Flat Belly Tricks That Work!

Flat Belly Tricks That Work!

You already know that the stomach is one of the hardest things to work out, tone, or define.

The Cabbage Soup Diet helps you to beat the bloat so your belly feels flatter and smoother, by ridding our bodies of sodium.

Most of us tend to eat thousands of milligrams of sodium per day – sodium makes us retain water, and our bellies feel bloated.

Remove the salt and you remove the bloat – that’s why the Cabbage Soup Diet works so well.

After The Soup

Even after you finish the Cabbage Soup week, there are other things you can do right now to help keep your Cabbage-flat belly there for GOOD.

Flat Belly 5

  • Easy one: KEEP salt out of your diet!  You lived without it for a full week on the Cabbage Soup Diet, so keep your good habits going! Replace your salt shaker with some red pepper flakes for extra points!


  • Chew thoroughly! I recently read that “digestion begins in the mouth” and if you only chew a few times before swallowing, you’re sending huge gobs of food into your belly.  It’ll take much longer for your body to break down big pieces of food to digest than small pieces.  If you chew longer, you give your mouth time to aid in digestion… which means you’ll digest faster and without a “food baby” or bloated belly.


  • Snack at 3pm!  Most people tend to have breakfast, a small snack, then lunch…and then not eat until dinner, sometimes as late as 6-7pm or later.  For a flat belly, you want to eat small meals but more often, which will keep your metabolism burning long after you stop eating.  For best results, have something with some protein, like some almonds or a piece of low fat cheese.


  • Reduce your sugar intake. Yep, seems like a no brainer. However, there is some science involved here.  The more sugar you eat, the more insulin you produce, we know this, right? The less sugar you eat, the lower your glucose levels remain. There is another chemical at work here too, calledglucagon, and the less sugar you eat, the more fat-fighting glucagon you produce. The more sugar you eat, the less glucagon you produce.


  • Eat WHOLE grains – but monitor your portions!  Whole grains (like quinoa, spelt, and others) are great for a flat belly. GOOD fats, like the ones Isabella discusses, DO include whole grains, and continuing to eat small amounts will help shrink your belly. (This doesn’t work if you eat the entire loaf of the warm French bread you got from the store).

The Last Tip Is Silly…

I listed this one as ½ of a tip, because it is pretty silly…but works!

  • See a comedy! No kidding – laughing strengthens abs, it’s that simple.  Go to see a comedy show, watch a silly movie, even turn on America’s Funniest Videos for some cheesy, gut-busting laughter.  Smiling will also put you in a good mood, too!

Those are a few short cuts I’ve thought of, read about, and practiced, over time, to help me maintain my weight and feel great all the time.  What do you do to look and feel your best?  If you have any flat belly tricks, please leave them in the comments!

Till next time,



Flat Belly Tricks That Work! — 326 Comments

      • Hi dear Catherine, i have tried the Cabbage-soup about 9 months ago. i had added a slat to my soup and i used to add sugar to my tea but i reduced it from 2 tsp to one 2 times a day, and i used to eat very little low fat sliced cheese with all what i have done i still did lose 4 kg and every body i knew realized that and i felt great!! but later on i spoiled my self and back to the bad eating, so i am now over weight again and this my 2 day with the cabbage-soup i am still having sugar in my tea and i ate a bout 100gm of piling meat in day one and also eating one hand full of natural macadamia. i want to know with all i have added to my soup and my tea is this will effect my health? and i is true that the cabbage-soup make us losing mussels more?
        My regards

  1. cutting salt out of my diet has worked wonders for me. I don’t feel bloated at all and have much more energy than before. I actually don’t even miss it. I love the cabbage soup and does my husband so we have it a couple times a day without going on the diet.

  2. I soooo want a flat belly as ! I’ve already started cutting down on sugar…would be so hard starting the rest as well! Yaaaaay! I’m tighting those abs!!!!!!

