Let's hope there's recipes for more than cabbage soup.
The rigorous phase of the Soup Diet, also known as the Cabbage Soup Diet, lasts only seven days. During this period dieters rely on a homemade vegetable soup to lose weight, both by melting the fat away and by eliminating excess water from the body. After the initial phase, dieters undergo a seven-day stabilization phase. Here are some of the diet principles.
Eat as much of the fat burning soup as you want. Have some of this soup for breakfast, lunch, supper, and even the mid-morning snack. The recipe follows. For three liters (about three quarts of water) cook for about an hour the following cut-up vegetables: Three large onions, 1 or 2 cans of peeled tomatoes, a green cabbage, 2 eggplants, 2 bell peppers, 3 asparagus, 1 stalk of parsley, 3 bay leaves, 4 cloves of garlic, salt, pepper, curry, and other spices to taste.
On a daily basis eat proteins such as 150 grams (about 5 ounces) of lean fish, 4 egg whites, 150 grams of skinless, lean white meat (but not pork), or 200 grams of tofu daily. Eat two snacks a day, a bowl of soup in the morning and a fruit or a no-fat yogurt in the afternoon. During the stabilization phase the morning snack becomes a no-fat yogurt. Take dietary supplements. Drink a lot of water and green tea. During the stabilization phase you may once again eat bread and olive oil. But pasta is still not allowed.
I hope you like cabbage.
An advantage of the Cabbage Soup diet is you don’t have to cook much. But you may get sick of that *** soup. And the meals lack variety.
Here are two sample menus:
Menu 1 Breakfast: Grapefruit. Sugarless no-fat yogurt. A bowl of soup. Green tea. Lunch: A bowl of soup. 150 grams of chicken breast. A plate of broccoli. A few slices of pineapple. Green tea. Supper: A bowl of soup. 4 egg whites. Green salad. A kiwi.
Menu 2 (Stabilization Phase) Breakfast: An apple. A light yogurt. A slice of whole-grain bread with a pat of margarine. A green tea or coffee. Lunch: Green salad with olive oil and vinegar. 80 grams of lean beef. A plate of broccoli. A few slices of pineapple. Green tea. Supper: A bowl of soup. 150 grams of halibut. A plate of leeks. A kiwi.
Some of the information in this article comes from a fascinating new book, La Bible des Régimes, written by Jenny de Jonquières and published by Amérik Media. Her book describes more than 80 diets and weight reduction programs. Each diet is presented with 5 menu plans, a detailed discussion of its advantages and disadvantages, and lots more. This information-packed book is presently available only in French. For more information consult the publisher’s website www.amerik-media.com.