Saturday, 13 August 2011

The Cabbage Soup Diet

Ahh, the famous Cabbage Soup diet. Most people interested in dieting have
certainly heard of this one. many of them have actually tried some version of
it. Since nobody has ever claimed to be the inventor of this diet, there is no
definitive cabbage soup diet, but rather a string of versions floating around
magazines and the Internet. Every expert who tried to promote this diet has
either added or replaced an existing feature, which means that aside from that
cabbage soup you can expect to see a wide range of other foods, although nothing
The biggest problem with the cabbage soup diet is all the hype that surrounds
it. Some people claim that cabbage has fat burning properties, which is
nonsense. Others say that one could shed a whooping 10 pounds in a single week
on this diet, which is not true. There’s no magical ingredient in cabbage that
helps weight loss. The basic idea behind the diet is to starve yourself by
drinking a lot of cabbage soup and some water on the side. The trick is to keep
your stomach filled with cabbage soup in order to keep hunger away while the
body burns fat to maintain itself.
The early version cabbage soup diet featured nothing else than the basic soup.
Recent versions have added fruit, vegetables, skimmed milk, lean meat or brown
rice to the eating plan in order to help people stick to it for a longer time.
Dieters are not allowed any alcohol. The only drinks allowed beside the cabbage
soup are water and unsweetened fruit juices. The soup itself is based on
cabbage, onions (or onion soup mix), tomatoes, green peppers, celery, carrots
and mushrooms. There are some variations even here, but nothing important.
Unfortunately, the cabbage soup diet is not a good idea. Many people cannot
stick to a diet that forces them to starve every day, especially people who have
to go work. Another issue is the fact that most of the weight lost through this
diet comes from water and muscle mass, instead of fat. This means that seven
days later the dieter still has all the initial fat on and a good chance of
replacing all the lost muscle mass with even more fat. Moreover, the low calorie
intake at the core of the diet will force the body to enter starvation mode and
hang on to the existing fat for its survival. This is not a good way to lose
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