Lose Weight with the Cabbage Soup Diet

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!


Diet Food Delivery Plans

It may come as no great surprise to learn that diet food delivery plans are the kind of thing that people who want to lose weight are looking at more closely these days as a means of losing a few pounds while improving their health at the same time. There are some very good, specially formulated and prepared low GI carbohydrate based and low calorie meals that are simply delivered to your door.

Most of the popular diet home delivery programs work by having a set of meals, usually a month’s supply delivered, then you put them into your freezer or store them in your cool pantry. That’s so you can just take a meal at a time that will replace your regular meal.

How Well Do They work?

These home delivered diets work really well as long as the people that go on them do stick with them and do not cheat. The problem is that many people who start on this type of program to lose weight have a tendency to lack that iron will power that’s often needed to stick with it… and so they end up cheating!

Another problem is many of those who cheat will complain that their particular plan didn’t work. Often they complain very loudly, when it really failed because they were cheating when they thought that no one could see!

There is not much can be done about that, unless people can be educated to see that if they spend money on dieting then they should at least give it a chance and not cheat themselves. They really do need to exercise willpower and be determined to succeed.

Determination is the Key to Success

When a person is truly determined to reduce their physical size, they are going to do whatever they have to do to succeed. Only being half-hearted about it is a recipe for failure. It’s that simple.

Very few people who do stick with a delivery diet food plan without cheating will fail to lose any weight. Most succeed just fine.

This trait can be explained by a governing factor that is generally that those people tended to rely heavily only on the diet to get slimmer. They didn’t take other factors into account.

Those Other Factors that Get In The Way

Sometimes it happens that a person didn’t really need to lose weight in the first instance.

These amazing human bodies we all live in have their own in-built sense of equilibrium. Any attempt to reduce physical mass to what might be flagged as unhealthy levels through calorie restriction can mean the body slowing down its metabolism to compensate for the fewer calories it consumes.

So you won’t lose any weight as the body will still try to store fat and preserve its energy reserves for a perceived period of possible starvation.

If the people trying this way of eating only needed to lose a few pounds but they didn’t do any daily exercise, their bodies would have similarly slowed down the burning of calories to compensate. Again, it could appear the diet plan simply failed, when it wasn’t the program at all.

Doing it Right and Winning

For most people who go on this type of diet and do it correctly by sticking with it and not cheating, as well as doing some form of daily exercise, the expectancy of success is practically guaranteed. It doesn’t matter which program you put yourself on, whether it be Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Medifast, eDiets, Bistro MD or whatever, you will succeed if you don’t cheat!

It works because for many people, their regular meal choice tends to be pretty unhealthy. It is often full of trans fats, additives, sugars and high GI carbs.

By switching to a much healthier way of eating means the body’s metabolism is boosted. This causes more calories to be burned off than the person is consuming, leading to a net loss in stored fat.

And this is the only sure way to reduce your physical size and get slim and trim, as we all know!

More information about diet foods can be found here at wikipedia.org.