It’s world cabbage day on the 17th of Jan, yes you read it right. There is an entire day dedicated to Cabbage!! It is quite a famous vegetable, really. Haven’t you heard of the Cabbage soup diet?
Hollywood celebrities like Dolly Parton & Sarah Mitchelle Gellar made the diet famous. The cabbage soup diet is a fad diet that last for 7 days (no more) and claims to help shed close to 4-5 kgs a week. The diet essentially insists on consuming unlimited amounts of cabbage soup through the day along with certain foods that are allowed to be consumed during different days of the week.
The diet is very restrictive and can get extremely boring and bland and should be followed for no more than a week as it doesn’t provide the body with any essential nutrients. The weight lost is primarily water and not fat and there is a very high tendency of gaining all the weight back, once off the diet.
Because the diet is extremely restrictive, common complaints are weakness, light headedness, nausea and because you are allowed unlimited amounts of cabbage soup a very embarrassing side effect is excessive gas!!
If you are adamant and want to try the diet anyway, always consult a nutrition specialist before embarking on any fad diet. Definitely not a diet of choice for diabetics or if you are suffering from a major health condition such as kidney disease or heart failure. I would suggest that you supplement the diet with a daily adult multivitamin and do not stay on the diet for more than a week. Definitely do not exercise while on the cabbage soup diet as there are high chances you might feel dizzy and / or have a fainting spell.
Below is what the cabbage soup diet looks like:
- Day One: Eat only the cabbage soup and all the fruit you want (except bananas). Cantaloupe and watermelon are recommended. Permissible drinks are water, black coffee, cranberry juice, or unsweetened tea.
- Day Two: No fruit. Raw or cooked vegetables can be eaten in unlimited quantity along with the soup, except for corn, peas, and beans. A baked potato with butter can be eaten at dinnertime.
- Day Three: Unlimited fruit or vegetables, but no baked potato.
- Day Four: Eat at least three and as many as eight bananas, and drink an unlimited amount of skim milk. Day Four is supposed to curb a desire for sweets.
- Day Five: Ten to twenty ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water this day to wash the uric acid from your body. Eat your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (but absolutely no skin-on chicken). If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for beef on one of the beef days (but not both).
- Day Six: Eat cabbage soup at least once during the day; otherwise, an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables can be consumed, but no baked potato.
- Day Seven: Eat an unlimited amount of brown rice and vegetables and drink an unlimited amount of unsweetened fruit juice. Cabbage soup must be eaten at least once during the day. No bread, alcohol, or carbonated beverages (including diet soda) are allowed.