Cabbage Soup and Fad Diets

The Cabbage Soup diet is one of the most famous diets around. Most people interested in dieting have certainly heard of this one. An incredibly large number of them have actually tried some version of this diet. Since no man has ever claimed to be the inventor, there is no definitive Cabbage Soup diet, but rather a bunch of versions going in and out of style in ladies magazines and on the Internet. 

Every real or fake health care expert who tried to promote this diet has either added or replaced existing features, which means that aside from the basic cabbage soup you can expect to see a wide range of other foods, although nothing spectacular. The same goes for every other fad diet that’s ever been promoted. They all focus on one thing and try to promote it as nothing short of a miracle.

The biggest issue with the Cabbage Soup diet is that it’s little more than hype. Some people claim that cabbage leaves have fat burning properties, but that has never been scientifically proven. Still others say that anyone could shed a cool 10 pounds in a single week by sticking to this diet, which is not true. And besides, losing 10 pounds a week is definitely not healthy for you.

There’s no magical ingredient in cabbage that can help you shed weight like there’s no tomorrow. This diet is based on the simple idea that if you starve yourself by drinking a lot of cabbage soup and some water on the side you will lose weight. 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. And the same goes for every fad diet or fast weight loss scheme; they are all based on starvation.

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.

Problem is that many people cannot stick to a diet that has them starving every day. If you have to study or go work or engage in any sort of physical or mental activity, you need energy and cabbage can’t give you that. 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 one week after the end of the diet, the dieter still has most of the initial fat on and a good chance of replacing all the lost muscle mass with even more fat. The bottom line: cabbage soup is not a good idea for fast weight loss.

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