Note: This is my first article, so it's not the BEST thing in the world, but hopefully, you'll enjoy.


             Many people feel as though they have to lose weight. However, when their peers notice that they are working out or attempting a diet, they think that society has gotten into their minds and that THAT is the reason why they are trying to lose weight. However, that does not need to be true per se. There have been times when I had been sitting down and wished that I could be skinnier, so I can move better and easier out of the chair, or when I’m running to catch up to the metro, only to have a tummy slowing me down.

             But that’s not all. It is simply HEALTHIER to be skinnier, but not so skinny that you’re considered a twig or “anorexic”. Just an average-sized body.

             So try the cabbage soup diet. It not only helps you lose inches off your waist, but it also aids in detoxifying your body of wastes.

             Here are some of the risks and benefits of this diet since people want to know the pros and cons of the things they are going to try.



  •   Quick way to lose weight
  •   Inexpensive
  •   Offers an “all you can eat plan” to make you feel full
  •   Cleanses and detoxifies the digestive system



  •   Some people find the soup bland
  •   Possibility of feeling light-headed and weak
  •   Decrease in concentration


I would be lying to you if I said this is the best thing in the world and that you would want to try it again. However, IF you like this diet and are thinking about doing it again, wait about 2 weeks before trying it again since this is a low calorie diet and is not meant for a long term weight loss program/diet. The cabbage soup diet is too low in complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals to continue for longer than this.

A note to mention: one person stated that the army reserve suggested this diet for losing weight.

Here’s the recipe; although, there can be different variations of the soup.

             Cabbage Soup Recipe

  • 6 large green onions
  • 2 green peppers
  • 1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 Container (10 oz. or so) Mushrooms
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • 1/2 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.


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.



Day One:
Fruit: Eat all of the fruit you want (except bananas). Eat only your soup and the fruit for the first day. For drinks- unsweetened teas, cranberry juice and water.

Day Two:
Vegetables: Eat until you are stuffed will all fresh, raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. Try to eat leafy green vegetables and stay away from dry beans, peas and corn. Eat all the vegetables you want along with your soup. At dinner, reward yourself with a big baked potato with butter. Do not eat fruit today.

Day Three:
Fruit and Veggies: Eat all the soup, fruits and vegetables you want. No Baked Potato.

Day Four:
Bananas and Skim Milk: Eat as many as eight bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you would like on this day, along with your soup. This day is supposed to lessen your desire for sweets.

Day Five:
Beef And Tomatos: Ten to twenty ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomtoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water this day to wash the uric acid from your body. Eat your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (but absolutely no skin-on chicken). If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef one one of the beef days (but not both).

Day Six:
Beef and Vegetables: Eat to your heart's content of beef and vegetables this day. You can even have 2 or 3 steaks if you like, with leafy green vegetables. No Baked Potato. Eat your soup at least once.

Day Seven:
Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables: Again stuff, stuff, stuff yourself. Be sure to eat your soup at least once this day.


If you want this diet to be successful:

  •   Follow the diet religiously.
  •   Drink at least 4 glasses of water per day
  •   Keep in mind that it's only seven days
  •   Complement the diet with a good multivitamin tablet
  •   Print the information on this site so you can refer to it daily
  •   Eat plenty of soup - as much as you want! Do not try to starve yourself or you'll probably cheat and break the diet
  •   Try different spices to liven up the soup and add variety


Other information:

The Cabbage Soup Diet is packed with nutritious vegetables and fruit, and is extremely low in fat. Many people say it's the best rapid weight-loss program around.

However, you should only go on this diet for one week at a time, then resume your normal eating for at least two weeks.

Furthermore, this diet is only recommended for adults. The Cabbage Soup Diet is definitely not suitable for children and adolescents.

Taking a multivitamin tablet with this diet is recommended.

After this diet, you should try living a healthy lifestyle and not eat junk food or fast food all the time.


Finally, lose weight, not for society, but for yourself.

Good luck!

-Hope Mannah