Rev Up Your Metabolism To Lose Fat Fast!

This Week, To Lose Weight, Eat As Much Soup As You Want

You may be asking yourself – “Doesn’t eating a lot make me GAIN weight?”

No, it doesn’t. It just depends on what you’re eating, and how much of it…This soup is low cal and high fiber, which means by eating a lot of it, you’re actually kick- starting your metabolism, and keeping it going all day long by eating more soup.

This helps you to lose that excess liquid you carry around…and to drop pounds fast.

Like I’ve mentioned before and will mention again, expert nutritionist Isabel De Los Rios is the one responsible for my healthy new body.  I follow her every move!

She recently released an article detailing 5 ways to KEEP your metabolism burning and churning at a HIGH rate, which means you’ll continue to lose weight, even when you’ve finished your Cabbage Soup week.

5 Tips To Follow Now:

  • Eat!  Easy, right?  Small, healthy meals, like a serving of your Cabbage Soup, taken every three to four hours will keep your body satisfied, your blood sugar even, AND help keep you from developing cravings.
  • Eat Protein…especially AFTER you finish your Cabbage Soup, you’ll want to introduce more protein back into your diet. Eating protein, from chicken, from fibrous veggies, from eggs, and other whole foods, will help you to burn more than eating carbs – or especially fat!
  • Build Muscle…building lean muscle (I am not talking body building here) will help you to keep burning fat, even when you’re resting or sleeping! Add in small changes throughout the day – grab more than one grocery bag, pick your child up more – you’ll have buff arms in no time!
  • Drink Water…according to recent research, people who drink 2 glasses of water before breakfast tend to eat less ALL day – this one is a no brainer!
  • Isabel’s “favorite” tip: Do Not Eat Anything WHITE! This is a great rule. Things like bread, pizza, even whole grain items, tend to store in our fat cells and are much harder to burn….Remember, on your Cabbage Soup week, we skipped anything white or bleached for the whole week…and tell me, didn’t you feel great?

I strongly recommend you check out the awesome and free video that Isabel recently released.

She provides great information about healthy fats, giving you a plan for what to do AFTER the Cabbage Soup Week is over.  It’s truly powerful stuff!

I want to see Isabel’s Video! <– Click here to view the free presentation!

Tell me how YOU keep your metabolism burning and churning in the comments below…..maybe we can make an even bigger, better list and I’ll publish it on the site or on Facebook!

Til next time,



  • Rebeccacda

    Chillies and chilli powder apparently speed up your metabolism, so add them to anything you can.

    • They sure do…spice is your metabolism’s best buddy

  • richard

    im doing well and surprise i really enjoy the soup but i only need to shed about 4 kg am usually about 69 kg and now 72 kg so is easy for me richard

    • Excellent to hear!

      • Cynthia_foley

        well monday will be the start of losing those last 1o of 12 pounds I will keep informed if or any has dropped and if i used any new way to spice the recipes up…. here is to healthy eating….

        • Rosieme1

          cabbage soup diet is the best. start on monday so far i’ve lost 8lbs.

          • Cummawumma

            Is it ok to blend the soup? I don’t like chunky soups, I normally blend them. I will be starting this diet tomorrow and have prepred the soup tonight. It tastes really nice blended. Oh, and the potato on day two, do you et this by itself our can you eat veg also? Thanx for your time.

          • You can blend it, no worries there. Eat your potato on Day 2 but eat other veggies, too. Stay away from beans, peas, corn, and yams.

          • Sangeetha

            actually i dont like soup at all……..can i skip the soup ?

          • Not with this diet. The soup is the main component, you’re supposed to have at least 2-3 sservings. The soup is what makes your metabolism work hard! 🙂

          • Sally

            How much serving of Greek yogurt can I have in replace of milk
            Don’t drink milk at all

          • Just a serving or two, eat lots of soup in its place!

          • Segomotso

            I started on sunday,i cheated with macarroni nd meat on day 2,is that mean i have start again

          • Yes, you prob want to start over for best results.

          • Excellent work!

        • Good luck!

          • Tgirl

            I have started the soup today, I have my cranberry juice,my Fruits and a whole lot of water to start!! Hope I will see a different soon! Its my day 1.

  • LeeD

    My second day consists of vegetables and the soup. Can I eat raw potatoes (which I love) during the vegetable day?

  • Melkins1

    It says to eat green leafy vegies but tough to choke down a salad with no dressing? Is there some type of dressing that can be used and stay within the 7 day regime?

    • I usually use some soup broth, to be honest. Or make a citrus vin, with a couple drops of oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice!

  • Naynai

    Ive had chillies to my soup and cumin and garlic makes a word difference!!! My baked potato day as your aloud veg i have oven baked peppers,mushrooms,onion and courgette veg kebabs ,, and on my last day ive always added chopped mushrooms & onions dry fried to my brown rice and stuff whole peppers with it and oven bake it,, makes this a easy diet for me! x

    • Everything sounds good except those fried onions 😉

  • Carolinaplac

    Try some lemon juice with a little bit of Mrs. Dash add some fresh basil and cilantro and you will never use dressing on your salad again!

    • Oh, good one! I’ll have to remember that!

    • Irene

      tried it…i still prefer my balsamic vinegar with extra virgin olive oil…

  • Melkins1

    Okay my big question is after the 7 days what do I eat or do for food the next two weeks? Stay away from white is a given but what else?

    I am in a biggest loser type compitition with 8 other men. We have until November to weigh in and the one who lost the most % of weight wins… I am open to any suggestions..


    • Are you more interested in dieting suggestions or a new workout regimen??

  • keda

    In the morning ill will be on day 3 i think im doin pretty good but i was eating my soup with crackers which i now find out thats a bad idea(nothing white). On day four is skim milk what else can i try i really dont drink milk at all but i am willing to try regular 2% milk is that okay i already know how that taste.

    • Keda,
      An easy rule to remember: if an item is not on your 7 Day plan, you cant have it. No bread of any kind this week! 2% has too much fat in it. Go for a lite soy milk if you dislike skim.

  • Dita Brown

    I did the Cabbage Soup Diet for the first time this week and followed it to the letter, because I was looking forward to finally loose some serious weight, but on day 5, when I stepped on the weight scale, I HAD GAINED ONE POUND !! Needless to say that I was very much discouraged and stopped the diet immediately, as I didn’t want to gain another pound before the diet was over… especially with the addition of high calorie items such as steaks..

    Now I have to add that I ate a lot of soup, one complete recipe (about a gallon) every day and a half… And… I used Splenda to sweeten my coffee and tea… That was before I found out that Splenda, which is advertised as a zero calorie and zero carb supplement, is counter productive to the diet plan…

    It would be helpful if there would be a BIG warning against the use of Splenda on your recipe page…

    So my question is: How much of the soup can I eat before it makes me GAIN weight? It says that I can eat as much of the soup as I want… so why did I GAIN weight?

    • Dita,
      Day 5 is actually the worst day to weigh yourself, as you just consumed milk and bananas on Day 4. You probably would’ve lost weight if you had stuck with it. You should aim for 2-3 servings of soup per day, plus the other items allowed. You should make sure you don’t add sweeteners, salt, dressing to salt, oil to cook in, etc. I will look into putting more warnings on the site, thanks. I would suggest you try it again, and drink a lot of water, 8-10 cups per day, which will help with hunger, too.

  • mrs jones

    with the v8 juice i bought the hot and spicy v8 because i love hot sauce with my cabbage and thought it would be okay and it came out great but was that a good idea

    • Yes, a perfect idea!

    • Flowerchild61

      I was a little surprised the low sodium V8 wasn’t recommended since the V8 is half of the liquid in the soup. I used the regular for my first try of the diet and lost 7 pounds. This time I am using the low sodium and am on day 3. So far, a pound a day. I’m interested to see if I get a better result with the low sodium version.

      • marya

        of course you’d get better results. it’s actually really stupid to consume the original V8 it’s not good for you b/c of the sodium. and since sodium causes you’re body to retain water then logically you’ll lose more “weight” with the low sodium version

      • Hmm, I’ll have to correct that in my eBook-thanks!

        • Mj

          I think your book calls for Original Low Sodium. I too like the spicy but stuck to the low sodium as recommended.

  • Justinessy

    Got all my ingredients ready. starting Monday, got a few friends too on board . hope it works for us.

    • The buddy system ALWAYS helps! Help keep each other accountable! Maybe whoever loses the most weight can buy a nice healthy dinner for the others 😉 hehehe

  • Katbensan

    hi, what kind of seasoning can I add to the cabbage soup so it would taste good?


    • Kat, do they sell Mrs Dash where you live? If you cannot find a soup packet (no noodles, no rice) that you want to use, just add any spices you like. Mrs Dash is great for those of us (me, included) who aren’t originals whizzes in the kitchen! 🙂

      • PHJohn

        A little surprised that you recommend the soup packets, since they seem to contain a lot of sodium (both Lipton’s and Knorr’s), especially since you warn against using salt in a number of other places.

        • You do need a little bit of salt. One packet over a big pot of soup shouldn’t be a problem 🙂 You can certainly skip it entirely, though. If you’re doing this as a cleanse, you’re right-no!

  • Scheer83

    I went yesterday and got my grocery list and started my soup in the crock pot. I am starting my 7 days today and am hoping I get good results. I was hoping soy milk would be ok rather than skim milk! Motivation starts today!!!

  • PHJohn

    I’m on day-2. The soup tastes great (I used the V-8 option)! I usually don’t have a veggie for breakfast, so today was a challenge. Sliced tomato was the best I could come up with.

    • Not a bad choice! Repeat that for your other veggie days! Personally, I usually start with some warm broth in a cup, it gets me in the mood for soup.

      • Ashley

        I blended up a soup serving last night and chilled it to have for breakfast this morning (day 2). It was kind of like a homemade glass of V8 (though and bit thicker) and very delicious!

    • Goldilocks

      I often have cucumber (which is good for helping to avoid acid reflux if anybody has a hernia!) and a few sticks of celery, not too difficult to eat first thing! Tomato is acid, so not everybody can take it first thing especially!
      I’m on day 6, think I lost about 6 pounds. The soup is quite good, I made it spicy, too spicy at first, had to freeze some, make more and mix the two! I didn’t find it easy to eat a lot of meat. I find that my digestion is much better than usual, through not eating any starches! I have had a lot more energy, don’t feel so tired! I have rice day tomorrow and think I may spend hours having to lie down as it will make me tired! I’m going away tomorrow evening, and am worried about keeping to a good diet, I don’t want to put it all back on, in fact I want to repeat the diet every third week until I have lost quite a few more pounds! Thank you very much for this Catherine Soup, diets don’t usually work for me and this seems to!

      • lacey

        This really should help catapult you into healthier eating, long term. Good job for noticing what the other foods do to your body!

  • jen10

    🙂 thank you so much for this ! You’re very encouraging, I’d be starting this programme tomorrow I just hope I could stomach the soup 🙂
    But one thing… do yu have to exercise while on the diet? I tend to get lightheaded quickly i do mostly yoga 🙂
    thank yu

    • Jen, you do not have to exercise with this program, and you’ll still lose the weight because you’re changing your diet. You can certainly still do your yoga!

  • pratibha

    today is my day one……lets see what happens………but i think it will work ……hope for the best….

    • Keep in touch!

      • Reshma

        Hi Catherine, this is Reshma here from India Bangalore. i am severely diabetic with lots of health issues will this cabbage diet help or any after affects..please advise

        • Reshma, this will certainly help you to lose weight, but if you’re diabetic, you must modify the diet to allow the normal sugars/nutrition you need on a regular basis

          • Reshma

            Thanks Catherine.. if you can do me a favor, please suggest what modification will be ok…Really will be obliged ..thanks a ton 🙂

          • Reshma, this depends on your needs as a diabetic!

        • Goldilocks

          Cabbage is supposed to be excellent for diabetics, in large quantity!

          • lacey

            I agree, good for all of us!

  • Milly

    I am on day 2 so far. I am feeling just fine. Am I suppose to be eating every say 2 hrs so I don’t starve or get hungry? I drink about 5 bottles of 16 oz of water at work everyday. Then I go home and drink maybe 2 more glasses so I know I am getting enough water. Today I made me a cucumber and onion salad. Put some vinegar, pepper, a dash of salt and a bit of olive oil. Was this a good idea? Or no salt what so ever…

    • Milly, eat whenever you’re hungry. Don’t let yourself get hungry though, you should be eating fairly consistently, but you dont have to force it if you’re not hungry.

  • Elaine

    I am about to start the cabbage soup diet week, but I really am not able to stomach either bananas or milk of any description. I really can’t do the skim milk/banana day. Can I rather just repeat the previous day’s diet or will that mess up the whole process?

    • Elaine, repeat Day 3 if you want to, but instead of banana, you can do papaya, apricots or kiwi…and instead of milk, you could do soy or another alternative type of milk, or even a serving of a protein rich yogurt, like a Greek one.

  • RJ

    I’m on day 5 can I eat any fruits?

    • Tomato is a fruit…well, arguably. Tomatoes/meat/soup today only!

  • RJ

    I’m on day 5 can I eat any fruits?

  • Marg

    Hi,,,have one more day to go and must say feeling better.
    Thank You and really its not so bad.

    • Good, Marg, if you make a tasty soup, it really shouldnt be too bad!

  • Tuckermo

    Day two is complete. The soup is actually delicious. C.S. I actually skipped the potato and had a broccoli and sauerkraut blend. Was this o.k. Or considered a cheat? Thanks!

  • Kristy

    would it be okay if i drink 2lliters of skim milk? as it was stated as many as i can.

  • Yvonnea

    Hi I’m a division college athlete that is now on day 5 of the diet. I needed to loose that pesty freshman 15 before starting my track season again and thought this was the fastest and easiest way. so far i have lost 7 lbs but i am not eating the soup very often. mostly only once a day. I work and I am not home very often but I am still loosing the weight. By any chance is this hurting me physically sinse i am loosing the weight without really eating the soup? bc i am still working out (i just have to. no choice) and after/during most of my workouts i feel so drained.

    • Yvonnea, I am sorry you’re not feeling well. I assume that, as an athlete, you regularly consume a decent amount of carbs as fuel – without those this week, AND with doing your same workouts, you will certainly feel drained. You may want to add protein to your soup – some lean chicken – if you ever repeat the diet. Otherwise, you should do it when you’re not working out as much or in season. You should eat the soup 2-3 times per day, especially if you’re training. Vegetables dont have as MUCH protein as meats, but there is some there which will help you feel stronger. Take care!!

  • Billie

    I like vinegar on steamed veggies, is this ok for this diet?

    • Billie, a couple drops if you Must, but since most vinegar is made from a reduction of sugar, you do want to steer clear 🙂

      • Svillaneda

        catherine i heard 2 tsp of apple cyder vinager before any meal will help you loose weight. is that true? i also read in other sites that its just a myth.

        • This week you shouldnt have vinegar…I’m torn on that one, too. It wont hurt, thats for sure, but Im not sure how much it helps. I hope others comment here too!

  • Renee1228

    I’m a vegan and don’t drink milk, honestly I don’t like plain soy milk and the flavored version has way too much sugar, can I just stick to tea and water and bananas that day?

    • Yes, or plain rice or almond milk, or even a serving of greek yogurt.

  • Renee1228

    I’m a vegan and don’t drink milk, honestly I don’t like plain soy milk and the flavored version has way too much sugar, can I just stick to tea and water and bananas that day?

  • Phumie_1

    its sunday here in sunny durban and tomoro i begin the diet. hoping for the best.

  • Yvonnevdl

    Me and my husband started this diet today. Hoping for the best! I really don’t like veggies! I’ts gonna be tough. Am I allowed only V8 low sodium with my soup on Day 2?

    • Try to limit it! Some versions of the diet say to enjoy it all week, others say only add it to your soup. I say, whatever you like, in moderation 🙂 If you add it to your soup, I wouldnt also drink a lot of it.

  • Cameronbrenda30

    I done this diet earlier on in the year and lost a bit over 3 kilos, just doing the diet again, am on day 2 and cruising along ok. In the first time I done it I was sick of the soup by about day 4 so for a change I put it in the blender and was ok. Banana and skim milk day, I don’t drink milk unless it is flavoured so I made smoothies with the bananas and milk, nothing else in it, yummo. I have started back walking as I lost my motivation for several months.

  • Paul

    started the diet yesterday fruit day was fine, but what can i have for a veggie breakfast i’m struggling to think any ideas, can i have an egg for breakfast.

    • Paul, I know its a little funky, but nope, no eggs. Have a cup of warm broth to get your appetite going, then have some soup as soon as you feel you can stomach it 🙂

  • Gdantana

    I started my diet today. The soup was great! But, I had trouble trying stomach for breakfast.

    • I agree, it’s weird. I start with a cup of just warm broth, personally.

  • Luanne

    what about watermelon for fruit… i didnt see it listed …..also i did not use the low sodium V8 juice.. had i know. will i still loose weight anyways…..i dont really want to go out and buy stuff to make a new batch as I am just on day one. thanks!

    • You can certainly have watermelon! You’ll lose weight without the V8, that’s no problem at all.

  • STJ

    Quick question, on Day 7 can I substitute the brown rice for Quinoa?

  • Stace

    Hi I been on this diet for three days and tomorrow is my banana and milk day. I previously emailed you but don’t know if this is an easier way to ask a question . My question is I only drink soy and I read lite soy is okay , is lite chocolate soy okay or maybe some unsweetened coco powder to the plan one. Milk is kinda hard for me straight up so I was just wondering. Also, as far as bananas go, what’s ur take on boiled plantains? Thanx 🙂

    • Hey Stace! I know I got back to you via email.. but no chocolate this week, since it has more sugars. Plantains work!

  • Wow! I am on day 5 today. This has been easier than I thought it would be. With eating everything I’m supposed to, I really haven’t had any cravings. Even passed up the peanut M&Ms at work yesterday! I haven’t had a chance to get back to the gym this week, but have lost about 6 pounds so far. Is that normal, or should I have lost more? And how soon can I do the diet again, safely? Thank you.

    • Andra, 6 pounds is great! Everyone loses a diff amount, depending on your current weight, how close you stick to the diet, etc. That’s awesome though. Wait at least 2-3 weeks before doing it again, the longer the better.

  • C P McKnight

    Hi Carole here, I have been on the diet for 1 day and so far I find it easy because I LOVE the soup and find it find to stomach in the morning. You mention ‘broth’ in a few of the messages, what is ‘broth’ . Regards Carole

    • Carole, the broth is the soup liquid, without the veggies. I just put some in a mug and drink it from fills my belly and makes me ready for a veggie soup, even early in the morning.

  • Angela_sturges

    On day three, it’s going well so far. Looking forward to day 4, bananas and milk, mmmmm! Only problem, I’m spending the day in Germany, going swimming with a very bossy (but nice) friend who will scoff if I’m eating bananas and milk and expect me to eat lunch with her in a restuarant. If I do that tomorrow, but only eat a salad, some soup, though it won’t be cabbage I’m sure, can I just carry on with day 4 the following day? I can do the whole thing again in 3 weeks properly.

    • Angela, just swap Day 4 and Day 6, and try to have some soup if you have.. Otherwise, when you go out for lunch, you can order meat and veggies, or a salad with meat or something and you’ll have more choices with Day 6.

  • Catherine

    Am starting the diet on monday just to kick start me again after my hol’s. What do you suggest I eat for breakfast on the Veg days? Also on my day 6 I am going out with the girls which I know I won’t be able to resist the Rose which will obviously effect the weight loss but I will still do the food side of the diet.

    • As long as you know about the vino, okay 🙂 Some diets say a glass of RED is okay during this diet, but I am skeptical about that part, personally! It isnt the worst cheat though, eating a big old cheeseburger and fries would be worse for the diet. For breakfast, try some raw veggies or even just some broth without the veggies, to warm up your belly and get you hungry for later.

  • Catherine

    Just wondering if you can drink hebal tea’s?

    • Yes, you certainly can. Just dont add sugar this week!

  • Natalie Starr

    I didn’t use any V8 or equivalent in the soup and no stock cubes either. I am more than happy on this diet (although I don’t like the word diet) rather that it is a plan for better and healthier eating in the future and something that will carry on throughout my life.
    I have always been a yo-yo dieter and at the age of 59 am actually obese.
    I know this diet is only for short term weight loss but I am loosing weight quickly, every day, and it is helping me a great deal and motivating me to find exactly what I need to eat on a daily basis to be healthy and get to my target weight.
    My biggest challenge will be, after getting to my target weight, how am I going to keep the weight without putting anything on again, ever.

    • Natalie, I have some suggestions for you! Do you need help choosing the right foods for your body, OR do you need help with portion control and things like that? Good for you for taking care of yourself!

  • Jasmine

    For the cabbage soup diet im actually taking out some of the ingredients from the actual soup like carrots, mushrooms and celery, but using more tomatoes instead. Is that okay or will it affect my weight loss in some way?? Im also adding in 1 red onion

    • I think you emailed me this, too..I hope I answered already! 🙂 Yes, its all OK!

  • Lany1988

    Well working out n doing the diet help to loose more then 10pounds?

    • the loss is different for everyone, usually 3-10 pounds in the week. working out will help lose more, but dont over-exert yourself, either!

  • Judy

    HI, I am about to start the diet in a couple of days-I usually use a few tablespoons of brown rice miso when making cabbage soup, which is actually very low in calories. Is that ok for this diet?

    • Judy, I checked the ingredients, and since salt is so high on the list, you may want to use this in place of a soup packet or something, which usually has some salt, instead of in Addition to other salt ingredients. Also, make sure you add as little as possible, just to get the taste there, and make sure its by the soup batch, not the bowl, that you add it, and you should be okay 🙂 if you notice no loss, make your second batch without the miso.

  • chantelle

    Hi Catherine
    I will be starting the Diet on Monday. I need to know if I can have blend fruit to make drinks as well as fruits. Also can I blend fruits for breakfast?
    I also suffer with lactose intolerance so is this Diet okay for me.
    Can I also have banana smoothies with the milk?

