How To NOT FAIL At The Cabbage Soup Diet

Whether you’re on the diet right now or not, you came to my website because you wanted to lose some pounds with the week long Cabbage Soup Diet.

The awesome part is, MOST of you have followed the diet to the letter and gotten the results you wanted!  Some of you loved the diet and have done the cleanse over and over….buuuuuut some of you haven’t gotten the results you wanted – and that’s where this new post comes in!

From reading your comments and from doing the Cabbage Soup Diet quite a few times, myself, I’ve come up with some sure-fire tips to help you succeed with the BEST results possible!

General Advice

For the most weight loss possible, FOLLOW the 7 Day plan!  Yes, I know that sounds like a silly thing to say, but it isn’t.  No, you cannot add things to the plan OR have an egg every morning because that’s what you’ve been doing since 1982. For these 7 days, follow the plan!

Is failing at diets and NOT staying on track a constant problem for you?  If so, I strongly encourage you to check out my review of Enjoying Weight Loss, a CD program that helps you stay on track – with the Cabbage Soup OR any long-term plan!! 

EAT MORE SOUP!  You should never feel hungry this week. The Cabbage Soup Diet is NOT a starvation diet by any means.  Have 3-4 HUGE bowls of soup and if you’re hungry, have more.

Drink NOTHING but water.  Yes, I know the cranberry juice and V8 are optional, but they do contain calories.  If you don’t want to drink calories, stick to water.

-Headaches happen.  They mostly happen to people who give up their caffeinated beverages for the week.  Yes, give up the soda and the diet Coke, too.  You CAN, however, have black coffee and tea, both of which have very few calories when taken black.  If headaches persist, take some aspirin!

Take a multi-vitamin.  I promise, you will feel MUCH better if you take that multi-vitamin.

-Make a soup you like!!!  I get SO many comments from people saying they hate the soup. Why make a soup you dislike?  Taste as you cook it and spice it up to your liking!

DO NOT ADD SALT.  Do not add salt substitutes, do not add seasoned salt. Do not add salt to the soup, do not add salt to your veggies. Don’t add salt to a bowl of soup or to your meat on the meat days. Add whatever other spices you like, but no salt!!

You CAN substitute things!  If you’re allergic to tomatoes, don’t eat them this week!!  If you hate bananas, don’t eat them this week.  Find substitutes that are appropriate in my FAQ section on the site!

Alright, there is a small smarter list of tips to stay ON track and to lose the most weight possible.  In a few days, I’ll email with more info!

If you have any tips, leave them in the comments!


PS: Is this you??  If failing at diets and NOT staying on track is a constant problem for you, I strongly encourage you to check out my review of Enjoying Weight Lossa CD program that helps you stay on track – with the Cabbage Soup OR any long-term plan!! 

  • not a cabbage

    This is week four, after my cabbage soup diet. I have lost five kilos in total, and still spiralling down – slowly but surely. One thing I learnt from the diet was – not to over eat – small portions frequently keeps you going. I don’t like that heavy feeling in my stomach anymore and so find light soups and salads and fruits a good meal substitute after I finished the cabbage soup diet.

    Thank you so much Catherine, for motivating us and keeping us on track.

  • Annie Bananie

    I did the cabbage soup diet last
    week and lost 11lbs. I actually enjoyed the cabbage soup but do miss having
    salt in it even though I am using more spice now. I enjoyed it so much that
    have decided to do it again this week while working out a healthier diet plan
    for after that. I feel that a big weight loss initially with encourage me to go
    on and maintain a healthy diet. The only substitute that I made was to change
    the beef streaks to chops baked in the oven in tin foil, in their own juices,

    So far haven’t felt hungry but did have a couple of headaches at the end of the
    week but nothing too bad and worth it to see the results.

    Thanks for all your help Catherine, it is much appreciated.

  • Don Atchason

    lost 6.8 # after 7 days.
    type 2 diabetic so added multivitamins
    and no side affects. Going back to regular diet (no buffets)
    and gallon water daily.
    Back on diet in 10 days if not lost another 5 #
    Diabetics can’t lose a bunch so being careful.
    clothes fit better, feel great, look great.
    Rings falling off for first time!!


  • MJ

    I found that I ADORE boc choi with a little bit of beef. Oh yum! so to die for. Better than that is when you add cabbage to the mix. I put in purple, green, and that leafy cabbage I can never remember what it’s name is too, soooo good! When I eat that each day after the soup diet is over I don’t regain the weight! Also when I made the soup the bouillon cubes made all the difference, yummy!

  • tina harris

    Hello..i have just started on day one…do i just
    Go by the plan? eat only whats on the list for that
    Day? No yogurt etc? thanks..this us new to me

  • Joan

    i am planning to start the soup plan this week.and its my hope that in 7days i will be back to this site with Great news.i currently weigh 210lb and my target is to loose 65 lb.


    Can i continue to take soup with my normal diet after CSD is over?

  • lenae

    Its very hard for me to get started and eat that many fruits and veggies in 1 day much less a week. so to get past my veggie /fruit days I blend them all and make a smoothie. all fruits. all veggies. or a mix of both. I stay full and get in my healthy foods.

    • Connie

      That’s an awesome idea. Same thing with the banana and milk day make slushies – freeze the bananas and blend with the milk.

  • Elmarie

    Hi Catherine… I do the CSD, and i was wondering can i eat only the soup or must i eat everything that im told?

    • Connie

      You wouldn’t have enough calories or energy to do the diet with just the soup you would be starving yourself you want to follow the diet!!!!

  • sikha

    please help,,,,, i dont like soup so wht will i do?? can i avoid soup and reduce about 10 to 17 pounds??

    • sikha

      i want to reduce my weight and i will cme back with the good result as well,,, but can i avoid soup..

    • lenae

      make the soup and just drink the broth

      • Sue

        Would adding an oxo be bad

    • Mark Porter

      Then don’t do a soup diet!

      • Kate

        haha my thoughts exactly pick another diet or suck it up its only a week after all

  • debbie

    do I have to eat all that other stuff or can I just eat the soup

    • Cathy

      You wouldn’t get enough vitamins or calories from the soup and your energy levels would go down really fast.

      • Denise Banks

        Can I add cilantro garlic and kale to soup?

        • Catherine

          Absolutely! That will make it taste even better and even healthier!! Enjoy!

  • I love your page so much you are helping alot of people on this diet…thank you so much

  • fatma

    what if you dont drink the soup.> wouldn’t you lose wait??????????

  • Kathleen

    i am vegetarian and on fourth day of cabbage soup diet..what can i substitute for meat

    • Kathiw

      Mushrooms! the big portabello mushrooms are great grilled and are chewy like meat. They are basically a negative calorie food as you metabolism burns more calories to digest them.

  • Kathiw

    I have done this diet many times, it is kind of a ritual after christmas to kick off the new year. We get all the goodies and leftovers out of the house and stock up on soup ingredients and fruit and veggies. A little tip I learned from my Mom was to add a capful of vinegar to soup instead of salt, you can also use lemon juice if you don’t have vinegar. I also add cumin and ciracha hot sauce to kick up the flavor a bit. Started a pot today. Tomorrow for my veggie day I will make a little stir fry and add portabello mushrooms as they kinda simulate meat when grilled. It also helps if you get yourself a nice water bottle and keep sipping water all day too. If you work like me you might like to stock up on no sugar added fruit cups in the refriderator section or produce section of your grocery store – they are a little
    expensive but much cheaper than food on some diet plans like nutri system or jenny craig.

  • Kathiw

    Started my diet Saturday (2 days ago), yesterday was rough for me as I love sweets and ushually drink a lot of diet soda. Haveing just a veggie and soup day was hard to not give in and have a satsuma orange or something, but I hung in there drinking only water and was really happy I did when I woke up today and weighed myself, down from 153lbs to 148 since Saturday. I do have to say I feel like I have lost a lot of the bloaty feeling I had been experiencing since the holdays, could be the weight loss, no salt, no diet soda? Anyway, today went better being able to have fruit again and I am really looking forward to tomorrow (banana day), and steak day 🙂

  • Kathiw

    Well it looks like no one else is posting on here, but today is day 5 and I am down another pound! Started at 153 and weighed in at 146 this morning. I have not been working out but am beginning to feel more energized…one thing at a time. The temp is 26 degrees here in Seattle this morning and cold sliced tomatoes don’t really sound too good for breakfast. Today is Steak and tomatoe day and I am excited to have that for dinner. I am on my second pot of soup and it is a lot less appetizing than it was earlier in the week, also not having fruit for the next couple days will be tough on my sweet tooth. I will post again and let you all know how the week ends! I have decided that if I stick with it I will reward myself with a pedicure.

    • Hello! Most people head to the Facebook page, but you can post wherever. Glad its going so well! Enjoy that pedi!

  • elyshirley

    Today is day 3 of my journey. Not sure that I will lose a lot of weight, but in only 60 hours my fasting blood sugar has dropped 20 points. THAT is wonderful. If nothing else comes of this it was worth it.

  • Vicki

    I just started this diet and am on day 2. On the Beef and Tomato day, do you have to eat raw tomatoes or can it be canned/ cooked? Thank you!!

    • Van

      I grilled the tomatoes and dressed it with very little balsamic vinaigrette with olive oil

      • remember vinaigrette probably has sugar in it so be careful!!!

  • diva

    Hi every1,when I read through the blog and saw cahterine saying it was not gona be easy,I tot not of so much difficulty. Its my 1st day of the program and have been eating fruits and soup the whole day. When I prepared lunch for my kids I tot I wouldn’t survive but I did. I did not cheat. Hope I finish the 7days without cheating.

  • Lily

    Hi, I am currently putting a shopping list together, as I am going to start the diet on monday!… don’t know if I’m excited or nervous 😉

    Can someone please give me ideas for beef/tomato day, what kind of beef do you cook (steak/chops?? what?) and do you cook the tomatoes?? can someone please give me some ideas/recipies please, as I want to plan my week in advance, otherwise I know I will get stuck and then just end up throwing a pizza in the oven! lol

    Thank you in advance x

    • Tried and true

      Hello Lilly, on the beef/tomato day you can also have chicken or fish (baked/broiled). This will solve the problem. You can have up to 16 ounces.

  • Can I used almond milk or organic milk Instead of skim or soy milk?

    • bonniebell

      I would like to know too

    • Yes you can! Get lowfat.

  • tash

    Can I used organic or almond milk Instead of skim or soy for the banana and skim milk day?

    • Connie

      Use the low-fat almond milk less calories the better!

  • Ken

    I am a senior male who does not cook. Does any company market the cabbage soup.

    • Jenn

      check out whole foods….honestly, this soup is soo easy to make. Just remember to season it (add boullion & spicey v-8 for great flavor), I also add mushrooms, garlic, celery, shredded carrots, red & green pepper. On different days, you can add different things, to change flavor…like a tablespoon of salsa, or a table spoon of skim sour cream on skim milk day (this makes it so good!)

