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Oct 15, 2012 06:50 AM

Cabbage Soup Diet?

Has anyone tried this diet? Spouse and I both packed on 10 lbs during vacation this summer and it needs to come off! I just took out the winter clothes and they are realllllly tight. I made the soup yesterday and today is our first day. Will it work? I am worried about ill effects, like dizziness. Any experiences to share?

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  1. I don't know this from personal experience - but from others I've heard that it does a number on your lower G.I. tract. So be prepared for more needed bathroom trips.

    1. it works, but it is not a good diet.
      1. if you keep on it for even a week or so, you will be malnourished. your muscles weaken and you'll get light-headed.
      2. it is CABBAGE, so you know what that entails.
      3. go to weight watchers. it is cheap to join, and you'll lose weight the smart and long-lasting way.

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      1. re: alkapal

        +1 on weight watchers. you're much more likely to lose weight and keep it off long term if you follow a healthy program and learn better habits.

        1. re: alkapal

          weight watchers has a similar soup, and you can eat quite a bit….AND on WW you still can have the protein, carbs and fat that your body needs! you will not feel deprived, and you will feel good -- not weak and cranky from deprivation.

          here, check it out!

          it is delicious. honestly.

          there are also asian and mexican versions. the recipes make a big batch and you can keep in the fridge for a week, and eat it, along with your other food, to fill you up with good veggies. so nice to have hot soup this time of year, too.

        2. I had a friend who tried this ages ago and, like most fad diets, you lose some weight but you gain it back again. And how long can you live off cabbage before you go insane? You're better off just managing your caloric intake and finding a workable exercise regimen.

          1. Sounds like a healthy and fun diet.

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            1. re: beevod

              Assuming you're being sarcastic, I'm going to agree. Soup can be both delicious and low calorie. Vegetarian lentil with lots of spices makes a perfect low cal lunch, for instance. I like cabbage just fine but that cabbage soup is pretty vile, IMO.

            2. I am amazed that this is still making the rounds. I remember my Mom and Aunt trying this sometime in the 70s. The whole house stank for several days before they couldn't take it anymore! There have to be better ways of losing weight.

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              1. re: arashall

                LOL, yep, I made the soup yesterday and the house does stink. DH calls it " butt soup". Had my first bowltoday and it wasn't bad at all, but don't think I can eat this for a week. BTW, I am a Lifetime WW member, but I just really dislike the Points program. I much preferred the Core Plan, but they don't do that anymore.

                1. re: Kat

                  If you really liked the core plan, why not just continue to follow that?