    • lacey

      Yes, make fruit juices! Instead of the milk have soy, almond, or coconut milk. Banana/milk smoothies are awesome, good idea! 🙂

  • Paula

    Are the diced tomatoes necessary for the soup to work?

    • lacey

      Nope, Paula, not at all. Leave them out if you’re not a fan, and on Day 5, instead of tomatoes, have red pepper or grapefruit. Will one of those work better?

  • Megan

    Day 7 says unsweetened fruit juices. is that ONLY cranberry juice or any juice that has no added sugar? I know a lot of juice has sugar, even if it’s natural, so what are my options? If other juice besides cranberry is allowed, could I just eat a little fruit instead?

    • lacey

      Yes, any juice is fine, and yes, fruit is a better choice over juice. Heck, make your own juice out of fruits you like, thats the best option of them all!

  • Patty


    Made soup today, starting tomorrow. Soup sounds fine for breakfast…sounds like a great idea to blend it. I did not use the V8, but added a couple of extra cans of tomatoes, marjoram and a couple of bay leaves. Any problem adding a little lemon juice to the soup at serving time? It’s delicious with or without. My only issue is the milk/banana day. Love bananas, but I don’t do soy or pasteurized milk. I’m thinking it’ll be okay if I let the raw whole milk separate, pour off the cream and repeat. Does that sound okay to you? If not, I can use some homemade yogurt. I’m excited about getting started…thanks!


    • lacey

      Hi Patty! I think the raw would be OK without the cream, def remove that this week. I wish I had access to raw milk where I live 🙂

  • Carol

    Thanks for the email to let me know about this forum, great ideas!
    I’m on day 2 and finding it very easy to stick to so far. I’m not even hungry, mind you I’m busy making dill pickles!!
    Banana and skim milk will be a problem as believe it or not I went to 2 local grocery stores and neither had skim milk!!! No problem I’ll just skip it!
    Thanks again!

    • lacey

      That is surprising! You can do soy, coconut or almond milk, too, or a serving of a protein rich, plain flavor yogurt.

  • aneesa


    How r u? I’m from south africa and I want to know if I could add knorr Vegetable soup packet mix to the soup.


    • lacey

      Aneesa, as long as it has spices only, it should be okay. You dont want rice or noodles in the soup, just veggies and spices

  • Suzanne

    I’ve just finished my day 4 and before I start to introduce meat I wanted to check whether it makes a diffrerence as to whether I have chicken one day and beef the next. I’m happy to do either and more importantly what will help me lose the most weight.

    • lacey

      Either one is OK!

  • Nicole

    I was wondering if the whole wheat couscous would be ok on day seven instead of brown rice.

    • lacey

      Nicole, I think you should try to stay away from wheat this week…It’s not a horrible substitute, but try to go for rice, if you can.

  • Simoe_n3

    I am on day 7 today and i didnt lose as much i thouht i would….why do i have to wait 2-3 weeks before i do it again. can i wait 3-4 days??

    • Def. wait at least 2-3 weeks because your body needs a full range of vitamins, minerals, and all around nutrition. The CSD works because, in part, you’re depriving your body of certain things. The diet wont work as well if you repeat it quickly. Also, remember that since this diet works mostly on water weight, if you’re looking to lose a lot, you need swap to something more long term and sustainable, like the Diet Solution or something similar.

  • Rmschalk

    On day two of my diet. I’ve done this one before and had great results. I have joined a “biggest loser challenge” and have until December to lose my goal weight of 20 pounds and knew this would be a great start. However, when I started yesterday I forgot about a wedding this weekend and I know I can follow my eating diet for that day but I will be having a few Michelob Ultras and wondering how this will effect the diet. Should I just stop now and start over on Monday or continue and see what happens since I can start the diet over in about 3 weeks?

    • Alcohol is def a cheat. I would start again Monday, otherwise if you dont see the scale moving you may get discouraged.

  • Sush

    Hi Cath….
    I and my friend are planning to start the Cabbage Soup diet from next week….we are in Oman at the moment ….I have put on more weight after my delivery time last December… As I also have a lower slip disc problem I cant work out more, I do go for swimming at times but little difficult to b regular with the daily schedules…u can understand that…work+child chores…..Could you suggest something for me which I can balance in my daily life schedule? As I cant afford being weak / restless also due to the amount of energy required in running around….am a bit afraid of dieting due to that…please help …

    • Sush, have you thought of some light yoga? Google or YouTube some light yoga exercises, things you can do at home, for free, with a towel.

  • Stephenharris

    The first day was a little rough. I stuck to the plan knowing it is only for 7 days. I drank a lot of water, ate a lot of soup, and ate a lot of fruit. Im kinda glad day 2 is veggies instead of fruit, im a little fruited out. I woke up this morning feeling very rested and not as hungry as I usually do in the morning. I stepped on the scale and was amazed to see that I had lost 3.2 pounds. That is the motivation I needd to keep going!! Thanks CSD!

    • Excellent! Keep it up! If you get bored, be more creative…make a juice in the blender, or have a salad with fruits and veggies, like spinach with strawberries.

  • I am currently on Day 3 and find that it is getting easier as I go. Day one was the worst!!! I was so hungry…but today I am feeling alot better and not nearly as hungry as I am normally am. My question is that on Day 7 instead of brown rice can I use whole wheat Couscous? I alreadyhave it in the cuboard and hope that I can use it instead.

    • Although you want to stay away from wheat this week, it isnt a HORRIBLE substitute. Rice is a better choice though!

      • I have heard of Quinoa to. What is the differeance between Couscous and Quinoa and which is better? Why?

        • Quinoa is higher in protein. Couscous is made from wheat whereas quinoa is its own separate grain.

  • Anonymous

    Hello I am on day one and I think I must be doing something so wrong. I am not hungry any pointers for tomorrow? I love this soup I know I will make it even when I am not on this diet

    • That’s really ok! I bet you are doing everything perfectly! Make sure you are eating at least 3 servings of the soup per day, even small servings in a mug or something. You want your metabolism to be working all the time, so slurp down some soup! 🙂

    • That’s really ok! I bet you are doing everything perfectly! Make sure you are eating at least 3 servings of the soup per day, even small servings in a mug or something. You want your metabolism to be working all the time, so slurp down some soup! 🙂

  • Julie_coyne

    how much soup can i have in a day, i’m on day one and just seem to be hungry all the time?

    • Julie, you can really eat as much as you want! Drink plenty of water, too, because many times our brains confuse the signals from our bodies. Drink at least 6-8 glases of water, and as much soup as you want.

    • Julie, you can really eat as much as you want! Drink plenty of water, too, because many times our brains confuse the signals from our bodies. Drink at least 6-8 glases of water, and as much soup as you want.

  • Julie_coyne

    how much soup can i have in a day, i’m on day one and just seem to be hungry all the time?

  • Anonymous

    Day two and I want more than veggies lol I hope tomorrow is better. I will say I am not hungry just craving for something

    • Are you having your soup, too? Dont forget about Day 2’s potato, that should hit the spot.

      • Anonymous

        Yes I am having my soup I am full just have cravings for Lays Chips

        • Anonymous

          I feel better now that I have had my potatoe so I am feeling good

    • Are you having your soup, too? Dont forget about Day 2’s potato, that should hit the spot.

  • Hettering

    Hi catherine
    Why am I not sleeping? Just can’t seem to drift off on my first day. What can I do to prevent this again??

    • Hello! I wrote back via email, too. I am really not sure what the problem is..perhaps your body is looking for a food or something you normally give it. You can certainly take something to help you sleep!

  • Hettering

    CAn I also drink fresh cranberry juice on the other days or is it just on day one??

  • Troy Winn

    I am on Day 4, which is bananas and milk day – am I correct to assume that I am not permitted any other fruit or vegetable today?

    • Yes, Troy, you are correct. Bananas, milk, and soup. Mix the bananas and milk for a smoothie!

  • Mirwin406

    2 pounds lost the first day. I plan to have soup daily. I do not add carrots–too much sugar!

    • Good call, although carrots are good for you as well! 🙂

    • Graffittisoul

      But carrots will not make you fat otherwise the soup recipe would not include them.

      • sara

        i just started today,I hope I will be able to do it,saw my friend and was shocked how she looks,when asked she said Cabbage soup diet,so I decide to try

        • sara

          instead of baked potato can I just have boiled in plane water one

  • I don’t have an oven and so it limits creative ways of making the foods….and so I have used all my will power to continue the diet. Last day…..but I am so bored with the food, just have no appetite.

    • i am on the last day to and feeling the same. I would rather not eat then eat soup anymore.

    • I know it gets a little bland, I apologize, but as Nicole commented, it’s worth it!

  • ruth

    am on day five and the beef dont tast nice at all.on fouth day for banana and milk i didnt go to the toilet is that normal

    • Yes, it’s normal. Make beef or chicken, if you like that better, and make something you enjoy!

  • It is now later in the evening on Day 7 and I have to say I am glad that this is almost over. I have next to no appitite and can not even look at the soup anymore. I weighed myself yesterday and have lost 9 pounds so I think its was worth it, but it is hard. I can understand to why they say to wait 2-3 weeks before doing it again. I am very tired and dont have much ambition. I would recommend this to anyone as a kick start but beware it is not easy and you have to be very diciplined

    • Perfect summary, Nicole. You’re exactly right.

    • Patricia

      Hi there, congrats. Well, I guess good things in life are hard to come by but it is definately worth it at the end. I am going to start on Saturday or Monday. LOL, promise that I am not procrastinating.

  • Teered67

    Can You use the pills and will it work just well as the soup.

    • Yes, you can take diet pills, although with this, you certainly dont need to!

  • Julesmacgiles

    Hi, I’m on day 2! This is the first diet I’ve ever been on! I think I put too much water on my soup as a freind did the diet once and her soup was thick ! Is this a problem ?

    • No, that’s fine! Eat as much soup as you need to fill you up!

  • maria moona

    hi cathe!! . I am not loosing weight?? why?? I am on day 3. I hardly lost a pounds only. I am eating it 3 times a day and I am eating peach only coz I dont like to eat veggies and potatoes..
    I go for a jog also… Before starting soup i lost 8 pounds last month.. What to do next? Wana loose it more quickly?

  • maria moona

    hi cathe!! . I am not loosing weight?? why?? I am on day 3. I hardly lost a pounds only. I am eating it 3 times a day and I am eating peach only coz I dont like to eat veggies and potatoes..
    I go for a jog also… Before starting soup i lost 8 pounds last month.. What to do next? Wana loose it more quickly?

    • Maria, you need to eat the veggies! They are a major part of your nutrition this week and you wont lose the weight only following half the program.

  • maria moona

    Did you said to add little salt? or up to taste?

  • maria moona

    Did you said to add little salt? or up to taste?

  • maria moona

    I am adding carrots, cabbage, green pepper and onoins with a little salt, black pepper and vinegar. isn’t it fine cathe?

  • maria moona

    I am adding carrots, cabbage, green pepper and onoins with a little salt, black pepper and vinegar. isn’t it fine cathe?

    • Try to skip the salt, and vinegar is a no this week, as it is made from a reduction of sugar.

  • debbie henderson

    what about califlower that’s white

  • Jam

    My husband and I started the CSD today. My hubby is not much of a veggie eater other than the starchy ones. He does like green beans, but not fixed fancy or mixed with something he does not like. So….how do I cook the fresh green beans?

    • I am sorry to say, you should stay away from all beans this week. Legumes are off limits because of the starch. Do you have a blender? Maybe blend veggies together and make a juice he can drink realy quickly?

  • Lovegerrard911

    Today is my first day, and i drank some milk. Should i restart instead of continue?

    • Thats not a horrible cheat… If you just had one glass, I’d say you’re OK to keep going. If you had milk AND cookies, however, I’d say start tomorrow 🙂

      • Lovegerrard911

        thank you 😀 I had milk together with fruit. So i am keep going today.


  • Patann66

    catherine i dont eat tomatoes so i left them out and added light chicken broth the soup is great if i eat this soup as said and the rest of the diet i should drop weight correct i am going to like this diet thank you and anymore suggestions u have will be great as my husband asked me to lose twenty pounds

    • The chicken broth may have some sodium in it, so if you notice you’re not losing, you may need to remake it using just water. Also, I hope you’re losing the weight for yourself, too!! Make sure to only do this diet for a week, then change to something long term. Or, if you do wish to lose that much quickly, I’d suggest checking out Joel Marion’s Xtreme Fat Loss, which promises to lose up to 25 pounds in 25 days. best wishes!

  • Pipqueen81

    hi Catherine! im not a big fan of V8 juice and tomato based products. is it ok if i use low sodium chicken stock and some indian curry power for flavor instead?
    thank you for your time.

    • Yes to the curry, no to the stock. Use just water if you skip the V8, even the low sodium stock still has too much sodium for this week. On Day 5, instead of tomatoes, you can have red pepper or grapefruit.

  • Frazierk21

    Hi . Want say thanks for all the good ideas . Today is day 1 on csd. Doing ok not hungry today. But was wondering I don’t like bell peppers of any color so I add jalapeño pepper instead . Is that ok ?

  • Lovegerrard911

    Today is my 3rd day so i ate 200gr of pineapple. But i have just found out that you said we should avoid it. *sigh* Silly me!!

    • Lovegerrard911

      tomorrow and the next, i wont be allowed to eat veggie, right?

      • Day 4 is just banana, milk, and soup. Day 5 is just tomato, beef, and soup. Day 6 is any veggies, soup, and meat. 🙂

  • Moabi Mamoabi

    I will start the CSD in some few days,I would like to know the convertion of pounds to kgs.Also I want to know exactly how each day’s plan is because in the CSD crocery list I see a number of things,so I would like to know how I eat those,do I eat them everyday supplementing the soup or what?

  • Nifer81

    What about using a salt substitute?

    • Really the idea is to eliminate sodium altogether. You do need to change old habits to make this work, and getting rid of salt is really rule #1. If you’re in the US, go for Mrs Dash spices if you can find those, they are salt free. ANY other spice except salt is allowed, so there’s got to be a way foryou to make a tasty, salt free soup.

  • Lovegerrard911

    today is my 4th day and i lost 2 kg :X

  • Nearly the end of day 1 & my soup is good, probably could be better but maybe next time. Have been eating lots of fruit & sussing out how tomorrow is going to work as I will be back at work. Think I will take my steamer & have steamed veges. Hope swede is ok (its a little like a turnip but a lot less dense). Looking forward to week end & few kilos down. Hang in there everybody.

  • PS, I am all the way over here in New Zealand (yes, world cup NZ) so have had to work round some of your ingredients such as the Mrs Dash. Used garlic, gnger, pepper & curray powder instead. Soup is spicy but I know spicy is surposed to be good for you so heres hoping. Am off to do some exercise now & hope it all helps. I would dearly like to loose 5 kgs this week, yes a big ask but as mentiond, set your goals a bit high & work hard towards them. Will let you know how things go.

    • Any spices except salt are good, so add whatever you like! Good luck this week and take care!

  • Chrisma Oosthuysen

    I cannot say that I am particularly happy about having to do this diet, but know that I need to. Its the only diet that helps my husband loose weight and I need to be supportive and lets face it…I also need to shed the extra kilo’s.
    The only thing is that I get so grumpy on a diet where I am restricted.
    This is day ONE for us and I will give it my best shot and see how things go. So far so good… hold thumbs peoples….here we goes……

  • Andip.

    This diet has been great Banana day was hard . But my partner and i have managed it and i want to continue .Not the whole diet again but be aware of what we are eating .Have soup for stand by on our be careful days ,watch what we are eating etc. I dont feel as bloated and my legs feels less swollen . I feel cleansed inside and ready to loose my last 10lb

    • On banana day, you could sub in apricots or papaya. You can also make a milk and banana smoothie and drink it really quickly 🙂 Good luck as you continue your journey!

      • Mj

        Can you make a smoothy with apricots, papaya andd banana on banana day? I always add frozen bananas to my smoothies and the addition of the other fruit would vary what I eat that day.

        • Yes, that’s fine! Although, cut back on bananas if you do eat the other items too, just 2 or 3 instead of the 6-8 suggested.

  • Byrnecathriona

    can you eat salads seen you can eat fruit and veg??

    • You can have your fruits and veggies however you want them – raw, in salad form, grilled on skewers, whatever. You cannot have salad dressing though. If you want a “dressing” of sorts, use some soup broth (that’s what I do) or a few drops of lemon juice and olive oil.

      • 2views

        What about 1 TBL water with 2 TBL balsamic vinegar?…Also, is a tomato a fruit or veggie on your diet?

  • Mariadlaochoa

    Its day 1 for me and am very exited to try this. Last week I started a diet that consisted of fresh vegies lots of berries and the ONLY meat would be fish. I intend on loosing 60 to 65 lb within 3 mo. But when I say your program I made the disition to start here. Your right, this a great way to kik start a diet. When I made the soap, I didnt add any can tomatos(NO CAN ANYTHING) to may preservitives I think. I did add Mrs. Dash for flavor and a little lemon. I really dont want to drink the V8 although I do love its flavor. ALL NATURAL….. Is this a good way to go?

    • 60 pounds of loss in 3 months is very fast and probably unhealthy. There is nothing wrong with going slowly and learning new healthy habits. The objective is to be healthly long term, not just today. You do not have to have V8 if you dont like it. Add it to your soup or have a small glass on veggie days only, if you do like it.

  • Juliegarant

    hi i am losing weight very well right now (just started eating plan and speed walking) I am on day 7 and have lost 7 pounds. I am thinking of waiting until i hit a plateau before i do the CSD… I eat very healthy, power foods and make sure that my BMR and my calories are followed…what do think?

    Julie G.

    • Julie, the diet is best used as a cleanse. It helps you realize (for most of us) how little fruits and veggies we eat, and how much processed, fast foods. You don’t need to wait, but you certainly can. Since you eat healthy already, doing the diet as a cleanse means be extra strict – no dressings, no butter, etc.

  • Teresa

    I have completed the 7 day cabbage soup diet , plan to do it once a month till I reach my goal, really enjoyed the challenge, it has disaplined me very well, am now enjoying a well balanced diet, fingers crossed I shall reach my goal – Thank you for the advice and support.

    • Teresa

      Thank you, by the way I forgot to say I lost 8lbs in total.

  • Teresa

    Where do you get the low sodium V8 juice from?

    • Teresa, happy to hear of your success from your other comment. Perhaps V8 is only available in the US? If that’s the case, just look for a vegetable juice with the lowest sodium of all, and the least amount of ingredients.

    • Jacrocos

      hi i got mine from coles i am pretty sure woolworths would have it too.

  • Bcs1958

    i haven’t started diet yet just got all i needed from the store tomorrow is going to be day one for me 🙂

  • Lizzie252

    I am on the second day of the csd and have eaten a lot of salt to flavor my soup, not sure how much, and vinegar, about 5 tbls total. I read on other sights that vinegar was good for you and allowed on the diet. do you know How badly this could have effected my diet? i really do not want to start over. Thank you.

    Also doesn’t cooking vegetables process them more in turn loosing some of their digestive fat burning properties like the soup does? I know its more beneficial to eat the raw form but the vegetables in the soup are cooked very well.

    • Lizzie, some versions of this diet allow vinegar, some do not. It does have a reduction of sugar, which you do not want if you’re doing the diet as a cleanse, otherwise it should be OK. If you dont notice much loss at first, re-make your soup without it (you’ll prob need a second pot anyway). It is more beneficial to eat them raw, but the soup is healthy as well./

  • Lizzie252

    Is there any way to make the vegetables taste better?

    • Jacrocos

      hi ya, i steam my vegies and before i do it i put lemon, herb and garlic seasoning on them with fresh lemon juice its great

    • Lemon juice is a good choice! Also, I know Mrs. Dash is available pretty much everywhere in the US, it’s salt free and there are a ton of varieties.

  • Jacrocos

    hi i am on day three, i am feeling really bloated and dont have much energy. is this ment to happen?

    • For some, yes, and for others, they feel more energetic. Are you drinking enough water? At least 6-8 glasses or more to flush out your system.

      • Jacrocos

        maybe not enough water then, thanks

  • Erica82b

    I started the csd today & am excited! I usually drink a cup of green tea with nothing but tea. Will drinking the tea once a day mess up the diet? Thank u & good luck
    everyone 🙂

    • Erica, green tea is your metabolisms buddy, have as much green tea as you’d like to!!!

  • Cjramey

    This is my first day. Am diabetic with a host of other medical problems and was told to lose the weight or suffer the consequences. I love this diet because I absolutely love vegetables, and fruits. My soup has more vegetables in it than water. Should it be souper? Seems to stay longer with me with more veggies than soup/stock. Also need to know what fruits are better for diabetics to eat. Do you have a list of low cal/low carb fruits?

    Hope I am doing everything right, because plan on starting my sons on it when I finish. How long do I have to wait to restart the diet? Getting old and forgetful too – sorry.


    • Carol, I am not a doctor, so I want to say: most diabetics cannot do this diet, since it has so many restrictions. If you have a good Doctor, you may want to run this by him or her and make sure it is OK.

  • Im Mekhal

    I have trying so many things in a day, and have been experiencing or better experimenting so many things just get done with belly fat, but of no use… so am i not sure if this cabbage diet will help me.. What if i ask you what are the fifteen things that i should avoid in everyday routine, and fifteen must take things in a week which could help me shedding off the belly fat !! Looking forward to hear from you

    • Im, check this blog often, you’ll find tips and tricks to help. Belly fat is the hardest to target, so aim for overall health and toning.

  • maryam

    How much skim milk can I have on day 1-3 that are not skim milk days.
    I am a coffee adict which kind is ok. IS instant flavoured o.k.

    • Have plain black coffee with no flavoring, and add just skim milk, just enough to lighten your coffee. Try to drink it black if you can!

