The Famous "Cabbage Soup" Diet
By: Allan N. Spreen, MD, The Nutrition Physician
Often I'm asked about the Cabbage Soup diet, a plan put together by Sacred Hearts Hospital to stimulate weight loss in ential heart surgery patients to lower operative risk. It's successful enough that I've used the plan for people interested in a short-term plan for losing weight. The short-term nature comes from the fact that it's recommended for seven days only, with different foods eaten each day, along with a cabbage soup recipe that can be eaten ad lib everyday.
The idea is that there shouldn't be a problem with appetite as long as you can tolerate the monotony of the soup. Except for Thursday (a banana and skim milk day), volume of other foods in addition to the soup is not too bad.
However, you better like cabbage soup!
The question of safety always arises. I've never seen a problem with it. And the weight loss I've seen can be truly remarkable (in those who can stay on it without breaking the rules). Bear in mind that this plan was originally designed for some very sick people in the first place, and being overweight is a significant health risk factor by itself.
I've used the plan for several persons about to completely give up on even attempting to lose weight (or were about to try prescription ). I'm against either of those ideas. I've also seen some people do the diet for one week a month to control their weight, and then pig out the rest of the month (not my preferred recommendation, but everyone has their own agenda!).
To me, nutrient-dense eating for the long haul, as described in my book, "Nutritionally Incorrect - Why the American Diet is Dangerous & How to Defend Yourself", is the preferred way to go.
Anyway, it's a unique plan, like no other I've seen, and in the right circumstances may have something to offer in the Battle of the Bulge!
CABBAGE SOUP DIET
This is the Cabbage Soup Diet. If you follow it correctly you can lose up to 10-17 lbs. in one week.
Drink at least 4 glasses of water or diet soda per day.
You may drink the soup at any time as much as you want!
You can add herbs, salt, pepper, diet sugar, lemon, vinegar, worcestershire, soy sauce, mustard and ketchup to your foods.
Take herbal appetite suppressants mid morning & mid afternoon
*if you take appetite suppressants then DO NOT Drink Coffee, DRINK Decafinated coffee or tea. (Warning Note: Don't do both, you can over stimulate!)
CABBAGE SOUP RECIPE
6 large green onions
2 green peppers
1 or 2 cans of tomatoes(diced or whole)
1 bunch celery
1/2 head cabbage
1 package Lipton Soup Mix
1 or 2 cubes bouillon (optional)
1 48 oz. can V8
Season to taste with salt, pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc.
EAT ALL THE SOUP YOU WANT, WHENEVER YOU WANT!
Day 1 - Every fruit you want except bananas (soup)
Day 2 - All the veggies you want, baked ato w/butter for dinner (soup)
Day 3 - Combine day 1 and two but no ato (soup)
Day 4 - Up to six bananas, all the skim milk you want (soup)
Day 5 - 10 to 20 ounces of beef, a can of tomatoes, 6-8 glasses of water (soup)
Day 6 - All the beef and vegetables you want (soup)
Day 7 - Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables (soup)
No bread, alcohol, or carbonated beverages - not even diet soda
Allan N. Spreen, MD
The Nutrition PhysicianŽ
Dr. Spreen is a nutritionally-oriented medical doctor in practice for over a decade before concentrating on nutritional writing. He is known for his original "Nutrition Physician" on-line sites for both America Online and iVillage's 'The Women's Network', offering nutrition information directly to the public.
His authored works include Nutritionally Incorrect-Why the American Diet is Dangerous & How to Defend Yourself (Woodland); Smart Medicine for Healthier Living (Avery), co-authored with Janet Zand and James LaValle: and The Menopause Diet (Woodland).
A graduate of both the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Tennessee before obtaining his M.D. from East Tennessee State University, Dr. Spreen wears a second hat as a coach of competitive divers at the national and Olympic levels.
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