  • Jenn

    I try to do this diet every few months, just as a cleanser and a great way to keep healthy eating habits. My favorite thing is spaghetti squash…I bake on big squash the first night, before I go to bed. I shred it and put it in a tupperware bowl. Starting the second morning, I have fun making up ways to enjoy it. Usually, I make a variation of pretend hash browns, with diced onions & hot sauce or a little ketchup on the side..for breakfast. At lunch, I have the soup over squash, like a noodle soup. I incorporate it over many days, on the beef/chicken day, it serves as pretend pasta for spaghetti or caccitore. I suggest everyone add it to thier plan, so many options. I miss it when Im not on the diet!

  • Tina

    Hi I just started on this cabbage soup diet yesterday and I already feel good! However, I think I added too much water to the soup because it is bland. I added spices, but still bland. Any suggestions?

    • Add more veggies and more pepper and perhaps more non salty spices.

      • Danica

        Can I have a Zero Calorie sugar free rock star energy drink?

        • Catherine

          No, that stuff is not good for you sugar or no sugar!!

      • Lakisa Midgette

        Since I already added the nature’s seasoning blend to the soup will that ruin my soup

        • Carol

          You will be fine!!! It will just taste better.

  • Bluecow999

    I’m on day 4 and have lost 4lbs in the first 3 days. I’ve been on this diet many times and love it although I can only really get to the end of day 5. Despite this I eat well for the remaining 2 and keep the initial weight loss off. Last night ( end of day 3) I had a very restless sleep with headaches and achey legs. I feel much better this morning and am glad I have stuck it through so far. I dont put onion or leek in my soup just cabbage and carrots etc and add a spoonful of Marmite which helps the flavour. Omitting the onion and leeks mean no offensive wind!!
    Will let you know the final weight loss.

  • Maryam

    I m starting this recipe. But in our area we have not celery. so what i do.

  • leelei2004

    I am on day 5 and have only lost 2lbs. I haven’t cheated and have been following the diet to the letter. not sure as to why I’m not loosing much weight.

  • samanthaGallagher

    Can I eat bananas on day 3?

    • Connie

      Bananas only on DAY 4

  • TJ


  • nhbbbbbbb

    this is so stupid……………………effed up shit. i legit followed it completely yet i lost nothjing inface bhy day 3 id gained some weight? why??????????//

  • wondering

    Is it normal to gain weight from day 1 to 2?

  • Jess

    I’m just starting this diet, I hope It works! I’ve got a new swimsuit for summer and I want it to fit just right. 🙂

  • Princessteffers

    After you finish your first week can you go on and do it a second week? Is it bad? Also would you gain the weight back when your done with the diet? Or if you just keep eating healthy would you be okay?

    • Julia

      You have to give yourself a two week break between diets!

  • Krissy

    Why no salt? I already made the soup prior to reading these tips & I put a good amount of salt in it. Is it going to hinder the weight loss?

    • geo

      Salt does not hinder fat loss but it retains water in the body so you are going to be losing less water weight, if you are eating a lot of salt you may actually put on water weight. So it does effect WEIGHT loss. A natural diuretic like dandelion tea or cranberry juice helps flush water weight. Or just don’t add salt.

  • nima

    day one, the soup is great so far. i keep getting hungry and eat a bowl every two hours. looks like i’ll need to make another pot in the morning!

  • Moon

    Hello I started csd today this is my first day . Can I use corn flour in my soup pls reply soon .

  • marla

    it’s my 2nd day today and im determine to stick with the plan and finish it..

    • Sabrina

      You can do it!!!

  • Nell

    On veggie day, can I fry my veggies with a little bit of sesame oil?

    • Catherine

      You are not supposed to fry anything this week. Grill or roast or bake!!!

      • Catherine

        Remember it’s just 7 days hang in there!!

  • jacki

    I only added one onion is that going to make the soup not work as well? I’m on day two and having a hard time finding different ways to eat veggies. Any help out there would be great.

  • Cabbage soup lover

    I have tried out many diets in my time but failed at most. I then came across this ‘cabbage’ diet and was instantly draw in… I even went as far as growing my own cabbages and currently have a delightful cabbage patch out the back lawn. I have been on this diet for 9weeks now and have recently noticed green spots appearing all over my skin. Someone please help. Should I just stop eating all this cabbage??

    • Dwayne

      You are only supposed to stay on it for 7 days! I would consult a doctor.

    • amor825

      I hope you are OK now.

  • booda boom

    this shiet looks

  • Connie

    Find a different diet then! You won’t be successful if you can’t stand the way it looks. Move on girl!

  • Mandi

    Just like to say this diet has been around since
    I was a little girl,@ age 16 I started to be more
    Embarrassed about my weight. I got this exact
    Same diet from my uncle,who at time was a cop
    And this is the diet they use to she’d pounds.
    I did the diet+exercise and lost 15 lbs first week..
    Second week I took a break,ate more healthy thou.
    3rd week did diet again+exercise lost 10lbs.
    4th week I took a break. So total weight loss for
    The month was 25lbs.
    Now I’m 38 yrs old and on my second week again:)
    Next week ill start the 7days again. So far with the
    Following of the plan exactly I have lost 13lbs:)
    This diet does work but some with lower metabolism
    Do need to try some slight exercise for better results.

    • Connie

      Hi you need to exercise daily but make sure you are getting enough protein and nutrients. If you are off of the CSD then it’s okay to exercise a lot but when on it you don’t want to wear yourself down because you are not getting that many calories. You look great! Filling in for Catherine!!

  • Jillie

    Can I have pot roast for the beef days?

    • Connie

      Yes that is fine as long as there aren’t any gravies or salt products on it.

    • Catherine

      Make sure it’s a lean cut and you’ll be fine!

  • Tiffster

    I’ve searched several websites and as far as I can tell it does not say you cannot cook the tomatoes, the only stipulation I have come across is that they be fresh. So any sort of canned or pre-seasoned tomatoes are out. The cabbage diet is meant to be followed for ONLY 7 days at a time with at least a two week break in between each cycle. As for gaining weight within the first few days, if you are not drinking enough water you will definitely bloat and retain water weight. This diet will definitely cleanse you AND assist you in loosing weight if done properly. But you MUST drink LOTS of water. You may also take Gas-x or Beano or an anti-gas pill. A good daily multivitamin is also strongly recommended when doing this diet. It will help combat the weakness and headaches. You can have almond milk as a substitute for skim or soy milk if you wish. A word of caution to those putting carrots in their cabbage soup! Carrots were left out of the original cabbage soup diet recipe for their high sugar content. Between two and three lbs of carrots are equal to the sugar in a 20oz coke or a snickers bar

  • Tiffster

    I’ll leave you with one more tip I’ve found extremely helpful. I am not fond of cabbage myself but you cannot leave it out. I found the texture of the soup rather disconcerting. Once it was all cooked I popped the whole batch in my food processor and pureed my heart out! I was able to eat the soup with a happier heart and found that it was much easier to change the flavor of the soup from day to day in this form. Hope this helps!

    • Connie

      Thanks for sharing good tips!!!

  • tuleen

    is it ok to start this dite while am on period!? plz fast respond .coz i already started . stt

    • Connie

      Yes, that is fine!

  • srm8824

    It might be worth noting that if you don’t losing weight in the first few days do not get discouraged! I didn’t until day 5 and I lost 7lbs after that. Also, I like to make my soup spicy with crushed red pepper and it makes it taste wonderful!

    • Thank you for sharing that it will be very encouraging to those that do not lose the first couple of days!!!

  • eva

    can I just have the cabbage soup and not bananas and meat for this 7 days plan? will still lose weight? pls advise! thanks!

    • You really need to eat the bananas to help you lessen your desire for sweets. If you do not like bananas then you can have papaya, kiwi, or apricots. By Day 4 you will be craving carbs and calories so that is why we recommend not skipping them. Also, you need protein so if you skip meat you really need some substitute.

  • Lynda

    Hi I have started the cabbage soup diet today, I do love soups and veg, So wish me luck,

  • sophie

    im allergic to bananas and potassium and tomatoes!! does anyone know of anything that i can substitute these with please.

    • Hi you can substitute papaya, apricots or kiwi instead of bananas. Just pick one of those. You can also select grapefruit or red peppers for tomatoes on Day 5. No other fruit or veggies that day other than what is in the soup. Thanks!

  • Confused

    So can I eat dairy related thing or eggs everyday?

    • Sorry no eggs. Only dairy is when you can drink skim milk on Day 4 and on Day 2 you can put some butter on your baked potato.

  • Sophie Vaughan

    I’m on my 5th day of the CSD! It is SO hard but I feel lighter already. I have a serious dilemma though 🙁 It’s my best friends birthday party tomorrow and I promised I’d have a little drink with her. I already know that alcohol (clear or not) is bad, and it isn’t allowed on this diet. But I need to know, of the drinks I could have, which may be the better option.I’m basically just trying to make the best of a bad situation without ruining my diet altogether! Help! 🙁

    • Maybe just a glass of white wine! Don’t drink a lot or you will ruin your diet!!

      • Sophie Vaughan

        Thank you so much for the reply! I’ll do that, followed by lots and lots of water!

  • Latasha C

    I started the diet yesterday and I am now on day 2. My soup is not tasty but I didn’t choose vegetables that I like. I tried to do the soup exactly as it appears but I should’ve added some more choices. But good news. I did lose 3.6 lbs after day 1. When I get off work I will cook some more veggies and throw them in the soup. I will let you know how that works. So excited!

    • Catherine

      Wow that’s great for the first day! Yes add some veggies and that will help. You want to like your soup!!!

  • VampireCommonSense

    I just started this diet today and I added about half a teaspoon of salt. Is this ok or do I need to remake my soup? Thanks

  • Mehreen Hasan

    It will have no taste without salt..what will u suggest to the people having low blood pressure??

    • Catherine

      The bouillon cubes have salt in them. That gives the flavor.

  • Latasha C

    I just wanted to give an update. I am happy with this diet. I am on day 5 and I get to have beef yay! I have lost so far a total of 5.7 lbs. Just by following this diet. I have 2 more days. Thanks for this website and your guidelines to help me get a jump start.

  • natalie

    can you eat just the cabbage soup instead of all the rest?

  • TONI

    Hi! Wow, I started the cabbage soup diet five days ago and boy am I glad that I did! I am starting to feel a lot less bloated and WAAAY more energized! I struggled a little bit the first few days because I am a big meat eater, but I stayed strong and today that pays off! I am about to enjoy a big steak lol. I added a little salt to my soup and my meat but I was told that if you drink A LOT of water then you wont retain any water. Is that true? I have been drinking one gallon per day and I feel a lot less swollen.. Oh and I have decided to wait to way myself until the very end, I dont really want to obsess on the numbers since I have so far to go!
    THANK YOU for all of your help and
    GOOD LUCK to all who are on this weight loss journey!

    • TONI


    • Hi Toni,
      That is awesome! You will feel better and more energized and you will notice your clothes fitting a little looser too! Water is so good for you and so glad to hear you are cleansing your system with it. You are doing it right! Congrats and you are almost there! Have a great weekend.

  • Louida

    Hey Ms Catherine my name Lou there are a few questions i would like to ask you.This is my first time trying the cabbage soup diet. The question i would liked answered is, is the cabbage soup diet guaranteed to make you lose weight? I’ve tried so many diets and they were a flop so I’m going to try the cabbage diet wish me luck.