  • Efe

    Hi Cathy.

    thanks for this awesome diet. i started t on Saturday but till date i havent had any cabbage soup. i know it’s the cabbage soup diet, but i really hate soup. should i jut make the soup ans stomach it for this week or can i skip it:):):):):):):)

    please say yes:)

    • You have to eat the soup, otherwise, you will not lose the weight. Sorry to say it. If you like vegetable juice, put your soup in the blender and make it like a juice, even drink it cold if you want, but you have to consume the soup.

  • Efe

    HI Cathy,

    so do i need to restart the diet?

  • Savannah Jackson22

    how many bowls of soup do you recommend we should eat daily? i’m on day two and have already found myself not very hungry.

    • 2-3 daily!

      • Savannah Jackson22

        so, 16 oz.?

        • sounds about right. there is no such thing as TOO MUCH soup though 🙂

  • Nimzee

    Thank you so much for your email with the very informative diet plan. I would be

    starting my plan from saturday 1st october as I have a dinner party on thursday/ friday.

    So kindly start sending me the day to day tips from 1st.

    I would surely keep you updated about my progress once I start.

    Kind regards.


  • Akatramados

    Can you drink low sodium V8 on veggie days? or is the V8 strictly to give the soup some flavor a little zip?

    • You can have the v8 every day, but limit it to a glass or so…you should be drinking mostly lots and lots of water!

  • Vicvoc1981

    Hi all 🙂 I am in the UK & have started the diet today! Trying to keep positive but I do feel deprived, although know I have to sacrifice those foods to lose the weight! Looking forward to day 2 tomorrow. Hope I can lose up to the 10lb, I’m exercising too so hopefully I will do well!! I do add too much salt to my soup but will try to limit that after readif these posts. Am doing this alone & it is hard so far with a husband & 2 kids that are still eating normally!! Good luck to everyone & I will let you know how I get on!! P.S is it ok to cook mushrooms & tomoatoes for breakfast on day 2 morning? X

    • Hello! Yes, mushrooms and tomatoes are fine!

      • Thank you for the quick response…..

        Cooked veg it is then, must resist adding the eggs, bacon & toast!!!

        If anyone would like to buddy up whilst we’re on the diet that would be great, some company & support would really help xx

        • There are always people on the Facebook page, too:

        • Spaznsare

          I would be intersted. What day are you on as I am about to start.

          • Vicvoc1981

            Hi, it’s my 3rd day on Thursday. I haven’t found today as tough as yesterday, but still feel like I’m missing out 🙁 I normally have a curry & a few glasses if wine on a Friday night so am not looking forward to the weekend, but am going to stick with it!!!

  • mitch

    can i eat cereals(integral)for breakfast?

  • Jan

    would flavoured vinegar be acceptable for salads — flavoured with herbs or spices??

    • Vinegar is a reduction of sugar, so probably best to skip this week!

  • Sergio A Cuevas

    Hello, I have done this diet two times in the past with great results. I am doing it again and I am in my second day now. Four years ago I did it for the first time and I lost 18 lbs since I combined it with running in the thread mill. The second time I lost 15, and my goal this third time is to loose at least 12 lb in conjunction with biking 1 hour a day.

    The diet really works and it is not expensive. The only drawback I have found is that by the end of the seven day I hate cabbage soup 🙂


    • Angela_bularca

      Hi i am Angelica and i wandere in haw long taimp u lost 18 lbs thancs.Me i well starttomorow tis daiet.

    • Catherinekaptuiya

      hey Sergio,you are in a way having the same regimen as i am,when biking however,do you take up hill patches from the first day or do you maneuver the flats first? I find running a bit boring and waking up in the morning for it is not as easy..let me know?

    • tchillie

      I came up with a solution to avoid hating the soup. When I made the big batch, I barely spiced it at all; left it real bland. Now, every time I have a serving, I spice it differently. I’ve made it just like a vegetable soup, an Italian soup, and last night I turned it into chili with chili powder and cumin. It’s working for me. I’m not bored with the soup at all.

  • elaine

    why is it that i m in day 3 and only lost 0.5kg. i am following diet exactly without any mistakes. i also drink at least 2litres water everyday it is a routine for me. what is wrong ??

    • Elaine, Make sure you dont weigh yourself during or right after Day 4. Once you eat the bananas, your weight wont be as low on Day 4. For some, the weight doesnt come off until the end of the week. Make sure you’re not drinking soda, make sure you’re not adding sugar, salt, salad dressings, etc, to anything either.

  • Spaznsare

    I am wanting to start the diet but I am not sure what the spice only soup mix is. I am in Australia.

    • Hello!
      Sometimes in the US, soup packets come with spices AND with something like noodles, or rice. We don’t want the noodles or the rice, so I specify that you find a “spice only” packet. So, for you, either find a packet of spices, or simply add whichever spices you like. Anything is OK, except salt!~

  • Spaznsare

    Also what is the difference if I don’t use V8 juice? Should I use something else instead?

    • No difference at all, it’s just a low cal tasty drink. I never use it, personally.

  • Tony Abela

    I am 90kg. I am a teacher at a secondary school and I Usually go for a 25 minutes jog (3.5km). Does the CSD give enough energy for the daily activities and the jog.

  • Bimal K C

    Can I start CSD with the fat burning pills! Currently i am taking Dr. Ryan’s fat burning pills and I am wondering whether to stop the pills and start CSD or continue both? Let me know…thanks

    • You should be OK, although this is such a low cal diet already. If you find yourself dizzy or very weak, stop either the pills or this diet. Read the instructions with the pills, also, to make sure you shouldnt be eating certain foods or having certain calorie requirements.

  • Anonymous

    I am starting this diet on Monday and I can’t wait. I love fruits and vegetables. The only downfall is that I drink lots of pepsi and coffee with flavored creamer. I like peppermint tea and green tea hot and without sugar. Would those be ok to drink? Also there are alot of recipes for the soup out there so which one is the best to follow? Please let me know.Thank You!

    • Tea without sugar is fine! Coffee with just skim milk (no sugar) is fine too, although I know its a big jump from flavored creamers. I used to love those myself, but I realize they hurt my stomach too badly (LOL, you dont want me to finish this story, trust me) so I’ve stopped having them. Maybe this week will help you to lessen your intake of them, especially sodas 🙂

      • Anonymous

        on day 2 does it matter what kind of potato I have? I prefer sweet potatoes.

        • Any kind is fine, as long as you limit it to one! 🙂

          • Irene

            what if you don’t want to eat a potatoe on Day 2…does it matter? can i use a substitute?

          • You can skip it, or have a sweet potato instead

      • Meredithwilliams86

        Catherine, what about using sweet & low or equal in your tea and coffee?

        • No! Not this week! The goal is to eat as cleanly and simply as possible. Drink your coffee with cream only, add lemon to your tea.

  • connie

    Ihave not yet started on the diet. I just got to know about it and Intend todo my shopping tomorrow so that I begin the day after that.

  • Jankubu

    How much skim milk are you allowed

    • Jankubu

      How much milk with smoothies on banana day

      • Sorry I didnt get back to you sooner, I’ve had a headcold 🙁 You can really have as much as you’d like, 6-8 glasses even.

  • Laurie Ann

    My husband and I are starting the diet today, but we are going to do day 2 as day 1 and day 1 as day 2 because we have prior commitments to go to dinner with a friend for their birthday and thought we’d have a better chance of ordering a veggie only salad and a baked potato, rather than trying to order a fruit plate. Does it make a difference on the diet if you need to swap days around?

  • Alex

    If I’m keep my metabolism in check by having a serving of soup about every 3-4 hours, at what point do I have proteins, with or between soups?

  • Machtweed

    Hi Cath, I started the diet on Wed., but had SUCH a headache that I had to leave work a bit early and came home and ate crackers and ginger ale (ail that day!). Anytime I fast or try to severely limit food, I have these headaches. Is this common? I am vegetarian so I should LOVE this…I have made a big pot of soup but am afraid to start again. HELP!!!

    • Do you normally drink coffee or tea? If so, and you stop this week, that could be it. You could also be missing some protein. You can drink coffee and tea, but just with skim milk and no sugar. If you’re feeling weak, and since you’re a vegetarian, you could add some beans to your soup, black beans or something rich in protein. Normally, you shouldnt do that to lose the most weight, but if you’re not feeling well, that will give you some protein and strength.

  • Anonymous

    Well I’m starting tomorrow. I’m making the soup right now and it looks so good that even my kids keep trying to eat it lol.

  • Marcy in OR

    I love regular round white onions when I make soup . I know this soup calls for spring onions, which I love to. Can I add white round onions to the soup? It will give it more flavor and I think make it better. Will that alter it in any way.!

    Also, on some days I drink about 5 cups of coffee. Does caffiene slow down weight loss on the soup diet.


    • Marcy, any color onions are great. The green are less oniony smelling, which works well with the soup and mixing the flavors, but onions have loads of antioxidants, so the more the better, really.

  • Mandy

    Hi Catherine,
    I have been struggling to lose weight for over a year now due to an under active thyroid, i am aiming to start the csd tomorrow, will i have difficulty in losing as much weight in 7 days because of my condition?


    • Mandy, I am not a doctor..I’d check with yours before starting a program like this since its pretty extreme.

  • Villiebengt

    Hi,….i must say i’ve tried the cabbage soupe but still i dont know maybe i did it the wrong way,but i did n’t lose Weigth ,and i realt need to lose a few kilo,i’m 1m69 and i’m 90kg!……….PLEASE HELP.m

  • Krystal

    I started the cabbage soup diet today. I was wondering on the days I have fruit if fruit smoothies is included in that? And what about sugar free chewing gum, and hot sauce, I love hotsauce.

    • A smoothie, with yogurt and sugar, no. But make a juice yourself and that is fine! Hot sauce is a no, there is sugar, sodium and all kinds of stuff that isn’t natural. Add jalapenos or chili powder flakes instead. Sugar free gum is OK, if it stops other cheating, but try to limit to a piece or two per day.

  • Jelena

    It says I could lose up to 10lbs or about 4.5kgs. Does my starting weight affect how much total weight I could lose if I follow the diet plan. I’m about 59kgs and finding it hard to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight.

    • Yes, those who are heavier will lose the most weight…it’s mostly water weight that is lost.

  • Ruthlcox

    I’m now on day 6 and been feeling a little weak but nothing bad enough to stop me working. I’m also a vegetarian so yesterday & today are a bit of a challenge to get some protein in. I’ve lost 2 kgs so far & feel much better about my weight. I’ve done the CSD before & know it works!!!

    • Alissa

      I too is also a vegetarian what did you eat to get some of your protein in..what did you substitute for the meat portion?

      • You can do black beans (or other beans but black beans work well in a soup) or lentils, you can have tofu or avocado as well. If you eat fish, a mild white fish is a good choice, too.

        • Malilha

          Is it okay to have lentils during the CSD?

          • Only if you’re a vegetarian, have them in place of meat on Days 5 and 6 only.

  • Caz

    Hi, myself & my husband are on day 1 & we’re wondering is it ok to blend the soup? Thanks 🙂

    • Caz, yes, it sure is. Goes down quicker that way 🙂

  • Kristin

    Hey Catherine! I am on day 2 and so far so good! Even as a kid I loved cabbage soup so this is a good one for me. I am in a wedding this weekend so I wanted a jump start. Anyway, every Tuesday I do a very aggressive spin class (45 mins long). Will I be OK doing this workout? I am afraid I will faint or get sick. Would you recommend spinning or should I scale back my workouts this week? Thanks!

    • Spinning is pretty intense. If it falls on a protein day, I would think you’d be OK because you’ll have more energy then, and that’s Days 5 and 6. Otherwise, you may want to sit it out, or perhaps do half or something if its OK to join it/drop out in the middle of it.

  • Chrissy

    Thanks for the support, I’m now and day 3 and feeling great. I will not lie and say it has been easy, I found day 1 the hardest thus far. Looking forward to my yummy lunch, soup with added chilli sliced zucchini & egg plant baked in the oven with a fruit selection to get me through the afternoon. Tonight I’m getting giant mushrooms and grilling them on the barbie with a soup to start. Day 4 will be interesting! Even though it is just a banana, milk and soup day can I still chew on celery when ever I want?

    • the material I read says soup, bananas and milk only, but since there is celery as a soup ingredient, I think that would be okay 🙂

  • Michelle

    I am on day 2 of the cabbage soup diet…so far love it! I just wanted to make sure it is ok to chew sugar free gum! Is it? Thanks!!

    • If youre doing the diet as a cleanse, than no. If you’re just trying to lose some weight, and the gum stops you from other cheats, it is OK. Try to limit to 1-2 peices per day.

  • window

    I LOVE SOUP. seriously so good

  • Shawellina

    Can I add any fat free cream to the veggies on day 2

  • Rockn

    I’m starting the diet tomorrow and am really excited! Problem is…I’m lactose intolerant and allergic to bananas! Would it be ok to do apples instead of bananas and forgo the milk???

    • Instead of bananas, do papaya, kiwi or apricot. Instead of milk, have soy or almond milk.

  • Nickrennich

    My wife & I are doing this diet for the first time & we are wondering about Day 2 for Breakfast. I assume, the only thing for breakfast we eat should be veggies, correct?

    • Yep! If you can do veggies, that is def okay. Another idea is to blend some of the juice with ice for a smoothie like concoction, too.

  • claire

    I am starting mine tomorow im not looking forword to as iv herd its very hard but im looking forword to the results, and i will defo be on to keep all updated, i just want to ask what CSD? Also what diet would be recomended after the wk as iv looked at loads and my head is done in, GOOD LUCK to evry1 who is on it my positive thinking has already begun 🙂 x

    • Brandilee33

      CSD is Cabbage Soup Diet

      • Linda

        Hello i started the cabbage soup diet and its my 6th day is lost 7 pounds this week but was hoping for more i guess i depends on your metabolism right cause i see others lost more dont know why,

  • Keeleyjs

    i had three chocolate bourbans today :-/ on my first day but have stuck to it well the rest of the time… will this have a dramtic affect on my results ?

  • Reina

    So far, I have not had any cravings all day, I did have to make a B-line to the potty this morning while out shopping. LOL. but I feel “lighter” and less toxic. my brain feels clearer. I have been on this diet before. I love this new and improved version. I went out and bought my weeks worth of veggies and fruits. My bill was on $22.oo. Wow. I do have a question though, what about juicing your veggies or fruits?

    • You can do it! No problem at all. Even juice your soup if you’d like.

  • claire

    Help on day 2 and STARVING not luvin the soup but i think i mite of put a bit 2 much curry powder in and it has a strong taste, im not giving in tho im going to remake the soup today without it, also wanted to ask on day 2 u can have a baked potato what can i have on it?

    • You shouldnt let yourself get hungry. If you are, have more soup!
      Put a tiny bit of butter on your potato if you’d like to.

  • 77wed77

    Starting mine Monday morning to start a fresh week and with many good outcomes at the end of the week. I’ll keep you posted on how I did.

  • Blueflower

    I started with veget.with no potatos And tomm fruit,is it ok?

  • Ariann

    I started this yesterday and I was fine all day, but at the end of the night I was very hungry. And I didn’t want anymore of the soup…..I haven’t eaten anything yet today, I think I need to maybe make my soap spicier because just the smell of it last night kinda made me go YUK!

    • Add some spice, or even send it through the blender and drink it really fast 🙂

    • Tracbomb

      I used the diced tomatoes with green chilies and added some red pepper flakes to add some spice and heat. Very tasty.

  • Adrie0801

    Hi I’m on day four n had skim steam milk coffee n added 1 pkt of brown sugar. I’m a coffee drinker n haven’t had any. Will that mess up my four days of torture. 🙂

    • You can have coffee alllll week with skim milk…just skip that sugar!

  • Hoda

    Thanks Catherine for your is my 3rd day and its actually working for me .

  • Rgnsms

    I started my CSD yesterday, so far so good. Can’t wait for the meat day though. Good Luck to everyone!

  • Renata1910

    I started mine today! so far, soup taste really good and I like fruits and veggies.

  • Renata1910

    I am wondering when I cook my veggies can I put some spices and salt in there

  • Ayesha

    I’m on day three and in 2 days I’ve already lost 3lbs. I’m doing a lot of exercise in the gym- running on treadmill, weights, swimming, etc, so to be on the safe side I’m having high fibre carbs up to 6pm, like wholemeal bread, oat biscuits, humous. Only soup after 6pm. Still working- 3lbs off in 2 days is a very happy result!!!

    • Ayesha,
      that is so great you are tailoring the diet to your needs. continued good luck!

  • Lucyhaider

    Hi there.I am at the end of my day 2 diet and feeling great!My husband and I started it yesterday…although today it was a bit hard coz I love fruits much more then the veg:P
    Anyway,I have not weighed myself since yesterday and am not planning to weigh myself till the end,is that alright?I am working as a dr in a hospital so am not getting much time to do an exercise,do u still think I will be able to loose some weight??I did have 3 cups of tea today but I added sweetener twice and sugar once,is that horrible?I couldn’t have soup more then once a day but when i had it,it had it till I felt really FULL n i loved its taste n so did my husband:)Thanks for that! Does having soup just once a day effect the results too much??
    I am so much looking forward to the day when I can have grilled chicken:P I love chicken:)))
    I will update you accordingly regarding my feelings and any comments,if I get some:)))

    • The soup has the fat burning properties, so you need to have it 2-3 times per day, even a small cup full. The sweetener and sugar will def have a negative effect..avoid avoid!!

  • Fatz_1983

    Today is day 2 and I’m ready to give up 🙁

  • Rayndrop

    I am about 45 lbs overweight and have already lost 25 lbs over the last two years. I generally eat well, but obviously have big slipups often. I feel like I’ve had a fair bit of processed food lately and really want to do this to feel cleansed, but I would also like to break through this (self-induced) plateau I’ve been in. Since I typically eat healthy foods, will I still lose weight on this diet? I already drink plenty of water every day, will I have much water weight to lose? Am I only going to be disappointed in my results? (Today is Day 1)

    • I’m not sure of your body type or exact diet, so I dont know how much you’ll lose. If you’ve been eating lots of processed stuff and do this diet, you WILL lose weight and feel cleansed. For maximum results, do not add butter or oil to anything. Eat your veggies raw and do not add dressings. Dont even add butter to your potato on Day 2, and have no salt. You WILL see results.

  • Jeannette

    I started my cabbage soup diet today!!! I am not hungry and following all the rules and drinking alot of water. I started a weight loss challenge that our local newspaper started at the end of August. I have lost so far 17 pounds on my own and now I am doing this diet to keep the momentum. Being 50 and already went through menopause losing weight is tough. But my weight loss so far had given me so much energy. If I need something from our local grocery store, I walk (it is 5 blocks away). But I carry all my groceries home! Good luck to everyone.

  • Marchisalion

    On day four… day for is so much better than day 1 and 2. I had serous carb withdrawal!

    Two questions:
    Is pam ok? I used it sauté my veggies.
    How much tofu can I have on days 5 and 6 as a meat substitute? Also can I have veggie dogs etc (St.Ives)?

    Ok have another question – is eggplant ok?

    • Pam is OK. You can really have a lot of tofu, fill yourself up. Have eggplant on your meat days as well, thatll help fill you up. Do not have veggie dogs or anything premade and processed.

      • Marchisalion


  • barb

    help im on day 3 of the csd and im nauteous and dont know if i can eat anymore cabbage soup..i think i made it too spicy…but i lost 3lbs and want to stick it out any suggestions….

  • Gale

    I started the cabbage soup diet today and I must say its not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Its a little plan but I added more cayenne pepper for the spice and I am going to try and go strong for 7 days to lose 10 pounds.. Motivated.. I will let you if I drop all 10 pounds… 🙂

  • Jfernandez827

    Good afternoon all those CSD starters! I heard about this diet about a year ago but never really put any thought into setting a date for me to start. I have decided to bite the bullet and make the soup on Sunday so I may start on Monday. Yes Monday is the day I will begin and I will continue to repeat this so nothing will prevent me from stopping..

    • best wishes!

    • Irene

      i’m starting on Saturday….crossing my fingers…

  • Catherine

    Hello hello!
    Am starting my diet rel soon,am still busy with lots to do and i don’t have time to settle down to it until November.I had a lot of biscuits today though since my breakfast was not as heavy.Is it okay to skip dinner? In the mean time i’d like to increase my Basic Metabolic Rate without building muscle,how can i do that?
    Thanks for the inspiration Catherine,it’ll come a long way in helping me cleanse.

    • Dont skip dinner, you’ll want small meals more often, not less. Stay away from carbs, breads, rices, pastas and things like that.

  • Deidre Fourie

    Im vegetarian, what do I use for the high protein days on this diet?

    • tofu, black beans, avocado, or fish if you’re a pescetarian 🙂

  • Moonjeey

    I am on my 2nd day only and have come to realize that I am ADDICTED to sweets! I was craving sugar all day long… So at about 4pm, I had peanut butter and agave on whole wheat. Although not bad for me NOT a part of CSD. Dang it! I was so mad at myself. Ok, so.. now where do I go from here? Just finish up with day 2 or start all over again. I believe the point is to get the sugar cravings gone and that didn’t work today. Any suggestions?

    • You can stop those addictions..they only exist when you give into them! You should probably start over. Check out my review of the Enjoying Weight Loss hypnosis program also, if you want to cut cravings for good.

  • Sharonireland

    Hi I’m on Day 2 of the CSD. Feeling OK so far. I’m going on holiday to Florida next week. So am hoping to have lost 10lbs by then. Will let you know

    • Sharon, that’s the high end of the normal loss for this week. If you’re committed to that number, here are a few tips:
      -NO butter on the potato or even to cook with
      -ONLY drink water (no cranberry, no v8 except in the soup, and even thats optional)
      -Dont add a bullion cube or anything salty to your soup
      -Eat your other items, the fruits, and veggies, raw if possible and with NO dressing or oil or anything like that.
      Best wishes!

