Cabbage Soup Diet

This low-fat, high-fiber diet promises loss of up to 10 pounds in one week. It is not suitable for long-term weight loss and should be followed for only seven days. The recipe for the namesake cabbage soup includes a variety of vegetables as well as cabbage. Although the diet provides a good kick-start to more moderate diets, some people find the soup bland and report feeling light-headed and weak.

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The Cabbage Soup Diet Menu Plan

The diet itself is fairly rigid: On day one, followers can eat all of the fruit they want--except bananas -- and soup. The second day, dieters are allowed fresh, raw or cooked vegetables along with soup and a baked potato with butter, but no fruit. The third day is a mixture of the first and second day, with soup, fruits and vegetables allowed, but no baked potato. Day four allows as many as eat bananas and as much skim milk as are desired, along with soup. The fifth day is devoted to beef and tomatoes, with as much as 20 ounces of beef allowed along with as many as six fresh tomatoes and a great deal of water and at least one serving of soup. Day six allows as much beef and vegetables as are desired, but no potatoes. The final day of the diet advises followers to stuff themselves with brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables, along with at least one serving of soup.

Does the Cabbage Soup Diet work?

The cabbage soup diet is designed for quick weight loss. While a dieter may find they lose weight on the diet over the short term, they are not changing any of the behaviors that lead them to become overweight in the first place. As a result, any weight lost will likely be gained back when a person returns to their previous eating habits. There are many other diets available that will do a better job of teaching a person how to combine healthy eating and exercise to achieve their weight loss goals.

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Who wants to eat that much cabbage soup? Once a week maybe. This is essentially a high fiber diet. If you are going to go high fiber as a diet plan, there are more enjoyable diets than cabbage soup. Try the aptly named High Fiber Diet or the Mediterranean Diet.

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High Fiber Diet

High Fiber Diet

This diet focuses on foods high in fiber. The diet is intended to fill users up without making them gain weight. The high-fiber diet is said to stabilize blood sugar, lower cancer risk and control the appetite. As users will discover, this diet can contain much more than bland oatmeal and other grain. A large variety of healthy and delicious foods are high in fiber, and this diet attempts to highlight them.

Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean is comprised of a large area of land that stretches from western Spain to the Middle East. Structured after traditional lifestyle habits of those in this area, the Mediterranean Diet is ideal for people who like to cook, enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, and are interested in making a permanent lifestyle change. With very few dietary restrictions, followers of the Mediterranean Diet are allowed to eat all the things they enjoy, in moderation. Unlike the customary Western style of quickly eating large portions, the Mediterranean Diet places great emphasis on spending time on preparing and enjoying small, tasty meals. Rather than make drastic lifestyle modifications, this plan teaches people to choose low-fat, low- cholesterol foods that are packed with flavor and will leave them feeling fulfilled. The Mediterranean Diet aims to permanently improve long-term health.