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Cabbage Soup Diet


The Cabbage Soup Diet is a simple diet where you eat primarily cabbage soup (very low calories) to lose weight quickly.


Lose 10 pounds in a week!

There are several variations of this diet. Primarily, it is a low-calorie, low-fat diet. You make a lot of the cabbage soup, which has almost no calories. Then, you use that to eat when you're hungry. It fills you up, without costing any calories.

You're also generally allowed to eat vegetables and some limited fruits. On some days, you may get a potato, a small amount of meat, or some brown rice.

You're encouraged to drink lots of water.

You're only suppose to do the diet for a week. After that, you should take a break for a couple weeks.

Cabbage Soup Diet


Since cabbage causes flatulence, it is a common side effect of this diet.

Many people believe that it's not possible to really lose 10 pounds in 7 days. Some say this is merely "water weight" that you gain back quickly.

Most acknowledge this diet is not healthy.


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  23-Mar-2006 10:06am created by bill
  22-Feb-2011 8:12am last update by bill

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posted 3-Jun-2006 8:38pm

does this makes you fart alot
posted 4-Jun-2006 6:18am

it must!
posted 2-Jul-2006 12:23pm

it does and you have vey bad gas pains
posted 6-Jul-2006 8:49am

i've done this diet, but not to the full extent. I wouldn't even call it a diet really. If you look online, you can find an incredible amount of varieties of recipies. I have one that has alot of veggies in it, and it just tastes like vegetable soup, which is good, cuz i don't like cabbage. Eat it for lunch with an apple or something, and then have a little bowel with dinner, it fills you up and its really good for you. Use common sense people,eating any one thing for a week, especially caggage or veggies, is gonna make you sick.
posted 17-Sep-2006 12:46am

This diet works!!!
of course you get the runs and pass gas (nasty smelling gas) and nobody wants to be anywhere NEAR you (you stink).
but hey its worth it right?
Heck NO!!!!!
posted 26-Oct-2006 8:51pm

I tried this cabbage diet and lost7 pounds in a week,my mom tried it and lost weight too.Well probably for some people it may cause gas because all they were eating was junk food,but if you create a habit of eating healthy your metabolism adapts to it and won't cause "GAS" Daaaaaaa....
posted 15-Jan-2007 5:49pm

Im about to start this diet and i want to kno what it acutally does. Does this diet really work
posted 24-Jan-2007 11:57am

I LOVE this diet because it always prompts me to get started on longterm diet changes. I like the recipe that calls for balsamic vinegar and V-8 juice. I also add curry, garlic and chili powder. (Spices make a difference--whatever spices you want). The KEY to PREVENTING GAS: Do NOT EAT the SOUP and FRUIT/veggies at the SAME TIME!! (Causes fermentation or something??) For example, eat an apple/pear or "whatever" for "breakfast". Wait awhile, THEN have lots of soup for lunch. Then have your fruit or veggies a couple of hours later...and so on. I use half RED cabbage and half green most of the time. That may help, too.

Check out the variety of cabbage soup recipes and experiment! This diet works and I feel GREAT on it. ( Although it's "prohibited", I've even cheated and had a beer or glass of wine at night and still lost the pounds). GOOD LUCK!
posted 8-Mar-2007 1:06pm

posted 21-Mar-2007 8:06pm

it works. but after the 7th day you need to ease off the diet. the soup kind of sucks, but its worth it. if it didn't work, you cheated.
cindy clark, borrego springs
posted 4-Sep-2007 11:48am

posted 4-Sep-2007 3:45pm

posted 30-Nov-2007 5:01pm

I'm on day three of this "painful" regime. I have Type II diabetes right now. My meds consist of Levothyroxine (for thyroid goiter reduction) and Glucophage (aka metformin) for regulation of blood sugar levels. The cabbage soup tastes repulsive already. I'm lucky if I can chug down 2 bowls a day (I should be eating it more than twice I suppose...). I have to eat (what's requested) all day long on this diet, or I will pass out! I bought a variety of veggies and fruits. Avocados are fruit and filling, and butternut squash is a vegetable that fills you up as well. Other than that all the fruits and veggies need to be consumed in large quantities or you'll starve. The problem with that is, large quantities of them are not appealing, so you don't eat that much and end up literally STARVING on this diet.

I have NO idea how I'm going to make it on day 4, eating only banana's, milk and soup--I don't like bananas or cow's milk (I drink soy milk). Guess, I'll starve until it's time to eat some MEAT! Oh--and FORGET exercising, you'll surely pass out. I'm going to be pissed if I don't lose any pounds after 7 days of this crap. In fact, I'll be surprised if I even lose water weight. I though I'd give this a try to see if I could at least lose just ONE POUND. I need to see the scale numbers lowering...I need to get back on track. This diet should jump start me and my system for sure. YIKES!
posted 4-Dec-2007 6:26pm

i am on day five of the diet. i have lost 3 kilos so far...the first 2 days are by far the hardest. i thought that day 4 would be the worst, but it really wasnt that bad at all. i excercise about 5 days a week usually, and i wouldnt recommend excercising on this diet- you really do feel like you have no energy. i am goin to stop doing it today...i think that the diet does work, but i just dont feel well after doing it. i would rather stick to eating healthy and being active than attempting this again. although its a good way to lose weight quick if you have something coming up (wedding, etc).
posted 20-Dec-2007 10:20am

I am on Day 4 of this diet.. Had really hard time for the first three days just having soup, veggies and fruits. I am not sure if I was not having enough of them, but was always hungry. Ironically, the soup made me even more hungry! But good news is I already lost 4 pounds.. I was actually thinking of giving up this today but looking at the diffrence in my weight, I got motivated to continue this diet for the rest of the days. I think it is definitely worth trying!
posted 14-Jan-2008 12:08am

