Dr Axe's Cabbage Soup Diet

Day 1:

Eat only cabbage soup and fruit all day, except for bananas, which are put on the chopping block on this diet.

Day 2:

Eat only cabbage soup and diced vegetables all day, especially root vegetables. Avoid corn, beans and fruit. As an indulgence, you can end the day with a baked potato and butter.

Day 3:

Eat unlimited cabbage soup, fruits and green vegetables (excluding potatoes) all day. Do not eat any starchy veggies, such as beets, yams, carrots, corn and peas.

Day 4:

Eat cabbage soup, bananas and nut milk. This day is supposed to decrease the desire for sweets.

Day 5:

Eat cabbage soup (at least twice) with grass-fed beef or broiled skinless chicken and nutritious tomatoes. Drink six to eight glasses of water to stay hydrated as well.

Day 6:

Eat cabbage soup (at least once) with beef and vegetables.

Day 7:

Eat cabbage soup (at least once) with brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables.
If you do decide to try the cabbage soup diet, it should be paired with a nutritious, well-rounded diet to help enhance overall health, promote good eating habits and meet your nutritional needs.

If you’re looking to lose weight, the premise of the cabbage soup diet can be pretty appealing. Proponents of the diet claim that you can drop anywhere up to 10 pounds in a single week by simply swapping your regular foods for ample amounts of cabbage soup, fruits and vegetables.

The cabbage soup diet plan is a low-fat, high-fiber diet that involves eating cabbage weight loss soup at least once per day for a week. On each day, other specific foods are also allowed, including fruits, vegetables (highlighted by cabbage, of course), milk( I would do a nut milk) and meat.

The diet is also intended to be only for short-term use. Because there is little variety in the diet, it doesn’t provide a broad array of vitamins and minerals and can even leave you with some nutritional deficiencies if you decide to follow the cabbage soup diet for a month or longer. After finishing a one-week cycle of the diet, it’s generally recommended to wait a few weeks before starting again to ensure that you’re getting the nutrients you need from your regular diet.

If you do decide to try the cabbage soup diet, it should be paired with a nutritious, well-rounded diet to help enhance overall health, promote good eating habits and meet your nutritional needs.

Stick to around two cups of soup per meal and be sure to moderate your intake of other foods on the diet as well. The standard serving size for meats, for example, is around 3-4 ounces and 1/2 cup of brown rice is considered a single portion. Other foods like bananas are super healthy, but moderation is key; eating 10 bananas per day, for example, can actually throw levels of potassium totally out of whack and cause an electrolyte imbalance.

Cabbage Soup in a crockpot
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup carrots diced
  • 4 cups cabbage chopped (approx. 1/4 head of cabbage)
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 cup green beans chopped in 1 inch pieces
  • 2 whole bell peppers chopped
  • 1-28 oz can low sodium diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 2 cups fresh spinach coarsely chopped
    1. Combine all vegetables in a large crock pot.
    2. Add canned tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, bay leaves, italian seasoning, pepper and stir to combine.
    3. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours or on low for 8 hours.
    4. Once cooked, add parsley, basil and spinach and cook for 5 minutes more.

Final Thoughts

  • The cabbage soup diet is a popular weight loss method that involves eating a few servings of low calorie soup per day paired with other foods like fruits and vegetables.
  • The cabbage diet is low in calories, high in fiber and easy to follow, meaning it can result in short-term weight loss. Cabbage is also high in many important nutrients, can aid in detoxification and has been associated with a variety of health benefits.
  • However, the diet is extremely limited and can actually cause health problems and nutritional deficiencies if followed long-term. It may also not produce long-lasting weight loss, especially after returning to a normal diet.
  • If you do decide to follow the cabbage soup diet, be sure to only use it short-term, consult with your doctor if you have any health problems and couple it with an otherwise balanced and healthy diet.


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