      • Plupp_plupp85

        Hi Im on day 5, and i feel good and everything but I still havent lost any weight? Is this something I Shoul bee worried about? Or Will I see results at the end of the week? I have followed the diet correctly…

        • Days 4 and 5 are usually not the best days to weigh in because you’ve eaten heavy bananas and milk. Many people dont see ANY loss until the end, so hang in there, just 2 more days!

  • Nerina Martino

    Hi Catherine – I made the soup last night , it taste fantastic , I can live on it !! I also had the fruit ,
    and the water , walking for 60 min , I feel very good and exited , Thank you ! Nerina .

  • Amber93

    I started my diet today and so far, I’ve had two bowls of soup and some fruit. It isn’t a dream come true to eat only the soup and fruits (because my favorite fruit is banana!) but I feel extremely bloated and I am hoping a few days of this will make me feel much better. I used low sodium versions of all of the canned products that went into the soup (the tomatoes and mushrooms) and I used water instead of the V8 juice. The result is a very bland soup, but I know it will pay off. Wish me luck! I have the rest of the week ahead of me.

  • Tavia Garrick

    hi my name is tavia.. i havnt start the diet yet bt i will start in the next week and i hope i can do it.i av read some positive comments and from tha i know i can do this infact i really need to do this….chere me on plz

  • deni

    Dear Catherine,

    Thank you for all the advice! It is my third day, and I must admitt: it is not that I’m hungry, just a bit bored by “wet” food! One question: is it ok to drink light soy milk instead of skim milk? Thanks and good luck to all the dieters! Regards from Croatia

    • Yes, that’s OK. Make sure it is plain flavored, not vanilla, otherwise there will be too much sugar.

  • Gwendelyn Angela-Yarzagaray

    This is Gwendelyn Angela (Aruba) and I will be starting this diet on Tuesday, November 1st, I really hope to lose 10 pounds, but actually need to lose 20.

  • Sharonireland

    Hi again. Weighed this morning and have lost 7 lbs on Day 6. Feel fabulous. It hasn’t been too hard at all. Had to leave out the Tomato Juice after Day 4, as I couldn’t stomach it any more. Have been using Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, and Cabbage for my soup. Hoping to crack 10 lbs on Tuesday Morning. Wish me luck Sharon (UK)

  • Angelica

    Hi to everyone my name is Angelica today i started the first day of CSD naw i have 83 Kg and i want to get bak to 58 Kg as before.I am very curious to see if is true to lose as mach as they say.I cand exsersaise becose i have problem with lower back after the accident.The resen i want to lose weight is becose is very hard on my back and hurt me more beadley.Thank you everyone to be with me and help me.And i thank to Catherine halping people with oll her heart.

  • kweaver

    I’m starting on Monday. I made the soup tonight. I’m a little worried because I have classes M-W and don’t want to get embarrassed or have to go to the b-room too often.

  • Tsay1270

    I’m on my 6th day today & just wondering if i can hve coffee with skim milk & honey as sweetener?

  • Ravishingbliss

    i did ths diet and loose aeound 3 kgs … but know m confused how to maintain my weight .. beside that i have a feeling that my metabolism becomes very slow after this diet…

  • Irene

    hi Catherine
    I’m on my day 4 (soup, bananas and skim milk). I got pasted the first two days, and on the third day while i was making another batch of soup, i had a rum and coke (opps…i know…no liquor)…weighted myself this morning and lost 2 pounds 🙁 but i got another 4 days to go counting today’s 4th day. My only problem is all this gas i’ve been having and its starting to become painful…is there anything i can take for it?

    • Yes, anything over the counter is fine! Sorry your uncomfortable. Drink more water as well!

  • khadiza kabir

    i am starting on wednesday……..pls tell meDo I need any exercise next week???

    • You should always exercise 🙂 There are no specific moves that go along with this program though. A good 20 minute brisk walk per day would help a lot, if you dont normally exercise.

  • Oandrews

    Hi there, I tried this diet about 3 years ago over a period of two months, one week on, one week off and lost 15 kilos. It’s great. I have put some of the weight back on and am now starting the CSD again, onto my 3rd day. Last time I combined it with walking and swimming and am still trying to motivate myself to get back into this pattern again. Another thing I did, was start on a Tuesday so I could have my meat dishes in the weekend and the good about it, you always know what your going to have the next day. I think it is worth it and if you can persevere and get yourself into a routine, the end result will be ‘magic!’

    • Kandace

      Hi there Oandrews! Did you get the results you wanted? I am now on day 4. (Kandace)

  • Mnisinc

    I have started on the cabbage soup diet today. Please pray for me that I do not cheat for the seven days. I need to shed plenty of weight as I am now a size 46 and I do not appreciate myself, and this even caused me to have a low self-esteem about myself. I do not want to loose and gain again. Please Cathy let those comments on diet tips come into my inbox. Thank you

  • Alanna Courtney

    I need to drop ten pounds before November 11, 2011…my wedding day. 🙂 I started the diet yesterday and so far, so good. I never thought I’d drink so much water in my life! The soup is actually really good. I’m very optimistic. I stepped on the scale this morning and I’m down three pounds since yesterday morning.

  • Tracbomb

    I made my soup last night, and began the CSD today. I feel full only because I have had so much water. I have eaten only fruit and a bowl of the soup so far today. I will have another bowl and more fruit later. I weighed myself this morning, but will not weigh again until next Wednesday morning. Wish me luck, and I wish everyone who is attempting this diet good luck and happy weight loss.

  • Everydayhero1

    I added some spices like curry to the soup to help increase my metabolism even more!
    Keep at it! It works!

  • Singhdebs97

    Dear Catherine,
    I have tried this diet a few year ago, did lose about a few ounds, but subsequently my fribriod started bothering me, eventually I had a hysteomy done, did loose lots of weight but after five years, was careless when i lost the weight, i started gaining back my weight,I thought It was the surgery because I was ont on hermone replacement due to the fact thAT THERE THERE ARE SIDE EFFECTS. Now I am 197 lbs h-5ft-3ins, I know what my BMI should be, however I was on the Herbal diet which did help me very little. why I did not go on the cabbage souo its because I am working and its a liitle difficult to keep drinking the soup whole. what do you advice, so I take a week leave of absence or what else to do. Oh I checked in with my doctor and realised tnat my bad colestrol is 300. please advice mePlesae,please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    greatful for an early response.

    • You should prob ask your Doctor about this diet as well, since there are other issues at hand as well. If you go on the Cabbage Soup and dislike eating the soup with the veggies, simply blend it in a blender

  • Kandace

    Now going to make my soup! Can’t wait to start.Yay! I have a knee injury that has kept me down and made me gain weight 🙁 I really hope this works!

    • Graffittisoul

      Me too! My knee injury has helped me gain way too much work. I think losing 10lbs will definitely help me to be able to walk a bit better and faster for continued weight loss. Good luck to you.

  • Angelhala

    Hi there I’m starting my cabbage soup tomorrow , I’m wondering what do I do after the one week diet
    And how much roughly do people loose on the first week doing that soup diet
    I’ll wait to hear from you thank you .

    • After you go through the diet once, you’ll want to transition to something more long-term, like the Diet Solution by Isabel de los Rios, or something similar. People usually lose 3-10 pounds this week.

  • Angelhala

    Isabel i’ve watched your video your and I’m interested of buying the program , but I’m wondering your recipies and ingredient will be in us English as I’m in Australia so will I be able to find all here down under in Australia . Let me know thx .

  • lindsay

    I just started today. Wow I feel little weak and hungry but I feel it will all be worth it on Sunday.

    • You should NOT feel hungry this week. If you are, drink a glass of water and eat some soup. You should eat 2-3 servings or more every day…dont be afraid to eat plenty more if you want to!! FILL yourself up!

  • Nicole F

    I am looking to lose my last 10 and need a boost. I think I am in a rut but I am very close now. I have lost 90 pounds in the last 2 years and would like to get down to my ideal body weight which is 130 according to my doc. Which would also put my at a total weight loss of -that’s right- 100lbs 🙂 I actually have one of those shocking before and after stories. I have not used any sort of weight loss supplement or starved myself by any means. Just adjusting my portion sizes and exercising about 5 days a week. Wish me luck! 🙂

    • Nicole, congrats!!! If you want this diet to work most effectively, make sure to not have any extras. There is an expression, “to eat cleanly” and thats what you want to do. Do not add salad dressing, oils, butter to your potato or anything like that. This diet doesnt always work on those “last 10 pounds” because it mostly targets water weight, so make sure, for best results, to not add any extras at all. Have 2-3 bowls of soup per day and drink nothing but water-skip the V8 and cranberry.

  • Kandace

    Oh my God! I am on day 4 now! I am so proud of myself! When I woke up the morning of day three, my waist had returned!!! I can’t believe it! I don’t know if I had been carrying around a lot of water weight or what but I was amazed! I always hear and see testimonials about diets working and for some reason, it never works for me. I am truly in shock and I cannot wait to wake up on day 8 and see what happens!

    The only problem I have is that after I eat, 15 minutes later I feel like I’m starving again. Does this mean my metabolism has sped up?

    Thank you!

    • Woo!
      Eat again if you’re hungry. The more soup you eat, the more you’ll lose.

      • Sonissan

        i am making my soup but what should i have for breakfast

        • I know its odd, but have soup for breakfast! Its only 7 days. On the fruit day, have some fruit. On veggie days, make a green veggie smoothie or even blend some soup.

          • Tettie41

            I think you should say somthing about breakfast because I was having black tea and it was very boring and difficult to drink. I only lost 1 pound after the seven days so Im going to try it again in a weeks time.

          • You should be having soup for breakfast.

      • saira

        hey Catherine! how are you, i started your CDS, i m at 3rd day but i didnt find any difference, as i am reading comments on this site, that even on 2nd day everyone is losing round about 1.8kgs, i dont know what i am doing wrong, that not losing. can you plz help me, i am taking soup twice in morning i take oatmeal only as a breakfast. drink 6 to 8 glasses water. i really want to lose wait. plz help me.

  • Not eating anything WHITE does not include caulliflower right? I saw it on the vege list and thought it was ok??

  • Seemalina

    Ok i had two pieces of rye toast with buttee on my first day but i bowl of soup and an apple today did well but i had a salad wth shrimp n avacodo damn mme should i start ovet?

    • You should be having 2-3 bowls of soup per day, plus the allowed other items. For best results, start over.

  • Adrie0801

    On day 5 & 6, can I have chicken n beef or it has to be one or the other? I’m on day 3 & I’m planning ahead. Thanks for your help.

  • Red-rose436

    ok one my first day i had apple pear kiwi and ate one bowl oof soup today my second day i ate salad which had icebergs cucumber and tomatoes …. i added 3 tbsp of americana ketchup in soup : is it allowed ?soup turn to be tasty though
    plus i wanan know how much hrs should i sleep coz i sleep 8 hrs these days and my workout during cabbage soup diet is 100 crunches 2 mins rusuan twist 5 mins cardio excersice plus tummy vibration and side bents .. i wanna lose weight around my waist plus my height is 5 10 and iam 79 kg .. hw much can i lose in one week

    • Did you add it to the BOWL of soup or your whole pot?

  • naomi kamanga

    hallo Catherine, thankyou very much for the help you gave me on how to loose some pounds. It is a good diet but I have not yet started. I m starting soon & I will let you know when.

  • Alicia

    Hello Catherine, Today i started the first day of the cabbage diet. The soup is actually very tasty. :0) I feel great today because of the decisions that I have made to start this. I look forward to see what’s going to happen. I have been going to the gym for the last 5 weeks and haven’t lost any weight, just about an inch or two only. I figure that by starting this, it will kickstart my system so that I make make healthy changes and it will make my workouts more productive.

    • Yes ma’am, this will certainly help. Don’t work out TOO hard, because you’re not eating carbs or anything to give you extra energy to burn. Listen to your body this week! Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water too.

  • Njoh518710

    Im on day 6 and have lost 8 lbs. The best part is It made me get out of my bad eating habits I fell into after a surgery. When I layed there and couldnt go to the gym or be active as I always am. I put on 16 and now have lost 8. I got the ok to go to the gym. So Im off! Good luck to all.
    I think the hardest day was day 2. All vegies and soup. No energy at all…

    • Your Day 2 potato should’ve perked you up a bit 🙂 But if your surgery was recent, you should be resting anyway!! Glad its helping you out

  • Jen P.

    Hello Catherine, I will be starting my diet Monday, since tomorrow is my birthday and I know someone will get me some cake,lol. I will keep you updated..:)

  • Patrece_2008

    always consume a healthy high quality protein source immediately after exercise to keep the calorie burning and increased metabolism going for hours!

  • Eminnoe3078

    Just finished making the soup, tomarrow is my first day, excited to see the results!

  • Barangel423

    Starting on Monday wish me luck! 🙂

  • Cristal Gutierrez

    hi catherine i might start the diet tomorrow but i might be pregnant showld i still do it or should i wait unttil im sure? i dont know if its safe if im pregnant thenk you

  • Gale

    Hi, I’ve done this diet many times over the years…I ALWAYS lose weight. Here’s what I do with the soup …I put in lots of cabbage, of course, and the other regular items and seasonings, but I also add the folowing FRESH veggies: collards, brocolli, string beans, spinach, turnup greens, okra, beets, cauliflower, squash, and asparagus. I put in lots of lipton soup mix (three kinds) and fat free beef broth. Sometimes this get a little chucky in the soup f(for me), so I put it in a blender and make a puree out of it. It’s a whole lot easier to eat (just swallow) and it even taste better!!
    This has been working for me, Catherine, but am I screwing up this diet by doing these things. P.S. I’m on day 7 today!!! I’m done!!!! hooray!

    • That sounds excellent, except the beef broth and liptons. The broth especially probably has a lot of salt. Did you see the results you wanted?

  • im starting this diet on tuesday an im wondering wat is good to eat for breakfast. an is it okay to drink black coffee?

    • Coffee is OK all week. Drinking it black is best, but adding some skim milk is OK. Dont add sugar 🙂 For breakfast, have some fresh fruit or veggies, some soup, or make a breakfast juice from some veggies.

  • sam

    is it ok to use vinegar or soy sauce in the soup??or chicken broth??

  • Mariamtasleem

    Hi I have a question. I am on day two and wondering of there is a limit on howmuch potato I can have? Also, another question: I usually have vitamin c orange flavored “emergen-c packets” can I continue to have them? Thanks!

    • Do the emergen-c packets contain a lot of sugar? If so, skip this week. If not, they are OK since you need a multivitamin anyway…take a vitamin too!

  • Simodoharth

    Hi Cathy,am on day 2, realized some changes and i noticed i pee alot my best moments so far is when i ate fruits and baked potato .pray i make it to the end cuz its not easy

    • You’re flushing your system, thats a good thing! Good luck!

  • Guest8555

    Hey, I would like to know if it is ok to have a cup of skinny cappucino per day during the diet?

    • Not this week. You can have coffee black or with skim milk, no sugar. Anything store bought like that is a no this week. 🙂

  • 1234

    Hi, I am at the end of day two, but no gain change:( Should I be worried? On the good side, I feel great!

    • 1234

      Sorry I meant to say no weight change:))

      • No worries! For some (especially women) it can take a few days for loss to show up. A woman’s cycle can also interrupt the loss, with the loss showing at the end of the cycle. If you’re feeling great, keep going and be excited for a nice reveal at the end of the week. Also make sure you’re drinking enough water, at least 8 glasses per day.
        For best results, do NOT weigh yourself on Days 4 or 5 b/c the of the bananas.

  • Chegzay

    I plan to start mine on Monday Morning. I have already lost 42lbs but my weight wont move any more so I am hoping this will kick start it all again, i would like a total of 70lbs by Christmas Eve. As I am in England we don’t have Lipton Soup mix, is there anything else i can use in its place??
    Good luck to everyone who is doing the CSD !!! 🙂

    • Wow, great job so far! This should help. For BEST results, think of this as a cleanse and not just a diet, so no extras at all, like butter on your potato and no oil to cook with. Eat as many fruits and veggies raw as you can. Drink only water and omit the V8 and cranberry also.
      As far as the soup mix goes, any mix that is a)spices only, b)contains little to no added salt, and c) does NOT contain rice, noodles, or anything carby thing like that. 🙂

  • IamNikita

    Hello! Can I eat oatmeal every morning? because they say oatmeal can also keep you healthy and reduce weight…

    • You’re right, it is very healthy, and after your Cabbage Soup week, you can incorporate it back into your meal plan. Skip it on your Cabbage Soup week though.

  • 1234

    Hello..question regarding day six: is it OK to replace the meat by chicken? Thanks.

    • Skinless chicken is certainly OK. You can do a lean whitefish, also, if you’d prefer fish.

  • Susan Simpson

    I did this diet about 16 years ago & lost 25 lbs over a month of one week on & one week off. It was truly wonderful. The recipe that I have calls for 6 onions & a bunch of scallions. There is much more onion in it than your recipe. Will this make any difference? Also, I found that it was much easier to eat if I used a hand blender in the cooked soup. I enjoyed it so much more.

    • Susan, Add as much or as few onions as you like. They have excellent antioxidant properties but don’t exactly aid in direct weight loss, so only add as much as you like to taste. You can also blend it, thats no problem at all. Best wishes for success this round as well!

  • Shilpa Sarkar

    I have already started with your died and i m looking forward to see my weight on the scale at the end of the week. Is the same to be followed the next week or is there a change ? Please answer.

    • This diet should only be followed for 7 days. You should use it as a starting point to go to a more sustainable and long-term program.

  • Misty

    I’m so excited to start the CSD but I am not able to start until after Thanksgiving! Theres no way I can pass up on all that good food!

    • Nou

      i have just start mine today and badly i just realized it’s gonna be thanksgiving soon, i might have to skip thanksgiving and celebrate it on the next two day where the diet plan end…i’m proud of myself, today at a party i actually got through it with all the good food in front of me…usually i can’t do that but since this is just for one week i’ll get my best shot

    • Jodeengle

      Misty….when will you be starting? Im starting Monday. I’m excited too!!!

  • nou

    about the beef and chicken, what kind of seasoning is it allowed or how should i season it?
    also about the soup i don’t really like it watery may i add a little corn starch to thicken it? please answer i need to know before i get to that day

    • Add less water and more veggies instead of the starch. You can even blend the soup in the blender into a juice like consistency, if you’d like. You can have whatever seasons you like except salt! 🙂

  • Lisajbradbury

    started the CSD today after I looked at the scales 11st 11ls Grrrrr …. Fingers crossed x

  • Coumadin

    Need help!
    I take coumadin everyday. The cabbage soup is loaded with vitamin K.
    Can a replace it for a different soup?

    • I would opt for a different diet. The cabbage soup is the main component to this one.

  • Tmontsheng

    hello cathy i m hoping to start my cbd on tuesday since i wasnt able to get celery from the supermarket so im wondering if its okay to proceed with the diet without celery? the other thing is about lipton soup,i have bought minestrone and chilli beef soup stock is it ok to use ?

    • You can skip the celery.

      Do NOT use that storebought soup. There is salt, preservatives, all kinds of things in there we dont want. You soup should be: vegetables, water, spice. That is all. The diet will NOT work if you add the stock or storebought soups.

  • Tham-Tham

    Today is my 6th day on the CSD. The 1st 2days were a struggle – chocolate cravings, feeling hungry all the time no matter how much soup I eat . Thank God I hang in there because, on top of shedding a few kilos, I feel energised and I no longer crave chocolate. I’m so motivated to keep going until I reach my target weight. I’m definately not stopping after day 7….will start day 1 straighaway!!! Why should I take a break and loose the momentum??
    My skin is also glowing…..

    • If you dont get a break, your body risks going into starvation mode because of the few calories you’re putting in it. When that happens, you’ll stop losing weight and instead gain it. Take a 2-3 week break for best results.

  • Blue_roza79

    Can i eat pumpkin on my vege days?

    • It is fairly starchy, so try to limit it to one small serving on your veggie days.

  • pebbles

    I’m gonna start mine on Friday, Am so excited to start already been to the store to get everything.

  • Alta

    I started today & can’t wait to see the results!! Thumbs up to everyone that started! ALTA

    • You’re gorgeous already! (no wine this week) 😉 Best wishes!

  • Frankmelia

    looks great stuck to the soup diet for seven days lost 14 pounds feel great

    • Sue Con55

      well done

  • kdussooa

    hi catherine thanks for the recipes i need to lose abot 20lbs i tried so many diets but never stick to it. am going to meet my husband after 1yrs i need to look my best and this diet sounds good so am going to try it next week i know i need great willpower for it. i wondering can i still drink my green tea and i don’t eat beef can i replace the beef with salmon or chicken thanks a millions

    • Choose chicken over the salmon. Salmon is too fatty. Other white fish are a good choice, like cod or something similar. You can definitely drink your green tea, just make sure not to add sugar.

  • kdussooa

    hi catherine can i drink my green tea. i don’t eat beef so instead can i eat salmon or chicken thank you

    • Have skinless chicken or white fish instead of salmon, and your green tea is fine. Dont add sugar!

  • Zola_hi


    Hi there,

    I am on 3rd day of diet today and already lost 2 pounds. Actually I cheated yesterday because of girls night out. I drunk 2 glasses of cranberry juice with sweet. I also taken 2 glasses of seabacktorn juice on my first day. Its very cold winter in my country now and we used to drink that kind of hot / cranberry and seabacktorn / drinks and i can’t avoid it. Should i start again or continue. And one more question ? I am taking / / that vitamin and is it okay. You recommended to take a vitamin. I don’t know is that which you mean……..

    • Any vitamin is fine!! I am not sure what “sweet” or “seabacktorn” is, but if it is just natural and juice, its OK. If its alcohol, best to start over.