I'm not doing the official diet, but I got inspired by all these "soup diet" ads, so I filled my fridge with fresh vegetables and started making soup. My diet variation is to eat as much soup as I want, most with chicken broth (I use Better Then Boullion stock), and some three or four vegetables, including green beans, zucchini, mushrooms, cucumbers, peas, carrots, and onions. I also throw in a small handful of chopped tofu, cooked rice, or even deli sliced turkey or roast beef, just to psych myself into thinking there's something more substantial in the pot, though it's just a couple tablespoons or so per bowl of soup. The night after my first day, I was going nuts at 3 am, desperate for my usual night-time snacks, so I made a pot of soup with just cabbage and broth -- NEVER AGAIN. I now have a head-and-a-half of cabbage in my fridge and no idea what to do with it, because no WAY am I eating any more cabbage soup. I was SO glad it was my day off the next day... Anyway, seems obvious that it would impossible to NOT lose weight on this diet, because basically it's got no calories. Just have to find fifty new ways to spice the soup so that you don't hate it after two days...!
posted 17-Jan-2008 7:40pm

what's wrong if we continue this diet more then one week?
posted 21-Jan-2008 12:34pm

I am a thirty eight year old male and thought i would give it a go, i am just coming to the end of day 2 and it is hard work but its only for 7 days so what the heck

Good luck anyone else thats giving it a go, 1 tip dont cheat you are just kidding yourself
3rd Timer
posted 24-Jan-2008 12:53am

I have tried the soup myself. It does work!!! A year and a half ago, when I did it the first time, I lost 15 lbs. and kept the weight off for a few months (of course, adding some cardio and weight training.) I was 185 and dropped to 170. The only gained 4lbs. So, this past december 2007 I lost 9lbs. I was 174lbs and now I'm 165lbs. Tomorrow, I'll start the diet again and hopefully loose some more lbs. I want my weight to be between 155 and 160 - no more than 160. Trust me, it feels good. I had not been 165 in 5 years and now that Im' there all I want to do is loose a little bit more weight --- but trust me, it takes determination and some excercise. One thing I recommend is, take a multivitamine everyday of the diet. Oh, and only do it for 6 days. I've never done the 7th day and I've still achieved a good number of pounds shed. But again, I must admit, the soup gets kind of boring - but it's worth it. Drink lots of water and eat more melon and apple during your fruit day and cucumbers with lemon juice and tostito sauce during veggie day. Is not cheating, plus, tostito sauce only has 10 calories which will not hurt during the diet. Anyway, sorry for the long review, but I had to say it - it does work, but takes a lot of DETERMINATION - after the diet, just eat in small portions and excercise regularly to keep the weight off and perhaps lose a couple more pounds. Thanks! (Soup not intended for children under 18 or people over 40)
posted 26-Jan-2008 3:54pm

I did this diet once for 12 days and lost 7kgs!(15.4lbs) I got sick of it and gave it up, it is quite awful ALL that soup and it was just known as "The soup diet"...

If correctly followed, it will clean out your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well-being. After only 7 days of this process, you will begin to feel lighter by at least 10 pounds (4.5kg) and possibly 17 pounds(7.7kg), and experience an abundance of energy. (though i felt tired for the first couple days on this diet)


1 or 2 cans of stewed tomatoes
3 plus large green onions
1 large can of beef broth (no fat)
1 pkg. Lipton Soup mix (chicken noodle)
1 bunch of celery
2 cans green beans
2 lbs. Carrots
2 Green Peppers
Season with salt, pepper curry, parsley, if desired, or bouillon, hot or Worcestershire sauce. Cut veggies in small to medium pieces. Cover with water. Boil fast for 10 minutes. Reduce to simmer and continue to cook until veggies are tender.
This soup can be eaten anytime you are hungry during the week. Eat as much as you want, whenever you want. This soup will not add calories. The more you eat, the more you will lose. You may want to fill a thermos in the morning if you will be away during the day.

Unsweetened juices
Tea (also herbal)
Cranberry juice
Skim milk
Water, water, water

Any fruit (except bananas). Cantaloupes and watermelon are lower in calories than most other fruits. Eat only soup and fruit today.

All vegetables. Eat until you are stuffed with fresh raw, cooked or canned veggies. Try to eat green leafy veggies and stay away from dry beans, peas or corn. Eat veggies along with the soup. At dinnertime tonight reward yourself with a big baked potato and butter. Don't eat any fruits through today.

Eat all the soup, fruit and veggies you want. Do not have a baked potato. If you have eaten as above for three days and not cheated, you should find that you have lost 5-7 pounds.

Bananas and skim milk: Eat at least 3 bananas and drink as much milk as you can today, along with the soup. Bananas are high in calories and carbohydrates, as is the milk but on this particular day, your body will need the potassium and carbs. Proteins and calcium to lessen the cravings for sweets.

Beef and tomatoes: you may have 10 to 20 ounces (300-550grams) of beef and a can of tomatoes, or as many as 6 tomatoes on this day. Eat the soup at least once today.

Beef and veggies, eat to your heart's content of the beef and veggies today. You can even have 2-3 steaks if you like with green leafy veggies but no baked potato. Be sure to eat the soup at least once today.

Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juice and veggies, again, be sure to stuff yourself and eat the soup. You can add cooked veggies to your rice if you wish.
By the end of the 7th day, if you have not cheated on this diet, you should have lost 10 to 17 pounds. If you have lost more than 17 pounds, stay off the diet for two days before resuming the diet again.

