The 7-day cabbage soup diet promises rapid weight loss. However, how safe is fast weight loss? Ultimately, does it even work? This post will review the pros, cons, and help you decide by the end of it. See below everything we cover-
What is the 7-day cabbage soup diet?
Pretty much what it says it is. For seven days, you eat as much cabbage soup as you can handle. There is a specific set of rules you have to live by for seven days, and there are a few other foods you can eat. The soup isn’t made of cabbage entirely, as you can see from the recipe above.
Rules of the 7-day cabbage soup diet
During the seven days, you have to stick to precise rules. Below, you will find day by day what you can and can’t eat.
On the first day of this diet, you can eat as much fruit as you want except bananas. Also, You can even eat as much cabbage soup as you like. For drinks, you may have unsweetened teas or cranberry juice.
No fruit today, but you can eat all the vegetables you want plus your soup. You can also have a baked potato topped with butter.
You can eat as much fruit and vegetables as you want except bananas, Plus, as much soup as you like. However, no baked potato!
As usual, you can eat as much cabbage soup as you want and you can also eat bananas. apparently up to 8. However, I wouldn’t recommend that. Furthermore, you can have unlimited refills of skimmed milk.
By now, your body would have created uric acid. On this day, it’s essential to drink at least 7-8 glasses of water. As regards to the food, you can have beef and tomatoes. It goes without saying; cabbage soup is on the menu as well.
If you prefer you can swap the beef for chicken. However, the chicken must be skinless.
Beef and vegetables are on the menu today. In fact, you can eat as much beef and vegetables as you want. Plus, you can have soup to your heart’s content.
Final day. Stuff yourself full of vegetables today as well as your cabbage soup.
DONT continue with the diet. You go back to healthy eating as the cabbage soup diet isn’t intended, nor is it safe long term!
Recipe for cabbage soup
- Two large onions
- Two green peppers
- Two cans of tomatoes
- One bunch of celery
- One head of cabbage
- Three carrots
- One package of mushrooms
- 1–2 bouillon cubes (optional)
- 6–8 cups of water
- Chop all vegetables into cubes.
- In a large stockpot, sauté onions in a small amount of oil.
- Then add the remaining vegetables and cover with water or vegetable cocktail and add seasonings, if desired.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat. Let simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30–45 minutes.
With this low-calorie diet plan, you can season with salt and pepper. This, won’t break any rules
Does it work for weight loss
In a nutshell, yes. However, fat loss will occur due to being severely under your daily energy requirement (calories). In theory, it doesn’t matter if its labeled cabbage soup or something else entirely. As long as you are in a calorie deficit, you will lose weight.
How much weight can you lose?
Its claimed you could lose up to ten pounds within seven days. However, due to how little you eat, this will be a combination of muscle, water, and fat loss. Due to the excessive restriction of calories, you will put weight back on once you go back to regular eating.
Furthermore, the loss of muscle isn’t beneficial when trying to lose weight. As a matter of fact, the increased muscle mass will increase metabolism yielding better results long term.
Potential hazards following restrictive calorie diets
As with any diet that promotes rapid fat loss, there are dangers. When diets are as restrictive as the one mentioned, you have to way up the pros and cons. in other words, is it worth it.
The cabbage soup diet can help you lose up to 10lbs in one week! However, it’s important to remember, out of that 10lbs of weight loss, only 34% will be fat. The other 66% of weight loss will be made up of muscle and water loss (1)
The main dangers from these types of diets are from the lack of calories you are consuming daily. Its highly unlikely that you will meet your daily nutritional needs. This includes your macronutrients and vitamins and minerals.
Virtually all the foods on the allowed to eat list contain very few calories. Most experts agree that 1500 calories for men and 1200 calories for a woman is the minimum you should consume in a day. In this particular diet, you will struggle to hit 1000 per day. (2)
Possible side effects with an extremely low-calorie diet
As previously mentioned, a low-calorie diet can cause problems. Below I will outline some of the side effects this diet may cause.
Due to the low protein, your body will draw upon your muscles for energy. As stated, only about 34% of the weight loss is down to losing body fat (during the first week). Losing muscle will seriously slow down any weight loss attempt once you come off this diet. Not only that, with an extreme diet, your body will respond by slowing down the metabolism, decreasing the number of calories your body burns at rest.
Dizziness, weakness, and lightheadedness
Many people have reported the above symptoms when on the cabbage soup diet. This is usually down to the lack of nutrients. However, don’t be too worried about vitamin and mineral deficiencies. There isn’t a significant risk as the diet only lasts for seven days.
Due to the low nutrients and the body’s requirements, it’s highly likely you will experience dizziness, weakness, and lightheadedness.
Furthermore, you may find your self feeling very tired from the lack of energy.
A low-calorie diet may cause gallbladder problems. The purpose of your gallbladder is to release juices that digest fats. However, on this diet, you eat little fat causing the gallbladder to not empty. If the gallbladder doesn’t empty, it may form stones!
If you develop gall stones, then you may need surgery to remove them. At the very least, you will need medication, and the medicine may cause side effects. Gall stones may not present any symptoms, or you could be in excruciating pain.
Flatulence and cramping
Flatulence and cramping are extremely common with the cabbage soup diet. The reason being, you are having a lot of fiber.
Weight gain after day 7
It’s highly probable you will gain most of the weight back. Once you start eating more calories, your body will try and replace the water and muscle loss.
Although the science is limited about the 7-day cabbage soup diet, the likelihood you will lose weight is high. However, as mentioned, you won’t be losing a great deal of fat! Due to the diet only lasting seven days, the chances of you having any severe side effects are slim.
That said, even with a low chance of side effects, I would avoid starting this diet. It’s incredibly bland and sacrificing a lot of food for such small short-lasting results.
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