What is the 7-Day Diet (Cabbage Soup Diet)?
OK so let’s talk about the 7-day cabbage soup diet! It’s an old diet that has been around for YEARS and revised over and over again. You are likely to find several different versions online. Lately these 7-day diets have become really popular. Even Dr. Oz has one.
How Do You Do The 7 Day Diet?
On the 7-day diet you follow a certain eating plan every day. Along with eating these specific foods you are allowed to have cabbage soup aka wonder soup aka weight loss soup aka miracle soup aka weight watcher soup (so many names for this soup.) whenever you’d like.
This is what drew me to the 7-day cabbage soup diet because I love that I can eat this soup in unlimited quantities. I HATE being hungry and I will not stick to any kind of diet if I’m hungry. Point. Blank. Period. Don’t forget you MUST drink 8 glasses of water each day. My results vary if I slack on water, but 7-10 pounds is what I usually lose.
The Cabbage Soup Recipe ( Wonder Soup)
Now about this weight loss Cabbage Soup (Wonder Soup), most websites featuring this diet says you should boil the vegetables in water, uh…no ma’am!! I’ve always used chicken broth or vegetable broth with seasoned canned tomatoes and it has never hindered my weight loss that I know of.
There is NO WAY I would be eating this soup every day if I made it with water. Yuck! Throughout the diet I also use salt (very lightly), pepper, lots of herbs & seasonings, olive oil, and a tad of butter on potato day. I also add 0-5 calorie flavorings to my water to make sure I get in all my water if needed. These changes have never affected my results.
7-Day Diet Eating Chart
(Don’t forget to drink your water daily and eat your cabbage soup as much as you like!)
7-Day Cabbage Soup Diet FAQ’S
(Always talk to your doctor BEFORE starting a low-calorie diet such as this)
Here are a few frequently asked questions about the 7-day cabbage soup diet
Can I substitute it with other foods if I don’t eat what’s recommended? I totally don’t know because I’ve only substituted the water in the cabbage soup for chicken broth. Other than that I follow the plan with a few cheats here and there. : ) There’s only one way to find out, try it and see!! And be sure to come back and let us all know how it worked out!
I loved my results, can I do this beyond 7 days?
It isn’t recommended at all. Your body will start to hold on to weight if you cut it’s calories too much for an extended period of time. You’ll have much better weight loss results if you complete this diet and then start on a balanced, healthy diet for your size, while eliminating bad carbs and refined sugars.
Can I exercise on this diet?
Not recommended. Your calories are minimal on the cabbage soup diet, so do not exercise for the 7 days while on this diet and a few days afterwards.
I feel tired on this diet?
This diet may not be for you, especially if your days are high energy. This diet has low calories. Eat as much cabbage soup as you would like to keep your energy up and drink plenty of water. If I start to feel sluggish I cheat and have a baked sweet potato with butter, a protein shake or some juice.
I gained all my weight back shortly after completing this diet?
7-day diets work to eliminate mainly water weight which is why the results are so quick. Be sure to continue drinking lots of water after the diet. If you stop with the water intake, your body will start to hold on to fluids again.
Pace yourself after the diet and eat small, frequent portions of fruits, veggies, and proteins. No refined sugars and bad carbs. Don’t stuff yourself either. Start on a balanced eating plan or lifestyle that will support normal weight loss along with exercise. 7-day diets are mainly good for cleanses, quick water weight loss and pre-diet boosts.
7 Day Diet Weight Loss Soup Recipe
Recipe type: Soup
½ head of cabbage, chopped
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup white or yellow onion, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken broth
14 oz can basil, oregano, garlic diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
few shakes of black pepper
½ teaspoon salt (optional)
1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
2. Add celery, onions, bell peppers, and carrots.
3. Saute until slightly tender.
4. Stir in garlic.
5. Pour in chicken broth.
6. Stir in tomatoes and cabbage.
7. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat.
8. Cook until cabbage is tender.
9. Stir in oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, black pepper and salt (if using)
10. Taste broth and adjust seasoning if needed.
11. Serve and enjoy!
Jazz it up by adding lots of spices, herbs and a variety of veggies.
This makes enough for about 3 days.
Keeps well in the fridge for about 3 day.
Author of Recipe: Divas Can Cook