This diet is fast. The secret lies within the principle that you will burn more calories than you take in. It will flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well-being. This diet does not lend itself to drinking any alcoholic beverages at any time. Because of the fat build-up in your system. Go off the diet at least 14 hours before any intake of alcohol.

Due to the variety of digestive systems in individuals, this diet will affect everyone differently. After day three, you will have more energy than when you began, if you do not cheat. After being on the diet for several days, you will find that your bowel movements have changed. Eat a cup of bran or fiber. Although you can have black coffee with this diet, you may find that you don't need caffeine after the third day.

The basic fat burning soup can be eaten anytime you feel hungry during the seven days. Eat as much as you wish. Remember the more you eat, the more you will lose. You can eat broiled, boiled or baked chicken instead of the beef. Absolutely no skin on the chicken. If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef on only one of the beef days. You need the high protein in the beef for the other days.
Continue on the diet as long as you wish and feel the difference both mentally and physically.

No bread, alcohol, carbonated drinks (including diet drinks). Remember, absolutely no fried foods.

DO - DO - DO - DO
Drink plenty - at least 6 to 8 glasses - of water a day, as well as any combination of the following beverages: black coffee, unsweetened fruit drinks, cranberry juice and skim milk. Good Luck!
posted 28-Jan-2008 3:34pm

Thanks Leonie, that's very helpful information.
posted 2-Feb-2008 2:05pm

of course it works!ive lost at least 10 pounds doin' it at the first time and 11.5pounds the second time!Sorry guys but those of you who say that you didn't lose a pound or that it worked pretty just've cheated!IT DOES WORK 4 EVER1!gd luck 4 those who'll try it. !-)
posted 7-Feb-2008 3:10pm

Leonie what do you eat for breakfast on this diet
posted 13-Feb-2008 4:04pm

I am trying to re-enlist in the military and have been exercising and eating right for the past six months. I've totally changed my eating habits...not really dieting, just eating better, healthier. I went from eating Jack-in-the-Box and McDonalds everyday, to eating salads, vegetables, soy burgers, and lots of water. Eating healthy doesn't always have to be nasty. I've been exercising...doing kettlebells, running, swimming, free weights, etc. I use the steam room @ my gym, I do body wraps. I've lost about 25lbs so far. No, nothing amazing. I was hoping to have lost 40lbs by now, but my weight plateau'd. But I was 254lbs on 8/17/07. So this is a BIG accomplishment for me. I am very proud of that. I am toning up and I feel much more energized. My self esteem had gone up tremendously. N E way..I am on this site because I went to get measured yesterday so that I could re-enlist and I am still 4% above the maximum bodyfat to re-enlist. I was 43% in October...Now I am 37%. I was VERY dissappointed and just cried like a baby all night. I know it's an accomplishment, but I was really bummed out. So, I was thinking about getting lipo-suction or that lapband, but I can't afford any further debt. Plus, I know that what I am doing is the most healthy way to loose weight (eating right and exercise). I just need to figure out a way to loose some more weight fast. That's how I stumbled onto this site. I've been reading about the cabbage soup diet. It seems like it's to eachs own. Every person is different. Some have horrible experiences while others simply love it! I've been reading many mixed reviews. I was thinking that since I've already been eating healthy, and I LOVE cabbage and the vegetables and fruits that are prescribed for the soup, I probably wouldn't have a problem getting through the seven days. I don't know. I think I am going to try it and see what happens. I would like to go and get measured again on the 23rd. Since this has no calories and I am already exercising, this may do the trick. I think I'd like to combine it with some @ home body wraps (to help loose inches). Anyway, I am glad that I saw this site. I was thinking of doing the Lemon Cleanse, but I HAVE to eat. I don't know how people loose weight starving like that. The Lemon Cleanse is supposed to be just that, a cleanse. I read some of the other posts where people felt hungry after eating the cabbage. But I am thinking that may've been because they weren't used to just eating this way. It's kind'a hard to go from eating all the good food (steak, burgers, pizza...all the stuff I love) to just eating veggies all day. You gotta do it gradually. That's my opinion anyway. I hope I do not have any terrible reactions like some of the other people that posted. I hope I don't have fart attacks (fart, fart, fart---that was funny Bill,lol). There's nothing like running around stinkin' all day. If anyone has any other suggestions for me, please feel free to post. I am going to start it tomorrow (valentine's day). I just need to get to the store to buy the rest of the veggies (I already have most of them in my fridge!). I'll post again in a few days to let everyone know my results. Thanks again.
posted 16-Feb-2008 2:22pm

is it true that u only lose water and not fat ????
posted 17-Feb-2008 5:19pm

what should we eat for breakfast.
your mom :]
posted 28-Feb-2008 3:35pm

i think that is really dumb how people STARVE themselves because they try to follow this... bad idea man bad idea :/
posted 12-Mar-2008 6:22pm

My wife and I have been trying this diet as a kick start to a more healthy diet/workout plan. We are on day 4 and this is the hardest day for us-Bananas, Soup, and Skim Milk!!! We have seen a combined lose of 11lbs so its enough motivation to continue on the last few days...Although were sick of the diet its got us in the right frame of mind to eat less portions and eat helthier-which is exactly what we wanted!

