Odd Ways To Lose More Weight (Try These Today!)

It’s Not You – It’s The World!

There are always distractions lurking around every corner, so I know I, personally, need any and every little trick there is that will keep me on board, focused, and losing weight.

You probably heard about the “blue plate” idea, it’s been on the news recently.  They say if you eat off a blue plate (or any wacky color that does NOT match your food), than you see the food better, focus on it more, and feel satisfied by eating less.

Don’t use a white plate or green plate, the food blends in and you just eat and eat and eat.  Seriously, how many foods are actually blue?  It’s a good idea!

Here are a few more ideas to trick your belly (and brain):

  • Turn OFF the television!  Just sit and focus on your meal, instead.  Eat quietly, slowly, and chew and enjoy every bite.  You wont go back for seconds this way!
  • Photog your food!  Journaling is so 2011!  Now, the hip and helpful thing to do is to snap a photo of your meal.  They say “a photo is worth 1,000 words” and this is obviously true here, too.
  • Brush your teeth!  Obviously you should do this after every meal (and before bed, and when you wake up), but for most people, a mint or again, even the smell of mint, tells your brain that the meal is over.  This tip is especially helpful for night time snackers!

Your Partner In Soup,



  • Doug1943

    Keep a full glass of water in the kitchen, and drink it before you start each meal. You will feel full more quickly.

  • 1craftycritter

    Eat a blend of fiber like raw oats, ground flax, acacia etc ….15 minutes before eating your meal.

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  • Jackieslater

    i find there is not alot of fruit about now i like so what do i do

    • Mizuhoshi1013

      try some raw veggies or the raw oats/fiber thing. Something healthy, filled with fiber that will help you feel full and satisfied. Drinking a glass of water before you start helps a ton, too.

      • Jackieslater65

        thanks i just need some different fruit to eat i have probs with veg at the best of times
        but i did lost 5 lb in my first two day 16 lb in two weeks but it is getting harded now

  • Michellekeen56@gmail.com

    I found that if you let your body tell you when you are full, you are not as likely to overeat but if you let your ‘restkess mind’ tell you when you are full – you probably will overeat.

    The body has an intelligence of it’s own, try it!

  • Runningbunny999

    Call food something else. I have a hard time thinking of food as anything other than yumminess, so instead I refer to food as nutrition. Nutrition just seems so much more… nutritious, which to me means healthy and smart. When I think of food as nutrition I do so much better. =)

  • Spazyaz

    I personally am a big fan of the water drinking. When I keep myself full of water I eat so much less at mealtime. Especially if I drink about 12-20 oz 5 min before I eat. By then it’s settled in my stomach and I eat literally 1/2 of what I normally would.

  • Babs

    If you chew your food very slow always when you eat, You will get full faster. That is a Weight Watchers trick and it works!!!!!!!!!

  • Peaches552

    Put your fork down after each bite, while chewing.
    Take a sip of water between bites.

  • miss

    Thanks Doug1943 but one glass is not enough. I personally take three glasses of water as I am serving the food. This helps me to cut down to about a 1/4 of what I’d normally eat. its a great trick to your appetite.

  • Maureen_okumu

    My doctor told m to eat breakfast like a king ,eat lunch like a prince and dinner like a peasant.
    He also told me on meals eat the other way round ,start with desert which should be fruits ,then go to main meal and end with soup 🙂 tips pf eating in a resturant .

  • Hareenahans

    If its tough to find unsweetened cranberry juice for the cabbage diet..what other alternative can i go for?

  • I had a general CSD question: I’m at the end of day 1 and I am so so hungry and have been all day long! I’m a generally light eater and am not overweight (I’m at a “healthy” weight and I’d like to adjust to “healthy, but a little trimmer.”) But since starting this, the fruit and soup fill me up for maybe. . .20 minutes? And then my tummy’s growling!
    I’ve eaten about 2 cups of grapes, 3 apples, a cup of strawberries, and nearly half the pot of soup. I really like it, actually, so every time I got hungry today, I had another (1 cup) bowl of soup. Like 6 cups of soup today! Plus my daily 32 oz. water, 3 cups black coffee, and 16 oz. iced green tea with jasmine.
    And I’m still hungry! So my question is: can you eat too much soup too quickly? Or too many veggies/fruits?


    • You should try to drink more water, at least 8-10 glasses at 8oz each, although it sounds like you get plenty of liquids. A cup isnt really enough of a serving, have a big bowl for each meal. You really cant have TOO much.

  • Kiranzahra56

    HI,Thankyou for helping me in controling diet. I brought all vegetables from the market and cooked the soup but when i take first spoon of teh soup i vomtted because it has very bad taste and till yet i m afraid of taking such kind of a diet i think walk is best . so plz tell me another way of losing weight.

    • Make soup you like? Obviously you need to make it to taste.

    • lindsay

      I think this soup is delicious, so does our housekeeper and my there 20 plus year old daughters , all we did was add spice

  • glo

    chew your food 20 timea before swallowing: It will take you longer to eat and it will be more satisfying.

  • Pillarrocks9395

    Is it alright to eat chia seeds through out the week?

  • Ohmiigooness

    Is it okay to eat acai berries during this week?

  • Knightvette81

    This is something that I am going to do and maybe this will help someone too. I need to loose about 15 pounds and when I put on a long sweater with my jeans I look so big I take it off and won’t go out of the house this way I am so embarrassed. Take a picture of yourself and put it on the refrigerator and when you start to open it maybe you won’t.