  3. hi, I have always had a lot of salt, its one the things I really need. Before I did the CSdiet I had followed Isabel del los Rios’s diet… and she supports salt intake (natural – unrefined) so I do use it. And I mention this because I ‘ve noticed that you suggest one goes on her diet after the Cabbage soup diet.
    thank you

  4. Cabbage Soup diet really work! I lost 8 lbs in a week! :) I will definitively try to keep the weight off and continue with the 5 steps belly tricks!

  5. i soooo hope i get goo results of this …. second day went perfect :-) and found it easy…i have a holiday next week so cramming in my final attempt before i go…fingers crossed :-)

  6. going to start this soup diet with my wife ,so i can help her along .being a chef i dont realy add salt to my food ,we have to much of the stuff

  7. Hi I’m on the diet – just finished Day 4.
    Everyone is eating all this wonderful gourmet meals
    And baked goods but I’m following the diet without cheating.
    I have lost 5 pounds during the 4 days.

  8. Hi
    I made the soup amd shopped the fruits and veggies. Day 1 will be tomorrow.
    I am hopeful that i will lose those extra pounds. still wish me good luck.

  9. hi catherine..am just curious. do i need to make a soup everyday for 7 days or i can make large container of soup which is good for a week and put it on a fridge?

  10. I need to lose weight for a military weigh-in next week (trying to join the National Guard) so I am trying this diet to see if I can lose weight fast and not slow like I have been!

  11. Hi i’m new at this and very excited to try this today is my first day, so far so good but have a question on day 5 theres either chicken or meat i would go with chicken but would like to know how to season my chicken regarding salt !!

    please help would really appreciated :)

  12. I think Im about to start the cabbage soup diet! One question, how much difference would it make if I only ate cabbage like without the exta carrots, tomatoes, and onions?

  13. Hi, started the diet today and looking foward to the results, a bit of a headache but i am trying to drink as much water as possible. I made two lots of soup and packed them in lunch boxes in the freezer to last the whole week. I blended one lot and then mixed with the other unblended half and the consistency and taste is awesome!

  14. Well I just completed day 2 of the CS diet and haven’t seen a drop in my weight yet. What is also frustrating me is ny stomach is looking larger and rounder than ever. I’m following everything to a T but it’s a bit discouraging. Is this normal and how long should it normally tske to start really seeing results.

    • If you’re not really overweight, it will take longer for changes to show. Also, I cannot tell if you’re male or female from your user name, but for women, our cycles can interrupt with weight loss. Def keep going, for some it doesnt show until Days5 or 6. Make sure you’re drinking 8-10 glasses of water and 3-4 big servings of soup.

  15. hi catherine i start my CS diet tomorrow i wt. 120 pds but want to get a flat stomach and get into shape is this a good diet for me? If so can i add yogurt to the diet “activia vanilla with fiber”

    • If that is an ideal weight for your height, then you will probably only lose a couple pounds with this diet. It will help with bloat, so yes, bellies do look firmer and youll fit into tight pants better. Do not add yogurt. Because youre already a decent weight, you must treat it as a cleanse to get the best results. NO salt, NO butters or dressing, nothing to drink but water, no chewing gum, etc.

  16. I am on Day 4 and i have already lost 9lbs. I am soo excited that I lost it so fast that I wanna cheat and eat a cookie bt I want: ). 3more days to go!

  17. I’m on my third day, i feel really bad because I cheated today as I was in lecture hall and felt and heard the embarassing buzz in my tummy. I find it really hard during the day because it is not practical to carry to soup to university. I do have my fruit but I normally do not eat a lot of veg, so I would love if anyone has any tips for cooking any types of veg which I can take out with me. Still continuing unto day four will not quit.

  18. I Love this soup….however the recipe I got didnt have mushrooms or carrots…which I am going to add tonight. No one told me not to eat salt? I have been putting salt in my soup. ????? salt soup or not?

