Want to lose 10 pounds in 7 days ?! Well you'll do it! Just be prepared for insatiable hunger pangs, horrid headaches, low energy, a new found hatred for cabbage soup, as well as a negative and generally pessimistic outlook on life. Afterwards, be prepared to binge on everything in sight, followed by a nasty stomach ache thanking the next two days (this applies even if you do not make it the whole seven days).
The cage soup soup claims 10 pounds in seven days, which is reliably accurate due to the initial water loss. This being said, you do also lose fat, although this varies with each individual.
The cabbage soup diet is a crash diet. It is not a healthy eating plan and will not teach good eating habits or assist in keeping the weight off. It does, however, help lose weight fast, which seems to be the primary concern of most individuals. On the website, it states “Although not suitable for long-term weight loss, the Cabbage Soup Diet is a low-fat, high-fiber diet that will help you get into shape fast before you embark on a more moderate long-term eating plan. ” The diet is described as a motivator or the “'quick start' you're looking for before you embark on a less stringent eating program.”
Along with condemning that most of the weight lost is water, the diet comes with a health warning. This is only a week long diet. The cabbage soup diet is so low in calories that continuing the diet for longer than a week is damaging to your health.
On a more positive note, the obnoxious phrase “You'll get it all back!” exclaimed by most well intended friends upon hearing of your new diet announcement, is not necessarily true. You are able to control whether you gain or keep the weight off; the way you lose the weight does not dictate your future choices, although can (and most likely will) influence them.
As a promoter of healthy lifestyles and eating choices, I do not recommend this diet, especially if you want to lose the weight and be able to maintain it. As a woman who struggled with weight issues, I have to admit going on this diet numerous times (mostly failing to be honest). I have lost weight on this diet, especially when my weight plateaued or I just needed a morale boost to increase my fitness routine.
If you are able to last the week then you will lose weight. However, if you want a healthy lifestyle and be able to maintain it for the rest of your life, the cage soup diet is not the diet of choice.