    • If you read most of the comments you will see that most of the users of the CSD did lose weight!. No cheating and go by the plan and you should lose weight!! Good luck!!

  • btea

    so you cant have eggs? 🙁

  • wajiha

    its my second day and dont know how much have i lost.but yesterday i made soup and added salt in it for will i lose weight???
    please reply 🙂

    • Salt does not hinder fat loss but it retains water in the body so you are going to be losing less water weight, if you are eating a lot of salt you may actually put on water weight. So it does effect WEIGHT loss. I wouldn’t put any more salt into the soup. Use some Mrs. Dash seasonings if you do not like the taste or more green onions and some cilantro and garlic to flavor it up.

  • Aarthi

    am a vegan ! so on those meat days what should i eat except for tofu ? can i eat the white egg leaving the yolk ?

    • Like Kathiw said above you could do big portabello mushrooms grilled or tofu or beans, chickpeas, lentils of any kind or avocado. If you do the egg whites limit yourself to 4 eggs per day.

  • Michelle

    Are you able to do this with purple cabbage? What is the difference?

    • Yes you can. It tastes the same to me and from other people’s comments on the internet it tasted the same to them. Seems the only difference is the color although some say the red is better for you but I think they are both good for you and the diet! Thanks and good luck!

  • tori

    Can I put any seasoning on the beef for day 5? (Beef and tomato day)

    • Hi Tori,
      You can but none with salt. Mrs. Dash has a great selection or just make your own with pepper, lemon, garlic, and lime and fresh parsley or basil leaves.

  • dragonfly

    Just started the diet today. Not hungry at all and have drunk plenty of water along with the soup and fruit but I have a terrible headache. Tablets not even touching it. Any advice please?

    • If you are still having headaches you might have to cook up some egg whites to get some protein or eat a hard boiled egg. You body is craving and it knows you are changing the routine!

  • polly

    I started this diet 5 days ago and so far i have lost 6.5 lbs. Have not cheated and really i believe it is a great way to jump start to a new way of eating. staying away from artificial sugar and gluten really helps! i know how to eat healthy but sometimes you get off track and need a boost. Get my new treadmill tomorrow and will start walking off more weight! Here is to cabbage soup and healthy mind and body!!!! 😉

    • Great job Polly! So glad you are eating healthy now and have the right mindset!! Keep going towards your goal you’ve got this!!

  • Sherri

    I made the cabbage soup with regular chicken broth and just a little water added and seasoned canned tomatoes, I even added an extra large can of crushed tomatoes with basil, all which have a fair amount of salt, I have lost 4 pounds already and just starting on day 2 and I ate a TON of that soup yesterday!

  • Radhika

    Hi i am following this diet and i am on the second day of diet can drink green tea without any sweetner. if i can then how many times a day pls help me

    • Hi, yes you can. About 4 or 5 times a day should be fine.

  • Nae

    I think the soup would be better with tomato puree added, giving it a more red base rather than just the beef broth. I didn’t put in V8 juice, so would that be okay to add in? Would it cause me to not lose as much weight?

    • Catherine

      Hi Nae, I think that would be fine! It shouldn’t hurt your weight loss unless it is loaded with sodium.

  • Mel

    I am on day four and only lost 2 pounds. I have been eating to the plan plus having 2-3 bowls of soup a day. I am on day four with the bananas and almond milk and plan to eat 3 more bowls of soup today. I wonder why I am not losing the weight or is it too early to know?

    • Catherine

      Everyone is different but usually the biggest weight loss is at the beginning. Maybe try eating smaller bowls of soup. Are you drinking water to flush your system?

  • Katherine

    So I have been on the CSD for 4 days now. I am weighing in every day. My challenge is to actually eat it as I was so done with the soup by day 2!! So the suggestion to just drink the broth was great!!! I do that and pick through to eat the carrot and mushroom. We used Cumin, Red pepper, Garlic, Black Pepper, & Chili powder to season. Day one -Nothing lost, Day 2-Nothing lost, Day 3- Nothing Lost, Day 4- 4 lbs lost!. It is important to note that I have High blood pressure and already take a diuretic to get rid of water, so I am thinking the lbs are most likely not a reduction in water weight! He did not weigh in daily but day 4 is 4 lbs down as well! My cheats have been a cheese slice on days 1 and 2 because I was “about to die” , but now I am not feeling hungry at all! I have to force it on. Also since I work out with a personal trainer 3 days/week, I eat half of an Atkins bar before my workout and drink my Protein after workout shake, then continue the diet as normal.

  • “v”

    Can i add mrs. Dash on the soup and vegetables

    • Catherine

      Yes definitely!!!

  • Matilda Wickham

    I’m on Day 2 and I’ve gained 2kg (4.4lbs) since I started.. Is this just water weight? I haven’t used lots of salt.. Just reduced slat bouillon in the soup and nothing else. Should I go back to a calorie controlled diet or carry on with the programme?

  • vonny

    can i have flour on day 4? i want to make banana pancakes with skim milk and flour is that ok?

    • Catherine

      Hi Vonny,
      Sorry no flour allowed on this diet. On day 4 it’s strictly soup, bananas and skim or soy milk. thanks!

  • waist weight

    Day 3 of the diet. I’ve lost 8.6 lbs so far. I do without for an 1.5 hrs so this im sure has contributed. In very surprised that’s almost 3 lbs a day. Hopefully it will continue to drop 2 or 3 lbs each day.

    • waist weight

      I meant to say I do WORKOUT

  • shesshrinking

    Catherine, what is best to eat one you complete the 7 days to keep weight from coming back on? I’d like to do this plan (assuming I’m successful) every two weeks until I reach goal, but I don’t want to be losing the same 10 pounds over and over again. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  • skk

    I’m on Day 5. I’m down 2lbs. It hasn’t been worth it. I’ve followed this plan to a T. Not a single cheat. I’m a daily alcohol drinker. I stopped drinking for this. That’s huge. The food is bland. I’m cranky. I’ve been walking 45 minutes a day.

    After only 2lbs I held out hope that when I put on my jeans today they’d be looser. Like maybe I lost inches instead of weight. Nope. Still tight and uncomfortable. I’m 146lbs at 5’2″. I’m not obese but it should’ve been easy to drop at least 5lbs by now based on the feedback of the majority of this forum.

    • Catherine

      hi, I don’t know why you didn’t lose more than 2 pounds as most people lose 4 to 5 pounds the first couple of days. I’m wondering if you are retaining water perhaps. Sorry it didn’t work for you! At least you ate healthier!

  • Jessica

    Is it possible to eat too much of the daily foods? For example I ate A LOT of fruit today, and fruit has calories, so is that bad?

    • Catherine

      Hi Jessica, As long as you ate fruits that are light like watermelon, strawberries, mangoes, melons (no bananas) you should be fine. You shouldn’t be retaining liquids that is for sure!!

  • ria

    I hate bananas and im not a fan of milk. But day 4 today I blended my small bananas with my milk a teaspoon of coffee and ice and had a rather luxurious iced frappe type drink. I hope blending is ok.

    • Catherine

      That sounds great and yes blending is fine!! I’m going to try that!

  • Encinoomnia12345

    Day1, I had 4 bowl of soup, 30 strawberry one apple half of watermelon one orange.
    40 minutes walk. I was soon full all day.
    Lost 1.5 lb

  • Encinoomnia12345

    I started from 124.8lb, yesterday I was 123.3, today I’m 122.5.
    Day2 yesterday I had 5 bowl of soup, 3 cups broccoli, 1cup asparagus. Not as hungry as day one but it was harder without fruits. I got headache around 8pm till going to bed. Woke up refreshed, feeling pretty good. Yesterday I walked one hour on treadmill. So far so good!

    • Catherine

      That is awesome you are doing great!!!

  • Encinoomnia12345

    4th day morning weight 122.6 lb, so no weight loss yesterday. I had 6 bowl soup, 10 strawberry, one orange ,3 cups water melon, two cups melon, 2 cups asparagus.
    Had a slight head ache around 7 pm but not as bad as day before. I will try to not have as many soup today may be 3 bowl should do it. I plan to make banana shake drink with skim milk. Oh and I did 45 minutes treadmill walk yesterday. I did not have much appetite in the morning yesterday till around 10 am. Despite no weight loss this morning I’m still excited about this diet!

  • Encinoomnia12345

    4th day, had 6bowls soup, 3banana,7cups skim milk. One hour walk on treadmill.
    No head aches today! I wonder if I’m having too much soups?
    Tomorrow is my beef tomato day. I think I’m just going to cut up beef and boil with cabbage soup, is that ok? Can’t wait to see my weight tomorrow.

  • Encinoomnia12345

    Started with 124.8lb, 5th day morning weight is 121.6lb. I am very pleased!
    I was worried I had too many bowls of soup but it is working!

  • Encinoomnia12345

    5th day, 6bowls soup, 8 oz beef, 5 tomatoes. 1 cup cirantro,3 green onions , 3 table spoons lemon juice and one clove garlic for salsa.
    Went well, I just can’t stop eating soups. I eat through out the day. I felt a little tired and weak today. But still going very well. Can’t wait till the weigh in tomorrow morning?

  • Encinoomnia12345

    6th day morning weight is 121.2lb. So not much loss since yesterday morning but I followed diet and I’m ok with it. So far 3.6 lb total loss .

  • Encinoomnia12345

    6th say, had 4oz steak , 6oz chicken breast, 2 head of romain lettuce, half of tomato, one bowl of cabbage soup. I am not sure substituting beef for chicken is allowed but I had to eat out, so that’s what I chose, no dressing for romain lettuce.
    One more day to go! Went to shop for all the kind veggie and fruits today to prepare myself after the 7 th day, so I won’t be tempted. I feel much better eating clean and no carbs. I plan to continue with clean eating after the diet, no sugar craving yet,after this diet I can probably satisfy my craving with fruits.

  • Encinoomnia12345

    Last night around midnight, I got real hungry ended up eating 2 bowls of soup.
    This is my 7 th moning weighed in 120.4. Great! I thought late night soup binge might hinder me so I was surprised to see this weight loss. Total weight loss of 4.4 lb. which is pretty amazing considering one more day to go.

    • Catherine

      So proud of you for sticking with it and for losing weight, too!! Have enjoyed all of your posts!

  • Encinoomnia12345

    Last day today, had 5 bowls of soup, 5 cups watermelon, 7 strawberries, 2 cups raspberry, 3 cups asparagus, 4 cups zucchini. Felt light headed and dizzy this morning. But over all feeling good. Wow it was so easy to do this diet for 7 days!
    Looking forward to weigh in tomorrow morning. I recommend this diet for anyone who need kick start healthy eating habit or weight loss.

    • Quinda

      So what was the outcome. I am looking at everything about this Diet and it seems fairly fair, how much did you loose?

  • Encinoomnia12345

    Diet is over! 119.8 lb today. I lost 5lb in 7 days and I was always full! I walked on tread mill for 6 days and 30 minutes on one day. Over allit got me in good habit.
    Thank you so much! It was a great experience and I am so happy.

    • Catherine

      Congrats that is awesome! Keep eating healthy and exercising you are an inspiration!!