This should only be used as a jump start to a diet/workout routine...Most diets/workouts take a few weeks to see results and you become discouraged fast-This one you see instant results & has motivated us to continue on to our better eating/exercises...
posted 16-Mar-2008 3:38pm

I just started this diet today, and I can already tell it's going to work. When this diet is over, I will move on to a small portion, 5 meal a day diet. Then, once a month, I will do this soup diet again until I reach my goal. :)
posted 28-Mar-2008 12:32pm

has anyone tried just doing days 1,2,and 3, and then doing days 1,2,and 3 again? I'm planning on doing that.
posted 28-Mar-2008 1:00pm

Sorry my comment above doesn't make much sense I re-read it again. What I meant was has anyone tried doing day 1,2,3,1,2,3 as oppose to day 1,2,3,4,5,6,7? I just want to continue with day 1 again after day guys think that will give me any results?
posted 2-Apr-2008 12:54am

Re: the post above - don't do it! if you don't get some potassium and protein in your body you'll waste away - i had to eat a banana tonight (at the end of day 3) because I was feeling so ill after only fruit and veg for three days. I may drop the diet if the bananas and meat in the next few days don't make me feel better.

Also: The cabbage soup is incredibly gross. I actually did the plain "soup diet" (posted earlier) a few years ago but I couldn't find the recipe this time. DANG!
posted 3-Apr-2008 7:41am

I've gone ahead with doing day 1,2,3 and then day 1,2,3 again. I've lost so far 5lbs. I'm also take a quickslim drink, and I drink the soup, I've blended it and it's a lot better. I'm just doing my own version I guess. On day 7 I'm just going to eat tuna and the soup and fruits and veggies. I need to lose about 10 more pounds by May
posted 15-Apr-2008 1:21pm

This is my 3rd time doing this diet within the past 2 years or so. It's an excellent jump start to any diet... it's just really hard to get through the full week. The first time I did this, I love 11 lbs, and the 2nd time I lost 7 - but stopped by day 5 or 6. This time I'm hoping to get through the full week with 3 days of excercise (i go to curves). I'm just stumped on the soup... this is my 2nd day on the diet and I'm practically gagging when i smell the soup. I'm not a fan of spicy food - does anyone have any good "additive" ideas to give it some more taste?
posted 17-Apr-2008 10:47pm

im on day 4, and it has been the hardest day so far. i had 2 bananas w/ skim soy milk for breakfast, but skipped lunch because i didnt want to get sick of the soup by dinner, and thats probably why today has been difficult. i do have to say that i absolutely LOOOVE this way of eating. ive lost 8 pounds so far, but i havent once felt that cold hungry feeling in my tummy.

i also just wanted to point out (in my humble opinion), that contrary to what some might say, this diet is not dangerous (assuming that you dont have health conditions that may interfere). i would venture to say that it would be far more dangerous to continue eating processed foods, and large quantities of animal protien.

its only 7 days, and the majority of what we get to eat is all whole food!!! bad? dangerous? pssssh c'mon!!!
posted 18-Apr-2008 11:33am

This diet says that it's not recommended to go past the 7 days. Has anyone gone longer? I'm thinking about trying 2 weeks in a row - it's all fruits & veggies, so how bad can it be? I've had the energy do to 4 1 hour work outs at the gym and everyone always complains about the lack of energy...
posted 5-May-2008 5:35pm

i know this might sound stupid because its the cabbage soup diet, but what happens if you dont eat the soup?
im on the end of day three and i just cant stomach the soup, its not that i dont like it, but it makes me heave and last night i threw up and just cant bring my self to eat it again, if i carry on with the eating plan but leave the soup out will i still get the same results?
posted 19-May-2008 1:10pm

im on day five of this diet and feel a little sluggish, but i feel much better as a whole. im 5' 8" and wiegh 145lbs so I dont need to lose a significant amount of wieght. but i have been eating really unhealthly and noticed that lbs started coming my way.

I think it has alot to do with all the high fructose con syrup in foods. i use to eat really healthy and the last year or so I just crave crap. but this diet is really helping me be able to resist temptation and feel better. i plan on eating better after day seven and excersising daily, then going back on it here and there when I temptations get the best of me.

I've cheated here and there on the diet, last night I went and saw a movie so I had popcorn. A couple days ago I had one drink and then one day i had a couple drinks. im not gonna restrict myself and be miserable. i just wanna be healthier. and leaner. I'm also doing a colon cleanse while im doing this. i dont know how healthy that is but i figure if i continue taking a multi vitamin and drink tons of water, i'll be alright. whats seven days anyway. and if you make the soup right its actually REALLY good. im not too sick of it yet.

good luck everyone.
posted 21-May-2008 6:04pm

I'm just drinking lots of water and just eating fruits and veggies and tuna. I'm not making the soup again, I don't eat it much anyways. Instead I bought tea that makes you go to the bathroom. I also drink green tea once a day. I'm hoping to lose about 10lbs for July because I'm getting married.
posted 25-May-2008 11:44pm

Let me just tell you...I have been fighting food for about 10 years. Always looking for something light to make me full with almost no calories. This soup is superb. You can eat as much as you want, DAY or NIGHT!!!! You will not gain an ounce. I make the soup my way with al the veggies I like, NO POTATOES or ZUCHINI!! Just cabbage, parsnips, carrots, celery, cayote, onions, boulion & herbs and spices. There are NO CARBS! Believe me, its outstanding. I weight 135 today and yesterday I was 138. IT WORKS!!
posted 29-May-2008 4:15pm

What should you eat after the 7 th day so you don't start to gain the weight back?
posted 30-May-2008 9:26am

hi ive started the diet today, i cant eat beef for the day that we have to and i need to know a substitute, also i want to do this diet for more than two weeks should i do it? is it bad idea? please reply back thanks x
posted 30-May-2008 1:28pm

i broke my diet on the first day by eating a cookie will te diet still work?
posted 30-May-2008 6:26pm

i ate a tiny italian pizza thesixe of a coffee saucer i hope my cabbage soup diet will still work and i continue losing pound
posted 9-Jul-2008 6:02pm

hi there!
does anyone know if thyroid and soup is a bad combination?i have been dieting for a month but because of my hypothyroid i only lost 500 gramms. i am now desperate as I am wearing a bikini in 2 weeks!could anyone tell me if I should go for it?

