Cabbage Soup Diet FAQs

Between this and my eBook that you can pick up for free off the homepage, I answer all the questions you can think of, so please review these valuable resources!

Yours in Cabbage,
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Alcohol / Beverages

Can I drink diet soda?

Skip the soda this week, diet included. Not only are there artificial sweeteners, even in the diet stuff, but (like alcohol) one usually leads to more. If you need caffeine, have unsweetened black tea or coffee.

What kind of juice can I drink? Is there any other unsweetened fruit juice that I can drink?

100% unsweetened cranberry juice is the only juice permitted this week.

Can I drink alcohol during the week?

This week, avoid all alcohol. Many alcohols contain sugar, which you want to avoid this week. Drinking also often leads to over eating, and one drink usually leads to two..or three. Skip it this week! (No wine, beer, or light beer, either.)

What beverages are allowed?

Water! Additionally, you can also have unsweetened tea, unsweetened black coffee, and original V-8 juice. On your fruit days, you can also have 100% unsweetened cranberry juice. On Day 4 only, you can have skim milk (or non-fat soy).

I do not drink skim milk. What are some healthy alternatives for Day 4?

If you do not drink skim milk, you can try fat-free soy milk or rice milk.  If you do not drink any kind of milk, have a serving or two or non-fat, plain yogurt, with as little sugars (and as few ingredients!) as you can find.

Can I add Splenda to my coffee or tea this week?

Not this week.  Even though splenda is a “zero cal” sweetener, it does have artificial ingredients that we do not want this week.  Lighten your tea with lemon or your coffee with a dash of skim milk.

Can I add Crystal Light to my water?

Like Splenda, even though it may have no calories, it still has artificial ingredients, including complex sugars, that we want to avoid.  Flavor your water with lemon slices, watermelon cubes, sprigs of mint, or whatever you like that is fresh!


Cheating

What should I do if I cheat?

Get over it quickly and continue on with the program. You don’t need to go back to Day 1. Just finish up the day you were on and move on to the next day. If cheating on diets is something you’re prone to do often, you may want to consider a supplemental program to help you stick to the plan of your choice, Cabbage Soup or not.

I am thinking of cheating, what should I do?

I suggest you cheat small with whatever food you are craving. Personally, I always crave protein on days 1-3 so if I cheat I cook one egg or eat a piece of cheese. Go for a healthy cheat, not a giant piece of cake or something like that!

What are some healthy cheat I can have?

A couple healthy cheats include adding a TEAspoon of olive oil to your soup or using a small amount to sauté your veggies. You could also add a teaspoon of grated cheese or low fat mozzarella to your soup – but that’s per day not per bowl!

If I am doing this diet as a cleanse, can I still cheat and lose weight?

No. If you’re using the diet as a weeklong cleanse, you must not cheat or you will not be fully cleansed!


Feeling Off - Constipation/Dizzy/Not losing Weight

I have been getting headaches and feeling extremely dizzy and weak while also experiencing sleepless nights, is this normal?

The Cabbage Soup Diet will affect every person differently. Certain body types are able to handle the low-carb, low-protein, and low-cal diet better than other body types. If you let yourself get hungry then this diet will turn out to be extremely hard. You can try adding small portions of protein such as egg whites, chicken breast, and dried nuts to help with the symptoms. Or take an Excedrin or other headache reliever with caffeine.

After the third day, I noticed I was constipated. Is this normal?

If you’re feeling constipated any day of the diet, drink more water and eat more soup! If it persists, take a mild constipation reliever. You may also find that taking a walk will help to work through your system, plus you’re getting in some exercise, too. Bonus!

I am feeling bloated! Can I use gas relief pills?

Yes. You will probably feel quite bloated on this diet. If you tend to retain more water and feel bloated, I would even suggest that you begin taking simethicone pills, like Gas-X or Beano, as soon as you start the diet. If you wait until you have a stomach ache, you might suffer for a couple of hours until they start to work.

I am following the Diet perfectly, why am I not losing weight?

Couple reasons! First, perhaps you’re using too much salt or too many spices. Be careful of spices and bouillon cubes that are consumed. MSG will make you retain water for as long as 4 days. Continue drinking 8-10 glasses of water with this diet, it does work. Or, perhaps you’re adding things, like butter to your veggies. Instead of butter, try Pam Butter Spray instead. Butter contains a lot of excess calories and fat. Are you adding sugar to your fruits? Try a low calorie sweetener instead. Also, try to cut sugar where you can. Juice can be full of sugar, so omit that this week, too. And no diet soda!


Food / Substitution Questions

Can I have avocado this week?

Skip avocado as it contains too much fat!

I know there are a couple of FRUIT days. Can I have dried fruits?

No, they contain too much sugar, same with jarred fruit. Stick to the fresh stuff!

Why can’t I eat bananas all week?

They contain fructose, fruit sugar, which all sugars contain, but they are a high starch, high carb fruit, so skip them except on Day 4.