  • najwa

    hi can i on day four add coffee to my skimmed milk?

    • Catherine

      Yes as long as you are not adding sugar that is absolutely fine!!!

  • Cindy

    This is the morning of day 4. I haven’t cheated & have lost just 4 lbs. Can/should I add another fruit/veggie/soup day today (day 3 intake) instead of doing the banana & skim milk today….?, & do the banana day tomorrow (day 5)? I feel fine & have played 5 hours of good tennis in the first 3 days of the diet.

    • Catherine

      Hi, yes you can do that if you want to. The banana day is supposed to help you lose your craving for sweets but if you would rather do another veggie/fruit/soup day that would be fine. That’s great that you are also getting exercise in as that will help with the weight loss as well.

      • Cindy

        Awesome !! That’s what I’ll do. I don’t have any sweet cravings so I’ll squeeze in another Day 3 diet today !! Sure appreciate the response !!

  • encinoomnia12345

    UPDATE: 10days ago I did cabbage diet and lost 5lb,since then I have been eating half clean diet and half normal food due to the guest staying with us last 7days and eating out at restaurant. Still, I lost one more pound since the cabbage diet and haven’t gained back any pounds! So cabbage diet is not just the water loss diet nor fad diet, it really works!

    • Catherine

      So glad for you and I agree it helps you to eat healthier and to make smarter choices because you actually feel better when eating more veggies and fruits and eliminate a lot of the processed foods! So proud of you!!

      • Holly Bettner

        Can I use chicken broth in my soup?

        • Cicilee

          Yes you can it will help to flavor it.

  • LeQuinda

    OK, I am starting this diet on Monday… I have a few questions. As far as seasoning goes are POWDERS more favorable than say Seasoning salt, garlic salt, etc. I saw somewhere it said string beans in a slow cooker were good. Now my question is, I like smoked turkey meat, is that OK? I just want to make sure that i can follow it to the T (while enjoying what i am eating if possible). PLEASE HELP ME

    • Catherine

      Hi LeQuinda,
      You will want to stay away from any seasoning with salt. Do not eat anything smoked as it will have heavy salts in it. Powders are fine just always check the salt content of any spice you use. I use Mrs. Dash no salt seasonings a lot. Thanks!

  • Sam

    Day 4 10lb gone already!

    • Catherine

      Wow that is totally awesome good for you! Keep going!!

  • Elaine

    on banana day can I eat fruit and veggies?

    • Catherine

      No other fruit or veggies just soup, bananas, and skim milk.

  • emma

    Very silly question…is the cabbage the “magic” ingredient or can this soup be made without the cabbage and tons of veggies?

  • Yvonne1981

    Im on my 4th day and have lost 6lbs!!! so stoked!

    • Catherine

      That is awesome! Keep going!!

  • Jj

    I’m doing this diet in hopes to lose about five pounds before a friends wedding in a couple weeks. I’ve read a couple people saying they’ve only lost 2 pounds during the diet. Today is my first day and I’m wondering if I should add in a diuretic to help release some of the water? I’ve been using the bathroom many times an hour but don’t want to risk holding too much water.

    • Catherine

      I wouldn’t use a diuretic unless you weren’t going to the bathroom. You don’t want to to anything to harm your system.

  • Prettiblk

    Can I substitute the soup for greens with no seasoning?

  • Doo

    I’m on day one and I’m absolutely starving.. I can’t eat any more soup – I am going to be sick 🙁 My head is thumping and I feel very out of sorts.. I’m sure this isn’t doing me any favours!

    • Catherine

      Then I would suggest eating some protein or else quitting the diet. It may not be for you and it’s not supposed to make you sick. You might have to try another diet plan.

  • Anna

    If I dont like Milk what can I have instead of Skim milk

  • Kayla

    I started the diet today..are u allowed to eat as much soup as u want or is there a limit on it? I made my soup with water as well as low sodium v8 juice..all the veggies it calls for and it’s delicious..but after the 7 days are up..wat r u supposed to eat to maintain the weight loss?? Jus a bunch of fruits and veggies?

  • LittleMsRed25

    Can you eat portabello mushrooms on the vegetable days?

  • Corinna

    On day 6 instead of steak or beef may I have chicken if so how much ?

    • Catherine

      Hi Corinna,
      Yes you certainly can. 10 to 20 ounces is allowed! Enjoy!

  • Fronn

    On day 7! and feel it has worked really well.-6lb off! Have put some brown rice in my soup today and resorted to carrot sticks for breakfast on non fruit days but it has not been easy

    • Catherine

      Good job – I know it’s not easy but you have made it! Congrats!!

  • Mku

    Do I have to use cabbage in the soup or can I leave it out and add broccoli slaw?

    • Catherine

      Well it is a cabbage soup diet but if you don’t like cabbage and prefer to use broccoli it will still help you to lose weight. Let me know how it goes!

  • Danielle

    Can I add consimee (chicken stock) to the mix to give it some flavour?

    • Catherine

      If it isn’t too high in sodium that will be fine.

  • Kimberley

    I start this diet next week – on fruit days are strawberries and raspberries ok? Also on beef day – is this steak without the fat? Thanks

    • Catherine

      Hi yes strawberries and raspberries or blueberries are perfect! Steak with all fat trimmed off!!! Good Luck!!

  • Vivian pineda

    Can I replace the steaks for something else like fish for day 5&6?

    • Catherine

      If you wish you can substitute broiled fish for one of the beef days and chicken for the other. Thanks and good luck!

  • Kapil N Rana

    Hi Catherine. Can I blitz the soup up in a blender once it is boiled properly?

    • TiffanyK

      I do this. It’s so much better this way (in my opinion). Also, it wouldn’t change the flavor or nutrient profile so I don’t see why not!

      • Catherine

        Looks good!!!

  • lcarpio

    Hello, Can I switch day 7 with day 6?

    • Catherine

      If you do not have a choice then that is fine don’t want you to go off of it just because you can’t change days.

  • Ness

    Hi I’m on day 4 and after all the bananas im not even hungry. Is it ok to skip the soup today? I was going to have it for dinner but I don’t feel hungry.

    • Catherine

      If you are full don’t force yourself to eat more!!!

      • Ness

        Great thank you 3kg gone this morning start of day 5 yay 🙂

        • Catherine

          Great job!!

  • Mike

    Do you always have to make cabbage soup or can it just be vegetable

    • Catherine

      Some people do just vegetable because they cannot eat cabbage! Just select healthy veggies and remember no beans or peas.

  • Larissa

    Hi, can I just eat the veggies in the soup and not the fluid?

    • Catherine

      You could but a lot of vitamins will be in the fluid as well. You don’t want to miss out on them plus the fluid/juice helps to fill you up.

  • Lisa

    So once you’re done with the 7 day plan… what foods should you reintroduce on day 8? ie. Breakfast.. 3 egg whites with tomato & 1 cup of tea? Lunch.. tuna fish salad (no bread) and 1 orange? Some suggestions on how to slowly introduce the right foods would be helpful to ensure you keep the weight off and don’t gain it all back. Thanks,

    • Catherine

      Your suggestions are great. Some people have just fruit for breakfast or 1/2 cup oatmeal plain. I have two gluten free waffles (200 calories) no syrup or butter just plain. Lunch can be soup (not creamy) and a salad or just a salad with some chicken breast. Dinners should have lots of veggies and then a lean meat or chicken – broiled or baked never fried unless you use lowfat crumbs and no oil. There are a lot of great veggie dishes out there that are good without a lot of cheese and butter. Sometimes I sprinkle a 1/4 cup of shredded cheese on my veggies. I also eat baked potato but without butter or sour cream – use mushrooms and onions fried in PAM. I keep a journal and count my calories. I still love cottage cheese and fruit for breakfast or lunch, too.

  • jody

    hi! i’m on my day 4. i have not had any soup all day will that be a problem? i dont eat ripe banana so i blend it with low fat milk and a yogurt to make a shake. it is very filling so i had no reason for the soup today at all. Will that mess up my diet?

    • Catherine

      As long as you are full you should be fine!!

  • rose

    I just wanted to know if its bad to eat more than one baked potatoe on day 2?

    • Catherine

      Yes, but don’t punish yourself just keep going and stay on track! It’s only bad if you had two big potatoes loaded with butter. But just move on!!

  • nimra haseeb

    I’m on day 3 but today I can’t have soup because I don’t like it so please answer me how to do

    • Catherine

      You might buy some vegetable soup that doesn’t have rice or lentils in it or noodles and see if you can eat some of that along with the other foods – I’m assuming it’s the cabbage you don’t like?

  • Elaine Geiszler

    Cabbage makes me blow up with gas terrible. I used Kale instead of cabbage (which is a cousin to cabbage). I lost 12 pounds in 7 days. So I think it works better then cabbage, and no gas.

    • Cat

      No gas is a good thing!!

  • thia07

    Hi I started the

  • thia07

    hi, Im on my fourth day today. I have no sweet cravings at all, can i skip the banana and milk day and just replace it with the fruit/veggie/ soup day (day 3) again?? I know banana always make me put on more weight.

    • Catherine

      If you do not have any cravings for sweets I feel that would be fine. Keep going!! Stay full!

  • Greg Stephens

    Is Stevia ok? it has no calories or fat.

    • CJ

      If it doesn’t make you crave more sugar than it should be okay. You want to stay as natural as possible with the plan!

  • tiffany

    i am eating over a gallon of soup and over a gallon of water a day is that ok?

    • Catherine

      As long as you are drinking it and eating it throughout the day that should be fine. If you are going to the bathroom a lot then it’s working as a cleanse which is a good thing!

  • farf

    hi, I stuck to the plan for two days and screwed up the third. I ate a banana and yogurt this morning at forgot it is a fruit and veg day. will that screw things up? or just ignore it.

    • Catherine

      On the banana day I would repeat day 1 or 2. You should be okay!!

  • dianne

    Im taking methotrexate for RA…..
    How will this affect my stomach while on the cabbage soup diet?
    I took my suuplements yesterday and something REALLY tore my stomach up
    ALL day….I suspect it was a calcium tablet…..
    Was VERY uncomfortable….

    • Catherine

      I would stop the diet until you have consulted with your doctor. Only they will know how the medicine is going to affect you.

  • Ron

    I use a soda stream machine, is that ok with this diet?

    • Catherine

      Hi Ron,
      We really want you to just drink water or black coffee or tea on the diet except on the days when we say you can have cranberry unsweetened juice. It’s your choice but we do not list it! Thanks!

  • Misty

    I’m allergic to mushrooms can I just omit them from the soup

    • Catherine

      Yes you can omit the mushrooms and if you don’t drink any milk or eat plain yogurt then you might want to skip banana day and repeat day 1.

  • Misty

    Also I don’t drink milk do I have to drink it in the skim milk and banana day

  • Christine

    I was hoping that this would be a cleanse. I feel constipated can anyone help.

    • Susan

      What day are you on? It usually does act as a cleanse except for day 4 (for me anyways).

      • Snowbelt

        I ended up having to take a laxative at the end of day 3. It helped me and on day 4 I had results (only because I took the laxative) I am now on day 5, have NOT cheated at all and have only lost 4 lbs. I feel sad but will continue until the end of day 7. Trying to loose 15 lbs in total.