  19. Hi, I lost 5kg/11.1 pounds in one week. Thanks for your advice. I exactly applied your guide and the result is fantastic.I need to loose 20kg more/3.149 stones, but already feeling lighter. This week I will make a normal diet and next week I will turn back to cabbage soup diet for one more week. Many thanks.

  20. Hi. Can kids eat this soup too? not as a diet but just like any other soup beside main food on the table ? why not chewing gum ? I found not added sugar in store but i did not try it yet cause I dont want to loos my diet ?

    • It really isnt healthy enough. Youd want to add protein to theirs or serve it with something else, like you mentioned. Gum is an OK cheat but it isnt good this week because when you chew gum, you suck in air which goes into your belly, causing bloating.

    • Soy or rice milk, or plain yogurt. Look for a greek yogurt as they have the most protein, but compare labels and get the ones with the lowest sugars, they sneak nasty amounts of sugar in yogurt

  21. Hi I just want to reduce a few inches off my waist. Is it ok that I get my periods during my diet week or should I start after my periods??

  22. Hi

    This diet is excellent. Both my wife and I are loving it! The veg’s in the soup are delicious!

    Many Thanks



  23. I am hoping this diet works….Im going to start tomorrow…..Am I supposed to cut the cabbage into small pieces and let it boil, and is it supposed to be cabbage alone, or can I add other vegetable? Thank You

  24. For the Chicken on Day 5 or 6 (instead of beef) what is the best way to cook it for this diet.
    Also for the brown rice on the last day, how much brown rice are we supposed to have?
    Thanks for all this information, and sharing the cababge soup diet, I am only on Day 2 but cant wait to se the results. My soup tastes great, not bland at all, i used lots of spices and 2 cans of tomatoes.

  25. Hi, I added a stock cube to the soup before I found your website. I hadn’t realised it was all about the NO SALT. However it was actually a reduced salt cube. Is this ok? I have a big pot ready to eat?

  26. Is it ok to add crystal light mix to my water for that week? Its only 5 calories and has no sugar or sodium….Thank you I am going to start this diet next week I can’t wait!!

  27. Day 4 was horrible because I hate both bananas and skim milk! I stuck with it though and I can see a difference in my body. I haven’t weighed myself because I know I would have become obsessed, but regardless of if I lost any pound I do feel healthier.

    • About the bananas and milk…we had bananas that were about to go bad, so we peeled then and put in bag in freezer. We put these in blender with skim milk to make a smoothie. maybe you might find this more palatable. I quite liked it.

  28. HI Catherine… Im starting the diet today and got some veggies that are not included in the recipe, I.E. zucchini, enoki mushrooms, yellow squash and kale. will this effect anything in my diet process? From reading most of your answer to similar questions its seems as so you can add any veggies in this soup but I want to be double sure if I’m going to be doing the diet for a week and not have it be a complete failure! appreciate you getting back to me in advance!

    <3 Christina Natalie

  29. Hi Catherine! I saw on another post that someone asked if they could substitute quinoa for the brown rice. But you didn’t answer it. Could you please this time? This is my third or fourth time on the diet and it has always worked for me but I’d rather the quinoa. Thanks in advance!

  30. Hello, I am going shopping today to buy all the stuff needed for csd. I can not stand tomatoes by themselves, is there anything I can substitute them with on day five? Thank you.

  31. Hi catherine, I am 158kg in weight and just discovred your cabbage soup. I have been trying different diets to loose weight but nothing seems to be working for me so far, do you think I have chances with your soup?. I need help as my situation is life threatennig.




  32. Hi catherine, I am 158kg in weight and just discovred your cabbage soup. I have been trying different diets to loose weight but nothing seems to be working for me so far, do you think I have chances with your soup?. I need help as my situation is life threatennig.




