Lets Look at an example of a fad diet: the Cabbage Soup Diet. What is wrong with eating a large percentage of a particular food and cutting back or excluding other foods?
Nothing in the short term. You can lose some weight if you only have a few pounds to lose.
The Cabbage Soup Diet will not be a good diet to stick with and it will not help you maintain your weight or promote good health.
The Cabbage Soup Diet Plan:
A 7-day diet of cabbage soup (home cooked), plus a mixture of other fruits & vegetables and a little meat.
What’s For Dinner:
The Cabbage Soup Diet
Home-made cabbage soup, plus any fruit, (no bananas).
Home-made cabbage soup, plus other vegetables, including a baked potato with butter for dinner (no potatoes on other days)
Home-made cabbage soup, plus other fruits and vegetables.
Home-made cabbage soup, plus anything up to 8 bananas and fat-free milk.
Home-made cabbage soup, plus 6 tomatoes and up to 450 grams of meat or fish.
Home-made cabbage soup, plus meat and vegetables.
Home-made cabbage soup, plus brown rice, pure fruit juice, and vegetables.
The Cabbage Soup Diet: Advantages:
Probably quite good as a short term break from the average junk-food diet.
Home-made soup is a good slimming food – although any vegetable soup will do – and is reasonably filling.
The Cabbage Soup Diet: Drawbacks:
1. Not good as a regular or long-term diet plan.
2. Extremely monotonous.
3. Not a sufficiently balanced diet.
4. Lacks other important vitamins and minerals.
5. Does not help you to change your eating habits
(which is the No 1 secret of permanent weight loss).
The Cabbage Soup Diet: Conclusion:
If you need a break from junk food, or if you have only a couple of pounds to lose, it might be worthwhile obtaining a copy of this diet.
DON’T follow it for any longer than 7 days.
Also, after 7 days of cabbage soup you may never want to eat another vegetable again!
NOTE: Cabbage does not possess any ‘fat-burning’ properties.