        • Susan

          Four pounds is still good and 15 pounds is really setting up too high of expectations.

          • Snowbelt

            Understood, thank you Susan. Guess I was thrown off by the claim that you would loose UP TO 10lbs with this challenge. 🙂 Having said that I am on day 6 (only one more day to go) and I have lost about 5lbs. Hanging in

    • snowbelt

      I am on day three and have not cheated at all! Plus I am walking 3 miles every day. Drinking 10 glasses (8 ounces of water at least every day) Not only have I NOT lost one pound I have barely had any stool action since I started. What is going on?? Feeling so frustrated 🙁 I am 5’5″ weigh 145lbs.

  • soph

    I didnt realise i couldnt eat bananas, i had 8 yesterday! what has this done to my diet! :,(

    • Sheryl

      If you have the 7 day plan from Catherine’s site you should know that the only time bananas are allowed is on day 4. It’s not a good thing as it might cause your diet to not be as effective.

  • Amylou

    Can you have other veggies on the beef and tomato day? I wanted to make spaghetti with spaghetti squash as the noodles but wasn’t sure?

    • Susan

      Hi, no it’s just tomatoes, soup and beef! Sorry!!

  • Pmckay04

    I first tried this diet in the 70’s!!! and it worked then… as a “jump start”… now of course I am a much better cook or should I say experienced LOL… so I spiced & herbed it up without adding salt because of course the “cans of tomatoes” are high in sodium along with tomato or V8… however as everyone will experience you get “sick” of that great soup no matter what.. AND some of us get yukky tummy aches like it or not!!! so this time on day 2 I added a couple of new veges to it and on day 3 the fruits and vege’s I only ate one bowl and I ate lots of fruit like blue berries & strawberries because they are snacky… and for dinner I sautéed “mushrooms, zucchini, crookneck and green onion” in the soup broth (those were veges I did not include in the soup) and added just a tad of oyster sauce and let it reduce till veges were still just a bit crisp.. SO DELICIOUS!!! and less bloating… on potato night I chose a Yukon or Yellow as they have a bit of sweetness.. low fat whipped butter and plain yogurt and minced green onion on top that was sooo good too. tonight I am treating myself to diet cranberry juice (5 cal) mixed with water and a wedge of lemon squeezed and dropped into it over ice!!! Poured it in my wine glass and pretended :)…. Hope this gives you ideas when it gets boring and you want to quit.. OH and have been researching good quick really low cal recipes to start with after the 7 days.. so I don’t go back to bad habits … will share a couple


    Can i add lemon and cilantro when eat it for taste

    • Catherine

      Yes you certainly can!!


    It still taste like nothing with the lemon can I add chicken bullion? But it contains salt

    • Gail

      If that will help you to eat it then that is fine. Otherwise you won’t want to do the diet.

  • mini720

    Hi it’s my 3rd day on the CID diet, I have had 3 bowls of soup and tons of fruits and veggies on day 3 I even made a frozen veggie fruit smoothie.the only thing I did wrong was I cooked the veggies in vinegarette but very little of that. I m super bloated though I go to the bathroom alot I’m still very bloated. And I haven’t noticed any weightloss what do I do

    • Susan

      Be patient and try not to weigh yourself every day.

  • Eunice Maduo

    Just stumbled on this diet just now. Would like to try it, can I add chillies? The part with no salt is another thing , can I at least put chicken/ beef cubes??

    • Catherine

      Hi Eunice,
      Yes you can add chilies and it’s fine to use cubes as you need something in it for flavoring! If it doesn’t taste good you won’t eat it!! Good luck!

  • snowbelt

    I am on day three and have not cheated at all! Plus I am walking 3 miles every day. Drinking 10 glasses (8 ounces of water at least every day) Not only have I NOT lost one pound I have barely had any stool action since I started. What is going on?? Feeling so frustrated 🙁 I am 5’5″ weigh 145lbs) I am VERY gassy though.

    • Catherine

      I think when you get on the protein days you will start to lose weight usually broccoli is a good cleanse on the veggie days. Keep going don’t give up.

      • Snowbelt

        Thank you Catherine. No, I will not give up. Just feeling frustrated. Reading about those lucky people who are loosing weight by day 3 makes me happy for them and envious for me.

        • Catherine

          That is most understandable!! There are times I want to throw the scale out the window so I understand!!

          • Snowbelt

            LOL. I still do not understand how it is possible after reading so many great reviews that I am not loosing. As well, I did this about 10 years ago and by day three I was down about 5 lbs already. Oh well…. going to take a long walk. Thanks again Catherine.

          • Catherine

            Not sure of your age but just let me tell you that it really is true that the older you get the harder it is to lose weight. When I was young in my 20s I lost 15 pounds in one month. I was so hard headed and stubborn I did it by starving practically! Was not a good thing. Now if I can lose 5 pounds in a month I’m lucky. Our bodies change so much and my drive isn’t like it use to be takes more incentives!!!

          • Snowbelt

            I have never had a weight problem (Just that one time years and years ago) I have SO much more empathy for those that have had ongoing issues with their weight. And quite right, once again Catherine, I am not a young chickie anymore and methinks that I need to NOT be so hard on myself and just stick with it and hope for the best. Thank you again, Catherine. Still, not enjoying this constipation. Grrr

  • shonna

    I never tried this because i hate hate cabbage an i tried my grandmas she swears by this diet! But it was sooo bland too. In a crisis weigh in i decided to suck it up an choke it down. I found a recipe for a spicy version and pureed the soup to all liquid. Its not too bad now for me to get it down. On the plus side the spicy version maked makes me drink alot more water i think i went a bit overboard on the hot stuff.

    With that being said its evening on day 2 an im struggling expecially since i work at a fast food resturant. So i weighed in an crossed my fingers that i saw a little something for motivation. Almost 6 #!!! Couldnt believe it since i all but gave up. Its been hard to manage my weight were i work, an now im going into my late 30s the weights sticking around.

    Another 15#s an i will jump for joy. I knoW thats not a big journey for most but at barely 5ft tall 20 lbs overweight really shows on us little people.

    • Catherine

      Good for you for sticking to it and 6 pounds is awesome! It has to be really hard with all that fast food but can you bring your soup to work? Stay strong!!

      • shonna

        Omg its so hard! The constant temptation,fries,onion rings, bacon, chicken nuggets! I prayed to get sent home early…yesterday not so bad today was killer!! I can bring my soup but today i stunk up the whole kitchen using the microwave. So idk about the next 3 days…

        • Catherine

          Just keep reminding yourself about how greasy and fattening those foods are and how they are bad for your health. Chomp on some carrots even if it isn’t a veggie day if that will help you!

  • Zara

    Hey Catherine. I started the cabbage soup diet and I’m currently on day two and haven’t noticed any weight loss. I was wondering if this is normal or am I the only one?!

    • Catherine

      Everyone is different. By the end of the third day you should see some weight loss. You really don’t want to weigh every day though and when you do weigh make sure it’s first thing in the morning before coffee or water or soup!! Hang in there!

  • stacy

    For those who are like me and don’t like cabbage, or most of these veggies.. I put extra tomatoes in and let it simmer for a long time to make everything very tender. I then put in a blender and make soup. I add lots of spices and I actually like it.

  • jenn

    Can i add beans and extra lean beef to my soup

    • Susan

      You can after the 7 day diet plan. On the days when it is a meat day you can also add beef to your soup. Beans are only allowed on protein days (5 and 6) if you do NOT eat meat.

  • jlpsmom

    I am on day 3, have followed this to the letter and I am not down not one pound

    • Shelley

      Usually by the end of day 3 you see weight loss. Try to hang in there and not get discouraged. You could be retaining water because you should have lost some pounds by now.

  • Erica Carolina

    can you add one cube of chicken bullion??With out any consequence?

    • Catherine

      Yes if you do not use the Cabbage Soup Seasoning packet then you can add bouillon cubes and V8 juice if you desire.

      • erica

        how many can i use? also is ok to use hot sauce? Thank you for the reply

        • Catherine

          2 cubes and yes it’s fine to use hot sauce but it you really want to eat healthy you can even make your own salsa and put it on everything!!

      • Erica Carolina

        OK thank for the reply. Also can I put mustard on my chicken and bake it I also left my cabbage soup out all night do you think its still good sorry for all this questions.

      • Erica Carolina

        Can you use steak sauce on protein day

  • breezy

    Can i put okra in my cabbage soup

    • Catherine

      Yes you certainly can!!

  • Guest

    Hello everyone…I have a huge pot of the cabbage going as I type this…II will be starting this diet in the morning ..
    I was wondering if I could put most of the cabbage and vegetables in my food processor when its all cooked down? I would like to drink it more the eat it all day… does anyone here know if this works on the diet as well?

  • Johanna Albarron

    Hello everyone…I have a huge pot of the cabbage soup cooking as I type this…
    II will be starting this diet in the morning ..
    was wondering if I could put most of the cabbage and vegetables in my
    food processor when its all cooked down? I would like to drink it more
    the eat it all day… Does anyone here know if this works on the diet as

    • Catherine

      Hi Johanna, Yes that is fine! It will still work the same way! Thanks and good luck!

  • nelly

    Hello, love this diet, lost 11 pounds!! I was wondering if the Atkins is a good diet to follow the csd? Or will I gain the weight back?

    • Atkins is good so is counting calories it really depends on your lifestyle and what will work best for you. If you have a family take into account will dieting change how you cook for them? My husband is doing the Atkins and I’m counting calories and my son has eliminated sweets. It’s hard to grocery shop!! My husband has lost 15 pounds and I’ve lost 4 in the same amount of time. Sigh.

  • Mara 1977

    Can I keep juicing? It’s all veg and some fruits

    • Catherine

      You can keep on juicing. On the days when fruits are not allowed I would just juice veggies to stay on track.

  • Eileen

    I am on day 5. I lost 6.8 pounds as of day 4. Then on day 5 I gained back 2 pounds. I didn’t know why until I read some of these comments about the salt! I was getting bored and started adding salt to the soup which I didn’t realize was going to cause the water retention and add pounds back. I had also added a packet of dry onion soup mix when making the soup. what other spices can be added to replace the taste of the salt craving?? I won’t add the salt on the last two days!

  • Mrs.h

    So….probably tmi but I’m on day 4 and can’t seem to stay out of the bathroom. Is this normal?

    • Catherine

      Everyone is different but yes this is normal it’s a cleansing process!! Once you start eating protein again it should subside!

  • Rikka

    I don’t like fresh tomatoes, can I switch the tomatoes for something else entirely? or can I do a whole tomato and stew it and add it to a bowl of my soup?

    • Susan

      You can have red peppers (mild) or grapefruit. Or you can stew them and put them in your soup if you need to.

  • sparky343

    What effect will there be if im only having one bowl of soup per day and not cheating

    • Catherine

      You should still lose weight the big deal is will you be full enough? If you get hungry eat the soup!! Thanks and good luck.

