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?
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 183.4