Ah, the cabbage soup – a speed slimmer’s best friend and your bowel’s worst nightmare.
Everyone’s heard of this cult diet, but losing weight by eating a staple diet of cabbage soup (which even smells unappealing before it leaves the other end) and a mixture of fruit and veg isn’t the most glamorous way to slim down.
Nonetheless, for special dresses and any event on your social calendar that requires you to look like a leaner version of yourself, then the cabbage soup diet does what it sets out to.
The cabbage soup diet itself is a rapid weight loss diet where you have to stick to a meagre diet of cabbage soup for seven days. It’s important to remember that it’s a short term remedy for weight loss – you can lose up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) in a week (!) but it’s not without its drawbacks.
According to the diet plan, you get to eat as much cabbage soup as you like, along with a limited intake of certain fruit and veg. It is said that the more soup you consume, the more weight you lose. It may sound tempting but ultimately it’s not a healthy way to lose weight.
Health experts say that the weight you lose is not fat; but water and muscle tissue and once you’ve tried this diet for a week when you start eating like a half normal human being again, the weight will return.
How does it work?
Cabbage soup has a very low calorie count, and by living off fruit and cabbage soup you are essentially forcing the body into a state of semi-starvation which in turn slows down your metabolism.
You start to lose weight when the body starts using up the fat reserves.
What are the benefits?
Of course any quick fix that helps us to slim down scores some brownie points.
The main reason the cabbage soup diet is so popular is its ability to shave inches off your waistline (and else where) in a very short space of time.
It’s a perfect plan to stick to for any occasion where you need to look you slinky best, and it can be a good way to kick off a regular diet plan.
As it is a soup it also helps to cleanse your body from the inside out.
This diet can also be followed as part of a detox regime, but make sure you limit the plan to the recommended seven days.
Trust us, you won’t want to eat any more cabbage soup beyond then anyway!
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