Original Diet Cabbage Soup

"This is the recipe From Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital which is used for overweight heart patients to lose weight rapidly usually before surgery. So it is safe, and a great way to lose weight anytime!"
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Ready In:
4-6 cups




  • Cut vegetables in small to medium pieces and cover with water. Boil fast for ten minutes.
  • Reduce to simmer and continue cooking until vegetables are tender. This soup can be eaten antime you are hungry.
  • Eat as much as you want. This soup will not add calories. The more you eat the more you will lose. Fill a thermos in the morning if you will be away during the day. If eaten alone for indefinite periods you would suffer malnutrition.
  • For drinks - unsweetened juices, tea, coffee, cranberry juice or water.
  • The diet:

  • Day One: Eat only soup and fresh fruits, except for bananas.
  • Day Two: All vegetables. Eat all raw or canned vegetables except beans, peas or corn. Eat along with the soup. At dinner time eat a large baked potato and butter. Eat no fruits.
  • Day Three: Eat all the soup, fruits and veggies you want. No potatoes or bananas.
  • (If you have adhered to the diet-you should have lost 5-7 lbs by now).
  • Day Four: Eat 3 bananas and drink 3 glasses of skim milk. Drink as many glasses of water as you like. Eat lots of soup as well.
  • Day Five: Eat the soup at least once this day. You mau jave 10-20 ounces of beef and a can of tomatoes or as many as 6 frest tomatoes. Try to drink 6-8 glasses of water to wash away uric acid from your body.
  • Day Six: Beef and veggies. Eat all the beef and vegetables you want, but no potato. Eat the soup at least once today.
  • Day Seven: Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juice and vegetables.Again stuff yourself and be sure to have the soup at least once today.
  • At the end of the seventh day you should have lost 10-17 lbs.
  • If you have lost more than 15 lbs, stay off the diet for two days.
  • This seven day eating plan can be used as often as you like. If correctly followed, it will clean your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well-being as never before.
  • Broiled Chicken or Fish may be substituted for the beef on only one of the beef days.
  • No Nos: Bread, alcohol, carbonated drinks,and NO Fried foods.

Questions & Replies

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  1. indigo.sky
    Day 2 states you can eat all raw and canned vegetables, are cooked vegetables not allowed? After completing the seven day cabbage soup diet, what menu plan is recommended to maintain weight loss?
  2. justdawn63
    Can you add curry powder?
  3. Innagodadavida
    What is a substitute for Lipton onion soup mix?


  1. ivy7582
    I made this last nite to use for the week. The only thing I changed it the 3 pounds of carrots. I only used one pound or I think it would have turned into carrot soup. It is very tasty & sustaining. We'll see how it tastes after a week. :D)
  2. laurenpie
    Really works, and tasty. I add lots of fresh cilantro.
  3. Head cook and bottl
    This seems to be a tremendous amount of sodium per serving to be consuming during the day between the canned veggies and the onion soup mix! To decrease the salt chop your own fresh tomatoes(this way you could eliminate seeds). Use the now available NO SALT or LOW SODIUM canned green beans, or frozen poly bags of these as well as the carrots found in the frozen food section of the store. Also in place of the lipton soup mix, you can use dehydrated onions in the spice isle of the store with low sodium canned beef broth or chicken broth found on store shelves nowadays. Or if you really want some of the soup mix flavor use just half of it with the addition of the above onion and broth.
  4. juliedpc
    This seems entirely out of whack and I've made cabbage diet soup for years. There's no way you get only four to six servings out of a soup made with an 3 lbs of carrots, an entire head of cabbage and an entire bunch of celery, not to mention 16 oz (two cups right there) of tomatoes and the other ingredients. Cover that with water, you're getting way more servings out of this recipe. When I make a batch of soup following one of the many, many variations out there ever since this hit the fax machine circuit in the 80s, it lasts for 4 days, eating 3 servings a day. Secondly if you look at the nutrition info, that too is completely wrong. These cabbage soup recipes all work out to about 70 calories per serving - this lists it at 244 calories per serving? The whole point is the soup is made of very low calorie items - unless you're cooking it in lard, this is entirely wrong. And this after the instructions say "this soup will not add calories" - the recipe has the right types of ingredients, but it reads like the Stone Soup story.
  5. quantumhealthcentre
    Excellent receipe Have done diet several times For variety and to avoid boredom try add the following to a bowl of soup: 1. chopped fresh coriander 2. some fish sauce 3. minced garlic and teaspoon of vinegar to bowl of soup.


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