  • kdussooa

    hi catherine can i make the soup without lipton soup mix instead using curry powder spices thanks

  • Jackyh1967

    I am on day two, I lost 1ib, my goal weight is 9st 7Ib… I am currently 10Ib 3oz I woke up with a heavy head, and I am having raw carrot for breakfast, and then I have to make another pot of cabbage soup, as me and hubby ate the whole pot yesterday, he has lost 2Ib, so far so good…. will get back to you soon with more results.. although yesterday I did sneak a small bit of chocolate off my son, as I was craving…

    • Try not to cheat!! It’s only 7 days! The chocolate, esp milk chocolate, has salt, sugar, fat, cream, etc so try as best you can to stay away

  • Jamie_adam

    I am going to start the CSD on Monday I have to get the things I need to make the soup and fruits and veggies 🙂 Woot Can’t wait

  • kdussooa

    hi catherine can i make the soup without lipton soup mix instead using curry powder spices thanks

  • drips-661

    Good day Catherine, i am due for a wedding in 7 days and i want to shed some weight. would this help? What ingredients do i use? thanks

  • Omosborne

    Hi Catherine, I started the CSD today and I already feel different just by going to restroom so much to release the fluid. Of course we go to the restroom on different occassions it’s just that you get a different release feeling now from the soup,fruit and water. I’m excited about the weight coming off because health wise I really need to lose weight due to having a stroke just a month ago from my bloodpressure raising out of the roof and cholesterol on the high side,so I have a lot to look forward to.

  • kdussooa

    hi catherine sorry for all the questions just want to know can i drink lemon water on the diet no added sugar or sweetener. do you drink soup on day 3 and 6 and can you drink soup whenever you are hungry.

    • You drink the soup every single day, and have it whenever you’re hungry. Eat at least 2-3 servings per day or more. You can have lemon water all the time, but make sure its from a real lemon, not the store bought juice

  • Lucy

    I started the CSD on Saturday I am very excited , I experience a slight headache. Today is day 2…I am taking one day at a time…

  • Abbeymore

    Today is day 2 for me. My potato is in the oven! Is it ok that it’s a sweet potato? I made a dish just now. AMAZING!! After the week i’ll be making this over and over as a side dish with grilled fish or chicken. I sauteed small chopped pumpkin with onions, tomatoes, sweet pepper and spinach…in a little unsalted butter. It tastes AMAZING! Is it ok if some days i eat the soup only once a day? It’s pretty bland. (smile). I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I plan to juice fruits and veggies throughout the day along with the soup and maybe this spinach again. I also had roasted veggies. I’m actually enjoying today. Who would have thought?! Thanks so much Catherine!

    • For BEST results, have the soup 2-3 times per day, the soups the key to the weight loss. I know it can be boring though 🙂 You can even blend it in the blender to suck it down and drink it faster. Try to limit the pumpkin to 1 small serving per day as it is starchy. Enjoy!!

  • kdussooa

    hi catherine i dnt like milk so instead can i have 2 tub of onken fat free yoghurt thank you

    • Yogurt is an OK sub, but it must be a) fat free, b) plain flavor, and have as few added sugars as possible. Have 1-2 servings only.

  • Mehwishyasin

    I am a little stuck, can i grind the soup up at the end? so its all liquid?

    • Yes you can! I am sure you’re getting a little bored by now, so blend it in the blender and drink it down really fast

  • kdussooa

    hi catherine you said if want to lose weight more avoid butter on baked potato so can i avoid the baked potato thank you and can you eat cucumber on vegetables day

    • Yes, you can skip the potato, and cucumbers are OK on the veggie days.

  • Abbeymore

    Hi Catherine. Yesterday was day 3 for me. It went well all day. I had veggie/fruit juices i juiced on my own with fresh fruits and veggies and had my soup. However, i could’nt resist. My daughter had some peanuts and i had a few. I’m sorry now because i realize it’s salty!! Well it wasn’t that much so hopefully i’ll be fine. I plan to just not cheat at all for the remaining days. I shouldn’t need to because the days left have great stuff!!! Like yesterday i had to hunt down bananas! I was i a panic for a while. Checked three stores before i f inally got some. Bananas go really quickly here. Can i really have as much beef and brown rice as i want for two of my remaining days??????????

    • On Day 5, you should have only meat, tomatoes, and soup. Aim for 10-20oz of meat. On Day 6, have any green veggies, soup, and meat. On Day 7, thats the Only day you can have rice, and yes, eat as much as you want. Day 7 is only rice, soup, and green veggies, no meat.

  • kdussooa

    hi catherine today was my second day but i didn’t eat the vegetables at the same time with the soup i had them at a totally different time is that ok . can i skip the baked potato

    • You should have 2-3 servings of soup plus the extras. It doesnt matter when you eat, but eating late is a bad idea for anyone…Try to stop eating by 7 or 8pm. You can skip the potato!

  • kdussooa

    on day 5 how much fillet chicken or white fish can i have. can i skip the yoghurt on day 3 .

    • The only dairy day is 4, and you should have skim milk – if you absolutely cannot drink milk, plain yogurt is OK then. You must have something like milk or yogurt on Day 4. The idea is to give you good nutrition, not to starve yourself. You can have 10-20 oz of meat.

  • kdussooa

    hi catherine am on day 3 i just found out this morning i got my period does it affect my csd or not thank you

  • kdussooa

    on day 4,5,6 and 7 can you have fruits

  • kdussooa

    well i did look at the plan but it doesn’t say if you can eat fruits on day 5 and 6.can you help me please

    • If it is not listed, you cannot have it. No fruit on Days 5-7.

  • kdussooa

    hi catherine am on day 3 i just found out this morning i got my period does it affect my csd or not thank you

    • Yes, it does. You’ll feel bloated as usual and wont see the loss until the end of your cycle.

  • Executivechef61

    This is my third day lost already 4 pounds very happy with that tomorrow will be two pound less when I wake up. I love my soup it taste good I blended and make it smooth it’s delicious.

  • Tgramya

    started today feeling a bit weak.a slight headache.can coffee or tea be included?

    • Yes, coffee and tea are fine. Make sure you do not add sugar or ANY kind of sweetener, but skim milk is OK

  • Yakvalgirl

    I love this diet. I have tried almost every fad diet under the sun and this one
    At least is simple; a no brained. Day 2had the perk of the potatoe,yum!
    I say there is variety each day has it’s perks; something to look forward to.
    I have been surprised,no gassiness. Usually, all these veggies and wow. Not so
    this time. With cabbage,broccoli, onions. Starting day 3 co-workers on it too.
    That is another bonus. Can tell something good is happening, can’t wait for the
    final results next Monday. Catherine thnx for the tidbits & trix. They are helpful!

    • Ruhan

      Hi. Just curious? How did the diet go? what was the results?

  • Gaolatlhe

    hi Catherine. I’m startin the diet next week and wat i want 2 know is can I do the diet without eatin the meats in day 4 and 5?

    • On Day 4 you should be eating bananas, milk, and soup only. The meat on Days 5 and 6 can be avoided. You can have tofu, beans, portabello, avocado, and other protein rich substitutes.

  • Doran

    Starting my diet today. I don’t have any buddies but I’m hoping I’ll have the willpower to get through this on my own. Really hoping I can get into my dress for Christmas day.

    • Theres a great community of us on facebook, if you’re on that site. My page is: Good luck!

      • Doranbri

        Thanks Catherine. I have to say yesterday was a very tough day for me. Its quite difficult as a single mum to cook food for children and I soooo wanted to give up. But I kept touching my flabby tummy and pushed myself to stick to the fruit. Today is a much better day, as I prefer vegetables to fruit. So can’t wait for the baked potato this evening. I held off on the spices when I made the cabbage soup, and every time I have a bowl, I add different spices or herbs in order to vary the taste each time.

  • kdussooa

    hi catherine on days when vegetables are allowed i used to eat red peppers raw is that ok

  • kdussooa

    can i eat wholegrain brown rice on day 7. catherine am having red peppers instead of tomatoes on day 5 how many peppers am i allowed thank you

    • Have 4-5 peppers if you’d like to. Yes, have rice on day 7 only.

  • kdussooa

    can i have carrots on day 6

    • Yes, any vegetables (except potatoes, yams, corn, peas or beans) are OK

  • kdussooa

    hi catherine yesterday was my day 6 i had 3 fillet chicken and 3 red peppers and 2 tomatoes and loads of green teas and water is that enough and i had 3 bowls of soups.

    • Sounds good! If you feel yourself still being hungry, eat more soup first, then the other items.

  • kdussooa

    hi catherine today is my last day wish me good luck i want to say thank you for helping me i haven’t weight myself yet i’ll tell you tomorrow bye.

  • kdussooa

    hi catherine i had a big bowl of fruit by mistake i didn’t know does it matter??

  • Adriennelee26

    hi catherine I cant wait to start this week!!! I believe the results will be awesome!!) I am very focus so in about a week I will post my results.

  • Cotoncandy_4u2nv

    my name is shelly and about 11mths ago i weighed in at 220pds, i was really frustrated with my weight, i couldnt get nice clothes to wear, my feet would hurt so much when i woke up on mornings i always felt tired and then one day i went out with my friends and we took a photo and about two weeks later my friend showed me the photos and it was then i said to myself i had to do something fast and so i decided to go online and look for something inexpensive and something i can actually deal with and so i saw the cabbage soup diet recipe and tried it and followed it and i still cheated in between and lost an amazing 9pds in my first week when i saw that big result in the week i comitted myself to it every other week and i lost an amazing 42pds altogether and im still continuing cause i really want to weigh in at 140pds thats my goal. I feel amazing when i walk into a room heads turn people look at me in a different way,finally i’m able to where nice sexy clothes and my husband is enjoying his new wife. i just want to say how greatfull i am for this diet it has changed my life in every way. anyone who is in doubt about it i would say go for it cause its worth it! it changed my life and it can do the same for you!

    • Happy to hear this! Altho the diet should only be followed for 7 days at a time, then take at least 2-3 weeks off. It is not a long term solution.

  • kdussooa

    hi catherine today is my day 7 on the diet i had a bowl of fruits this morning i forgot i thought it was allowed today but when i checked it wasn’t. will it affect the diet totally do i’ve to start all over again.

    • No, you should be OK since it is the end. You should not repeat the diet for at least 2-3 weeks.

  • Meme

    Hi Catherine, I am ready and anxious to get started. We have a Japanese persimmon tree. Is it alright to eat this fruit on my fruit day? Would I be able to substitute it for bananas?


    • Yes on fruit days. If you dislike banana, have kiwi or apricot.

  • Uzmakhurram2008

    this is a great way because u dont starve ,u can feel the difference in a day or two and soup keeps u going .i have done it before and now i am doing it again to lose more for a special wedding

  • Leza

    Im starting my cabbage soupdiet today with my husband although im not fat really but to help my husband to lose weight since his overweight . thanks for sharing this amazing diet plan. and im so excited to see the result …….thank you soo much…

  • Dgabegator

    I am on day 2 so far and loving it. Can’t wait to have my baked potato tonight. I am also working out at the YMCA 6 days a week. Mondays – Body Condition class, Tues is Cycling and Body Flow class, Wed is weights and treadmill, Thurs is different machines and treadmill, Fri is Body Condition class and Sat is TRX (suspending straps training) class.
    I’m looking forward to good results on Monday.

  • M John67

    What about almonds?I am so hungry that I have been eating alot more nuts.Is this bad and will it slow down the weight loss?

    • On this diet, nuts are not allowed. Any time you’re hungry, reach for soup first!

      • Nevkay21

        Hi Catherine,
        In the “frequently asked questions” section on the website, it says that you can have some nuts (or chicken, eggs) if you’re feeling light-headed. I have eaten nuts due to this and am on day 4. Does this mean I’ve sabotaged the entire process? Thanks.

        • A tiny portion of nuts are good for lightheadedness, since they contain a significant amount of protein. Have as few as possible.

  • dinanis

    I’m on day 2 and just ate a pack of whole whea crackers. The craving for carbs it’s too much!!!!

    • If you need help with cravings, which you create for yourself, I would check out my review of Enjoying Weight Loss, a medical hypnosis program. Hypnosis might sound weird, but its awesome.
      Otherwise, just use your mental strength. It’s only 7 days – you CAN do this!

  • Hira_sweeet

    i started this diet …and this is my 3rd day…fingers crossed to see the result

  • Chantel

    Its day one for me.. Feeling positive!

  • Rainygirl_26

    I am on day 3, and feel good. However I did not weigh myself before starting, so I will have to go by how my clothes fit. I did make a big boo-boo though, and only read it after the soup was made and I had eaten some. No edamames! I through a handful in the soup!! grrr. Hope for the best. 🙂

  • orchard

    Started the diet yesterday, I eat healthy anyway and am active but have a weakness for a glass of wine in the evenings, cheese and salted nuts. Having an under active thyroid has seen the weight creep up over the 10 years since having my twins. I think the main problem has been portion sizes, keeping up with 6 ft 4 hubby who can eat anything and 2 tall slim kids. That and lacking ‘wont’ power. Brought a new set of scales yesterday so I can chart my progress – 2 kg gone overnight on day 1. Have added a kelp tablet to help the thyroid and am loving the soup – its a spicy version with lots of cayenne pepper. Going to dig gardens today to get things moving.

  • Minga

    I’m at the end of day 1, gosh I can’t stop thinking about chocolate, I told myself I’d take it one day at a time but I’m almost taking it by the hour not to let my cravings get the best of me. I really hope I’ll manage it and am grateful for these tips and tidbits and extra information, Christmas is coming and I haven’t seen my whole family for 2 years and I’ve gained weight, I was on a good track 2 months ago getting started and starting to see some changes and feeling super motivated (both eating and training, and even jogging) but my knee had been hurting for a long time and when I finally went to the doctor I needed surgery and well no pounds or cm went off but at least I haven’t gained anything more.. but I am alarmingly close to a very scary number on my weight scale and am afraid Christmas will make me go over it so I MUST keep on track and getting quick results will definitely help!

    • You CAN do this!! Cravings are just in your mind!! This will help with cravings too, I promise, just keep going!!!

      • Minga

        thanks:) Day 4 now and I hardly had any cravings, didn’t even think about chocolate.. but I can’t wait for my steak day so today all I thought to myself was “eat your bananas and you’ll reward yourself with a nice steak tomorrow” 🙂

  • Jewelll80

    This is the third time I have been on the CSD. It is the first time I have attempted it with all this additional and pertinent information. Thank you so much… I began today and invited family over to have a bowl of soup for lunch. I prepared veggie trays and hummus as appetizers for them and for dessert a huge fresh fruit bowl , with yogurt on the side , for my guests.
    Thank you for the valuable literature and follow-up…

  • Anonymous

    Just started the CSD today and it has been a challenge, but I keep telling myself I will feel great by the end of the week. I found myself getting so hungry no matter how much soup or fruit I ate. I know tomorrow is full of veggies which I think will be a bit better for me I hope lol but are there any tips on feeling a little bit more satisfied? On the upside I did have more energy than I have been having especially around 4pm which was a nice surprise. Any tips would be great!

    • Are you drinking enough water? Many times we confuse hunger and thirst. Try drinking a big glass of water before each meal. And eat more soup. They say the more you eat, the more weight you’ll lose.

  • Rabz

    I was wondering what happens if you continue the diet for 2 weeks straight?

    • Sara Hamrick

      Have you tried this diet straight 2 weeks and what happened?

      • Your body would cling to the calories instead of letting them go. Youd feel lethargic. Dont do it, not a good idea at all.

        • Cindy

          I just want to do it for 2 weeks – would that be OK? I have to lose some weight before the week of Thanksgiving.

          • Anon

            I did this diet for a whole month. Lost 30 pounds. Been 30 pounds lighter ever since. I’ve actually managed to lose 10 more pounds since then. But let me tell you, the month was COMPLETE HELL. I came to the point where I’d rather not eat the whole day than eat the soup. The mere smell of the soup wanted to make me throw up by the end. I’ve tried the diet again but I am just too disgusted by the soup now. Trick to not gain it all back: start eating more SLOWLY and excercise while doing it to maintain you weight. When you eat as much as you ate before, excersice continuously for one more (or until you stop gaining weight) week until your metabolism is stable again. Just don’t eat too much :p Good luck

          • Catherine

            Hi Anon,
            Wow that is fantastic weight loss. A lot of people complain about the soup and I know I’ve struggled with it, too. We are actually working with a spice company right now to create a flavorful blend to make the soup more appealing and less bland! We should be releasing it in a month or two and are very excited about it. Congrats again!

          • Liz

            HI i picked up 500g after 24hours, is that normal?????

          • Catherine

            It sounds like you are retaining water. After the next two days you should see more weight loss.

        • Heather L Gould

          I am on my fourth day of the cabbage diet eating bananas and cabbage soup and water I’ve gained 10 pounds since this morning

          • Sherry

            Sounds like you need to stop the bananas and flush more with water and soup. That is not the normal reaction. You should be losing. Keep the water going and make sure you are not retaining water by having too much salt on anything.

          • Heather L Gould

            Thank you I did stop eating them I ate a lot more soup I didn’t drink a lot more water though but I am back down to 127 this morning

          • Heather L Gould

            How much water am I supposed to drink

          • Catherine

            HI Heather,
            Try to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses every day. You want to flush the toxins out!!

          • Heather L Gould

            How big of glasses
            I drink a gallon plus yesterday

          • Catherine

            Okay it sounds like you are retaining water. I would back off then on the water if its not flushing you out. This is not the norm at all.

          • Heather L Gould

            Back off of the whole diet or just the water

          • Catherine

            Try backing off on the liquids and see if that helps. Your calorie intake on this diet is low so the only way you are gaining has to be through water retention.

          • Heather L Gould

            And I have not lost any weight I am heavier than I was when I started the diet so I don’t understand what’s going on

          • Sherry

            Okay that is great. Everyone has a different reaction to banana day! Sometimes if I’m feeling bloated and not craving sweets I will skip it and redo day 1. Like I said everyone has different results glad you are doing better!!

          • Heather L Gould

            How much water in my supposed to drink every day

  • Starting day 2: down 3.5 lbs., feels good. Today I will also implement a new exercise routine

  • Choclique26

    what can be replaced instead of the bananas. i never cared for them, what can i put in it’s place

    • You can do apricot, kiwi, or papaya and make sure they are fresh not dried

  • Cames73

    hi there i have a question im on day 3 of the CSD and i weighed myself this morning and i havent lost a pound feeling kinda discouraged, was wondering at what point the weight is suppose to start coming off (im following the diet to the T havent cheated at all)

  • Cereal1969

    Hi Catherine doesn’t butternut squash have to much starch

    • It is starchy but a small serving is OK, its high in other nutrients

  • Tricia

    Can I use stevia in my morning coffee?

  • Raj

    I’d like to know if those on the diet are allowed a breakfast of sorts, I normally take Alpen which is nuts and berries etc.

    Someone do please write and inform me as there is no mention of a breakfast in the program.

    • You should have soup as early as possible! Only eat the items mentioned on the 7 Day plan, which is soup daily plus some extras which change each day. You can make a fruit smoothie on the fruit days, maybe veggie juices on the other, and have soup!

  • Kateannehoward

    Hi Catherine my name is K8. My friend Carol has introduced me to the cdp, and I will be starting in 2 days not so much because I want to loose weight but because I want to feel better and more alive. I look forward to letting you know how that goes. Hope this finds you well. Thank you for your help

  • Tami

    When. Can I drink alcohol and how much is ok? The holidays are going to be tough

  • Joni3pogue

    Hi Catherine – I was hoping to start my diet tomorrow – but didn’t get a chance to get out and get my “stuff” – so will let you know when I start …. I really want to lose some weight before Christmas!

  • Mumu7772

    Hi I started today its great I love soup and eat a lot of it i,m so full with this soup great. when will i see results thank u

  • Yardys_gurl

    Hi, could someone give me the recipe please?

  • Tmusatova

    Hello Catherine I have cooked the soup today in evening before going to bed, so i will have soup ready for tomorrow, so tomorrow is my first day and i so really hope it works,,, i have tried so many other diets and i quit them all, fell into stressful situation and i began gaining, and i got less and less friends, so i have been at my brothers wedding a week ago and i felt so fat and ugly and no friends,,, i saw one of my cousins wife she become so skinny and i asked her mom what she did to loose weight, and she didn’t really want to tell me she just said she ate some kind of cabbage soup, so i was like OK whatever i will find out anyways so i began my search and found your book i downloaded it and its like it brought me back to life, i so hope it works for me,,, thank you so much for keeping in touch with me. it really is a big help.

    • Abbeymore

      Hello Tmusatova, i’m happy to hear that you are feeling ready to go. If you follow the diet really well, you’ll definitely make it. I lost over 60 pounds by changing the way i eat and lots of exercise. I use the cabbage soup diet whenever i want to lose extra weight for an event or after overeating.

  • Tommo

    On Day 3 now! I have to admit I have had the odd cookie but on the whole it seems to be going ok! Just keeping the soup pot topped up with fresh veg and water all day everyday, it now tastes amazing!

  • cabbage soup diet is very good. I lost weight 8 kg in 7 days with the following menu.

  • Rajeev Gupta

    Well I am 48, Male 235 Lbs, 6’2″, wants to loose at least 40 Lbs. I started it today. I will be doing more walking tomorrow. eating soup during the day, and drink at least 4 -6 glasses of water. Following 7 days I will be eating fruits and veggies for a week. I will also be following master cleanse lemonade for 10 days. Then I will restart the Cabbage soup diet again. I want to see the results so I can become a public figure to guarantee that these solutions work!

    • Be careful w/doing those diets and cleanses so close to one another. With the CSD, you should take off at least 2-3 weeks in between

      • Rajeev Gupta

        Thank you for your reply. Can I eat almonds in the morning and La Yogurt Probiotic Yogurt as a snack while I am on this diet. I will not do the master cleanse then as you suggested.

        Today is my soup and fruits day. I will be doing more walking during the day and going to the gym in the evening after work.

        What is the role of Cayenne pepper? Is Smooth Move a good laxative tea to drink before going to bed? Can I do this diet for more than 7 days since my goal is to loose 40 lbs. What would be your advise for me to plan myself to loose 40 Lbs?