I hate bananas! Are there are substitutes?

Bananas are recommended because they contain carbs and calories, something you’ll want by Day 4. You can successfully substitute bananas with papaya, kiwi, or apricots.

I hate the taste of brown rice, what else can I eat?

If you dislike brown rice, just repeat Day 3 over again, and eat plenty of soup!

Are any fruits prohibited on the Cabbage Soup Diet? What fruits are NOT ok?

Do not have dried fruit of any kind, raisins, dates, and try to limit fruit with a high sugar content, like pineapples. Bananas are not allowed except for day four.

What fruit can I have this week?

Apples, apricots, blackberries, grapefruit, grapes, kiwi, mangos, melons, peaches, pears, plums, oranges, raspberries, strawberries, and local items native to your area. Limit consumption of high sugar fruits like pineapple.

I hate mushrooms! Can I omit them?

Yes, you can omit without any consequences or substitutes.

I hate tomatoes! What can I substitute for them?

In the soup, you can omit them without consequences. For Day 5, you can substitute red pepper, watermelon, and grapefruit. They all contain lycopene.

I am not familiar with a “Green Onion.” What is it?

Green onions are also called “Spring” onions in the UK and other countries.  The ones I mean have a white bottom, long green top, and are similar to a scallion.  You can use white ones, as well.

I cannot find Lipton’s Soup Mix. What else can I use?

Your soup mix can be any brand, but it should have: all spices, no noodles, no rice, and very low salt.  You can skip the mix altogether and just add spices that you like, but add as little salt as possible.

Can I have edamame this week?

If you are a vegetarian, you can have edamame instead of meat on Days 5 and 6, otherwise, skip it this week.

Which fruits and vegetables contain the lowest amounts of natural sugar?

During your week on the Cabbage Soup Diet, there are a few veggies you should NOT have, including corn, peas, beans, potatoes (except on Day 2) and bananas (except on Day 4). Besides that, you can eat whatever fruits and veggies you like – but you should try to choose produce LOW in sugar! Here is a convenient list for you – and try to limit those high glycemic items!

Veggies


Low Glycemic Veggies

Asparagus,Beet greens, Broccoli, Cabbage (of course!), Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Endive lettuce, Mustard greens, Radishes, Spinach, Watercress

Medium Glycemic Veggies

Beets, Brussels sprouts, Chives, Collard greens, Dandelion leaves, Kale, Leeks, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Peppers, Pumpkin, Rutabagas, Turnips

High Glycemic Veggies

Artichokes, Carrots, Parsnips, Potato

*Corn, Dried Beans, Potatoes, Squash and Yam are ALL on the High Glycemic list – make sure to omit them completely this week!

Fruits


Low Glycemic Fruits

Cantaloupe, Rhubarb

Medium Glycemic Fruits

Apples, Apricots, Bananas (Day 4 only!), Cherries, Cranberries, Grapefruit, Guava, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Oranges, Papaya, Plums, Tomatoes, Watermelon

High Glycemic Fruit

Blueberries, Figs, Grapes, Kumquats, Loganberries, Mangoes, Mulberries, Pears, Pineapple, Pomegranates, Prunes


General Questions

I am under 18. Can I go on the Cabbage Soup Diet?

Ask your doctor first!  This is such a reduced calorie, no-fat, little vitamin diet that I would think someone still growing would need extra nutrition.  I am not a doctor though, so please ask yours!

I work out every day. Can I keep working out at the same intensity during my week on the Cabbage Soup Diet?

The best rule here is to listen to your body.  With that said, this is NOT the week to run the Boston Marathon.  Since you’re eating such a reduced calorie load with little energy producing carbs, you may need to reduce your workout. Perhaps try something rigorous but less cardio related, like yoga!

Can I go on the Cabbage Soup Diet if I am diabetic?

I am not a doctor, so check with yours, first! This diet calls for no sugar on a few days, so if your diet is controlled by diet alone, you may want to modify this diet.  Have just one bowl of soup per day as a meal replacement and continue eating healthy.

I LOVE my results from the Cabbage Soup Diet and feel amazing. How soon can I repeat the diet?

The Cabbage Soup Diet is intended for a period of 7 days only, because it has such reduced calories and nutrition.  You should wait at least 2 weeks before you begin the Cabbage Soup Diet again.

Will one pot of soup last all week? What do I do with the excess?

You will probably need to make two batches of soup this week, and refrigerate the
extra to re-heat later.

How much Soup should I eat every day?

Aim for 2-3 bowls or soup per day, or more. The soup should be the main component of your diet this week.  If you get hungry, eat more soup!


Vegetarian

Can vegetarians use the Cabbage Soup Diet?

Yes, but you may be hungry towards the end of your week! You may substitute tofu for the beef, but most people have difficulty digesting that much soy protein and your body will probably be looking for a protein source by days 5 and 6. If that is the case, have a small glass of fat-free soy milk.