thank you and good luck to all of us!

natty, 28, london
posted 17-Jul-2008 9:01pm

Today is my first day of the cabbage soup diet. Does anyone have any pointers for me?
posted 11-Aug-2008 4:01pm

I gave up after the second day - I was sick of the taste of bland soup - but mostly because I felt soooo weak when I woke up on the third day. But believe me I did loose 5lbs!!!! I want to start this diet again - and am thinking about starting again tommorrow... for a total of 10 - 15lbs off! Im 5'8 and was 145lbs - aiming for 135-130lbs... so its only 7 days... I can do it!!!!!!!!!!!
posted 17-Aug-2008 3:50pm

Here's the deal: this diet drops 10 -17 lbs of water weight in a week, then you gain it back -- fast. I've done it over the years probably about ten times. As an actor, I've done it before filming, and in my personal life Ive done it before formal events, such as an upcomng wedding I have.

In a perfect world, I'd eat well and all my clothes would fit me perfectly all the time. Not so. I'm just glad there's a last minute to cheat. But as mentioned, it comes right back.

You'll see results, especially in the face.
posted 23-Aug-2008 1:44am

Cheated on the diet the second day - 3rd time in a row... ate a slice of peperonni pizza and spinach pie!!!! ;(
Now I have to start over or should I continue to loose weight?
posted 26-Aug-2008 1:16pm

I have tried this diet before, but couldn't stand the taste or smell of the cabbage soup. This time I am modifying the soup to make it palatable. I use vegetable base instead of the canned tomatoes, one fresh tomato, bok choy instead of regular cabbage, fresh mushrooms, onions, a little ground ginger paste, garlic chili sauce and a splash of sodium reduced soy sauce, and whatever other vegetables I have on hand to put into the soup. I add a handfull of fresh spinach at the end. It tastes much better this way. I also followed some advice on another website and I make a version with red cabbage, red pepper, onion and tomato with the vegetable stock and simmer for 3 minutes to cook the veges al dente and then puree the soup in the blender. It is much easier to eat this way. You can also make variations with green cabbage, onion, green peppers, etc. and puree with spices to change the flavor and texture of the soup. I don't know if the canned tomatoes are an essential ingredient. I believe this will work because it is the same principle of using vegetables that burn more calories to eat and digest than they have, but this would probably work best with a low sodium base. Also, if you make the soup in small batches, it is fresh and is much easier to eat. Bok Choy is definitely the way to go if you can't stand the smell and taste of the cabbage soup.
posted 28-Aug-2008 10:04pm

I first did this diet in 1995 and I lost 10 lbs in a week. I've never been able to eat just plain raw cucumbers since. LOL
posted 8-Sep-2008 10:27am

The soup is not so bad. i went for the all natural fresh veggies instead of the canned stuffed,. when its time to eat i add a couple of lemon drops, just to give it a diff. taste now and then. Good luck to everyone who is doing it !
posted 9-Sep-2008 7:46am

In 1995, I did this diet for 5 weeks and lost 52 lbs after having my 2nd child. I tried it again 2 months ago with my daugher and gained 4 lbs in 7 days (she gained 5 lbs) !!!! Never again.
posted 30-Sep-2008 11:03pm

I am learning that if you add the protein shakes in the morning and in the afternoon, you stand a greater chance of losing fat rather than water. I am on my third day and I will be incorporating the protein shakes tomorrow. I also hear that it will give you more energy if you are interested in working out as well. I always take a multi-vitamin along with a fish oil capsule. I think I will start taking two fish oil capsules, one in the morning and one at night. No matter what, our bodies need essential fatty acids!
posted 8-Oct-2008 2:34am

today is my 1st day and i felt realllyyy tiredd! :(
it sucks, i am 18 years old, and i weight 158 i lost 2 pounds already, :)
but i do feel tired,
i ran every day about 4 miles and i hopeee i can keep doing it for a long time,
cause i have homecoming on saturday today is tuesdayy!
i need to work on thiss!
thank you so much :))
one question can you keep doing this
after your done with 1 week?
because i can follow diets really good, without cheeting
and i would like to try that because i would like to loose
20 pounds :)
my email is
pleaseee answer mee! :))
thank you
posted 18-Nov-2008 5:57am

When dieting you will only put on weight if you havent eaten enough because your body thinks toyr starving yourself ant everything you do eat goes straight into fat, you need to keep a good balance and good luck im going to try the cabbage soup diet 2morrow.
posted 30-Nov-2008 5:30pm

I don't understand why alot of people hate the soup or find it bland and unpalatable. If it is so bad, then kick it up with seasonings and fresh herbs. I added a generous amount of fresh italian parsley and cilantro, some lemon zest (lime would be excellent as well), chili flakes ALOT of pepper and used all fresh vegetables. I really enjoy the soup! The plus side for this diet is that you don't have to think about what you're going to cook or have for dinner, or take for lunch... super easy because you make a big batch and it's always on hand. I am going into day 4 and am looking forward to frozen banana smoothies... i plan on adding a few drops of vanilla extract as well. It's only a week, and keeping that in mind makes it easier to avoid cheating :) I have lost 4 pounds so far! I plan on making a new recipe tonight using lots of fresh dill, lemon zest, carrots, tomatoes and cabbage, and will puree it to make it smooth.
posted 1-Dec-2008 7:15pm

