Heard about the Cabbage Soup Diet and thinking about giving it a try?
The Cabbage Soup Diet is a fad slimming plan that has been around for a number of years under a variety of names, including 'The Sacred Heart Plan', 'The Military Cabbage Soup Diet' , and 'The TJ Miracle Soup Plan'.
The Cabbage Soup Diet claims to be able to help you to lose up to 10 pounds (4.5kg) of weight in only a week, which is a bold claim. So is the Cabbage Soup Diet safe and effective? And are there any side effects to look out for?
This plan is based on participants preparing and eating a large quantity of the vegetable broth of the title, and not a great deal else. The various forms of the plan come with their own recipes for the broth, which range from the very bland to the quite spicy.
Critics of the plan, including nutritionists, put forth that it's impossible to lose 10 pounds in one week, and that the majority of the weight lost will be fluid loss. Also, the broth itself is rather nutritionally void, having a high sodium content and very little protein. In addition, because the plan is so extreme and cannot be maintained over the long term, most of the weight lost is shortly regained after the slimmer returns to a more normal meal plan.
Lastly, the plan has been reported as having the unfortunate side effect of flatulence, which can be embarrassing. If you decide to try this plan, make sure you maintain an appropriate nutritional balance throughout.