  33. you wont believe this, but where I am it is difficult to find skimmed milk. I only managed to get cowbell powdered milk (with a blend of skimmed milk) is this okay or forget about the whole csd

  34. I had done this diet last year and lost a total of 13 lbs. I followed your instructions to a T. After the diet I was motivated to continue to eat well. In addition, my skin cleared up from cleansing my system from so many toxins. Thank you so much for your guidance.

  35. Can u just have the just the soups water not the veggies ??
    I try have it all but someday I can ever take down the whole soup

  36. Ok I havent quite exactly started the diet yet but mu question and concern is at the time im truing to breast feed but aint making much milk.. If I strt the csd will it stop it completely? And if its ok to tke prenatal vitamins while on the diet?

    • Hello, I am a breastfeedind mom too. Regarding your issue of not making enough milk. you can try to take one of this: fenugreek (I bought it from amazon.com), also mother’s milk tea, and from Amazon.com too, they works wonder. My baby is almost 7 months now, and she eats a lot. The more you feed your baby with breast milk, the more of milk you will produce (supply and demand). Catherine had suggested to me, that I can start to do the CSD diet, once I wean my baby to formula (when she is older). I am planning on breast feeding my baby until she is 12 mo, and will wean her to formula after. Good luck to you with everything!

  37. Can i use salty soup plz reply me last time edit more comment but not any answered so plz sir i m waiting ur response.

    Thank u

  38. today is my 2nd day, i am using salt in soup (according to taste).
    i am using in soup -
    cabbage, tomatoes, green piper, enough water, only
    no use celery and other material so plz suggest me…
    what effect ?

  39. 1st day i used only Cabbage Soup no any fruit or juice,
    and 2nd day use cauliflower (as a vegetables) along with three time cabbage soup.
    i m feeling well.

  40. 1st day i used only Cabbage Soup no any fruit or juice,
    and 2nd day use cauliflower (as a vegetables) along with three time cabbage soup.
    i m feeling well.

  41. Please help me sir….

    4th day diet plan- bananas and skimmed milk. but sir no found there skimmed milk, yoghurt so please suggest me any alternatives.

    5th day diet plan- Beef and tomatoes. but sir i am vegetarian no beef or chicken use in diet, so please suggest me any other alternatives of beef.


  42. The soup is so tasty and delicious and can’t wait to eat it …. I was dreading it because I don’t like cabbage ….guess you never know till you try it ….on day four and feeling good ….

  43. Please help me sir….

    4th day diet plan- bananas and skimmed milk. but sir no found there skimmed milk, yoghurt so please suggest me any alternatives.

    5th day diet plan- Beef and tomatoes. but sir i am vegetarian no beef or chicken use in diet, so please suggest me any other alternatives of beef.


  44. Hi I just finished the 5th day. Tomorrow I will do the beef and leafy green veggies. What can I put on the veggies to taste like a salad? Would vinegar and olive oil work? so far I have lost 5.7 pounds and I don’t want to mess up on the last two days….also can I substitute chicken again for tomorrow? thanks

  45. I have done this before and lost 11lbs in a week. But I’m worried about doing it again for two reasons: 1, I get really bad headaches from no caffeine as I cannot stand coffee/tea with no sweetner. ( can you add honey or anything sweet?) 2, I’m exercising most days and worry that it will be too much to do both…..? Your advice is appreciated :)

    • You can take aspirin, like Excedrin, which has caffeine, or try to drink iced tea or coffee without sweetener, as any sweetener isnt allowed this week. You can still exercise but this is not the week to train for the NY Marathon :) some light cardio should be enough.

  46. ok im going to start this diet this week i stoped smoking one month ago and i did it with hard candy what can i have in replacement of that and what is the most you lose in a week?

