Cabbage Soup Diet

While other diets I write about on here let you choose what you want to eat, within reason, this is not one of those. The Cabbage Soup Diet does not offer a lot of variety – you can guess by the name what you’ll be eating a lot of – but you’ll be losing weight. If that’s the goal and you can stomach eating the same meals over and over, then this diet is for you!

What is the Cabbage Soup Diet?

While the history of this date can’t be traced to a particular origin, it gained a lot of popularity starting in the 1980’s. It goes by a few other names, including the “sacred heart” diet, the “military cabbage soup” diet (not to be confused with The Military Diet), the “TJ miracle soup” diet, and the “Russian peasant” diet.

No matter what you call it, many users who have followed this meal plan have reported losing up to 10 pounds in as little as a week.

If you have an event coming up that you need to drop pounds fast for – perhaps you want to look good in a swimsuit, or need to squeeze into a dress – then this may be a regimen to follow.

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What Are the Meals Like?

Every day that you follow this diet, you will be eating a lot of cabbage soup. In addition to that, here are the principles to follow for the week:

  • Day 1: you can eat fruit, with the exception of bananas
  • Day 2: you are able to eat vegetables, provided that they aren’t starches
  • Day 3: you can eat fruits and vegetables
  • Day 4: you can consume bananas and skim milk
  • Day 5: you are able to eat beef, or chicken without the skin, as well as tomatoes
  • Day 6: you can consume beef and vegetables
  • Day 7: you may eat brown rice, vegetables, and drink unsweetened fruit juice

That is a very simplistic look at the meal plan, so if you want greater detail on what you can and cannot eat on any given day, I suggest you pick up some literature like this book on Amazon.

Along with all the cabbage soup you’ll be eating, you can see in the above schedule that it is heavy on fruits and vegetables and lean proteins. For suggestions on the healthiest fruits to eat for weight loss, I have a detailed list here.

Does the Cabbage Soup Diet Work?

This diet has not been well received by medical professionals. While weight can be lost by following this fad diet, much of that weight is a result of losing a lot of water weight as opposed to fat. Given that, the effects of this diet are not permanent. On top of that, the minimal calories consumed is very low, to the point of being unsafe for some, and there is very little protein intake. Because of this, many followers of this diet have reported feelings of weakness and light-headedness.

In addition to that, it is a very bland menu. I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I could make it through a week of eating so much cabbage soup and very little variety of the other foods that are allowed on each of the days described above. I imagine just the smell of cabbage would make me nauseous after a few days.

My Thoughts

Sure, you can lose some weight with this diet, but it won’t be fat loss. That’s ultimately what you want in a diet – burning fat and keeping it off. This may work in a pinch to get rid of a little bloat. However, it’s not a long-term recipe for success.

Instead, I recommend you follow something like the Ketotarian Diet if you want real, lasting results. Combine that with a consistent exercise routine and diet pills (suggestions here) to boost your weight loss, and you will get the results you’re seeking.

On the other hand, many reviewers of this book have a lot of positive things to say about the Cabbage Soup Diet, so if you have any interest, for sure check out some more literature.

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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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