  • Maddie

    I like to have Synergy’s Kombucha tea that’s made with probiotics, enzymes, and antioxidants with only 2 grams of sugar and usually 60 calories per bottle(I typically drink the Trilogy flavor. Can I have this on the cabbage soup diet?

    • Sally

      Hi Maddie,
      We normally would say no because of the sugar and calories but if you feel it helps you and if you only have one per day it shouldn’t hurt.

  • Miss Ellie

    I’m on day 4 and I don’t like Milk, plus I’m lactose intolarant, instead could I have a piece of my lactose free cheese ?

    • Sally

      Yes if you think it would fill you up enough. You can drink lactose free or soy or skip day 4 and repeat day 3 if that would be better for you.

  • marie

    Can I add chia seeds to the soup or fruit smoothies???

    • Catherine

      Yes you can!

  • sam

    i m on day 3 and already lost 3.3lbs in two days, very happy thanks catherine

    • Catherine

      Awesome!! Keep going!

  • sam

    i am back with feedback, i completed my CSD yesterday and lost 7 pounds. It could be little more but i did little cheating at few times. but very happy with weight loss. thanks

    • Catherine

      That is awesome Sam great job especially since you “cheated” some!! It isn’t easy to lose 7 pounds great job!

  • stefanie

    can I mix no calorie mio with my water?

    • Catherine

      When you are not on the cabbage soup diet you can! We know it doesn’t have calories but it might stimulate your desire for sweets – that’s what we are trying to avoid!

  • Alice Grinie Dominguez

    Why can’t you add salt to the soup

    • susan

      It depends on what recipe you use. If you add the V8 juice and the lipton soup mix it’s already going to have a lot of salt in it. If you make up your own spice package and do not use the lipton mix then it’s okay to add salt otherwise it would be tasteless.

  • Diane Lingerfelt

    So I eat lots of salad, would it do me any good and have same results of I was to eat the ingredients in the soup raw, mixed up…. also omitting the dressing would it be bad to add fresh oranges to salad, tried making own dressing and it was horrible.

    • Susan

      The soup is meant to fill you up – if you are eating just the veggies it would still cause you to lose weight. I don’t think a fresh orange would hurt anything!

  • Pretty

    On day 4 can you have natural yoghurt?

    • Susan

      Instead of milk – yes!

      • Ale Alvarez Cáceres

        cant be milk and yoghurt? like having both throughout the day but not at the same time of course hehe or we have to choose one or the other for the entire day?

    • Catherine

      Yes you have to pick either yogurt or milk not both sorry!!!

  • Stardust

    I have question, can I use sour cabbage in cabbage soup diet, as I like it more, and fermented cabbage is much higher in vitamin c and have probiotics?

    • Sue

      Not sure how that will work since its soaked in salt I believe. It should be fine you probably won’t need to add so much salt to the soup then. Thanks and good luck!

  • Jacquie

    Can we add fruit (lemon) to our drinking water?

    • Catherine

      Yes that is fine lemon is good for the diet!

  • SNani

    my cabbage soup spoilled over, and i can’t eat it anymore or else i get a stomach ache. if i don’t eat the soup for the last few days and still stick to the plan will anything go wrong? I’ve already started seeing results on my body (:

    • Carol

      Be careful to not eat too much rice on the last day. Drink lots of water to help you stay full!!

  • Chloe Louisr

    Just started today been going the gym every day for 2 hours and put 7 lbs on disheartened by this although my waist is 6 inches thinner apparently it’s muscle I want to be 9 stone I’m 10.11 … so I’m giving this ago before going back the gym

    • Catherine

      It is muscle so be careful if you stop exercising it could turn to loose skin so keep exercising!!!!

  • Lakisa Midgette

    Can you add nature’s seasoning blend?

  • Jo

    Hi everyone….ive made a batch of soup and ready to welcome day1 tomorrow. ..lets do this x x

  • Hannah Thompson

    I don’t like veggies cooked raw or canned unless I have something with it like ranch dressing..what can I use instead of that

  • Paul Tracey

    Can I drink semi-skimmed milk on day 4?

  • Kelli

    I’m beginning day 3 & I forgot to eat a potatoe yesterday. Will this affect my results. I’ve done so well! 🙁

    • Donna

      You will be fine!!

  • Jacinta Misevski

    Can I substitute the skim milk with coconut and almond mill instead?

    • Constance

      Yes that is fine!

  • denise

    Are you allowed fruit on the last 3 days?

    • Cathy

      No, not any fruit on the last three days!

  • tash

    do i have to drink the cranberry juice on the last day im enjoying my soup maybe i didn’t make it right cause mine tastes so awsome im on day 3 must i be so hungry? By when will i be seeing results

    • Cat..

      You can skip it if you are not a big fan of cranberry juice. You should be seeing results on the scale by now at least a few pounds lighter.

  • soniaworks

    I’m on day 3 and down 5 pounds already! My goal was 10 but I’ll be happy with a little extra. I love WINE and I have no problem not having it right now but look forward to it once I’m done. AFTER the 7 days is up do you recommend staying away from grainy carbs? What is the ‘eating plan’ once you are finished the 7 days?

    • Catherine

      Congrats to you! Yes after the diet keep your carb intake low and be careful of the wine as it can put the weight back on. Try “Skinny Girl” wine if you haven’t already. Or put some ice cubes in your regular wine to make it last longer so you don’t get as many calories! Try to keep eating lots of veggies and fruit and stay away from deep fried foods. You’ve worked too hard to put it back on!

      • soniaworks

        wow!!! thanks for the quick response!!! Just curious do you drink wine? Also can you swap the chicken for the day after you have beef and tomatoes? Thanks again for getting back so quickly. 🙂

        • soniaworks

          Also, I thought you were able to have fruit and veggies for all 7 seven days but now I just read your response to someone that says no fruit on day 5, 6 and 7. Is that correct?

          • Cat..

            That is correct. You need to google the 7 day Cabbage Soup Diet plan to make sure you have the right info! Thanks,

          • soniaworks

            Can I add salsa or mustard to my celery or cucumbers to enhance the taste? I’m on day 4 and getting bored of just plain veggies? And why do you go to the bathroom so much on the banana and milk day? I feel like I can’t leave the toilet. 🙁

          • Cat..

            Salsa and mustard has vinegar in it usually so go lightly on it. If it will help you stay on the diet it’s fine. Everyone is different on the banana day. For some it’s the opposite result!

          • soniaworks

            Okay! Great …. on the last day re:unsweetened juice I picked up Pineapple – is that okay to drink on the last day?

          • Catherine

            Hi Sonia,
            It is still pretty high in sugars, carbs etc. so I would suggest watering it down some or adding lots of ice to dilute it! Thanks!

        • Cat..

          I do not drink wine when on the 7 day diet. Otherwise, yes, in moderation. Yes you can swap the chicken for the beef! Best of luck!

  • tash

    i lost 2kg’s im on day 6 today and that’s all i lost what am i doing wrong i feel like quiting

    • Cat..

      I wouldn’t be disappointed that is still good almost 5 pounds! I know some drop a lot and some lose less but you have made a positive change and you can continue to eat healthy.

  • Candice

    I am on the tomatoes and meat day. Does an egg count as chicken? I’m starving and that’s all I have in my fridge…other than a lean pork roast cooked from last night.

    • Jenna

      Usually an egg doesn’t count as chicken as it’s not actual meat but if that’s all you have then you don’t have a choice.

  • katie

    I am on day 4 of this diet. So far I am following everything exactly and have lost 4 lbs. However, I don’t care for the soup. I think I added too much garlic (I’m a garlic lover) and it’s just getting stronger as each day goes by of it in the fridge. If I only eat 1-2 bowls a day and the rest of the food listed each day should I still be able to loose the same amount of weight? I am not feeling starving either. Worried because this is the cabbage soup diet and it says to eat as much as you can..

    • Catherine

      Yes if you eat 1-2 bowls you will be fine. Can you add some more water or veggies to it to try to lessen the garlic flavor? You’ve done well so far keep going!!

      • katie

        Thank you! I will try that.

  • Shanice

    I’m on day three of the diet, fruits and veggies. I enjoy eating olives, do they count as veggies? I am also a bit concerned because they taste saltier than usual, duh they come in brine. I can assume that eating these olives will affect my results?

    • Jenn

      Olives should not be eaten on this diet! After the diet you can put a few on your salad for flavoring but not during the diet.

  • Nadine

    Can I add mushrooms to the soup

    • Catherine

      Most definitely as many as you like!

  • Clare

    I forgot myself while making the soup and added garlic salt. Is it ruined now?

    • Koreene

      No, it is still fine! You need some salt to give it flavor or it won’t be edible.

  • Darlene

    Hi, can I make cabbage salad not the soup??

    • Julie

      I guess if you can eat it without dressing. It just seems like the soup would be easier to eat but it’s whatever you prefer. You have to like it!

  • Monica

    Hello, I am so excited to try this and I can not wait to just be healthier and start from a clean slate. My question is how do you come off the diet carefully without gaining all the weight back?

    • Catherine

      You really need to have a plan for when you do come off of the diet. Make sure your pantry is still stocked with low calorie healthy choices so you can monitor you calories and carb intake. You don’t want to be tempted by the foods that made you gain the weight in the first place. Plan your meals ahead!

  • Maxine Reierson

    can i add other fresh vegetables to my soup. This batch I used eight fresh tomatoes, baby carrots, mushrooms, broccoli to the original recipe. I didn’t add any canned broth or v8 juice and left out the canned tomato sauce and canned diced tomatoes. Is this still considered the cabbage soup diet? No salt of course but kicking each bowl up with cayanne and curry powder or chili powder & cumin. Thanks for your help. This diet rocks! Just hoping being a little adventurous with the additional vegetables I’m still on it and will continue to lose. Of course no peas and corn or potatos 🙂

    • Catherine

      Yes that sounds really delicious and quite filling!! You should still lose weight! Thanks for sharing!

      • Maxine Reierson

        Thanks Catherine. I also add a bunch of spinach, basil and parsley is that ok? So far I’m 20 lbs down 🙂 Oh, last question…can I drink alot of decaf tea instead of drinking alot of water?

        • Catherine

          Hi Maxine,
          You still need to drink water – decaf tea is fine but please still drink water. Yes everything you added is great! Congrats on your success!

          • Maxine Reierson

            oky doky…more water intake

  • zac

    Hi , If the first time you went on the diet but quit after the second day and you want to try again after a month will you still lose weight ?

    • Catherine

      Yes as long as you stick to the plan!!

  • Ashleigh

    I am on day 4 and I lost 5Kg

    • Catherine

      Wow that is awesome! Not everyone loses that much in the first couple of days but how fantastic is that!! Keep going I want to hear the final amount lost!! Have a great weekend!!

  • Shi

    Can I substitute fresh fruits for juice on day 7?

    • Catherine

      As long as you don’t eat bananas it should be fine! Melons would be good since they are so juicy.

  • imane asserraf

    Why nooo salt ???!!!!!

    • Sue

      Salt makes you retain water. You can use salt in the soup when making it just do not put salt on veggies or meats during the week when on the diet.

      • imane asserraf

        Aah I see I thought you said we aren’t allowed to use salt at all ( in making the soup )
        Thanks ..^_^

  • imane asserraf

    Can I drink black coffee ??