  47. Hi I’m just in the process of making this soup but have no green peppers just red and orange. Is there any specific reason why I can’t use them instead. Thanks

  48. Hi I’m just in the process of making this soup but have no green peppers just red and orange. Is there any specific reason why I can’t use them instead. Thanks

    • I had fruit for breakfast, soup for lunch, fruit for snack and two helpings of soup for dinner then fruit for pudding! Keep it up, the weight loss is so worth it :)

      • Thanks for sharing! I had pineapple and papaya for breakfast, soup for lunch and grapefruit for snack. Today is your first day too?

    • I had fruit for breakfast, soup for lunch, fruit for snack and two helpings of soup for dinner then fruit for pudding! Keep it up, the weight loss is so worth it :)

  49. I’m on day 5 and I chose baked chicken instead of beef.
    I seasoned it with garlic power, lemon juice, a tad bit of crazy salt and some chicken seasoning with no salt. Was that ok?
    Also when I reheat my soup everyday I put some more garlic powder and some cilantro to give it more taste.. Is that cheating?

  50. I am on Day 3- I haven’t been hungry yet and enjoying all the Veg and Fruit! I haven’t cheated once but yet I haven’t seemed to lost any weight. Does the amount of soup you eat have a big impact of your outcomes? I have had 1-3 bowls a day…need to start getting results for motivation! At the moment aspirations of losing 10lbs are dwindling…..
    I also feel that, although I am eating accordingly-the quantity of food I am eating is far greater than my regular intake-will this affect my potential weight loss?

    • If you are not heavy to begin with, the diet wont really help. You should def have at least 3-4 BIG servings of the soup, that’s your weight loss tool right there. Make sure your soup has zero added salt and make sure you’re having 8-10 big glasses of water. For faster results, drink nothing but water and black tea/coffee.

  51. Hi Catherine,

    I am currently 148 pounds and am looking down to lose 18 pounds (not in one week though). My height is 5’5.
    Do you think that, if I stick to the cabbage soup diet for a whole week without ever cheating, I’ll be able to lose a minimum of 8 pounds or am I not heavy enough to lose that much?

    Thanks for your future answer!

    - Kim

    (Looking forward to starting the diet on May 14th, 2012)

  52. Hi, I know you lose more weight the heavier you are, so do you have to be particularly large to lose much weight during the week because I’m not the skinniest girl at 66kg to 157cm, but I wouldnt say I was overweight. So looking at my measurements do you think I will lose much.


    • This helps everyone but less if you’re not too heavy. Do the cleanse version of the diet: no V8, no cranberry juice. Drink only water, black tea and black coffee. Do not use ANY salt, butter, or oil.

  53. i want to lose 10kgs, wouldn’t there be any side effects if i skip one week and go back to the cabbage soup diet after that week?

  54. i want to lose 10kgs, wouldn’t there be any side effects if i skip one week and go back to the cabbage soup diet after that week?

  55. can i use brown bread instead of brown rice ..if yes then in what quantity…also i would like to know that how many glasses of milk can i have in the 4th day..thanx

  56. I have a question regarding the sugar intake reduction point… Do you mean a reduction in artificial sugar intake or both artificial and natural sugar intake.? Because all kinds of fruits include natural sugar…. Thank you.

    • Processed, artificial sugar is what we want to get rid of. Some people need to monitor natural sugar intake too, but most people can easily process the natural sugars in fruits, especially compared to artificial stuff

  57. Hello catherine

    I’m starting the soup in a few weeks times and was wondering if i have to eat breakfast or i just have to start with the soup?

  58. hi I did it twice within 4 weeks ,I lost 10 kg (22) pound in addition to 8 kg before on normal diet in total now I lost 18 kg , what really did it fast is the cabbage soup diet perfect it really work .

  59. Hi, as i understand this diet only cuts belly fat.? My thigh is quite fat, and the belly is thin. Should i try the diet to cut off me thigh fat?

      • Correct me if I’m wrong.. We will lost weight by following tis CSD bcos we get to reduce ‘water weight’?

        • Yes, you’re right. It is water weight/bloat, etc. The diet is really more of a cleanse. It should be followed for only a week and then you should move into something more permanent to keep the weight off. If someone reverts back to eating lots of fast/processed foods, there is risk that the weight comes back.

