Cabbage Soup Diet, The New Cabbage Soup Diet, Ultimate Cabbage Soup Diet, and Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe – these are just a few examples of the books that are available for this diet.
I almost feel as if I am in Poland. They eat a lot of cabbage over there and for a good reason. Some studies suggest that raw cabbage contains certain enzymes that could help prevent breast cancer – so it is a popular food for Polish women.
However, they do not diet on cabbage alone. For the most part, Polish people do not diet at all, because they seem to have pretty good eating habits.
So why is Cabbage Soup Diet so popular in U.S.?
If you think it has something to do with weight loss, you are right. Unlike the original Cabbage Soup Diet, The New Cabbage Soup Diet promises a safer and more effective weight loss.
But why cabbage? Well, according to the claims, the cabbage has fat burning properties. The diet also claims to help you quickly lose weight – up to 15 pounds in about a week.
All of these claims are true and the cabbage soup is pretty tasty. There is only one thing – the cabbage burns as much fat as a cucumber does, or any other vegetable for that matter. It does not have any special fat burning properties.
You can lose weight quickly on the cabbage soup diet, because for the most part, all low-calorie diets lead to a short-term weight loss. Unfortunately, these diets could also help develop loose skin and sluggish metabolism.
It is exciting to lose 15 pounds in one week, but it is not healthy. Worst of all, this kind of weight loss is misleading, because it mostly comes from the loss of water and muscle.
You do not want to do that – muscle mass is your friend. The more you have it, the better your chances to lose weight permanently. It helps you burn the fat and it supports your metabolism.
If you are looking for ways to incorporate vegetables into your diet, perhaps the cabbage soup diet could help you do that.
If you are looking for a permanent weight loss, there are much better diets out there.