The cabbage soup is a radical weight loss diet designed around a low-calorie low calorie diet. It is generally considered a fad diet, in which it is designed for short-term weight-loss and requires no long-term commitment. The typical claim of the diet is to lose 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of weight in a week, though nutritional experts argue that it is almost impossible to lose that much fat in a week.
The origins of the diet are unknown, and it first gained popularity as a piece of fax in the 1980s. The diet has many names, usually linking the diet to a mainstream institution, including the “Sacred Heart Diet”, “Military Cabbage Soup”, “TJ Miracle Soup Diet”, and “Russian Peasant Diet”. All of the institutions have a relationship with the diet. As a general rule, the most important thing is that the dieter can consume as much as he wants.
Many individuals and medical professionals are critical of the diet. Most of the weight lost and not fat, and therefore not permanent. The amount of calories per day while on the diet is far lower than what is considered safe for long term consumption. In addition, the recipe for an extremely high sodium content, usually to make it palatable, and the diet provides for a long time. Many people report feeling weak and light-headed during the race of the diet. The most common forms of criticism have been made, although spicy variations have appeared. Even so, the blandness of the day, and often report feeling nauseated when they smell the soup towards the end of the week-long diet.
* Utah State University commentary on fad diets