  60. Hello, Just read about this diet and i am super excited to try this one! I just have one question, doing this diet cleanses the system is what you said and i believe and all the weight loss is essentially the ‘water loss’..so is there any visible difference in body shape or is it only on the weighing machine ?

    Many Thanks.

  61. after i finish the diet, What do i do the next week? because if i want to continue the diet, it said i should do it for a week then stop then another week. so what do i eat after I finish my diet so i can keep my weight off?

  62. How many calories does this cabbage soup contain ? I tried searching for the answer but i wanted to have an accurate answer lol. Thanks.

  63. Hey Catherine. Someone else asked this question as well but you didn’t answer it. It would really really help me if you do this time, please? :) if i am on my period during this diet will it still work ? because im on my fourth day, and on my period as well.

  64. Hey Catherine. Someone else asked this question as well but you didn’t answer it. It would really really help me if you do this time, please? :) if i am on my period during this diet will it still work ? because im on my fourth day, and on my period as well.

  65. Hi Catherine, My partner and I are on day 3 of your soup diet. I have lost 5 lbs and my partner has lost about 7 lbs. Is it ok to do the Atkins diet after the soup diet? Or just use some of the recipies

  66. Hi Catherine,

    I am lactose intolerant & on Day 3 today, and was wondering if I could substitute Almond Milk for the Skimmed Milk tomorrow?

  67. Hi
    I am starting the cabbage diet tomorrow. Could you please tell me if I can put more vegetables in the soup like broccoli and zucchini?

  68. I have been thinking about doing this diet for a week. The question that I have though is I will be going away on vacation the following week after I do the diet and its an all inclusive resport. I am just worried that I will gain the weight right back the first day on the report with all the food and alcohol there. Should I do the diet before a vacation like this or no?

  69. Hi Catherine , I’m starting cabbage soup and wanted to know if it ok to eat colslow on day two?
    Please let me know

  70. Hi Catherine , I send you a message earlier but I didn’t get a reply !
    Please can reply to this cos i have started the soup today and wondering if u can have coleslaw tomorrow as its a vegetable day?

    Please reply.

  71. Hello catherine
    i have started the cabbage soup, just wanted to know if its ok to eat coleslaw on day twoo?
    please let me know

  72. Catherine, this is my first day (yayy..!) We are on this diet with my husband.
    I wonder if I can substitute celery with any other vegetable? I love eating it raw but in the soup it tastes so strong.

  73. Catherine, in veggie day, are we allowed to eat baked (without any oil) veggies as well? Can I bake some eggplant at the same time with my potato? :)
    Also, is tomato allowed in 2nd and 3rd day?

    • Yes, eat them however you’d like. Tomato is allowed on your veggie days and it is the only produce you eat all day on Day 5. Make sure you dont eat too much on the earlier days so you’re sick of it by Day 5.

  74. Hello. This is my second time doing this detox and I found it works well. I don’t really like vegetablet much though and find day two really tough. Is it okay to have a small amount of fruit also? I’ve just given in and had some grapes…….

  75. Hate bananas. Anything I can substitute those with? I was thinking avocado perhaps. Also, is this very different from the tomato soup diet? Instructions are exactly the same minus the fact that this is a cabbage soup and the other is a tomato soup? I prefer tomato soup to the cabbage so I was wondering if that would be fine :) Thanks!

    • Why would you want to do that? It would be boring and tasteless. You need the nutrients that come from a range of veggies. The point of this week is to have as many veggies and fruits as you can. Make a yummy, colorful, veggie filled soup.

  76. day one for me and i am excited…i went for an hour walk to the market to buy the ingredients. ive had friends tell me of this soup and how they raved about it. wish me luck.

