Cabbage Soup Diet Review

You may well have heard of the Cabbage Soup Diet, and if you haven’t, the mere thought of this strange sounding diet may be enough to put you off. Well, we’ve decided to review the cabbage soup diet, and share the good, the bad and the ugly of this popular fad diet with you. It’s a seven day meal plan, and the authors claim you can lose up to 10 pounds in one week. With this Cabbage Soup Diet Review, our goal is to help you decide whether to try the plan, or not.

Cabbage Soup Diet Review

Cabbage Soup Diet | Painting by Lina Scarfi

The cabbage soup diet is often attributed to the Mayo Clinic, although they have issued a number of releases saying that they had nothing to do with its development, and do not endorse it. If you have a major hospital in your area, you may have heard of it referred to by that name. For example, Loma Linda University is a major teaching hospital, and people in that area call it the Loma Linda Diet.

In this Cabbage Soup Diet Review, we are going to tell you what we liked about the program and what we think is lacking. It’s a good diet to a certain extent, but if you are looking for lasting weight management, it’s not going to be the right choice for you.

The Good

There are two factors that make this program so attractive. The first is that if you stick to the plan, you will lose weight up to 10 pounds in a week. The other positive factor is that you won’t have to go hungry at all. That’s because you get to eat as much of the soup as you want. You may get tired of it, but you certainly won’t go hungry.

The Bad

The downsides of the program are also twofold. The first is that the diet is boring, and many people find the food bland. You are only allowed certain foods on certain days. For instance, on one day, all you can have besides the soup is bananas and skim milk. On the other hand, on another day you get up to 16 ounces of steak and all the vegetables you want.

The other problem with the diet is that it is extremely low in calories. This means the diet plan is not sustainable over time. In fact, even people who endorse the cabbage soup diet, recommend that you stay on the diet for one week and then wait at least one week before starting the cycle again.

You will average about 900 calories a day on the diet. This is not enough to keep your body going. Therefore, you will be forced to burn fat. That’s a good thing. But, if you stay on it for more than a week, your metabolism will start to shut down, reducing the fat-burning effects.

Also, the main weight loss from the cabbage soup diet comes from water loss.

To sum up our review, we think that if you need to lose weight for a one off occasion like a wedding, reunion, or just an important date, this may be an option for you. But if you are looking for a long term weight loss solution, this is probably not the best diet plan for you.

We hope you find this cabbage soup diet review helpful. If you happen to have tried this diet yourself, we’d love to hear your opinion’s in the comments below.


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