You’ll be happy to see that the Top 100 weight loss tips keeps on keeping on with article 53 in this series. With the aim to bring you a complete set of one hundred unique and relevant articles to help you achieve your goal to lose weight, we’ll now take a look at the diet plan that uses cabbage soup as its base and see just how effective this one can be.
What is Cabbage Soup Diet Plan?
The cabbage soup diet plan was originally formulated to cause heart patients to lose weight fast prior to life saving operations. This was necessary as they were often far too overweight to be considered safe to undergo the anesthetic needed while being prepped for the operation. The diet was seen as so successful that it became taken up my mainstream dietitians as a means to provide a way to lose weight fast.
The plan itself revolves around a base meal made from cabbage soup, hence its name. The soup itself contains very little in the way of nutrients and almost zero calories while making you feel full. The great thing is that you can eat several bowls of this soup a day but its pretty boring to do that. Not only that, but in the first few days, you eat very little else!
To this end, the soup can have other vegetables added to it to improve its flavor and nutrient content. However, whatever you add to it reduces its effectiveness as a rapid weight loss food.
The best additions to the soup to retain its very low calorie properties include onions, garlic, tomatoes, water cress, herbs and spices. Sure, that doesn’t sound like much but it at least improves the flavor! If you include any of carrots, turnips, parsnips, beetroot peas or beans, you increase the calories some, but it makes a more nutritious and flavorsome soup. Its your call how you make it, but if you want to know how to lose weight fast and effectively, then go for the most minimal soup you can.
The downside to this diet is that it only works in the short term. There are no long term benefits to be obtained by this kind of diet so it is not recommended as a way of achieving a long lasting slimmer body. It is purely to kick start the weight loss process to cause the body to drop a few pounds over a period of a week. After that it must be stopped and a normal diet resumed.
The main reason for this is that the soup itself contains few nutrients. Prolonged use can result in malnutrition, which is a dangerous state of heath and could bring with it dangerous health related problems.
Certain diet plans have grown up around the base cabbage soup that provide nutritious foods by altering the types of foods you eat each day. These systems are more successful in the longer term it you stick to them. However, unless you’re prepared to exercise as well to augment any low calorie diet, you are highly likely to put the weight back on again as soon as you stop the diet and resume normal eating.
100 Weight Loss Tips number 52 follows in the next post!