  77. I did the Cabbage soup diet for one week and followed it exact, and to my surprise lost 10.5 pounds to the decimal :) ,,I feel great and my clothes feel better then they have in a long time :) today is my first day I can go back to eating regular foods and not sure what to do, I dont want to gain it back!!!! My plan is to do this every 2 weeks.. but what about the meantime?

  78. hello…can u plz tell me the wat is skim milk? i use regular sealed pack milk..
    nd the soup recipe that u have told is only for 1 day? or v can store it in can for more than 2 days?
    plz reply quick em gonna start it after sum time :/

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  79. can i exchange the skim milk for zero fat plain greek yogurt? I hate milk and the calories are the same, but the calcium is higher in the greek yogurt, then the skim milk and your diet says we are drinking it for the calcium benefit.

  80. Sorry Catherine didn’t read through all the questions before asking about the yogurt! So yay!!! being YES to that! So here is one I did not see…BRAGG’S all purpose Liquid soy seasoning? it is all natural only made with the soybean vegetable protein and purified water are its only ingredients? so there is no salt in it but it tastes like salt! also I see that you say no vinegar but again what about the Bragg Mother apple cider vinegar it is zero cal. and is NOT acidic it makes your body alkaline? So please answer these two questions and clarify that it is ok to mix the lemon juice with some olive oil for the salad? because that is how I’ve been using the mother vinegar ( has to be mother unfiltered to be alkaline ) for the benefit of other readers.

  81. Sorry to keep commenting :( but the liptons dry soup mix has salt in it and is very hard to find any pkg. without! AHHH! some also contain sugar!

  82. I followed the instruction(cabbage soup plan for9days)strickly without cheating but I lost only1pound,why I didn’t lose much can someone explain ,thanks

  83. My friend and I are trying out this diet and we have been arguing on how to make the soup. Kindly advise what we do with the vegetables when we have finished cooking the soup. Do we sieve the soup, separating liquids from solids or what. I was so sure that we just eat everything but my friend is of the opinion that we sieve it and have the liquids only.

    • Don’t eat vegetables, If u don’t like ‘em… Just have ur soup… BTW if u have cooked t for 2 hours all the desired & essential ingredients are already in soup… Moreover rating vegetables will further reduce ur appetite… I tried it both ways and lost 5 Kgs in just a week….

  84. Hi Catherine: Thanks for your latest tips. I have just finished my 5th day. By this morning had lots only 2lbs. i have a problem with dry skin on an ongoing basis…so as I’ve lost so little weight, does that mean I don’t have too much water in my body to lose?? I have also twice been told after blood tests that I need to consume more sodium…and I know that salt is important to the body to maintain good health…so I am not sure if this diet is suitable for me. I would like to lose about 10-14 lbs…and don’t want to lose it too quickly either because I don’t want sagging skin after losing weight. Is there any way that I can prevent this?? Your answers to these questions will be very much appreciated.

  85. I LOVE my coffee and I have suffered by not using powder cream or cream of any kind, however; I have been using one pkg. of Equal per cup…..Why or is this affecting my weight loss?

  86. I am going into the last day tomorrow. I have already lost 9.9lbs. WOW this is awesome but I am worried about what happens after the diet ends. I have decided to go right onto Weight Watchers points thing. I hope I can keep this weight off. I am so excited to keep this going. Definitely going to do this again in 2-3 weeks.

  87. Hi there. I did this diet last week and lost 10lbs!! I was so happy because I have tried almost everything. But I have a huge question… I was wondering if I was to stay on the cabbage soup diet for a long time like 8 weeks would that help to lose more weight, along with working out?

  88. Does it drive you nuts to answer the same questions and to constantly see people write LOOSE weight instead of LOSE weight? I’m on Day 4 now and so far so good. Thanks for all your info and guidance for this program!!

  89. Hi! i had done the diet before and they work some but I do not feel thinner this time and I followed to the T, well I had coffee in the mornings with a splash of skim milk. What did I do wrong??? I finished yesterday and it was so hard this time because I was hungry all the time!!!
    I do enjoy your website so much!!!