    • Catherine

      Yes as much as you want.

  • Nour

    Hi im on my second day and ive lost a kilo till now is that good? And can i subsitute brown bread instead of brown rice for the rice?
    Also i usually drink 1/2 a cup of skimmed milk with nescafe and a tsp of sweetner is that okay for everyday ??
    One more thing can i have canned tuna instead of beef for the forth day im not a fan of meat

    • Cat..

      So far so good Nour. You really need to stick with the rice. The skimmed milk is find but the sweetener is not. It could increase your sugar cravings. Yes tuna is fine just pat it dry if it was packed in oil. Keep going!

  • Blane Sequeira

    Hii.. This forum is amazing.. Thanks Catherine for helping us all out and everyone in this group helping each other.. Let me tell you.. Am on my 5th Day of CSD. I feel sick of the soup now but still eating it cause i want to finish this diet.. and no cheating at all.. I havent lost any weight yet.. I am on my periods from a month ( my ovaries are clear and no thyroid. Doc asked me to lose weight in order to get my periods normal) One day before i started the diet i was on heavy bleeding for 3 days. Now its lightened. Is it because of that i dont lose weight? And completely no exercise at all..

    • Catherine

      Hi Blane,
      I think the healthy eating is helping you. Diet is a big influence on a period along with stress. Can you exercise? If you can, start out with just walking and some light toning exercises. I’m not a doctor but from years of talking with my girlfriends I do know that stress and not eating right is a big problem. After the 7 day plan keep eating veggies and fruits and try to stay away or limit the amount of sugars and carbs you have daily. So many of my health problems disappear when I have all of the sugar out of my system. Stay strong and keep going and keep your doctor posted.

      • Blane Sequeira

        Thanks a lot for your reply.. Will do some exercises..

  • Crystal

    Hi Catherine, I have a few quick questions.
    1. Is it okay to not eat a baked potato this week?
    2. For the banana day, can I eat a banana along with all the substitutions (apricots, kiwi + papaya)? Or do I have to choose only one?
    3. Instead of skim milk, may I have unsweetened vanilla almond milk?
    4. For Day 5, can I eat tomatoes along with all the substitutions (red peppers + grapefruit)? Or do I have to choose only one?
    5. For Day 7, can I have fruit instead of fruit juice?
    Thank you so much 🙂

    • Cat..

      Hi Crystal,
      If you want to skip the baked potato that is fine. On banana day try to stick with one fruit. Yes you can have unsweetened vanilla almond milk and if you drink coffee it’s okay to put a dash in it daily. Day 5 the same rule stick with one veggie or the grapefruit. Day 7 if you do fruit make it one that is like watermelon or strawberries – something light. You can blend them with water into a smoothie. The reason cranberry juice is often suggested is that it helps to flush water weight. Best of luck!

      • Crystal

        Wow, thank you so much for getting back to me so fast. I am extremely active and already pretty lean…but wanted to do this cleanse because (1) I have some not-so-fun disorders that are running me down (2) I leave for Europe next week. I am already on Day 2 and am loving it… my stomach feels good for the first time in a long time and I am going to the bathroom regularly, thank God! Excited for the rest of the journey and I will definitely take in your recommendations 🙂 No potato, unsweetened almond milk on Day 4, just one fruit or vegetable on the others days, and I will do unsweetened cranberry juice to flush out the excess water weight! Thank you Catherine 🙂

        • Cat…

          You are welcome and so glad you are feeling better. I know when I stop eating sugar and flour my stomach feels so much better. Hope you have a super awesome time in Europe!

          • Crystal

            Unfortunately, sugar is the culprit… Even grapes (since they are super high in sugar) affect it. NO FUN. But thank you so much for the advice and the warm wishes 🙂

  • thanaa sadik

    Hello , this is day 2 for me and i accidentally added little salt on my veggies (only on the lunch snack) .
    Should i start over or continue the diet ?

    • Cat..

      Hi Thanaa,
      No since you just started you should be fine!! Keep going!!

  • Rosemary Clover-Brown

    Hi Catherine. I’ve just started this amazing diet and naughty, naughty , I couldn’t resist having a peek on the scales after three days and WOW I’ve already lost 6lbs( I know it’ll be mostly water loss) even though I was out to dinner and ordered a salad but had two glasses of wine . I was wondering if Alpro Coconut Original is ok instead of skimmed milk. Per 100ml it’s 20kcals , 0.9g fat,2.7 g carbohydrate of which sugars are 1.9gms. It does say it’s low fat. Thanks ! Rosie

    • Cat..

      Hi Rosie,
      It should be fine since it is low in calories and fat. Thanks and keep going awesome weight loss!!

      • Rosie Clover-Brown

        Thank you for answering so quickly Catherine . Just a small tip for others . On banana day peeled whole frozen bananas take a long time to eat so by the time you’ve sucked it like a lollie you feel you’ve eaten a meal & they’re very good if you have a sugar craving . Whole frozen berries ( raspberries, blackberries and blueberries ) take a long time to suck too !

  • Heather

    I’m about to start the diet tomorrow…what can I put on my veggies on veggie day, or must they be plain steamed or raw?

    • Catherine

      If you can eat them plain or raw that would be best but if you can’t try some lemon juice with a splash of vinegar and olive oil. Also Mrs. Dash’s seasonings are allowed. Best of luck!

  • Lisa

    Can I have 1/2 my potato for breakfast on Day 2?

    • Catherine

      Hi Lisa,
      You certainly can!!! Enjoy! Top with a homemade salsa if you like or you are allowed butter for this one potato!!!

      • Lisa

        I was thinking hash browns with onions and peppers and some other veggies!

        • Catherine

          I’m coming to your house for breakfast! LOL That sounds great!

          • Lisa

            I’ve really been having a hard time thinking about breakfast on veggie only day, then it dawned on me!

  • Abbie

    Hey. Loving this diet. I’m on day two and it’s going well. I kinda thought it would be a really good idea to drink limitless amounts of green tea to help to flush away toxins. Can’t find anything to confirm or deny this? Can you help? Thanks 🙂

    • Cat…

      Hi Abbie,
      Yes drink all the sugarless tea that you want. Green or black tea whatever your preference!!! Keep going and best of luck!

  • Sabriyyah Shelly

    I want to start the cabbage soup diet, but I want to know do I have to eat the fruit and vegetables or can I just do the straight cabbage?

    • You really need to eat a variety of fruits and veggies and follow the 7 Day plan to keep your energy levels up and to get a variety of vitamins. The diet is challenging enough so you don’t want to limit yourself to the cabbage!!

  • Cynthia

    Could I add avocado to the soup?

    • Catherine

      During the diet I would not but after the 7 day plan then you can to make it more “tortilla like” and add a sprinkle of cheese, too. If you do not eat meat on days 5 and 6 you can eat some avocado. They are high in calories is the problem for the 7 day plan. They are good for you !!

  • Lindsey

    What are some recommended spices to add to the soup for flavor?

    • Catherine

      You can add Mrs. Dash’s no salt seasonings, black pepper, you can also do regular salt as we use regular salt in our seasonings mix, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasonings, curry and parsley flakes are some suggestions. We keep salt off the regular meats and veggies during the 7 days but to make the soup edible for days you need salt otherwise it’s going to be very bland!!!

  • Kath

    Can i use my soupmaker to make my cabbage soup. Its a smooth soup

    • Catherine

      Yes, that is fine and will give it a great texture! Thanks!

  • Maria

    On day 5 and 6 can you eat fruit?

    • Catherine

      No fruit on either day. Day 5 is beef and tomatoes and soup. You may substitute chicken for the beef if it’s broiled or baked. Do not eat the skin. Day 6 is beef and veggies and soup. Good luck!

      • Maria

        Thank you!!! Have lost 7 pounds so far but today seems extra hard even with the meat

        • Catherine

          Seven pounds is great! You are doing really well! Hang in there you are almost there!

  • Cindy

    Are you still answering questions for this diet? If so, can I add beano to the soup?

    • Catherine

      Yes, I am and you were up early!! Yes you can use beano in fact a lot of people do because of the cabbage. My best to you and have a good week!

  • Rhonda

    Good Afternoon! I am on my first day and am really excited to see some amazing results from this CSD. I’ve read everything I possibly can about it, all the do’s and don’t because I’m going on my first cruise August 28th and I definitely wanna look my best! ???? My only concern right now, is of course I would have to start my monthly this morning ???? and I’m wondering if that’s gonna have any effect on my results…. Thank you so much for all of this amazing information, it has been a tremendous help in me making the decision to try this. ☺️

    • Catherine

      Hi Rhonda,
      I think you will see less bloat since you will be doing the “cleanse” so it shouldn’t mess up your weight loss and you should continue to feel better. Keep going and so glad you are enjoying the info!

      • Rhonda

        Thank you so much for the quick response! I just remembered a couple of more concerns that I have…. First, I’ve read so many conflicting answers as far as avocados go. What is your opinion in regards to them? I LUV avocados, could eat them all day but again, I wanna do what’s gonna get the best results for me. Also, I won’t be able to make my first batch of soup until later this evening, so I’ve not had any yet today, just tons of water and fruits. How much should I eat tonite and is it gonna hurt me that I’m having to wait until then to eat some. Thanks again! ????

  • Rhonda

    Thank you so much for the quick response! I just remembered a couple of more concerns that I have…. First, I’ve read so many conflicting answers as far as avocados go. What is your opinion in regards to them? I LUV avocados, could eat them all day but again, I wanna do what’s gonna get the best results for me. Also, I won’t be able to make my first batch of soup until later this evening, so I’ve not had any yet today, just tons of water and fruits. How much should I eat tonite and is it gonna hurt me that I’m having to wait until then to eat some. Thanks again! ????

    • Catherine

      Avocados are good for you but not during the 7 day plan. Once off the 7 day plan you can eat about 1/4 every day mashed on toast or on your salad and it helps you with weight loss as you will not retain as much water. I lost a couple of pounds that way it really works! Tonight just eat two big bowls. If you get full after one then stop!!!

      • Rhonda

        Sounds great! Thanks again for all the great info and quick replies! ????

  • Georgia

    I put lots of Siracha in my veggies for day 2. Is that going to mess up everything?? I’m really worried.

    • Catherine

      Siracha has a lot of sugar and salt in it. Try to stay away from it over the final days of the diet!! Good luck!!

  • Mark Porter

    I am on Day 5, the meat day. Can I eat anything else today apart from the cabbage soup? I have lost 12 lbs (5.5kg) and am very pleased with the results but desperately hoping that fruit or veg is okay.

    • Catherine

      Hi Mark,
      You can eat all of the tomatoes that you want today along with the meat and soup. If you don’t like tomatoes you can have grapefruit instead! Congrats on the weight loss that is fantastic!! Keep going!

  • Lee

    Can I eat mushrooms on day 2.please say yes


    instead of brown rice can i have quinoa?

    • Yes that is absolutely fine! Enjoy!

  • Angela

    I’m looking for meat for day 5. I have a pork loin in the freezer. Could it be used? Of course after trimming off the fat first.