        • You cannot eat almonds or yogurt. If you need a snack, have more soup. You should only eat the items listed in the 7 day plan. Use cayanne as a spice for anything, heat helps the metabolism and aids in digestion. I havent heard of that laxative and you may not need it. You cannot do this for longer than 7 days. I’d suggest something more like term, like Isabel De Los Rios’ Diet Solution or even try the Xtreme Fat Loss which is a 25 day, 25 pound loss program.

  • Alisha

    I just got the ebook, but since it is 5the days until Christmas and we are going to be out of town for a week, I know I will never be able to stick to this until I get home. I do have a question though. You say no artificial sweeteners, but what about pure stevia extract? It is all natural in liquid form, or is the point to ingest anything that is sweet even if it is zero calorie and all natural? I just thought I would ask, since stevia wasn’t mentioned. When I start this I want to do everything right!

  • Mumu7772

    I try it i didn’t lose a pound i did everything you told me to do..
    is it because of my thyroid because of the pill

  • Sun Villarealty

    Hi, I started the diet yesterday. It was difficult but today is much better. I cannot wait until the 8th day to weigh so that I can see how much weight I have lost.

    • Danianamarincaye

      Same here!!!!

    • JimPrice47

      I would recommend weighing yourself everyday at the same time of day.

      • That’s a good thought, Jim. On this diet, just dont weigh in on Day 4, b/c of the bananas and milk.

        • Janet

          can I replace dairy milk with soy milk for day 4?

          • Yes, that is OK. Make sure to get a plain flavor and look for the lowest fat and sugar content…some brands load up on the sugars!

          • Janet

            Thank you Catherine! I have been adding one avocado a day to my vegi days; I hope it is ok since you didn’t mention it on the diet. I am on my third day on the soup diet and lost 5lb already. Thanks again!

          • holly

            It did say something about avoiding avacodo but I have also been eating half an avocado, but to my fruit. I hope it doesn’t hurt!!

          • Better for vegetarians on the meat days..It is fairly high in fat. Don’t eat any more of it 🙂

          • Janet

            instead of beef and chicken, can I use other proteins like: tofu and beans?

          • Yes, tofu, beans, small portions of avocado, shitake, tempeh, whatever you like best!

  • kdussooa

    hi catherine does it matter if the cabbage is white or green.i’ve been using the white one is that ok

  • Lunatyck77

    I have gained a ton of weight over the past few years due to medical issues, compounded by an ankle injury that kept me off my feet for a while. I started the CSD yesterday-weighed in yesterday morning after my shower, and again this morning…5 pounds down already!!! I know it’s water weight, but I am SO looking forward to seeing what happens. I have a total of 80 pounds to lose-this is a great way to jump start my metabolism, and give me the incentive to KEEP GOING! I think I can…I think I can…I think I can…

  • Reni_elkova

    hi.i`ll begin the diet at keep 90days this possible combine with CSD?

    • I am a little confused. You cannot do this diet for 90 days, that’s for sure. You should do this diet BEFORE something long term, not at the same time.

  • Tracey

    Hi Catherine

    I came out of hospital a year ago and lost a tremendous amout of weight, not on your diet but for medical reasons, slowly built my weight up again to what I should be (which is Great) but now have to keep it in line. Love your diet have tried it before and it so works. Thank you. Tracey

  • Didi

    Hi Catherine … I wanna ask u something about diet….
    I just start using the soup and on 3rth day i got sick, and i eat just fruit, drink tea and water … I cudnt eat the sup cos every other food make me trow up :((( so what should i do …2 start all over again or to continue from the 3rth day ?

    thx u and happy holidays

    • You cannot do this diet without the soup. Vegetable soup shouldnt make you sick. Make a soup you enjoy!!

  • Pinky Lizzy

    Do you have to have the potato and beef? Or can you do with out it. Will it affect your weight loss?

    • You can skip the potato. Instead of beef, have chicken or another lean protein. THAT you cannot skip, you neeeeeeed protein on 5 and 6. If you dont want to eat meat, even have some black beans in your soup. Must-have-protein!

  • TurboGirlBC

    Today was day 1. I didn’t pack enough soup for the day at work, for sure! I packed lots of fruits and ate a fair portion of soup for lunch but my 45-minute commute home was difficult ~ felt sleepy and so hungry. I love this soup though ~ it’s my second run in two years and I hope to see the same quick last 5 pounds gone as last time.

  • Tracey

    My job intails walking floors and climbing stairs. NOW i have gone onto the Cabbage coup diet actually for detox. . It worked for me once before and like the first day i feel a difference.

  • Reni_elkova

    thank you for a explanation.Soon I finish my diet and may by then?

  • Carollsue46

    I take a multi vitamin and B12 every day it help me keep focused and have energy

  • Carollsue46

    I know this CSD works i went on it a few years ago and my first week i lost a total of 17 and half pounds i am going back on it wednesday,, i also turn on my R N at work she has tried every thing ,, cant seem to lose any thing.

  • Mhouse8005

    I started the diet yesterday and today I was curious so I weighed I had lost 3 pounds YEA!!!! That made me want to stay on the diet today > I am going to eat my potatoe now YUM Greatest Diet Ever I had been on it before and lost over 100 lbs. I love this diet it is fool proof

  • Allison penley

    did you know that working out just for 15 minutes every day will make you live about 3 years longer than if you don’t

  • Shumayla Shah

    same hare sheila 🙂 today i feel much better n waiting for 8th day 🙂

  • juls

    this diet sounds great i just lost 40 lbs on hcg now i need something new. on your potato can you have any butter or just seasonings?????

  • Jennifer

    I will be starting the CBS tomorrow (01/02/12) and I’m very excited. I am going on holidays in February and want to lose some weight before I go. Today I also started my tread mill and did speed walking for 20 minutes. Felt really good. I looking forward to the end result.

    What dressing can I use on my salad’s?


    • Use a few drops of olive oil and some fresh squeezed lemon juice. Or use some soup broth. Nothing store bought!

  • Reeses

    I’m on day 3. I lost 3 lbs.Is this normal?

  • Anonymous

    I just finished day one & I was wondering if the days need to be done in order or if i can, for example, swap day 3 and day 4???
    thanks, Meghan

  • Emma

    I started yesterday and it felt great (although difficult) to start removing all the yukky horrible stuff that I’d eaten over Christmas. Feeling really positive today and I must say I’ve never looked forward to a baked potato do much!! I’m using this as a kick start back to healthy eating which prior to Christmas I had already lost 2 stone 8lbs (6 gained over 3 weeks of the far too festive season!) back to the gym tonight but already starting to feel great!!

  • Lnrblack

    I was checking out the allowed beverages and saw mint and water melon mentioned as ways to make water more exciting…also, cucumber infused water is delicious, fresh orange slices, basil and lemon, too!

  • Sara Hamrick

    I had this diet three years ago and it worked very well. Last fall I tried it again but second day of the diet I had shaky feeling like same as your blood sugar drop down. Do you know anything what happened to me and what did I do wrong. I need to get on this diet again, please help me.

    • Sara, that may be a better question for your Doctor. It may be that you didnt eat enough but it may be something more serious.

  • Stacyharvey5

    I am starting the diet today. Looking forward to it. I will keep you informed. Thank you for all the great information.

  • Srmani

    Hi, I started CSD today. I am just wondering how much soup can I drink a day. I followed the recipe & I got a pot full of soup. For how many days will this soup last.

    • Have 2-3 big servings each day. Youll probably need two batches over the week.

      • Sophieriggs

        i started the diet yesterday and ive only had to small bowls yest that filled me up all day.

  • Two coworker and myself started this diet on Monday,very anxious to to see the end results

  • Cabbage Patch Doll

    Also started on Cabbage soup diet on January 2nd and feeling much better already. All the food after the Holidays made feel so saturated … Now all I have to do is go through the weekend without cheating!

  • Busemandkb

    Started it this morning! I only have 8 pounds that I want to loose. I lost 20 pounds and have gained 8 back. Winter is so hard to exercise so of course alittle junk food and your hooked on that crap again. I need to get motivated to get back at it so going to really try this. I already eat lots of vegs, I did the low carb diet to loose the 20. But of course have been eating things that I should not and not walking everyday since it is really cold out now. Thanks for this info and will keep you posted as the weight hopefully comes off.

  • Arlene

    Hi Catherine, I on day 3 of flu and am feeling a bit better but my hubby says I should wait until the weekend, at least, before I start the CSD. Do you think I should or would it be okay to start now?

    • You could make the soup and have some when you’re still sick, soup does always help BUT you’d want to add some protein to it for now, since you need your strength… But I agree with the hubs, wait till you feel better to go full throttle! 🙂

  • Arlene

    Does the soup have to be made exactly to the recipe as there are a couple of things in it that I don’t like?

    • Depends on what those things are 🙂 Basically you neeeeed the cabbage. The other stuff can be swapped out, for the most part. Do NOT have: corn, beans, peas, lentils, potato (except day2).

  • Tricia R.

    Ok, so it’s Day 2 and I went to the movie theatre with my kids and ate alot of popcorn with butter. Don’t feel very good and don’t feel like eating a potatoe. OK, so, I screwed up on day 2. What do I do? Go back to day 1? Repeat day 2? or go on to day 3?

    • Since you’re so close to the beginning, might as well start over for best results!

    • Since you’re so close to the beginning, might as well start over for best results!

  • Christian Nawej

    Hi Catherine, thanks for the email. I am on my day 4 and it is going well. This is my third time to do this program… The first time I did it I had lost 6kg… then i gained latter again because i was not that disciplined with my diet… my plan now is to do it every 3 months regularly and everytime that I have gained too much weight.

  • HidaRyasi

    Hi i started CSD in this morning but i believe .i can lost 15 pounds

  • Findstephcox

    I’m now on my 4th day and I’ve lost 1.8 kgs already, felt so bloated and heavy after the festive season. This diet is amazing, I also work out 40 mins a day.

  • Mantoa

    I’m starting the diet on monday and hoping for better results. I will keep you posted.

  • Longhore Simms

    My Boyfriend and I are on day 3. We have done really well so far! Just nervous about the weekend we both work at an Italian restaurant and I am going to a concert tonight. We feel good just really crave bread!

  • miss

    Hi, I am starting the CSD on monday. Do I need to eat all the cooked vegies or just the soup alone?

    • Put the veggies IN the soup, eat the whole thing 🙂



    • It isnt suitable for long term weight loss, so make sure to only do it for 7 days. Repeat once every 3-4 months.

  • Jacksclassyladyo

    I am on my 3rd day with my cabbage diet, so far I am doing great have lost 7 lbs. Thank you for your help, this is my third time to do this diet over the last 20 years, but even though the soup taste gets old, it is the best way I know of to get the jump start on loosing weight.

  • Ian

    Me n Wife on Day 4 today – looking forward to meat at weekend – has been hard but weight has shifted already – hope we get through the weekend – Crave bread

  • Anonymous

    Where it says unsweetened tea, can I use skimmed milk?

    • Yes! Skim milk in your tea or coffee is fine! Sugars the only bad guy this week!

  • Kimie

    I am starting the diet Monday going to buy all the good veggies this weekend. Can this diet be done on a 2 week cycle (on 1 off it for 2 then back on it )

    • Kimie, once per month is probably the most you should do it. Otherwise, with such a low and restricted calorie diet, your body will start clinging to and holding onto those calories instead of letting them go.

  • Gailsav

    Going to start this tomorrow but have two questions, can baked potato be a sweet potato or is it suppose to be white? Can I use stevia in my tea?
    Thanks Gail S

    • Baked or white is fine! No stevia or any sweetener this week.

  • Jmloka609

    Im starting it on Monday! Looking forward to doing it. Im not scared at all as i love veggies and fruit. I just hope to lose the pounds put on over Christmas and New Year. 😀 And to all who are doing it already, good luck with your results! 🙂


  • Anonymous

    Can I pressure cook the soup as 2 hours of boiling seems a bit excessive?

  • Nobody Here

    I started 3 days ago. On the second day I had the most horrendous headache all day. Tylenol would not shift it. Then I had the baked potato (Man! wasn’t that a treat) and my headache went away. I guess I must have had a sugar/salt/alcohol withdrawal headache or something

  • Janestephenson2003

    Starting it with my partner on Monday, can’t wait to start it. Keep you posted on how were doing x

  • Meghna_aurangabadkar

    Thanks a ton,your information will help me in reducing my weight and burn fats.Thanks for the motivation…………

  • Alison

    I added chilli to the soup which makes it really tasty with a slight kick.

  • Millimoo13

    I have to get this holiday “junk” out of my system. Doing the CSD starting Monday. Shopping and making the soup today. Ready to feel lighter!

  • Happy

    Day 7 and I have lost 11 lbs ,
    This has been a great start to the new year

    Good Soup I like it !

  • Raynor

    Starting tomorrow with my friend, im so excited

  • Aleclanders

    Day one .I am 123 kg ,but will be 90 kg end of March ,will keep you posted

  • Anonymous

    started diet this morning hoping for great results hoping this is the beginning of losing about 50 pounds

  • Ms Chrissty

    lost 3 lbs in first day and i love this soup

  • Ricklynn

    Thanks a lot for this diet, I am sooo looking forward to it but I can’t start until Sunday as I have a pre-planned lunch on Saturday. Will keep you posted.

  • Sue Bartholomew

    I’ve started the diet today and my daughter is joining me so we can keep each other on track. I’m looking forward healthy eating again as over the Christmas period we did indulge, this should give me the kick start we need.

  • Sophieriggs

    ive started the diet yesterday and already find it amazing ive lost 3pound since yesterday morning, iam so pleased iam also doing a lot of walking, rounds up to about 2hrs a day pushing a double buggy with the school run, love it

  • Charlotte

    I start this diet tomorrow. I’ve never done the CSD before but im hooing it will kickstart my metabolism for a change in 2012 : )

  • junerose

    Hi Catherine I started the diet yesterday, to tell you the truth I only had fruits yesterday cause I had just found out about the CSD, I started having the soup today. i followed day 2’s plan. does that still count? i am so looking forward to day 8

  • Monteiromarie

    what i do is to exercise i have joined curves and so a dancersize routine 2 times a week. this keeps my energy level up and i feel more energized.

  • Anonymous

    I am on day 3 of the diet and I eat some liquorice today. Has that set me back to the beginning?

  • I had a life of eating well and working out and remained quite thin then a messy marriage and divorce threw my healthy habits off balance and I gained almost 50 pounds. I couldn’t get my healthy habits back feeling depressed and out of control, lethargic and ashamed because I mean its not as if I didn’t know what to do right? And then I found your diet. I am so grateful! Thank you! This has been just the routine I needed to get back on track. I feel so much better just after days of the diet and it has detoxified my body, cleaned up my taste for unhealthy foods and given me the boost I needed to take control again. I am not worried about the long haul of losing all the weight as I know it will eventually all come off. I just needed a boost. This diet is healthy, you don’t starve and its clean. I haven’t started on the gym just yet, maybe tomorrow but I have a lot more energy and feel in control, as if I’ve got my groove back. Thank you so much Catherine for being generous enough to share your diet and experience so freely with others.

    • Deana

      Lucy, you’ve described my life to a T. i hope i get the same results as you did once i do the diet, and hope to get to my normal life again of proper eating, exercise, and 50 lbs lighter. good luck on your venture to success. i feel like we are sisters, as i’m sure we have so many more siblings out there with the same exact story. helps to know we’re not alone. thank you, to you for sharing, and to Catherine for wanting to help others without necessary praying on their downfalls in order to make money.

  • Deb

    After two days on the diet I lost 1.8kg. Looking forward to the results at the end.

  • Annmarie2004

    I’m starting 2mrw although quite scared and excited lol but will give it a go I’ve tried everything else

  • Anonymous

    Do I still eat the soup onday 4 (bananas and milk day)?

  • hmalik79

    thanx alot for the information and recipe,i have not yet started the csd yet,i will hopfully on monday and let you know how it goes.

  • Martina

    i just started today and cant wait for the results ,am so excited

  • Ms Chrissty

    im on day 4 lost 7 lbs already kinda getting tired of the soup even tho its really good ,batch im making now i changed the ingredients a little , still making it all veggie but changed to already cut up frozen veggies alot less work and can get a variety of veggies that way kinda trying to take the boredom out of it not using any corn or peas tho this is helping my diabetic numbers also great!!

  • Geraldinecormier

    Hi I started my cabbage soup diet today. Will keep you posted. The soup ia delicious!!

  • Zeemirza

    Today is my third day and i feel great!! But uptill now there is no difference in my weight. I hope there will be a big difference after i complete the 7-day cabbage diet!! I hope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cabbage girl

    for day Friday the Banana day can I still eat other friuts or veggies or does it have to be just bananas and soup?

    • cabbage girl

      I ment to put 4th day (which is going to be friday for me)

  • Anonymous

    On the beef and tomatoes day, can I eat fruit and veg as well?

  • Godsgirl_1969

    This is my second day and I am energized! Don’t know if it’s as much the diet as it is that I know I’m finally making some changes. My hubby is a quadriplegic and although he works full time and we have great friends and such, we do end up spending a lot of time at home in the evenings. I’ve developed a steady habit of wine each evening to go with a few cigarettes (I’ve been a closet smoker for probably 10 years.) Well, since I can’t have my wine, which makes me want another cig, I’ve prayed about it and know this is the time to re-arrange my habits/priorities. I did not smoke before work this morning, and I feel fabulous. I’m very excited about 2012. Thank you for sharing the diet and your secrets. By the way, I think I’ll continue to have the soup for a daily meal exchange after I’m finished with the seven days. It actually isn’t bad, I seasoned with cayenne, parsley, garlic powder, and beef/onion dry soup mix.

  • Anonymous

    Currently on day 5! Going really well. Day 4 was great. I blended the soup and added some skim milk & chipolte to it. It was like a whole new soup!! I do miss cheese though 🙂

  • Prkel

    Today is my first day on this diet and I am having a hard time eating this soup. I was able to eat 1/2 bowl of soup but I am not sure if I can do this. I don’t think I can stomach it. Each mouth full I eat I feel like I am going to throw up. I like raw vegetables, I dislike cooked vegetables. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    • If you have a blender, you can blend the soup and drink it cold, like its a juice puree, if that helps at all

  • Loperslady10

    I started the diet Mon 1/9/12 and as of 11:30 a.m. yesterday I’ve lost 3 lbs! Days 1 & 2 were the hardest, but now I’m @ day 5 and I feel Great! This diet was definately the right choice to help me get back on track w/ healthy eating & exercise! I plan on doing this once a month til I reach my goal weight, and afterwards once every 3 mo just to cleanes my system. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this info! I’ve posted the link on my Facebook page & have several friends planning on doing the diet.

  • C4anthony

    i just saying if i way 200 pounds and i want to loose 30lbs.Will one week of this work for me and how long should i stay on it.

    • One week will help. This is not a long term diet and you shouldnt use this to lose 30pounds.

  • Dbridgewater

    i am not able to start until after next week end…. have to go out of town and it would be impossible to eat the soup all day soooo I will be starting next week… I am kind of excited and nervious all the same. I just need a kick start to get me back on track

  • Anonymous

    Day 7 and I have failed!! I’ve been so good for the 6 day, why did I do it?!! Got tempted by a homemade pasty 0:( . So close and it’s gone down the pan!!

  • Chaye711

    Will start the diet by next month once i’ve started my son on bottle feeds. Hope to get great results. Will keep you posted!

  • Margaret

    Hello!I am very happy after first day of this diet.I am only more concern how do I start every morning,eating what?coffe or tea,o,key but ?what else,don’t telle me that I can start by cabbage soup?do I?


    • Coffee and tea with skim milk are OK. Eat your soup for breakfast! 🙂

  • Jenn

    I’m on day 7 find out my total loss of weight 2morrow hope its good fingers crossed! xx

  • Anonymous

    im starting 2morrow. am excited. and not sure what i got myself into. ive been off sugar for about 3 weeks, so maybe this wont be too hard. im going to miss my americano’s. making the soups now!

    • Americano is a coffee, isnt it? You can still have black coffee and skim milk this week, if that helps

      • Anonymous

        thanks. i had the americano black. skim milk will taste as bad as black. i want the cream. so i’ll just wait a few more days.

  • Jenn

    Weigh-in day! Stuck to my diet as much as I could quite proud of myself actually cause it can be easy to slip! So my total weight loss for last weeks diet is 7 1/2 lbs (I did hope for more) but I’m quite happy with that!! xxxx

  • Tleach

    I am starting the diet today and hoping to see some good results…

  • Sara Hamrick

    I lost 5 pounds on my 4th day, but after 7th day all you can eat rice I gained back. So for seven day I lost only 2 pounds. Can I start this diet again?

  • Kishiawatson

    I’ve not yet started the csd bt have already bought the ingredients to make it…I prolly wont start it til closer 2 the end of this wk bt am very excited to do so…i will def. Let u no how it works 4 me bt if I want 2 keep on the diet for a wk more would it b ok 2 do so if I add protien to the soup? Thx a bunch…..kishia

  • Mrschi1231

    Hello fellow CSD’s. I have started my first day and as u all know its not easy but I am determined to finish it. Good luck CSD’s!

    • Anonymous

      i just finished day 2. hang in there. i had a head ache most of the day. i think it was hunger and it went away after i had my potato at dinner. just eat your soup every 3 hours.

  • Roz

    I’m on day four and I feel great, lot’s of energy. Putting the soup in the blender and drinking it was a great idea it taste great. I just had to heat it up as I couldn’t drink it cold. I haven’t cheated and I hope at the end of the week I see good results in my weight as good as I feel if not I’ll try it again in two weeks. What a pick me upper. Thank you


    Thank you Catherine….I am starting the diet tomorrow with my hubby…will let you know how it goes!

