The cabbage soup diet plan was one of the first fad diet plans that I ever tried with any success. Using the cabbage soup diet plan, I lost about 10 pounds in a week. I needed to lose the weight to fit a dress that I bought to wear to a special event. The cabbage soup diet plan worked. The most important part of the cabbage soup diet plan is the cabbage soup diet recipe. Let’s take a look at this diet plan and how it might help you.
Cabbage Soup Diet Plan History
According to Wikipedia, the cabbage soup diet plan suddenly, and out of nowhere, gained popularity via faxlore. Faxlore are urban legends and folktales that are circulated using a fax machine. Several institutions have been linked to the cabbage soup diet plan including Sacred Heart, General Motors, and the Military. All institutions have denied these claims.
Cabbage Soup Diet Plan Basics:
The cabbage soup diet plan is simple: seven days of a strict diet consisting of cabbage soup and other healthy foods. In order to be effective, the diet plan must be strictly followed.
Cabbage Soup Diet Plan Schedule:
Someone who started the cabbage soup diet plan on a Sunday would eat cabbage soup for seven days plus the following additional food items:
Sunday: Unlimited fruit, excluding bananas
Monday: One baked potato with one pat of butter
Tuesday: Unlimited fruits and vegetables except for bananas and potatoes
Wednesday: Up to 8 bananas and as much skim milk as you like
Thursday: Up to 20 oz of beef and up to six tomatoes
Friday: As much beef and vegetables (excluding potatoes) that you want
Saturday: Brown rice, vegetables (excluding potatoes), and unsweetened fruit juice
Cabbage Soup Diet Recipes:
There are a few variations of the cabbage soup diet recipe. The basic cabbage soup diet recipe, as obtained from cabbage-soup-diet.com is:
Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe Ingredients:
6 large green onions
2 green peppers
1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
1 Container (10 oz. or so) Mushrooms
1 bunch of celery
half a head of cabbage
1 package Lipton soup mix
1 or 2 cubes of bouillon (optional)
1 48oz can V8 juice (optional)
Season to taste with salt, pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc.
Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe Directions:
Slice green onions, put in a pot and start to saute with cooking spray.
Cut green pepper stem end off and cut in half, take the seeds and membrane out. Cut the green-pepper into bite size pieces and add to pot.
Take the outer leafs layers off the cabbage, cut into bite size pieces, add to pot.
Clean carrots, cut into bite size pieces, and add to pot.
Slice mushrooms into thick slices, add to pot.
If you would like a spicy soup, add a small amount of curry or cayenne pepper now.
You can use beef or chicken bouillon cubes for seasonings. These have all the salt and flavors you will need.
Use about 12 cups of water (or 8 cups and the V8 juice), cover and put heat on low. Let soup cook for a long time – two hours works well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Variations of the Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe:
I know when I used the cabbage soup diet plan I never wanted to see another bowl of cabbage soup again. To avoid the cabbage soup recipe burnout, consider making the following variations:
Make the soup with red cabbage and red bell peppers, and leave it chunky.
Update the cabbage soup diet recipe by making it with green bell peppers and green cabbage, leave out the tomatoes and puree it.
On the skim milk day, add some nonfat unflavored yogurt as one glass of skim milk to the green soup.
The cabbage soup diet plan helped me to lose 10 pounds. I would be a liar if I told you that I kept that weight off. While it’s true that I probably kept the weight off for a few months, I gained it back. If you need to lose weight quickly for a special event, consider using the cabbage soup diet plan. If long term weight loss is your goal, make permanent changes in your diet and exercise habits.