    • Absolutely, you can substitute fish, chicken or turkey (skinless) LEAN GROUND BEEF, or LEAN PORK. Cook it baked, broiled, or grilled!
      Best of luck to you keep going!!

  • William J. McKell

    just finishing 7-day cabbage soup diet… what should I eat the following week?

    • You want to keep your plate full of fresh veggies and salad but eat lean protein. Eat carbs in moderation and google your height and weight to find out your necessary caloric intake to maintain weight or to still lose. Congrats on a successful week!! Keep eating healthy! Holidays are coming!!

  • MaryaNRuuN

    Hi my name is Maryam
    It is ok at banana day to make banana and milk juice

    • Absolutely! You can freeze the banana and blend it with the milk and some cinnamon or however you want!! Keep going!!

  • MaryaNRuuN

    Is it okay to add a little salt cuse I don’t have v8 and I don’t have mushroom and celery to my soup cabbage ?

    • Yes you want to be able to eat it and if it’s too bland you will not.

  • Lamanda Marie Thompson

    Can I have Polo sausage on day 5

    • You want to go with the leanest cuts or pieces of meat or chicken or pork. So it needs to be lean and not fatty.

  • Sara Al Marzooqi

    Can i eat tofu and edamame on day 2?

    • No to tofu on Day 2. Sorry! Here is the website for all of the rules:
      Thanks and good luck!

      • Sara Al Marzooqi

        what about edamame?

        • It has 189 calories in one cup. You could eat it on your meat days instead of meat as it is loaded with protein. Otherwise you shouldn’t indulge in it.

  • Sara Al Marzooqi

    What is the difference between eating an orange and drinking orange juice on fruit days?

    • If you make your own juice and do not put any additives into it you will be fine. It’s the orange juice that has sugars and preservatives in it that you want to stay away from. Thanks!

  • Sara Al Marzooqi

    on Day 2, how many grams should the potato be?

    • Pick a large potato it’s fine don’t worry about the grams and enjoy it.

  • Barry Drury

    I stir fry my veggies in water and add natures seasoning to them… is this ok!! Also i eat alit of stir fry for the flavor hope this is ok as well!!

    • Catherine

      Barry that sounds great! Sounds to me like you are doing everything right and the healthy way! Keep going!

  • Jennifer

    Hi guys! I am on day 4 of the CSD, I have lost 5 pounds so far with a starting weight of 119, 5 feet tall. I have not cheated. I have a few suggestions that I have picked up along the way that I thought you guys might find useful. I am on my second batch of soup and quickly needed a change so I added 1/2 of a fresh jalapeno pepper and wow if you like spice this will do the trick! I figured it’s green and not processed so it would work. Also on veggie days I make a kinda chilled slaw with finely shredded vegetables (red & green bell pepper, broccoli,onions, zucchini, carrot sticks) and season with Mrs. Dash of various blends and rice wine vinegar (it has zero sugar, zero salt) and some lemon juice. Chill for an hour or two and it’s a slightly different spin on your veggies. I also did a stir fry of veggies with water and lemon juice with Mrs. Dash. Also for a change up to the soup as mentioned numerous times already curry is a wonderful addition and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I know cinnamon sounds a little off but I was eager to find anything that would make it taste different. Also on fruit day try making a fruit salsa to add into your soup or on top your potato or veggies. Just need some some finely chopped cantaloupe, orange, strawberries, jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice, or google fruit salsa many variations online. Also have been drinking a ton of water and 2 cups of hot tea a day without any sweetener. I hope this helps anyone who is struggling. We will ALL make it!!! Determination goes a long way!!! 🙂

    • Jennifer

      Also I forgot to mention, on the 1st day which is fruit and soup only I’d take advantage of eating mostly fruit this day as not to get too tired of the soup. You will have waaayyy more soup days than fruit days!! Best fruits are berries, cantaloupe, oranges and watermelon.

      • Catherine

        Thank you Jennifer appreciate you and stay eating healthy!!

    • Catherine

      Thank you so much for your inspiring info and recipe ideas. They are awesome additions to the menu. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Trina Healy

    I really don’t like the taste of cooked cabbage, can the veggies be made into salad form and still give the desired results?

    • Catherine

      The soup fills you up and keeps you from snacking. You could make a veggie soup without the cabbage and without corn, or potatoes or beans. With the 7 Day plan you are already eating a lot of salads and veggies. If you just ate salads you would probably get too bored with the diet and might have a harder time sticking to it.

  • Kelly Bailey

    Hi! I’m starting the CSD tomorrow with my husband, and wanted to know if drinking 100% pure organic coconut water would okay to drink some days instead of just plain water, V8, or cranberry juice?

    • Catherine

      Plain coconut water has about 4 to 6 g sugars per 100ml (per cent), which is less than sports drinks (5 to 6 per cent) and around half of a fizzy, sweetened drink. Under half of its sugars are in the form of glucose, but there’s fructose and sucrose present too. Calories for one cup average about 45 to 50 calories. Check the sodium levels and make sure it’s not high so you do not retain water. I honestly would stay away from it unless you limit yourself to one cup a day. Best of luck to you. Not sure if you follow me on Facebook but I’ve been doing the diet since the 29th and have lost 4.5 pounds so far!! I skipped banana day as I do not crave sweets when on this diet. So I did veggies, soup and whitefish instead. Have a great weekend!

  • Kash

    I’m on my 3rd day. My 2nd and 3rd day I eat the soup (ALOT) and when I feel the need of carbs I just get a pan put some olive oil with onion, garlic tomatoes and broccoli yummyy…..anyhow is that ok to do? will it affect my diet? also im only planning to eat the soup and once per day the pan with broccoli…..will I still lose weight or do I need to follow the 7 day diet exactly?


    • Catherine

      If you are not using too much olive oil I feel you will still lose weight as you are eating a healthy green veggie. Keep us posted and Happy New Year!

  • Lillian hart

    Can you drink lemon water

    • Catherine


  • Michelle Reyes

    Am i strictly prone to the soup because ive never done it i sort of dont really know what im doing lol

    • Catherine

      You need to go to the website and read all of the tabs. There are guidelines for days 1 through 7 that you must follow to be successful!

  • Rhonda

    Could I have a bowl of popcorn?

    • Catherine

      When you are NOT on the 7 day plan absolutely! It is probably the best snack for after when it’s unbuttered and unsalted but AFTER!!

  • Becky-lou Newland

    Im on day 4 of my diet……can I have a bowl of salad? Also can I have whitebait or sardines on day 5 instead of beef? Thanks

    • Catherine

      Day 4 is designed to lessen your desire for sweets so if you are not craving sweets that would be fine. Yes sardines or whitebait instead of beef is fine. If packed in oil wipe the oil off well -easier of course to get the ones packed in water if you can. Thanks and good luck!

  • Becky-lou Newland

    Thanks for the reply……I have in my freezer fresh sardines and whitebait (not oily tinned) Ill look forward to those and im feeling great 🙂 I dont have scales in the house so ill do the weigh-in at the end…..excited 🙂 Thanks

    • Catherine

      Okay that sounds great! I’ve never had fresh ones before!! Best of luck!

  • D.

    I’ve been looking for a diet to try and would like to try this one again (was on it when I was younger). Can I drink flavored carbonated water while on the diet? It has no calories, salt, fat, etc and I absolutely love it.

    • Catherine

      If you feel it doesn’t give your cravings for sweets you would probably be okay. We usually discourage it because so many say that they just want more sweets when they have flavored drinks.

  • Elizabeth

    Hi Catherine, I’m on day 5 now I skipped the soup for the last 4 days I didn’t know it was a must 🙁 so you think I start eating it as from today or just ignore it till the end? Also if I have to eat it can I only drink the water of the soup without eating the cabbage and vegetables?? Thank you!

    • Catherine

      Hi Elizabeth, I guess you missed our 7 day plan where it says to eat soup! The soup is supposed to fill you up with healthy juice and veggies. So if you can get full on the juice and that’s enough for you then that’s fine since you are almost through with the 7 days anyways.

  • Littleowlivia

    I did this diet years ago, and I remember losing some weight, but really loved it because it helped me get over cravings and it gave me a boost to eat well after day 7 was over.
    I normally take diatomaceous earth and apple cider vinegar (separately) throughout my week, would either of those things negatively effect the diet?
    Also, I take a few vitamins and supplements everyday (ie milk thistle, B complex, vitamin d etc), can I still take those on the CS diet?

    • Catherine

      Yes you can still take your vitamins and the vinegar should also be fine.

  • Shay

    If I don’t get low fat almond milk is it still okay?

    • Susan

      Yes that’s fine as it’s still lower in calories than the regular milk or should be!

  • Arsh

    Its my second day….can i smok like one or two cigretes a day? Can anyone tel plz

    • Susan

      If you can quit smoking that would be great but if you smoke every day I’m sure it’s hard to stop. I hope it doesn’t cause cravings.

      • Arsh

        Thnk u Susan:)

  • Angela

    I’m on day 4 early morning and have lost 7 lbs 🙂 and I only weighed 131.5 to begin with. I love this ‘diet’ and do it every 2 years or so . It seems to kick start my new goals and eating habits . I’m wondering if its ok to have a salad and some raw veggies day 4 and not eat SO many bananas ? Will that change much ? I also make half the soup , then the other half to make it nice and fresh . 🙂 Thank you so very much for this diet I love it 🙂

    • Catherine

      That is awesome congrats on a great weight loss! If you want to skip banana day and just do Day 1 again you can do that. Or you can eat some raw veggies it shouldn’t hurt. Day 4 is mainly to kill sweet cravings. Glad you are doing so well. Keep going!

  • Susan

    I’m allergic to bananas… there something I can substitute with?

    • Catherine

      Hi Susan,
      You can skip day 4 and repeat day 1 or day 3 or you can substitute with apricots or kiwis. Day 4 is meant for you to rid yourself of sweet cravings. If you do not have that problem simply skip the day! Thanks and best of luck!

  • Mary Gray

    Can i eat tofu on the protein days?

    • Catherine

      Yes instead of the meat or chicken you can have tofu.

  • Mary Gray

    Can i start the diet in the middle of the day? I wanted to start the diet today but I already had milk and coffee creamer in my coffee this morning.
    Will the diet still work if I stick to it starting now?

    • Catherine

      Yes, if you didn’t have any sugar in the coffee and if it wasn’t a fattening flavored creamer that is fine. Try to use skim or soy or lowfat milk in your coffee during the 7 day plan. Good luck!

  • Allison Earl

    Hi there! This is not the first time I’ve done this diet, but the last time, it messed me up and I felt like I could not be far from a bathroom 🙁 This time I’m on day one and already feeling better. I wanted to drop some lbs before going on Spring Break! I read through many of the comments and thought I’d add some new things I did to the soup this time. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE this soup but I’m a cabbage person. LOL That sounded funny… anyway, I added some white pepper this time rather than cayenne and it give it a great spicy kick. I also did half of a can of rotel with no juice since I had it. I also added some dry herbs and some Mrs. Dash original. It’s delicious. Honestly, I feel like I could eat this all the time, but don’t want the after effects! Good luck to you who are currently working through this diet!

    • Catherine

      Thank you Allison for sharing! Have a great Spring Break!!