  • Layla

    can i eat fruit instead of the juice on day 7

  • Juelie

    If you’re hungry, but don’t want to eat (whether it’s because you’re dieting, it’s late, or maybe you have a colonoscopy the next day)…smelling a grapefruit suppresses hunger, doing a small, short workout will make hunger pains go away, and drinking water!! will do the trick! 🙂 Eating with an article of clothing you wish to fit into (make sure its in sight, and looks really appealing to you) may help you eat less, and stay motivated! (My aunt used to do this, and I used to think she was crazy…I thought she had an imaginary friend at age 40. haha)

  • Kperkins

    Not sure where to post this… But can you chew gum or sugar free gum on this diet?

    • If its to stop you from eating some chocolate cake, yes. However, for best results, no. Chewing gum makes you gulp down air which settles in your belly and can cause bloat.

  • Meskikebede

    Dear Catherine, I am very happy by the Cabbage Soup. I have lost 3.4kg in two weeks diet. I finished first week diet properly. But for the second week I added my favorite vegetables. And I saw my change. I really thank you very much.

  • NannylouG

    When dining out, ask for a second plate. They usually bring a smaller one.
    Divide every item on your plate in half, and transfer half to the second plate.
    Eat from the second plate. Take the first plate with half of your meal home.

  • Tfoxjrr

    my husband wants to try this diet with me BUT he is diabetic. How do we handle breakfast??
    The rest of the day shouldn’t be too much problem.

    • Diabetics shouldnt do this diet!

      Soup for breakfast,.

  • Jobomerc

    I am on my second day. Can I have any nuts during this diet? Are there any nuts that are a no no?

    To add falavor to the soup, I added a fresh bunch of Cilantro and some Chipotle Powder. Gave it a great slightly spicy flavor.

  • Cbrooks2015

    When you’re full and keep eating, remind yourself why you’re discipling yourself. Maybe for summer, an event, or maybe for a new lifestyle. Whatever it may be, it works, everytime. You end up feeding that extra food you don’t need to the doggies. Amazing.

  • Hi Catherine, I just need to know if I don’t like bananas and I couldnt find any kiwi(like it was out of season or something) what can I sub that day with? Also how do I keep my cabbage from turning into mush(it was so mushy like mashed potatoes the first day) and I am going to remake it but how do I keep it from getting mushy before I do try and remake it? Actually any tips from anybody would be helpful

  • Guyfrmbk

    Can you use Hummus or Taboule with this diet ?

  • Shnergle

    how many calories is a bowl of this cabbage soup recipe?

    • Depends on the quantities used. Usually, 80-100 calories. You should not worry about calories though, the more soup you eat the better. Aim for 3-4 BIG bowls.

  • Rositadcmg

    Ok, so I hate drinking water. Can I drink flavor water that has zero calories?

    • No because itll have artificial flavorings and sweeteners. Add fresh fruit like lemon, limes, orange slices, watermelon cubes, mint, etc.

  • Naina

    what if i dun hav d soup fr d first day ?

  • Rgaston

    I LOVE THIS DIET!!!! Not hard to follow, covers all the foods I love!!! Been on a little differednt version( I’ve added a little protein and a few healthy carbs). Been on it 4 weeks now and am still going strong. I’ve lost 20 lbs and it’s the easiest loss I’ve ever had! The vegatables and fruits are fresh and at their best now!! I’m trying to apply healthy choices to the already great diet!!!!

    • I am glad you’ve added protein and carbs, otherwise this is not safe to do long term. Best wishes!

  • Swethar92

    may i use oat porridge during the diet

  • Lucygut1987

    once a week treat yourself with something sweet, very small bite that way your body never knows you dieting..it can be a small bite of chocolate cake enjoy it.gchiva87

  • Maria

    I did a “modified” cabbage soup diet and have lost 12 pounds in 6 weeks almost effortlessly, much to my amazement! I basically ate the soup for 8 meals a week (4 lunches and 4 dinners). For breakfast I always have had a healthy bowl of oatmeal filled with fruit and I continued that. For other meals I ate sensibly and with reasonable portion sizes. Sometimes, if we were going out to eat, I would eat a bowl of soup before we left and then order a small/light dinner. I also drank lots of liquids which for me was water with a small amount of Crystal light for flavoring which helped me drink much larger portions than plain water. I plan to continue to eat the soup (which I call Maria’s Skinny Soup which sounds MUCH better than CABBAGE soup) for 4 or 6 meals a week and again eat sensibly for other meals.

  • DeePoth

    for day 4, I don’t drink milk… I read on another site that almond milk or yogurt is okay on this day instead of dairy milk, but I trust this site more than the other one lol so I’d like to know what you think

    • Catherine

      Lowfat almond milk or lowfat yogurt is fine!!!!

  • Michael

    I’m on day two now and day one made me lose 6lbs. Day one alone!! I’m so happy.

  • Kacey Cavanaugh

    I have been doing this for a little over a week, loving it! Have lost 8 lbs so far. But I was wondering, because I really dislike eating veggies without anything to dip it in.. If I use hummus very lightly, is that ok or should I just keep it at what I’m doing? Just a thought. 🙂

    • Catherine

      Hummus has some serious calories! I know because I love it!!

  • Friend

    I weigh more on the second day of the diet?is that normal?

    • Catherine

      No that is not normal. You usually lose several pounds right away at the beginning. Are you eating lots of soup, too?