I just want to say congratulations to "thiqquechic". I love your sheer determination, will power and common sense. You really inspired me! Were you eventually accepted?
posted 3-Dec-2008 3:59pm

posted 8-Jan-2009 4:09pm

Eat the fruit separate from the vegies and GET OVER IT PEOPLE, it's only a week---
posted 8-Jan-2009 4:12pm

Yes, what happened to thiqquechic??? We all want to know!
posted 20-Jan-2009 6:51pm

I started the diet today- I have to say, I'm usually a bad chef- but I really like the soup. Of course it's day one, things could change.
I weighed in this morning and took my measurements- I'll post the results in 7 days!
posted 23-Jan-2009 10:32pm

Ok- it's the beginning of day 4 and I lost 5 pounds! The best part is that I'm not hungry! Tomorrow I can eat steak! Yum!
posted 18-Feb-2009 8:09pm

Ok im sry i dnt mean to discourage anyone but this diet did NOT work for me at all. I kept eating stupid cabage soup everysingle day, got so sick of it i cant even look at cabbage now without disgust! Try the grapefruit diet sooo easy to follow! And if you really want a difference get off your ass and do some crunches! i admit with my busy life style school an work i have no time for gym, but ladies and gents, next your sitting down to watch your 8 oclock show , lay down instead and just keep doing crunches and sit ups with small brakes. You wont even realize how half an hour passes ans u have done about 200 crunches!

Source- personal experience from the laziest person in the world, ME :)
posted 20-Feb-2009 1:31pm

I am on day 5, i have lost nothing but GAS!!! fart fart fart....
But I must admit, I ve cheated....first day, I had 2 pieces of toast with butter and jelly!!
I must say, after eating so much soup for meals, i m determined to better my eating habits!!
The only problem we have as society: We love easy results.....
But nutritionally speaking we all know its not healthy to consume limited calories.
Its better to eat a balanced meal, well proportioned(not gigantic portions) like the ones in Texas!!!
and together with that, we have to exercise!!! Go to the Gym, aerobics, or simply go running!!
At this point, I m having FAT withdrawal....I m so cabbaged out!!!
Yesterday I spent a tenth of my shift in the toilet...crapping, and GAS-ing...
But I WILL complete it..
I am determined,
If I dont lose any weight...I ll know its because of my cheating ways!!!
You`d think one could stay FAITHFUL to a DAMN diet!!!
posted 27-Feb-2009 9:44pm

So, I looked in the mirror the other day getting into the shower and discovered I had back fat (ugh gross!).So I went to my friend who happens to be a personal trainer and started back working out. We decided to attempt this diet together. I really want to jump start my healthy eating set of mind and this diet seems to be a good answer. We are on night one and so far I have not cheated! I think the soup is pretty good. I agree with previous comments that you need to spice it up, which I did. I will def give updates of my progress! Wish me luck ;)
posted 2-Mar-2009 9:44pm

Ok I am on my second day today... lets see, yesterday was hard, had a minor headache and felt dizzy.. I am hoping to lose 15 lbs atleast... lets see...will be posting...

posted 8-Mar-2009 5:04am

i tried the diet,didnt cheat at all. did it with a couple of my mates and found that it generally works better for people with more fat to lose..

but it works
and the soup is horrible after the second day, no matter what you add to it!
i couldnt stand the smell of our house even!
posted 9-Mar-2009 1:43am

First day today. I have tried this diet many years ago. I too just want to stop my cravings for sweets. I forget if this diet allows coffee, so if anyone knows please let me know. This diet does work but will most definitly make you weak, just take vitamins and do not be too physically active. My goal is eight pounds and I will post my success in a week. You should also be in good health and an adult if you go on this diet. :) Good luck to all of you.
posted 14-Mar-2009 7:01pm

I am on day 5 and i am so bored of cabbage soup. Its a fantastic diet that really works if u need a quick fix however it drives u mad! By day 3 i had lost 5 lbs. I do think the bigger u r the more weight u lose and as i have recently lost weight anyway i dont think i am likely to lose as much as some people.

Oh and i cheated slightly today- the jelly babies got the better of me. I tell u what tho- this diet has definately shrunk my stomach. Im never hungry and get full very easily. A tip- u need determination or you will fail miserably. Good luck.
posted 4-Apr-2009 2:09pm

so far so good. im only on day 3 of the diet,but i fasted the day prior to begining the diet,so the cabbage soup actually tasted great!(being irish doesnt hurt either)i can already tell ive lost weight just because some shorts i have wouldnt fit very well a week ago,theyre much looser now.i plan on eating much less,and much healthier from now on,and doing this diet once a month.i feel great!!
posted 12-Apr-2009 4:39am

Hello all,

I'm 5ft3" and weigh 167 lbs (11st.13lbs) Im 26 and have a 5 year old son. So i cant blame my weight gain on having a child as it was 5 years ago.

I'm on Day 2, While i was making the soup yesterday it smelt lovely so i was looking forward to having some i blended it all up and had 2 bowls, but this morning it actually made me gag which i dont get cause i liked it lol.

I am still drinking coffee but 1 a day(in the morning) with no milk and one sweetner there is no way i could cope with the caffine withdrawel headache aswell as everything else i have to come (so i have read.

Not been to the toilet yet nor have i weighed myself, il wait till the week is up cause i dont want to get down about not losing any weight if i havent :S

Might have a slimmertea later help me out a little.

Im really excited to be trying something new and the thought of cheating hasn't even popped into my head, im looking forward to the bananas and milk day!