  90. Hi Fareeha here. My hight is 5.2 & my weight is 65.8. It’s horrible. Plz send me a diet plane for an ideal fittness. Plzzzz

  91. I have a very important question about this diet. How can a type 2 who has to inject insulin work with this. I have made the soup, but am using it as a lo cal mini meal to keep from over eating at meals. I already test my blood glucose 3 times a day and if it goes low, I would not have any choice about eating sugar to raise it. And since the object of the diet is to keep my body from making insulin, injecting it seems counter productive. I have cut way down on sodium and sugar. I really want to lose weight and I need to lose much more than 10 pounds. I need to lose over 130 pounds and wanted to use this as a jump start. But I cannot do without some protein, and since I have kidney damage, I cannot eat too much potassium which most fruit is filled with, so I could not do the banana day.

  92. This soup taste pretty good, its not juky at all!! I lost 5 pound the first week, I skipped the second week and then did it again, with a lil shredded chicken to add more flavor and change it up a bit, I lost anothe 5 pounds, i am not gonna lie I have 2 piece a candy a week when I feel like I realy need it..overall its a good way to lose weight and enjoying ur soup :)

  93. Can I substitute the green onion for a different onion?? And if I want to skip one of the meal with the rice or potato will it affect my result positively or negatively??

  94. I just started this cabbage soup diet but i put turkey sausage in mines is that too bad? I feel like its a chore if i just eat straight vegetables then i will get sick of it and not do it any more please answer Catherine i need to know so i cant stop eating it

  95. Hi Catherine, Thanks for helping me out losing weight. I am very happy that within 15 days, I feel like new born again. I love the cabbage soup and I use it frequently during the week. I also like fresh red lentil soup with lots of fresh carrots and tomatoes and a touch of cumin seed with some red hot chili peppers. So now after I followed your seven day diet, I am practically on this weekly menu:

    Breakfast: Weetabix / skimmed milk or Kiwi / Mandolins

    Lunch: fresh vegetable soup / or lentil soup – 2 bowls

    4pm: fresh fruits or cereal depends what I took as breakfast

    Dinner: Chicken breast grilled with spices with lots of boiled vegetables

    or seafood pasta or couscous with fresh veg / chicken etc etc


    Just one word of encouragement to beginners: I used to include salt ( lot ) in any food I take, and I never believed that I quit salt, but now when you feel the difference, you will never use it again.

    Thanks for your good work.

  96. I have an initial army weigh-in and I am on Day 4 with this diet. I weighed 160 when I started. But now I weigh 161. I did however get taped. I passed my tape. I was at 33% body fat and now I am down to 29%. I am just hoping that maybe if I just give it some time with this diet, I’ll lose the pounds. But I am not sure.. What should I do?

    • Make sure you are drinking plenty of water to flush your system. I would keep at it. Eat lots of soup to fill up with. Hang in there…

    • HI Bob,
      Day One you can have fruit (except bananas)
      Day Two your only choice is veggies or soup for breakfast
      Day Three You can have fruit again (no bananas)
      Day Four You can have bananas but no other kind of fruit
      Day Five Soup for breakfast
      Day Six Soup for breakfast
      Day Seven Soup but can add brown rice to it.
      Sorry not a great breakfast diet!!

  97. Hi there
    Chris here I’m recovering from spinal surgery. I’m on day two and just realised i put 3 bullion cubes in there and some salt. Is the soup useless now.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi, Usually you only put 1-2 cubes in and then no salt because the cubes have way too much salt in it. You can dilute it down some more. Did you use V8 juice, too? It might still be okay. Try diluting it with more water if it tastes salty.

      • Hi Catherine
        I made ten litres of soup and later read this forum and threads. It tastes ok I just didn’t want the salt in there defeating the purpose of the soup.
        Chess Chris

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