  • Sburress52

    i hve lost four pounds in the first week of my cabbage soup and i feel great. i am now on my second week and feeling great, will keep u updated each week. thanks spicy

  • Anonymous

    just made it through day 2. super head ache today. aaaagh. but it went away after the potato. was wondering; on day 4 when i’m supposed to have the skim milk; can it be soy or almond? cause im lactose intolerant. so that much milk might bother me.

    • Yes, you can do soy or almond. It msut be plain flavor, and look for the lowest fat and lowest added sugars.

  • Anonymous

    am worried that the beef on day 5 and 6 will constipate me. is there a reason beef is the first choice for meat? as opposed to chicken and fish? could we mix (have beef for bk; chicken for lunch; fish for dinner??

    • Beef contains a lot of protein, but so does chicken and fish. You can skip the beef if you’d like to, no problem with that! And yes, you can mix them!

  • Soniadrew

    Thank you, I made my soup tonight , yummie, half regulat and half spice, here goes , Sonia xx Dublin , Ireland

  • Lunaladee

    I lost 97 lbs. on my own, no diets, no gyms, in fact not even much actual ‘exercise’… I just revamped how, what & when I eat, and, I do not sit for more than a half hour without getting up and moving — doesn’t have to be strenuous or long, as little as 5 minutes in a spurt. BUT, even tho’ this worked fabulously for me for a year+, I have reached a plateau. Still 25 lbs overweight, I need to try something new – and am hoping the cabbage soup diet will do the trick! Any suggestions on getting off this plateau will be greatly appreciated 🙂 Thanks!

  • ETokar

    Thank you, this diet looks very easy, will start Monday

  • Sandra J

    Thank you for taking the time to email me. I am now in day 2 .

  • Mikallfreeman

    Starting Monday…What I get from this is I will be losing water weight. Exercise will be enforced..

    • this is a short term diet that should catapult you into something more long term. It is not the final solution.

  • Sandra J

    I am now in day three (Fruits and Veggies).

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  • fred

    I have started on Monday,today is thusday and already feel great. I go to gym every day and come home and have my soup & veggies and have a lots of energy. My wife is getting jealous of me.

  • Anonymous

    hey can we use red cabbage for soup?

  • Pamfitches

    Uh oh. Day 2, I just ‘cheated’ with a spoon full of cottage cheese on my leafy green & tomato salad. Cottage cheese is white! Is this a call for ‘start overs?’

    • For just Day 2, and if it really was a single spoonful, you’ll probably be alright. But, for the soup week, stick to the 7 day plan. If its not ON the list, you cant have it!

  • Mary

    I started the diet yesterday at 72.5 kg and this morning I weigh 71.4 kg, so that has encouraged me!
    I did this diet last year and went from 78kg to 73kg and then reduced further but post Christmas and having a back injury I felt the weight creeping back on. This sheet is really useful and keeps me focused, Thank you

  • Sunflowersara

    Hi, I started the CSD yesterday and immediately lost loads of water – possibly because I’m drinking so much water – but I feel so much better for it already. Wasn’t looking forward to Day 2 as I didn’t fancy veggies for breadfast! I tried carrot sticks, celery, red pepper and a green salad along with my soup and I actually felt really full :0) I’m really looking forward to my Jacket Potato for evening meal!!

  • Sarah

    Started diet today, soup is yummy but I’m worried about day 4, I hate Bananas and Papayas, this day is supposed to lesson my desire for sweets, will it matter if I just eat soup, drink soya milk and eat other fruits? I really could not eat a banana.

  • Patricia

    My soup is simmering on the stove as I write this so my first serving will be dinner. I’ve had 3 mandarin oranges and a few dried figs for breakfast and a great apple and fennel juice for lunch. Plenty of water and I shopped the Farmer’s Market for organic fruits and veggies this morning and carried maybe 10# back to the car. Everything on hand is suitable for this week’s meal plan!

    My mini stepper and 2 dog walks a day should keep things rolling.

    74 and looking at another 20 years after I lose 60# this year.

    • Venkata Parimala

      can any one just tell me the process what to do and how to do…

  • Anonymous

    I’m starting the diet tomorrow. Also plan on spinning every day. Hoping to lose at least 7lbs. Will send you an update very soon. Shiam,

  • Msbbmiller

    I am going to get everything I need after church tomorrow so I can start the diet on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. I will report my success – yes, I’m sure it will be a success.

  • Sailgurl37

    I’m going to fix the soup tonight and start tomorrow but I had a question. When cutting up the green onions do you include the green part are just the onion bulb?

  • TC

    How long should one wait to start the cabbage soup diet again, after week one?

  • Alvira Saralina


    Hi Catherine thanks alot for sharing you diet with us. I’ve started today and hoping to get good results because i’ve tried everything and doesn’t work.

    at first i felt a little dizzy but as recommended by you if you feel hungery or dizzy just eat your food and i drink my cranberry juice or water then it all goes away.

    i will keep you up dated on my last day cant wait i now it will work.

    many thanks,

  • Shar

    Well this is not for everybody, but I clean houses everyday and it keeps me mobile and busy. Thats along with taking care of my own home and other chores. I try to stay on my feet as much as I can. I’m seventy and healthy and want to stay that way. I retire early in the evening and arise early in the morning, I spend at least 2 hrs in devotions with my Lord,(asking for help to stick to the cabbage soup diet) and than I begin my day.( with cabbage soup)

  • Laurenmelhado1

    Started duet today the soup is very nice I like it but it’s only day 1 I’m sure in 6 days time I will be fed up of seeing it, I am not going to weigh myself I’m going to go on how my clothes feel will keep you posted

  • Jennie Marie 12

    I started this diet yesterday and let me tell you, all that fruit gave me a headache! I think it was all the natural sugar and my head didn’t like it. I kinda felt like I was just eating candy all day. But thank God that’s over I can eat some veggies now which are my favorite! I’m already feeling lighter! Day 2 and going strong! Good luck to everyone else!

  • Mhughes1967

    Hi everyone….. I’ve started this csd today…. I tried last year, love, love love the soup, but could NOT handle the gas…. I’m trying again and have vowed to do all seven days! Wish me luck…. Anybody else with the same problem?


    Hi Catherine thanks for sharing the diet i’ll be starting it next week and cant wait to see the results i’ll keep you posted on how i do.

  • FG

    I eat a lot of carrots on the veggie days. Is it ok? Plus can I eat yogurt during my diet? I also take black tea with skimmed milk 3 times a day (I cannot live without it), is it very bad?

    • Black tea and skimmed milk is okay! Black coffee is okay, too. Do not have yogurt! Have as many carrots as you’d like!

  • Jessica

    Hey, I am now on the third day of my diet.. the first 2 days were pretty hard and i found it hard to be eating the soup all day long… i hope that it will work!!! Will keep you posted on the last day to let you know how it went!!!!


  • Rholland36

    Thanks Catherine,
    I am getting all my groceries together now. Just got back from Costco with a carload!
    Since I am almost 80 yrs. old, and live alone, I have contracted a next door neighbor, who i s a terrific cook, to cook one meal a day for me. When I told her about the diet, she is going to try it same time I do. Probably starting this coming Monday.
    Thanks again,
    Roy H.

  • DJB

    I am getting ready to start on saturday. I am going out tomorrow to got all my supplies. I just hope I can stick with it. I need something to get me started in the right direction. I need to loose about 40 pounds.

  • Brittanylachelle12

    i havent started yet but im really excited does it really work?

    • Yesss! Read the comments on the blog and join us on Facebook, youll hear good stuff!

      • Ruhan

        HI Catherine

        What would happen if i only eat as much soup as possible during the seven days and not follow the eating plan u supplied. With all the veggies, fruite etc. JUst soup morning, arvy and night? and ofcourse water?

        • You wont lose as much weight, you’ll be irritable, tired, cranky, and BORED. Eat the veggies and fruits too!

  • Armychick309

    Me and my husband are going to start the diet on Monday and i can’t stand peppers. Do I have to eat them to be successful at this diet?

  • Priya

    hi catherine , thank you for the soup diet, i would like to know is it normal to have head ache when you are doing this 7 days diet

  • Nathalie

    You guys are brilliant, thanks fore sharing the wisdom. My Mom got me into this.

  • Graffittisoul

    Day 1 of Cabbage diet for my husband and I. He loves the soup. I make mine really tastey with rosemary and garlic added.

  • Anonymous

    I have strated mine today the soup is so great. what i want to know is can i have my soup as breakfast then in between i snack with fruit if is day 1 at lunch i have my soup again and during snack with fruit again and at night have a sop again, will it work and can i drink a green tea?

  • Anonymous

    i have started mine today and im looking foward to the 8th day. what i want to know is that can i have my soup as breakfast then snack with the fruit if is day 1 and have soup again for lunch and snack again with a fruit and in the evening have my soup again? is it advisable to drink green tea during the diet

  • Gangasundas

    hi!today i started the diet but it really test horrible..pls suggest me how to change the taste as after eating i had a vomiting sensation

  • Sof91

    I started the diet yesterday.. I don’t have much weight to lose, (I’m 8st 11 and want to be around 8 stone.) Weighed myself this morning (Day 2) and I’ve dropped 4 pounds already (probably a nice detox after holidays!) already finding it hard as I’ve got severe headaches but I am drinking 3 litres of water a day. Will stick to it but my head is killing me! Hope I will reach my target!

    • Take some asprin!! You CAN keep drinking coffee and tea, so if stopping has given you a headache, drink up! 🙂 (Just dont add sugar)

  • Zee

    I have started today with 167,5 ib. Wish me luck

  • Barbbabbs

    Soups made ready to go!

  • Eileen Delaney

    Hi Im Eileen, I lost 7 and a half stone a few years ago but have put up around 2. stone So I need to act now to tackle it before it gets out of control. Today is day 1. Keep u posted.

  • Dorah

    I FINALLY started my cabbage-soup diet today but when it came to eating I suddenly got confused:

    1. Do I drink only the soup or do I eat also the cooked vegetables?
    2. Do I take the soup for breakfast, lunch and supper?
    3. I love lemon, so Am I allowed to squeeze lemon in my unsweetened tea?

    I am really looking forward to the next six days!!!

    • 1. Eat all of it! That would be some lame soup otherwise!
      2. Yes!
      3. Yes! 🙂

  • jacqui

    hi catherine am about to start my CSD am just wondering if smoking is prohibited during this 7 day course?

  • Raymond Ambrogio

    In two days I already lost 2 kilos.

  • Nawalgardenia

    Will this diet bring good results without working out?

    • Yes, detoxing your body will bring results. I usually take the week off when I do this diet 😉

  • Sue Con55

    im starting diet today watch this space

  • Jodikendrick

    I just started day 3 and when I weighed it said I gained 1.8 lb. This is a little upsetting. Is this normal?

    • Very normal! As women, our cycles have a lot to do with it, as does not drinking enough water. Make sure you’re having 8-10 glasses per day! Just keeping going, you’re doing great.

    • Very normal! As women, our cycles have a lot to do with it, as does not drinking enough water. Make sure you’re having 8-10 glasses per day! Just keeping going, you’re doing great.

    • Deb

      I was just curious as to how the rest of your week went. I thought I was doing good…did everything as listed….but when the beef was added in….I gained 1 1/2lbs. How did you do?

  • Pbrandt1955

    where is day 4 through day 7 ?

  • Lisa

    I am on day 5 today I must say at the beggining I thought I was not loosing that much. I weighed myself yesterday I have lost 2.1kg hoping for atleast 4kg off by the end of day 7…
    I really do not like the taste of the soup I literally have to force myself through it, does it have a bad effect if you have less?

  • Tom Crillo

    “Remember, on your Cabbage Soup week, we skipped anything white or bleached for the whole week…and tell me, didn’t you feel great?”

    Are’nt potatoes on day three considered white?

    • You can only have 1 potato on Day 2, it helps w/the carb cravings. You may not eat potato or yam any other time.

  • Jennabird86

    I am on day two. Can I have ONE pickle or is it too much salt?

    • If it stops you from eating the whole jar, have one, but really, for best results, skip the pickles.

  • Deb

    I started today. YEAH! For me. The soup is really GOOD, my hubbie actually had some. One question: Can you have the fruit cups that are packed in water/no sugar added?

    • No, they will have preserving agents and some unnatural ingredients. Plus, even if it doesnt say “sugar” it will probably have some sort of sweetener disguised with an odd word. Best to eat fresh stuff this week!

  • does it really works?

  • Crazybunny20884

    Hi please I want to ask about cranberry juice ,is it ok to drink ocean spray light cranberry juice? Because it contains sucralose(sweetener)

  • Crazybunny20884

    Hi please I want to ask about cranberry juice ,is it ok to drink ocean spray light cranberry juice? Because it contains sucralose(sweetener)

    • If you’re doing this as a cleanse to lose the most weight possible, skip the cranberry, otherwise the one you got is fine!

  • MZNEKA25

    I hate tomato’s. What can i substitute them with?

  • Maha Wadood

    can u tell me wat to add in tis cabbbage soup only cabbage?

  • Eve

    When doing this diet do I lose weight in fat or do I just lose liquids?
    If I have a balanced and healthy diet after I finish the CSD do I regain the weight? It is used to be said that crush diet make you gain the same and extra weight right away.

    Thank you

  • Shajarnis

    I started the cabbage soup diet yesterday and I feel fine. I want to continue for 7 days and see the result. I want to loose only 2 KG.

  • Shantal !

    Hi !
    Im starting the diet on wednesday .. and i have 60 lbs to lose can i do it twice a month ?

  • Mama4six

    I was totally pumped to do this diet (I love cabbage soup), then I had my first day yesterday and I felt awful all day! My head was pounding and my tummy was super bloated, it was pretty discouraging. I cheated and ate two eggs and some cheese and immediately felt better. I also had some nuts in the evening and that worked well too. This morning I ate a huge salad but I added hemp and eggs (no dressing). Do you think if I modify the diet a wee bit by adding a bit of protein such as eggs, nuts and hemp in the morning and skip on the potato that I’ll get similar results? I don’t think I can go that low (I have six kiddos home all day) and need some energy….

  • Patina3

    Can you use vinegar on the veggies?

  • Anonymous

    How do I keep my blood sugar from getting so low? I take meds for diabetes and I am worried that I will get really shakey and weak if my blood sugar gets low.

  • Deb

    I am a bit confused as to what we eat for day 7. Please explain further. Today was day 5, am down 5lb. Hooray for me!!

  • Christineayoade

    can I use frozen vegatable on the 2nd day

  • Berniebepper

    I just started the CSD. I love the soup. I need self control because I love to snack. I’m hoping for the best with my new endreavor.
    Thank you for this wonderful, delicious diet.

  • Jmhurlock

    Hi, I just started this is my second day. So far, I’m doing great. I don’t feel hungry. I added a little to much ceyenne pepper, but it’s still great. I had tried this many years ago. It wasn’t as good, so bland. Needless to say I only lastest a few days. I’ll let you know how I do.

  • The fat one

    i am starting this diet today. the soup from your recipe is brewing as we speak. thank you for helping me take this step! ill keep you updated on my progress!

  • Johnjozeftimbol

    Hi cath, Can i used an artificial sweetener for my tea and coffee togethe wither csd? Thanks:)

    • Nothing artifical this week!! Use skim milk or lemon, thats it

  • Jmajercakova

    Great soup. I have put a spoon of worchester souce in it with fresh thyme. Cooked it in a faster cooker … All well cooked in fifteen min and tastes fantastic… Ps.. With a spoon of worchester and a bit of thyme, you do not need to add any salt at all….

  • Milly Gafah

    l’ve really burn some fat and loss about 5 pound aminwith 4 days of my cabbage soup dieting. am so grateful.

  • NannylouG

    Made my pot of soup Wednesday after work and had some for supper. Followed the diet Thursday as day 1 and when I got up today (Friday) I had lost 5.2 lbs since Wednesday morning. THERE is my incentive to keep going!!!
    Tonight will be a challenge because I’m meeting the girls for happy hour. They are supportive and will cheer me as I drink my water and eat steamed veggies instead of drinking wine and eating bar food (that’s what got me here!!!)
    I’ve done other quick-start diets and I’m successful but always gain it back. This time I’m already focusing on what I will do AFTER the seven days to keep my metabolism going!

  • Schleichers

    Dear CatherineSoup, Gave you my email address (which you’ve obviously received), late last week, asking for your free book – waited 20mins, no email response – checked “spam” folder, still no email re the free book. Did I hit the wrong button ? Or is it really coming ?

  • Tshepisto

    Hi! i have started this cabbage soup and im on the sixth day and i see a great loss .Thanx

  • kathieann

    Havenot started yet. How does this work if you have to stop for one day in the middle of the seven days. In other words if you start on Monday and can’t do Friday should you wait until you have seven days straight or resume on Saturday??

  • Vista0212

    Hi Catherine, thanks for your guidance and encouragement. I started my diet today and looking forward to the end results. How come you said avoid white and we are having a baked potato on Tuesday night? I love baked potatoes, I am just curious! Thanks, vista0212

    • You need some of the naturally occuring low levels of carbs in potatoes and other veggies. What we dont need are the TONS of carbs that most people have – and dont burn off – in the form of pizza pasta and breads

  • Winning

    Added chili powder to the soup to zest it up. It turned out so well my wife also really enjoyed it. Peppers are great for the digestive system and, increase your metabolism. I would suggest adding black pepper to your food for increased metabolism. Check out the great benefits of adding black pepper to your diet.

  • Mevans94

    Just finished day 1. It was a little hard, all I wanted to eat was everything I can’t!!! But I am really looking forward to the sweet potatoe I am going to have tomorrow (potatoe substitute). And then the bananas in the next few days ad well! I’m really hoping I cab stick to this! Wish me luck! 😀


  • Izzy Jennings84

    I added different veg such as asparagus and chilli, I also cooked the soup for 2 hours is that ok? It seemed a bit mushy and I was hoping that the cabbage won’t have lost it’s ability to burn calories in the digestion process

  • Izzy Jennings84

    I added different veg such as asparagus and chilli, I also cooked the soup for 2 hours is that ok? It seemed a bit mushy and I was hoping that the cabbage won’t have lost it’s ability to burn calories in the digestion process

  • Brenda Mkhabela

    I have to say the Cabbage Soup diet was the best diet i’ve being and feel great afterwards,the energy is treamedeous it worth the seven days.

  • Dody J.

    I have had both hips replaced and can’t walk very well now. I do 3 min at a time, 10 times a day to get my 30 min of exercise per day on my Bowflex TredClimber. I also believe it helps keep my metabolism revving all day !!!!!!!!!!

  • Dody J.

    I have had both hips replaced and can’t walk very well now. I do 3 min at a time, 10 times a day to get my 30 min of exercise per day on my Bowflex TredClimber. I also believe it helps keep my metabolism revving all day !!!!!!!!!!

  • nqobs

    Im starting my diet on Monday , cant wait !

  • Richhasharma

    4th day on the soup diet and i have not lost any weight

    • For many the weight doesnt come off until the end. Day 4 is also a bad day to weigh in because of the bananas and milk. Make sure you’re having 3-4 big servings of soup per day, plus 8-10 big glasses of water, and NO salt!!

  • Victor

    Does it hurt to add taste to the soup ? My brother said that it would work slower if i did. Any Tips ?

  • Tlowry06

    Hi there i started on saturday 3days in n i feel great can feel that am lossing a bit of weight. keep you posted

  • Tshepisto28

    I have completed my days and ifeel great and i want to continue

  • les

    hi ifollowed the csd but only lost 5lb, what could be the cause why i did not lost the 10 t0 15 lb. awaiting your advice

    • Most people lose 3-10 pounds, so you’re right on track!

  • Ayesha

    its my wedding after a month n i want to lose about 7 to 8 KGs, can i repeat CSD after a gap of two weeks??

  • Tara

    I’m on day 4 only 1 pound down not sure what i’m doing wrong!
    and on top of that i’ve been burning 500 cals a day.
    So I got upset and ate really bad today.

    • Day 4 is a horrible day to weigh in since you’re having the banana and milk… if you had stayed with it, you wouldve lost some later on in the week.

      If you have trouble sticking with diets in general – even this weeklong one – I honestly use medical hypnosis programs from the Hypnosis Network to stick to them, and it works so well… my personal review is on my site, and if you’re interested, click through the links there for more info.

  • Kevhanna

    Can you take the cabbage diet again…say like a few weeks done the road to lose more weight??

  • Lonie

    Started diet on Mon checked my weight then 🙁 it’s now Wed morning and popped on just to see – 3 lbs off. 😀 Love it when the results are as quick, what other motivation do you need. Thanks Catherine for sharing

  • Gi

    Can we have any coffee?

    • Yes yes yes! LOL. I couldnt ever follow a diet that didnt allow a cuppa! 🙂 Have it without sugar, and use skim milk only or drink it black

  • Melanie

    I am on day four and lost 10 pounds so far. i was just getting sick of the soup till i stepped on the scale. now i am reenergized!!

  • JimPrice47

    On my fourth day of CSD and have lost 11 lbs.! I really like to use Mrs. Dash Original in my cabbage soup recipe.

    • Nurse Samantha2009

      i used mrs. dash salt free and it made my soup realllly spicy…not a fan of it.

  • Kateryna

    what happens if you only eat the soup, without the rest of the foods? and what if you grind it up, would it still be alright to eat?

    • Youll be irritable, hungry, bored, and you wont lose as much weight. 🙂 Eat the other items. Yes, blend the soup if you’d like to.

    • Youll be irritable, hungry, bored, and you wont lose as much weight. 🙂 Eat the other items. Yes, blend the soup if you’d like to.

  • Ekelly_13039

    Today is my last day of the diet..I can’t wait for my brown seems just as you crave something it’s allowable the following day which is nice…the banana day was hardest for me due to liking variety but I pushed through! I lost exactly 10 pounds unless more are to be lost today! I feel great and I think I will keep cabbage soup around for those days I just feel like eating constantly!