Good luck everyone :)
posted 15-Apr-2009 7:03pm

I'm on day 2 of the diet and gained 2 lbs! I haven't cheated at all. I feel really bloated....anybody know why?
posted 16-Apr-2009 12:22pm

Have you been to the toilet yet Ginger?
posted 16-Apr-2009 12:25pm

I'm on day 6 and lost 7lbs, haven't cheated till today i had 3/4 of a pint, then a JD and diet coke and a coffee with milk.. i know its not alot but i feel Sooooooooooo Guilty. Maybe cause its not food it wont be much of a problem. :S
posted 17-Apr-2009 10:26am

Today was the first time on the toilet but it wasn't much at all,,,still feel bloated too! I'm on day 4 today. I have cheated everyday but with just vanilla coffee cream in my 2 cups of coffee each day,,that's it.
posted 20-Apr-2009 8:10am

hey just started this diet today!! have bronchitis tho 2 so not feeling the best! just had soup there,,very filling and thick! its a yellow orange color,,just wanted to no if this is the normal color or is it meant to be sum other color!? this is the recipe i followed!.....
Cabbage Soup Recipe

* 6 large green onions
* 2 green peppers
* 1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
* 3 Carrots
* 1 Container (10 oz. or so) Mushrooms
* 1 bunch of celery
* half a head of cabbage
* 1 package Lipton soup mix
* 1 or 2 cubes of bouillon (optional)
* 1 48oz can V8 juice (optional)
* Season to taste with salt, pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc.


Slice green onions, put in a pot and start to saute with cooking spray.

Cut green pepper stem end off and cut in half, take the seeds and membrane out. Cut the green-pepper into bite size pieces and add to pot.

Take the outer leafs layers off the cabbage, cut into bite size pieces, add to pot.

Clean carrots, cut into bite size pieces, and add to pot.

Slice mushrooms into thick slices, add to pot.

If you would like a spicy soup, add a small amount of curry or cayenne pepper now.

You can use beef or chicken bouillon cubes for seasonings. These have all the salt and flavors you will need.

Use about 12 cups of water (or 8 cups and the V8 juice), cover and put heat on low. Let soup cook for a long time - two hours works well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
posted 22-Apr-2009 12:16am

after trying low carb unsuccessfully (cheated!!!), i have made a biiiig pot of the soup today, after reading all these comments i want to start right now, i hope it will work!
this diet is perfect for me, i like to see results fast and if i lose atleast 10 lb i will be motivated to keep it off and hopefully stay healthy (AND SKINNY!!!!) after day 7 of the soup diet....

did anybody do the diet longer than 7 days?
posted 2-May-2009 11:11am

I think the key to an ejoyable soup is the spices and the thickness. I completly fill the pot with vegetables , canned chopped tomatoes, a can of rotel, and then add 48 oz of v-8 juice. You should be just about out of room in your pot! Add enough water to reach top. After it cooks down a little bit you will be able to stir it better. That is when I add my Lipton "beefy mushroom", a couple of beef boullion cubes, and chili powder. I really enjoy it!! It is thick and filling! I will continue to make it even if I am not dieting! ( I also added a buch of chopped cilantro and okra to the soup!!) YUM!!!!!
7lbs lighter
posted 4-May-2009 4:03pm

Today is my last day of this diet. So far as of this am, I am 7lbs down from 1 wk ago - I have not cheated. I am thrilled:)
posted 13-May-2009 3:47pm

I just started this diet today. I am 5'4" and weigh 140lbs, I gave birth to twin girls in October and need to lost the baby weight, when I came across this diet I thought it was worth the try. So far the soup is good. I also plan on working out every other day, has anybody worked out while on this diet? I think after the 7 days if you continued to work out and eat healthy the weight will hopefully stay off. I will post my experience on the diet daily to let everybody know how the diet is going and will give my end results. I hoping to lose 10+ lbs. My ideal weight would be 115-118lbs.
posted 17-May-2009 6:10pm

i just started this diet today and my soup actually tastes good lol, i like cabbage and i added veggies and things so it tastes pretty good. i plan on eating only the soup and fruit blended drinks for a week. i hope it works!
posted 21-May-2009 5:05pm

I suppose I'm in the minority, but I like the soup flavor! In fact, my 8-year old had a playdate yesterday and this friend thought the soup looked great. Uh oh...what should I do? So, I told her it was a wonderful and healthy veggie soup. The girls loved it and I was thrilled they got all those veggies in them! OK, so my daughter had to add brown rice to it to make it yummy, but her friend had 2 bowl straight up!

2 pointers for my soup - 1. I take a few spoonfuls and cuisinart them - blend them and then add them back into the ppot. This gives the soup a thicker consistency and make it sinfully creamy.

2. I also put a ton of italian parsley.

Really, what other options are there for a real quick jump start? I'm only on day 3 but down 4 lbs. So far, so good. Good luck to all of us! :)
posted 25-May-2009 1:55am

I've made the soup and i will be starting the soup in the morning..... Wish me luck..
posted 25-May-2009 5:03pm

I've started today... So far so good.. The soup doesn't taste that bad.. i added V8 juice when i was cooking it... Some spices as well.. i weighed myself this morning and i'm 156.6 pounds.. i will be back in a few days to let you know if it has worked for me..
posted 10-Jun-2009 4:02pm

I lost 5 pounds... i am down to 151... However i must admit that i cheated a few times and i ddidn't finish the diet so i know i would have lost more if i sticked to the diet...

I have started it again today... and this time around i will be doing 45 mins on the treadmill every 2 days..... My goal weight this time is 145 pounds....

