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The Cabbage Soup Diet

      The Cabbage Soup Diet is very simple. It is based on a "fat-burning" soup that contains almost no calories. The Diet Plan suggests you eat as much cabbage soup as you desire for a period of seven days, with the expected weight loss amounting to 10-15 pounds. The exact recipe for this cabbage soup varies, but all include flavoring bouillon with onion soup mix and tomatoes, and adding a variety of vegetables, including onions, tomatoes and, of course, cabbage. In addition to as much cabbage soup as is desired, certain other foods must be eaten on each of the seven days.

The Cabbage Soup Diet relies on eating certain combinations of food that force the body to somewhat starve itself.

An example of a popular recipe for cabbage soup is below.

6 large green onions
2 green peppers
1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
1 bunch celery, 1/2 head cabbage
1 package Lipton Onion Soup mix
1 or 2 cubes bouillon (optional)
1 48 oz. can V8
juice (optional)

Mix and bring to a boil all of the above. Season to taste with salt, pepper, parsley, curry or garlic powder.
In addition to eating as much cabbage soup as possible over a seven day period, other foods must be eaten each day.

Day One:
Eat all the fruit you can, excluding bananas.
Drink unsweetened tea, black coffee, cranberry juice and water.

Day Two:
Eat all the fresh, raw or cooked vegetables you can, with the exception of dry beans, peas and sweet corn. For dinner, eat a large baked potato with butter.

Day Three:
Eat as much fruit and vegetables as you like.

Day Four:
Eat eight bananas and drink many glasses of skim milk throughout the day.

Day Five:
Treat yourself with 10-20 ounces of lean beef (300-500g) and six tomatoes (or a large tin of tomatoes). Drink at least 8 glasses of water.

Day Six:
Eat beef (several steaks, if desired) and vegetables.

Day Seven:
As much brown rice as desired
As much unsweetened fruit juices as you desire.
As many vegetables as you desire.

Researchers believe that the diet is effective for the temporary loss of a few pounds, however, it is not based on sound nutrition and many people report feeling dizzy, lightheaded and have trouble concentrating on tasks while on the diet. The diet is very low in protein, many vitamins and minerals and complex carbohydrates.

The popularity of the diet rests primarily on quick, instant and easy weight lose of a few pounds and the idea that as much of something as is desired can be eaten.

The Mayo Clinic's Health Living Centers provides excellent advice and research about diet and nutrition. Excellent resources about diets and nutrition are offered by the website.

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