremely well for me I lost 12lbs in 1 week (this was with light exercise as well). It is grueling to stick it out, by day 3 I was ready to naw off an arm because I just wanted anything bad for me but day 4 you get bananas and skim milk and I made a smoothie and was all better. It is boring but for me it got the job done. It is only a week so if you can stick it out and follow the diet accordingly the benefits are there. The soup is based on negative calories I use cabbage, green pepper, red pepper, celery, red onions, white onions, cilantro, diced tomatoes, hot and spicy V8 for the base and add black beans just to give it protein and fiber. Add some garlic powder and BAM it's not so bad. It didn't give me diarrhea or digestion problems like I have read in some of the other posts. Also I did not gain weight back I simply continued to eat small portions of food throughout the day like vegetables, lean meats, egg whites. If you go back to eating a steak, potatoes, and fried foods yea you'll gain the weight back but like I said I use it as a jump start to slow down my cravings and set me up for eating in moderation
Edited by: KZYLA218 at: 2/2/2014 (16:11)
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2,218 10/6/13 8:54 A
I tried it, did not like it. I had gas for days and didn't lose much weight, maybe 2 lbs. and gained it back shortly
10/5/13 8:44 P
Can't say that I'm up on the "soup diet". Cabbage is a seasonal favorite here. My wife absolutely loves it, in many forms.
The "cabbage diet" here is typically congruous with the "beef diet".
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26,818 10/5/13 8:14 P
It sounds very much what the Prisoner of War victims were forced to eat during WW 2 - look how emaciated they were and in very poor health .... IF they survived!
You are best off to eat a variety of foods - fruit/veges/lean protein/healthy fats, and get some exercise in, to achieve your goals. It may take a bit longer, but won't go straight back on plus more when you start to eat properly again!!!
NOT one that I would recommend EVER!!
Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 10/5/2013 (20:15)
10/5/13 6:53 P
Would you like to smell like cabbage and be chained to the toilet with diarrhea? I know its gross to think that way, but its exactly what happens.
your ticker shows you have lost 7 of 19lbs. if this is the first 20 of 200 or so, you can ignore what i am about to say next. but if you're really looking at 12lbs left to lose then 2lbs in two weeks is about four times faster than you should be expecting it to come off. you should be aiming for, expecting and getting more like 1/4 to 1/2lb per week. a pound is aggressive with so little weight to lose. 2lbs a week is hugely aggressive for someone with so little weight to lose. at that size you just don't have the excess weight and fat on you to pull in the big numbers.
10/5/13 3:14 P
i have tried that in the past.
1. it tastes disgusting. day 1-2 aren't so bad. then you start trying variations- cold, pureed, etc. it got to the point where i just didn't want to eat it so i would just skip a meal. this is bad in the long-run.
2. it CAN help you get used to eating less volume of food. BUT, you can really do that with anything (even if you want to do soup you can do different kinds that have more nutritional value for lunch and have a regular dinner).
3. the weight will come back if you go back to eating larger portions, etc.
4. it's really hard to work out while you're doing that crap
SO i would NOT recommend the grossness of the cabbage soup diet- there are MUCH more pleasant ways to lose weight at a reasonable weight, BUT if you do want to use it as a week long 'jump' start of sorts, that might be ok for you.
10/5/13 2:27 P
You might lose weight on a diet like Cabbage Soup while you're doing it, but the weight is going to come right back as soon as you start eating normally again. Your best bet is to find a style of healthy eating that you can live with for the rest of your life. That's how you take weight off, but more importantly, keep it off for good.
2 pound in under 2 weeks is a good rate of weight loss. The cabbage soup diet is, I assume, cabbage soup only. I remember my dad doing this years ago. He is still doing those types of diets, so clearly it does not work in the long term, or even really as soon as you stop. Any weight you lose rapidly would likely be water weight and if you are already doing the Atkins induction phase the cabbage soup diet isn't going to accelerate that loss. Are you planning to stick to Atkins long term? You cannot do cabbage soup only long term - it is not enough of anything your body needs- so I would not recommend it.
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