I will come back with the results...
posted 12-Jun-2009 2:56pm

Well I have to say, I am on day three. I have NOT been gassy. I lost 4lbs so far. I am still energized to go to the gym. and I must say I could not eat the soup. I have been drinking it. I take a bowl of it and throw it in the blender. And let me tell you it is so much easier to stomach. I am going to do it for the full 7 days and if it puts me close to where I need to be I will do it again after two weeks.
posted 14-Jun-2009 11:49am

ok now on day five. still only four pounds lost. I am glad I did not gain any when I started. I was told I would the first couple days and then lose it. Energy level is still good. Yesterday was the first day I felt a little under the weather. I am out of soup so I will need to make more:( I am a little scared to do the beef today and tomorrow seeing how I didn't really lose anything.I did cheat on day two by having one piece of my sons cereal, and yesterday by having one popcorn chicken bite. 4lbs is discouraging seeing how I am also going to the gym 5 days a week.
posted 23-Jun-2009 2:25am

Can we substitute the beef for chicken? I dont eat beef!
posted 30-Jun-2009 3:29pm

Today is my 3rd day. I love the cabbage soup I made. I did not cheat. My problem: I lost 1 lb !!! Just one! How long do I have to wait for the results?
posted 17-Jul-2009 8:27pm

I'm on my fourth day - I weighed myself on 3rd day and only lost 1.8 lbs - weighed myself this morning on 4th day and didn't lose anymore weigh - I didn't cheat.
day one I had fruit for breakfast - soup for lunch - fruit for snack - soup for dinner and more fruit - water all day
day two - soup for lunch and steamed veggies - soup for dinner and more steamed veggies then backed potatoe - water all day
day three - fruit for breakfast - soup foe lunch with some more veggies - soup for dinner and more fruit and veggies - water all day
bananas and skim milk shake for breakfast - soup for lunch more shake - soup for dinner - a banana
can someone please tell me what I'm doing wrong?
posted 19-Jul-2009 10:42am

It's not necessarily the cabbage causing the gas as this soup has lots of fiber, which can make you gassy as well. I took Beano on the diet and had no gas problems at all. Lost eight pounds the first week! Second week had only high protein shakes and HUGE salads...five more pounds off! Back on the cabbage diet for week three, and six more pounds off. Eating very light this week, but did add fruits, hard boiled eggs and broiled fish. I find this week on-week off method seems to be working extremely well.
posted 20-Jul-2009 1:57pm

Actually doing better. After on day 5 weighed myself and lost 3 more lbs. This is day 7 this morning I was 5 lbs down. I'm hoping to loose 3 more lbs today. I seem to have lost most of the weight when I ws on the bananas & skim milk da. thinking of doing that on day 8 without soup. Does anyone have any thoughts on that?
posted 22-Jul-2009 1:29am

can i just do this diet by just eating the soup whenever i'm hungry?
Fruit Freak
posted 25-Jul-2009 10:57pm

Ann, fruit has a lot of sugar in it. I was on a 40 day fast back in February where the majority of the time all I ate was strictly cabbage. I only put green peppers and onions in it. Onions are good for passing bowel movements. When I stuck straight to the cabbage and water, I lost a total of 20 pounds in 15 days of the last 15 days of my fast. I usually did not add any salt because it holds water and used either white or cider vinegar which also helps with the weight loss, creates a ph balance in your intestines, helps your body simulate nutrients from the cabbage better and helps with indigestion if it occurs. I found that I had more energy and lost more weight when I limited my fruit intake to one a day for added energy and stuck strictly to cabbage and LOTS of water. I am restarting the cabbage diet tomorrow to get some fast results in addition to taking my Metformin for insulin resistance and multivitamins. Hope that helps to speed along ur process.
posted 26-Jul-2009 8:06pm

Thanks Fruit Freak - So you didn't stick to the recipe you made the cabbage with onions & peppers? How about the 7 day diet did you follow that with the bananas & skim milk the beef and so on?
posted 26-Sep-2009 10:07am

I am on day 3 of this diet and its actually not that bad. I thought day 2 of just vegetables would suck but it didn't actually and after I ate that potato my stomach hurt so bad but It kept me full. Today Im glad I get fruit again. lol. I hate HATE the soup tho. I make myself eat at least 2 bowls a day tho, I. Although when I feel like I am about to pass out I boiled some eggs and just eat one, I dont allow myself more then 1 egg and 1 cheesestick.
posted 18-Oct-2009 3:20pm

Hey guys - I've just read all of the above and I'm going to give this diet a blast!

I dont have much weight to lose..I'm currently around 70kgs but I'd like to be around 61-63. I really want to give it a proper go and I'm gonna be starting it next week as I know I've got a big week in work where I'll be attending a few lunches and there's no point fooling myself that I'll stick to it, I wanna give it a proper shot to give me the kickstart I need to shifting some of the excess fat around my hips and tummy. Anyone else around my weight given this a go, and how much did you lose?

Hope things are goin well for y'all :)
posted 20-Nov-2009 6:25pm

i want to looooooooooooossssssssssssseee 30LBS
posted 28-Nov-2009 8:33am

I'm on Day 4 of the diet - the hardest day for me since I hate bananas and I'm actually alright. Made the bananas and milk into a shake, which makes it easier to get down. I lost 5lbs so far, but I've not noticed it in the fit of my clothes yet. I'm doing this to motivate myself, after failing to diet in a regular way. After seeing myself hopefully lose more weight this week, I'll be more determined to keep it off afterwards. After I've finished this diet, I'm going to go make sure I eat properly - a yoghurt for breakfast, veg soup for lunch and then a full meal for dinner. Should keep the weight off, I hope! And no snacking!

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