Sticking to a diet and exercise regimen is tough. It’s especially tough when there aren’t any results to show for your hard work. For those who may need a boost before the slump of fruitless efforts, there’s the Cabbage Soup Diet. A sort of boot camp for dieters, the Cabbage Soup Diet is meant to be that week of hell that offers quick results before the actual diet and exercise take place. If you can survive this diet without cheating, getting sick, or getting board of the food, then you totally deserve that baked potato on Day Two.
The diet goes by many other names, including the General Motors Diet, the TWA Stewardess Diet, and the Miami Heart Institute Diet. Funnily enough, none of these organizations claim any association with the diet. Those websites out there that outline how the diet works, what’s to be eaten (and when), warn that the Cabbage Soup Diet is only meant to last for one week. Any longer will result in nutrient deficiencies and other health problems.
For those interested in what the Cabbage Soup Diet entails, below are a few snippets of what the diet entails. Even this little bit makes it seems torturous for just a few pounds of water weight.
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. Can it come with bacon bits and sour cream? Do not eat fruit today. Make this day more fun by doing the airplane! Snow peas coming in for a landing!
Mix Days One and Two: Eat all the soup, fruits and vegetables you want. No Baked Potato. Darn.
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. I don’t know about you, but bananas and skim milk has never been the way for me to curb lessen my sweet tooth. Unless it’s chocolate-covered bananas and chocolate skim milk.
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. I actually just love how in this day it’s reemphasized that you not allowed to have baked potato.
The worst thing about the Cabbage Soup Diet is that this diet is the WeightWatcher’s Plan for homebodies. With such a short list of foods, there’s no way you could find a diet-friendly dish at a restaurant. You’d have to stay home and make all of your meals. And all that gas from all those vegetables won’t make you pleasant company in public. How embarrassing would that be at the board meeting?. Plus, cabbage soup smells awful. How embarrassing would that be on lunch break? You’re going to be eating alone anyway, so you minus well stay home and eat at home alone in front of the television. When you’re on the Cabbage Soup Diet, all you are doing is dieting, all week long. On top of that, some folks have even become irritable or light-headed while on the diet. You’re simply going to be too sick or too grumpy to do anything else. A perfect combination in front of daytime TV watching Rachael Ray and Emeril “kick it up a notch.”
Overall, the Cabbage Soup Diet is a ridiculous diet that even nutritionists advise against. Such an eating regimen would leave that bland, cabbage taste in a dieter’s mouth, discouraging him or her from dieting ever again. For honest results, folks ought to look elsewhere for a dieting plan. Or better yet, consult a doctor or nutritionist for something that will fit your needs in the long term.