Cabbage Soup Diet
The Cabbage Soup Diet is a pretty simple diet which revolves around a low-calorie cabbage soup recipe – and claims to help you lose up to an astonishing ten pounds in a week!
How does the Cabbage Soup Diet work?
Alcohol, fizzy drinks, crisps, chocolate, cakes, sandwiches and pretty much everything else is out, and replaced by an unlimited helping of cabbage soup which, thankfully, is supplemented by a few other foods throughout the week. These supplements come in the form of bananas, apples, brown rice and a few other natural foods. A word of warning though: beware the predictable side effects of eating too much cabbage!
Advantages of the Cabbage Soup Diet
Erm, it is simple to follow. You certainly know what you can and can't eat with the Cabbage Soup Diet. It will almost certainly mean that you are cutting calories out of your diet. This does suggest that weight loss will take place. However, whether this rapid reduction in calories is healthy is another matter.
Using the Cabbage Soup Diet as a quick fix (over the course of a week only) may prompt the dieter to see results quickly. That said, there is always a danger that the dieter will be confused into thinking that following the Cabbage Soup Diet for longer will continue to show dramatic and positive results. It won't. The body will be tricked into thinking that it is being starved and so will aim to maintain its current body fat levels rather than starting to burn excess body fat as fuel. With that said, never follow the Cabbage Soup Diet for more than 7 days at any one time.
Disadvantages of the Cabbage Soup Diet
Don't get me wrong I like cabbage. However, if I had to eat it for every meal, every day I might not.
Simply eating cabbage, even in the form of soup, will be deficient in many essential elements of a balanced diet, including protein, complex carbohydrates and essential fats.
Also, a diet so low in calories and basic nutrients will not energise anyone. This therefore suggests that exercising on such a diet is a no-no rather than something that should be embrassed to support the diet.
The Cabbage Soup Diet - Conclusion
In my own personal opinion a diet such as the Cabbage Soup Diet should be avoided at all costs. Ingesting an extremely low low calorie diet simply denies the dieter basic nutrients and means that they are more likley to 'cheat' during the diet phase.
A much more beneficial diet programme would be to create a balanced diet that includes moderate amounts of most foods, including some 'cheat foods' that the dieter can eat once or twice a week. This will not only promote sensible eating but it will allow the dieter's cravings to be controlled and each dieting and weight loss success to be rewarded, something that the Cabbage Soup Diet doesn't include.
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