Cabbage Diet Soup | The BEST Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe Wonder Soup 7 Day Diet
OK, so let’s talk about the 7-day cabbage soup diet! It’s an old diet that has been around for YEARS and revised over and over again. You are likely to find several different versions online. It’s a short-term, weight loss eating plan that involves, you guessed it, LOTS OF CABBAGE SOUP!
No worries, my jazzed-up version of the cabbage soup is delicious! Lately, these 7-day diets have become really popular. Even Dr. Oz has one. I first read about it on a blog I stumbled upon and thought I’d give it a try. I didn’t expect much, though. Now I’m hooked!
How Much Weight Can You Lose On The Cabbage Soup Diet?
On the cabbage soup diet, most people lose between 5-10 pounds. For me, it’s usually in the 7-10 pound range. Everyone is different though, just read the comments below, and you’ll see!
Loaded with cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, tomato and plenty of seasoning, this healthy vegetable soup packs in lots of flavor and is ultra-satisfying. This easy recipe makes a big batch for lunches or veggie-packed snacks all week. If you want to bump up the satisfaction factor even more, top with a little cheese or avocado.
Rules of the Diet
You are allowed to eat 1–2 other low-calorie foods daily in addition to the soup. However, it is important not to make any other substitutions and to drink only water or other calorie-free beverages, such as unsweetened tea A daily multivitamin is often recommended because the diet may be low in certain nutrients.
These are the rules for each day of the Cabbage Soup Diet.
- Unlimited cabbage soup and fruit, but no bananas Day 2:
- Only soup and vegetables. Focus on raw or cooked leafy greens. Avoid peas, corn and beans. You may also have one baked potato with butter or oil.
- As many fruits and vegetables as you can eat, in addition to the soup. However, no baked potato and no bananas.
- Unlimited bananas, skim milk and cabbage soup.
- You are allowed 10–20 ounces (280–567 grams) of beef, which you may substitute for chicken or fish. You may also have up to six fresh tomatoes. Drink at least 6–8 glasses of water.
- Soup, beef and vegetables. You may substitute the beef for broiled fish if you did not do so the day prior. Focus on leafy greens. No baked potato.
- You may have vegetables, brown rice and unlimited fruit juice but no added sugar.
- You should not continue the diet for more than seven days at a time. However, you may repeat the diet as long as you wait at least two weeks before starting it again.
- To follow the Cabbage Soup Diet, you need to prepare large batches of cabbage soup to eat multiple times per day. You are also allowed to eat 1–2 other foods each day.
Potential Drawbacks of Cabbage Soup
Although the Cabbage Soup Diet may help you lose some weight, its drawbacks may outweigh its benefits.
One of the main problems with the Cabbage Soup Diet is that it can only be followed for one week, which is not long enough for meaningful weight loss.
Your body can only burn so much fat per week. In the first week of a low-calorie diet, only about 34% of the weight lost is actually from fat ( 1 Trusted Source The other two-thirds comes from lost water weight and muscle mass ( 1 Trusted Source Water weight comes from your glycogen stores, which are your body’s quick energy reserves. Normally, glycogen binds to water molecules in your body.
When you don’t eat enough calories, your body uses up the stored glycogen as energy and also sheds that extra water ( 1 Trusted Source 8 Trusted Source However, as soon as you return to a less restrictive diet, your body will rebuild those emergency stores and take on water weight again even if you continue with a healthy diet ( 9 Trusted Source Another big problem with the Cabbage Soup Diet is its lack of nutrients.
The Cabbage Soup Diet has so few food choices that it is deficient in many vitamins and minerals and offers no real source of protein on most days.
- Without much protein, you will struggle to prevent muscle loss during the diet.
- Moreover, the diet is incredibly bland, making it hard to endure for an entire week.
- It also requires frequent large-batch cooking in order to prepare enough cabbage soup, which may be a drawback for some people.
- The Cabbage Soup Diet is bland, hard to stick to and deficient in many nutrients. Since it lasts only a week, most of the weight you lose is only water weight that will return once you stop the diet.
Is Cabbage Detoxifying?
Why yes, it seems that it is! According to Huffpost , “Cabbage does double detox duty. Its diuretic properties help rid your body of excess liquid, carrying toxins along with it. Like other cruciferous veggies, cabbage is also sulfur-rich, helping your liver break down toxins so they can be more easily expelled.” Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, like its cousins the Brussels Sprouts Cauliflower , Broccoli and Kale . This family of vegetables is known to be high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. For more detox recipes, don’t miss my favorite Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Beet Detox Juice Green Detox Smoothie Detox Water , and Dandelion Detox Tea . This recipe is part of my Meal Prep for Weight Loss collection – don’t miss it!
Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe:
- Mince the garlic and dice the onion. Add both to a large soup pot along with the olive oil and sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft and transparent.
- While the onions and garlic are cooking, peel and slice the carrots, slice the celery, and dice the bell pepper. Add the carrots, celery, bell pepper, and frozen green beans to the pot, followed by the diced tomatoes (and their juices) and tomato sauce. Stir to combine.
- Allow the vegetables in the pot to heat while you chop the cabbage. Chop the cabbage into one-inch strips or squares, then add them to the pot. Add the vegetable broth, chopped parsley, paprika, oregano, thyme, and some freshly cracked pepper. Stir to combine.
- Place a lid on the pot and bring it up to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low and allow the pot to simmer until the cabbage is tender (about 20 minutes). Turn off the heat and add salt to taste. Start with about 1/2 tsp salt and add more as needed. The total amount will vary depending on your tastes and the type of broth used, but the salt is crucial for the vegetable flavors to pop. Finish the soup with lemon juice. Start by stirring in one tablespoon and adding more to your liking.