Another diet program that is making the rounds in the American dieting circles is the cabbage soup diet.

If you have been trying to lose weight for a long time, you may have come across the Cabbage Soup Diet. This easy to follow diet is a radical weight loss diet which claims that the more low-calorie cabbage soup you take over a period of 7 days, the more weight you will lose. In fact, this diet claims that you will see drastic weight loss of about 10 pounds within 7 days.

The Cabbage Soup Diet Plan, or Mayo Clinic diet as it is also known, is a 7 day diet that is based on eating cabbage soup.

The plan calls for eating any amounts of cabbage soup you would like throughout the day. Why? Because there are not many calories in a bowl of cabbage soup.

Things to Avoid

1. All meals should be broiled, baked or boiled. No fried meals for the duration of the diet.

2. Avoid alcohol, bread and other carbonated drinks that hasten weight gain.

Things to be kept in mind

The Cabbage Soup Diet is full nutritious vegetables and fruit, and is extremely low in fat, but to stress again: This diet is for one week only.

The cabbage soup diet is too low in complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals to continue for a long period of time. You need to resume normal eating patterns for at least two weeks before trying it again.

1. Follow the diet EXACTLY – if you don’t, then it wont work

2. Drink at least 4 – 6 glasses of water per day

3. Keep motivated! – Keep in mind that it’s only for seven days

4. Complement the diet with a multivitamin and mineral tablet

5. Eat plenty of soup – as much as you want! If you hate the soup use over the counter pills

The cabbage soup diet is one of the most effective ways to kick start a weight loss program.

It provides quick results and although not easy, dieters know they only need to do it for seven days and can have a break before resuming if necessary.

Finally, it provides plenty of motivation to keep losing weight, once quick weight loss has been achieved.

Conclusion

Will it work? Absolutely. If your daily intake is limited to cabbage soup and some fruit, rice, etc, you will lose weight. And thats the appeal here. It’s a quick weight loss plan for the short term.

Of course, it is always advisable for you to consult your doctor before following this diet. Personally I believe that this diet can be counter productive. Since the diet would force your body to go into slower metabolism, it would then encourage your body to hold on to your fat reserves. In the end, you may be only delaying your weight loss plan.

Because of this, dieters often use the cabbage soup diet if they need to lose weight fast. In fact, most people use the program to get into shape before they enroll in a long term diet program. Some get into the cabbage soup diet program when they need to lose extra pounds for a special occasion.

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