There are countless diets out there that make a variety of claims to be able to help people to lose weight at a variety of rates from a few pounds here and there to several pounds in a week. All have their merits and downsides, but all are valid for one reason or another. This article, which is original to loseweight.intervalinc.com and protected by copyright, looks at one such diet that makes some amazing claims.
The cabbage soup diet.
First of all, it would help to understand just what is going on with a diet such as the cabbage soup diet plan. This one is derived from a special diet that overweight heart patients are placed on when the go to hospital in preparation for heart surgery or transplants.
In these cases, it is essential that the patient lose some weight before surgery to improve their chances of actually waking up again when its all over! In other words, if you are chronically overweight and in need of heart surgery, you had better lose weight pronto of you’ll die!
So the cabbage soup diet was devised as a way of creating very rapid weight loss in heart patients over a short period of time, such as 5 days to a week, where several pounds can be lost. This is its strength and also its weakness, as a general diet for people who are not in quite such serious danger.
As a strength, going on the cabbage soup diet plan will certainly cause rapid weight loss in the first week or so. But to sustain this new weight, the body has to exercise while gradually re-introducing normal food back into the diet, otherwise all the weight that was initially lost will return, with an extra pound or two just as a reminder not to mess with the body’s metabolism in such a drastic fashion!
That’s its weakness, by the way. Rapid weight loss is often followed by rapid re-gain of the weight unless the diet is continued. The problem with this diet is that is must be halted after a week or so to prevent malnutrition! Why is this?
The cabbage soup diet is low in nutrients and very low in calories. The diet is harsh in that it actually consists mainly of well, cabbage soup! Not much flavour in that and not much bulk either. You can add onions, garlic, tomatoes, herbs and spices but not much more besides.
This is why it is so effective at causing rapid weight loss–simply because it contains so few calories that the body is forced to burn its store of fat to provide energy for normal functioning. It is also why this diet must not be continued over any length of time as the body’s reserve will soon be depleted and the symptoms of malnutrition will appear.
So as a quick jump start diet, this is great to get you started, then switch to a more nutrient rich diet coupled with exercise to continue the initial work and you’ll lose weight and stand every chance of keeping it lost!