    • Joroma S

      I worked so hard on this diet and ate all the soup. Had to leave a little for my last day which is today. I didn’t do well like you did. I cheated and weighed myself every morning and the first 3 days I lost 3 lb. Then when I had the bananas I ate 6 and mixed it with milk as I don’t like milk so I had a banana shake and it was ok. Next day I had gained a lb back. I ate chicken and 2 tomatoes and next was steak and leafy greens. Well on day 6 all I’ve lost is 3 lbs and I’ve worked so hard. Exercised vigorously every morning, went for a bike ride, walked…and still feel awful, especially around the mid section. Right now I’m having the last of the soup and brown rice with veggies mixed in. Wonder what I did wrong that others haven’t done????

    • Joroma S

      I worked so hard on this diet and ate all the soup. Had to leave a little for my last day which is today. I didn’t do well like you did. I cheated and weighed myself every morning and the first 3 days I lost 3 lb. Then when I had the bananas I ate 6 and mixed it with milk as I don’t like milk so I had a banana shake and it was ok. Next day I had gained a lb back. I ate chicken and 2 tomatoes and next was steak and leafy greens. Well on day 6 all I’ve lost is 3 lbs and I’ve worked so hard. Exercised vigorously every morning, went for a bike ride, walked…and still feel awful, especially around the mid section. Right now I’m having the last of the soup and brown rice with veggies mixed in. Wonder what I did wrong that others haven’t done????

      • Mmgates86

        Youre probably not eating enough caolories if you are vigorously exercising on this diet. Your body will hold onto everything if it thinks you are starving. Try eating more. You want 1200 cals a day minimum and more if you are working out. Each batch of soup is around 900 cals so if it takes you 3 days to finish the soup then thats only accounting for 300 cals a day. Try eating a lot more fruits and veggies and of course meat on meat days. And always drink more water! I lost 10 pounds on this plan and i tried eating at least something every hour and drinking a gallon of water a day.

  • Tom Blais

    Catherine, I really don’t like milk. Not even any of the soy substitutes. What can I drink instead?

  • Callumandholly2011

    Second day of my CSD and I’ve lost 4lbs since yesterday!! X

  • Rolisha

    Can you add chicken into the cabbage soup or no meat until the days it say to eat meat?

    • Only on the meat days, but on those days you can put it in your soup if youd like.

    • Janet

      Hi, I am on my third day of the soup diet, from my understanding, you can not add any protein in to the soup.

  • Ralphandlynn

    hi im on my third day and going strong and yes i do feel loads better and i love the soup and so dose my daughter as she as just brought me three shopping bags of veg to make her some
    thanks lynn cooper

  • Donna

    I’m on day 5. I’ve lost 4 pounds, but I’m happy about that. I hope to lose a few more before it’s all done. I have realized that the days without fruit are hardest for me. It seems I have a sweet tooth. Today I added 5 calorie tea to one of my waters, just to have something sweet. I think this diet will be the kick-start I really needed. Filet mignon tonight!

  • Bernadet

    Ok I lost 3 pounds in the first 2 days and then the day of banana I didn’t drink any milk but insted I had a big yougert drink at night with my soup and yesterday I had stack with tomato and onions and no soup at all I was not home .:( I got so hungry thou at night I had couple fruits and today I had broccoli and beef from panda Nd iam about to have my soup the sad part is that I gain those 3 pounds back and iam still the same weight should I do it for another week 🙁 I am not fat I weight 125 and iam 5’6 but I really want go down to 110 you think its possible what should I do did I really screwed up 🙁
    ( iam so sad that I did not lost even a pound plz help meeee

    • If you have a yogurt drink that is more than just yogurt, thats the problem. Added coloing, flavor, etc. Anything from Panda has added salt, added fat, coloring, dyes, etc.
      The problem may be your weight. This is usually a diet for much heavier people.

  • John

    today is my last day, soup was great as i spiced it up a lot! to the day i lost 16 lbs and i feel great. i did my longest stint on the treadmill in a long time, i could have kept going but time didn’t allow! but i will keep going back to this, i loved the steak part of it, made me feel great. gives me a whole new look on what to eat and not to eat.

  • sharon

    Hi what if I don’t like bananas and milk. What can I supplement Day 4 with?

    • Instead of bananas, have kiwi, papaya, or apricot. Instead of milk, have soy milk or a couple servings of high protein, no fat yogurt

  • Lcarvery

    I’m on Day 4.. going well.. down 3.5 lbs (I had hoped for more by now though). Today is my favourite day.. I love bananas and making a smoothie with them, milk and cinnamon is yummy!! However, I’ve found that I am freezing all the time… is that normal??

    • I havent heard that before and am not a doctor.. The hot soup should warm you up..Hm… if you get too uncomfortable, Id discontinue the diet.

  • Karen

    I’m on Day 3 and do not like the soup. I made the original recipe and barely got through Day 1. Yesterday I made a soup with just cabbage and got through it a lot better. However now I have a lot of Cabbage Soup. Can I blend it and drink it instead or does it have to be eaten like a soup/stew?

    Also thank goodness for the potato last night- I have been looking forward to that for a few days now!!! 🙂

    • Karen

      I know the veggies in the soup recipe are good for me, but if I can’t blend it, will just the Cabbage soup be okay?

      • Have the veggies too 🙂

        • Karen

          I blended it and it’s a little better…

          It brings up a question though, in the FAQ you say to eat 2-3 bowls of soup every day (except the last 2 days, the 7 day plan says at least once) – how much is considered a bowl? Now that I’ve blended it, I’m drinking it in a glass and I’m wondering how many glasses to drink daily (at least). If it helps at all, I’m drinking out of a 16-18 oz coffee mug.

    • sure thing, blend it up! whatever gets you to eat the most of it, go ahead and do that!

    • Karen

      If the soup is hard to stomach, will I not lose weight if I don’t eat a lot of it? So far on this diet I’ve eaten a lot more fruits and veggies than the soup, is that okay? Also I weighed myself last night and didn’t see any difference…. is this diet a lost cause for me?

      • The soup is the fat burner, you need at least 3 huge servings per day

    • Karen

      If the soup is hard to stomach, will I not lose weight if I don’t eat a lot of it? So far on this diet I’ve eaten a lot more fruits and veggies than the soup, is that okay? Also I weighed myself last night and didn’t see any difference…. is this diet a lost cause for me?

  • Lin4james

    I thank you for your support and Im on beef and tomatoe day and going strong. Actually I think I have not been eating enough. Tomorrow is steak day…cant wait! can I have A1 sauce. prob not.
    I will check out the video because Im am so serious on what I am trying to do.

  • Rconwell

    I started this on Monday and as of this morning, Saturday, I have lost six pounds. I have done this diet numerous times, but I really like that this recipe uses the Lipton soup and mushrooms. The one I used a few years ago didn’t. With the soup and mushrooms I was more willing to eat more. My hope is that I’ll have a miraculous four pound loss come Monday morning, but even if I don’t I now have the inspiration to keep loosing.


  • Suli_valesente

    Dear Catherine,
    I am breastfeeding and my baby is 6 months old now. I need to loose about 40 – 50 lbs. Is this diet SAFE to do while breasfeeding. I know women who breasfeeding needed more calories, but I really want to loose that extra 40 – 50 lbs before June. Thank you and I am looking forward to your response.

    • No, it is not advisable. If you’re really interested though, as the baby gets older, call your doctor to see when its OK to start the diet program

      • Suli_valesente

        Thank you Catherine, I will do just as you said. God Bless you!

      • Suli_valesente

        Thank you Catherine, I will do just as you said. God Bless you!

  • Jeffphillips1

    I just finished my CSD and I only lost 7lbs. That might not be as much other people have lost, but I have had alot of trouble losing weight, so I’m thankful for my 7lbs that I don’t have to carry around anymore. I didn’t cheat any and I drank at least 8 glasses of water every day.

  • Grahammckelvie

    day 5 says chicken or beef with tomatoes but can you have veg and fruit as well

  • Sugaroe55

    Hi, began the diet and by day 3 I had lost 4lbs. which was awesome but the weekend came and I gave into eating other foods like half a burrito, French fries, and chicken fingers within the entire weekend oh and not to forget the huge Margarita I had Saturday night for St. Patrick’s day! Ugh! I feel awful! My question is do I start over from day 1 or do I continue from where I left off?? Help!

  • Missmonroeproductions

    Good diet to get you motivated in the right direction! I follow Isabel de Los Rios and Mike Geary and have already been implementing their vast knowledge, but Katherine’s soup plan was EASY to follow. I did cheat a little by adding a little calcium (mozzarella cheese in a caprese salad) on day 3 and 4, but skipped over the bananas and milk (don’t like either) and am still showing progressive weight loss. I plan on doing this diet at least 3 to 5 times a year to help keep my body in tune. Thanks, Katherine!

  • Kptalk2me

    I am on day seven. I made it! I do fell better and my soup was very good. I am going to weigh myself tonight to see how much I have lost. I know this diet works, but I am much older now and on lots of medication.

  • Traci

    I feel like I did not have the success in weight- loss that I thought I would I stuck to the meal plan and I lost only 4 lbs. After being so diligent for the whole week I’ll admit I was disappointed.

  • Mariya cathrin

    i wantthe recipe to cook cabbage soup

  • A L Berry05

    Hi! I’m little confused… What do you mean 7 days? Is that mean I have eat soup for 7 days plus 5 meals a day????

    • Its a 7 day diet, you eat the soup as your 3 main meals for 7 days.

  • Jennifer_taylor_2001

    I got the diet instructions in my email….but it doesnt have the ingredients listed on how to make the cabbage soup…is it just water and cabbage?

  • Can you take a diuretic while on this diet?

    • Not sure if you’d need it, with all the water and soup most people go quite often. If it is for a medication or something, give your doctor a quick call

  • Tetti41

    I stuck to the cabbage soup diet for seven days and lots 1 pound. I followed it to the T and nothing happed for me.

  • Mzomaile

    Today is day 6 for me and I have lost 14 lbs. I’ve tRied so many diets and no results. I love this diet. My family is doing the biggest loser contest and we started back in Feb. and the last day to weigh in is in 2 days. I’m so excited and hope I can lose more so I can win this! Thank u so much for sharing.

  • Lynzstratton

    On day 4 now. Lost 6lbs so far 🙂 Not looking forward to tomorrow mind….

  • Marytw3

    Catherine my husband and I are going to start the diet tomorrow, what if any thing do we eat with the soup or is it just the soup on day one?

  • Marytw3

    Catherine my husband and I are going to start the diet tomorrow, what if any thing do we eat with the soup or is it just the soup on day one?

  • Barry J. Lawson

    Hi Catherine,
    The cabbage diet was successfull in the week ive lost 5kilos hopefully i can hold most of that off in the future…
    I would recommend this diet for those wishing to lose weight quickly as it makes me feel much better…
    Barry Lawson

  • Barry J. Lawson

    Hi Catherine,
    The cabbage diet was successfull in the week ive lost 5kilos hopefully i can hold most of that off in the future…
    I would recommend this diet for those wishing to lose weight quickly as it makes me feel much better…
    Barry Lawson

  • Kaqueen2000

    I have the soup cooked and ready to eat but now I find I am confused.
    Do I eat all the vegetables or just drink the soup?

  • Geethark04


  • Nhewlin

    I am on day 4 and have lost 5 lbs already. the first day was the hardest so far. for some reason the soup didn’t taste very good and I was so worried thinking how am I going to last a week eating this stuff but day 2 the soup was absolutely amazing.
    I am just wondering if I were to make banana shakes today would it be okay to put a bit of cinnamon or vanilla extract in with it?
    also is asparagus a good vegetable to eat grilled with some pepper on it?

    • Cinnamon yes, vanilla no! Asparagus is a great veggie!

  • Grandmahoney

    I lost 4 lbs,not did not cheat and on this diet I starved and had a lot of headache and blood sugar went way to low,not a good diet and bet you don’t post this one.

    • Actually your post is already here and will stay. I leave ALL comments, neg and pos so that people can share their experiences.

      You shouldnt “starve” on this diet and you shouldnt even get hungry. You should STUFF yourself with 3-4 big servings per day and as much fruits and veggies as you should eat. The more you eat, the more you lose.

      Also, If you are a diabetic or have blood sugar issues, you shouldnt have done the diet at all…those warnings are all over the site.

      If you had questions, I wish you wouldve asked and I couldve helped you to be satisfied and comfortable. Best luck as you continue to your path of health.

    • Actually your post is already here and will stay. I leave ALL comments, neg and pos so that people can share their experiences.

      You shouldnt “starve” on this diet and you shouldnt even get hungry. You should STUFF yourself with 3-4 big servings per day and as much fruits and veggies as you should eat. The more you eat, the more you lose.

      Also, If you are a diabetic or have blood sugar issues, you shouldnt have done the diet at all…those warnings are all over the site.

      If you had questions, I wish you wouldve asked and I couldve helped you to be satisfied and comfortable. Best luck as you continue to your path of health.

    • Actually your post is already here and will stay. I leave ALL comments, neg and pos so that people can share their experiences.

      You shouldnt “starve” on this diet and you shouldnt even get hungry. You should STUFF yourself with 3-4 big servings per day and as much fruits and veggies as you should eat. The more you eat, the more you lose.

      Also, If you are a diabetic or have blood sugar issues, you shouldnt have done the diet at all…those warnings are all over the site.

      If you had questions, I wish you wouldve asked and I couldve helped you to be satisfied and comfortable. Best luck as you continue to your path of health.

  • Moolchmn

    Hi! Catherine I stared my cabbage soup this Monday and I feel so much better with a lot of energy is awesome !!! I’m very happy and I will like to know if I can add some dressing to my veggies? and on day seven can I have sushi rolls only with the brown rice, avocado, cucumber and carrots on it? please let me know.

  • Jacqh

    Thank you Catherine,
    I am actually only upto day 4 as I waited until Monday to start.

    I will post my results.
    Thank you

  • Mike J Carter

    can i go back to diet after 8 day break

    • Leave at least a 2 week window between diets…if you’re looking for something more long-term, check out my resources page 🙂

  • Dotsonbrat

    I just finished my 7 day.Very up set only lost 2 lbs. I don’t know what I did wrong

    • Tell me what you did and we will take it from there 🙂

  • Lizad

    I see you recommend Soy milk, but when I watched the Isabel Del Los Santos video it said to stay away from Soy milk. She said it was highly processed, and not good for you as everyone thinks. So now I’m confused. I don’t like Soy milk, but it seems that there is a contradiction in what you and she are recommending.

    • I do recommend soy on Day 4, only when someone cannot tolerate skim milk. Skim is def the best choice. Unflavored, low fat Soy is a decent alternative for that one day as it has much less fat than whole milk, for example, and less added sugar than a typical coconut milk. Isabel is the professional, so if she says to avoid soy after this, I would do what she says. If you can drink skim milk on Day 4, def have that over soy.

      • Lizad

        So how about if I don’t like Skim or Soy. Sorry should have asked that with post before. What can I drink on day 4.

      • Lizad

        So how about if I don’t like Skim or Soy. Sorry should have asked that with post before. What can I drink on day 4.

  • Lizad

    I have another concern. I am on Day2 of the program. I am not hungry, and having difficulty forcing myself to get in 3 bowls of soup along with the other stuff. I just feel SO full. Is it okay just to eat the soup, and a little bit of the other stuff or just the soup by itself? I am taking vitamins, and drinking my water. I’m just worried about my body going into starvation mode. One more question, when you say a bowl of soup, about how many cups is that since bowls vary in size? I portion about two/two and a half ladles.

    • Try to graze throughout the day with smaller bowls of soup more often and the other items as well. THe more you eat, the more you lose. Don’t worry too much about portions just eat as much as you can this week. Also, you can blend the soup and drink it if that helps as well

  • Lizad

    How about Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk? Here is the label so you can see. It looks better in comparison to Soy and Fat Free milk.
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 cup (240ml)

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories from Fat 30
    Calories 40

    % Daily Values*
    Total Fat 3.5g 5%
    Saturated Fat 0g 0%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 0mg 0%
    Sodium 180mg 8%
    Potassium 180mg
    Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 0g
    Protein 1g

    Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 0%
    Calcium 45% Iron 4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

    • Hmmm…zero sugars in a vanilla flavored product? That doesnt sound right. Skim milk also has much less fat.

  • Lizad

    How about Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk? Here is the label so you can see. It looks better in comparison to Soy and Fat Free milk.
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 cup (240ml)

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories from Fat 30
    Calories 40

    % Daily Values*
    Total Fat 3.5g 5%
    Saturated Fat 0g 0%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 0mg 0%
    Sodium 180mg 8%
    Potassium 180mg
    Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 0g
    Protein 1g

    Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 0%
    Calcium 45% Iron 4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

  • Manishameetun

    today is my first day./.and i an kinda of hungry 🙁

    • You should be feeling very full. Eat at least 3-4 huge servings of soup and more if you’re hungry

  • Lizad

    Well day 7 is over. I lost 7lbs. I have to admit I was hoping for more. But, my main goal was to detox my body from all the white processed foods and sugar. Now I will start maintaining a healthier eating lifestyle. No more processed foods only Gods home made food. It was a hard week, but I feel a lot better. Good luck everyone.

  • 🙂 i lost 2 kgs and i am on my 3rd day 🙂

  • Jack Cyp

    I just read tat tofu and tempe is highly recommended.
    And then someone told me that by just eating tofu and tempeh and water they were able to lost 2 kg a week?
    Is this even possible.

  • Dawn

    Do you eat the soup only!!! for the first week, and nothing else? Thanks

  • Benohills

    I want to start the diet monday, but can’t make out, if it’s just soup you eat all 7 days

  • Samanthapat85

    I started on the 14th of May – First week lost 4.5kg’s – doing it again this week but less strict, no carbs or fat…. my clothes are super loose… will weigh in on sunday and hopefully lost a couple of more kilo’s

  • Pat

    Stuck to the plan lost 14 pounds feel great just need to find a way to maintain it.

  • Caseycace

    Did anyone have a flatter stomach after this diet? How did your body look after you lost the weight? Were you happy with the results?

  • Caseycace

    Did anyone have a flatter stomach after this diet? How did your body look after you lost the weight? Were you happy with the results?

  • bbuttlacer

    Just do the diet – it’s amazing! I did a mth ago, had beer on day 5, a pc of cake on day 6 and had some rice w/soup on day 7 AND lost 6 lbs – I can’t believe that. So, doing again, I don’t even think I make the soup correctly, but how can you complain about it? I’m partial to cream soups (of crs), but there’s no limit, you’re never hungry and the menu changes daily and you don’t have to decide what to cook – fabulous! The soup is fine for breakfast – just eat lots! On day 5, I put cooked ground beef in my soup – substantial. Day 6 I had ground meat in my soup for breakfast and dinner and a big salad with ground meat all over it for lunch. Seems like all you do is eat! and lose! Again I’m not following too well and I’ve lost another 5 lbs. I’m menopausal and haven’t been able to lose for cpl yrs., my husband chases me around at 135 lbs – now I have hope of getting there again, can’t wait! Look at Frankmelia, lost 14 lbs!! by doing it correctly for 7 days – wowzer!

  • Pauline

    i lost 4ibs, thought i might have lost more, but its a good start

  • Madgestie

    Hi I am new to the site and have done the cabbage soup several times over the past few years – usually before and after holidays so that I can get back to my ‘normal’ body weight.  Each time I lose the weight I aim for which is usually around 5 pound. But, what no one seems to have mentioned on the site so far is alcohol.  My problem is that I manage to stick to the diet fairly easily but then ‘reward’ myself by drinking 3 glasses of wine each night  …… Is this really bad. What is the problem with drinking alcohol and would it make much difference if I didn’t ?  Love the site!

    • This diet has been around for years, so there are plenty of versions of it. Some versions do allow you to have a single glass of wine each night. You’ll def have better results if you skip the wine.

  • Haifaizrafil

    i finished my 1 week diet and i lost 3 kgs (around 6 pounds) but after 2 days i gained again 2 pounds. 🙁 can i repeat the cabbage soup diet now or i want to wait 2 weeks as u mentioned?

  • Heath

    I am just starting day 6 of the CSB and it has helped me lose about 2lbs a day I weigh myself every morning and today have lost 12lbs (not that you can’t do the math ..ha ha) I was really shocked but this helped me stay motivated. Even warded off pizza bought buy work. just sat with others and ate my Veggies. Wasn’t that hard afterall. I did find myself eating less and less of the soup as the week went on. Getting sick of it. Didn’t eat any soup yesterday 🙁 I add Tabasco to the soup to give it more flavor. All in all I am amazed at the results, I just need to keep up the good eating after tomorrow. Thanks for all the feed back and help.

  • Yvonneglynn81

    Iam finding the soup great and the fruit and veg. My only concern is not having a breakfast especially on the veg only day.

    • You should have soup for breakfast. Its your breakfast lunch and dinner. Some people prefer to juice it and drink it cold for breakfast.

  • Yvonneglynn81

    Iam finding the soup great and the fruit and veg. My only concern is not having a breakfast especially on the veg only day.

  • Laura McMullan

    Catherine I’m on day two but when I was making my soup I couldn’t get V8 low sodium, so I used original V8 vegetable juice. Will this effect my weight lose?

    • Yep, too much salt. Try to replace w/just water OR if it’s already in there, just drink water and nothing else.

  • Naughty_angel_samira93

    i follow this diet for a week but n results i did not even lose 1 kg

  • Ninawilliams43

    Hi! I can truly say the cabbagae soup diet works .I lost 10 pounds and I feel great!!!!

  • Saban

    Hi All, I have starting today. I didn’t know the soup took that much hours to prepare, maybe i skipped out some infromation. I tried making the soup this morning but had to ask my husband to finish up. I had to leave for work so I didnt get a chance to have any for breakfast or even lunch…I still had my fruits and water and plan to have the soup in the evening. I would like to know if I should re-start tomorrow or continue for today. Another thing is I am not sure what is green onions so I just used regular onions and I used tomatoes instead of the canned…Please let me know if I am doing something wrong.

  • Linda

    Well i went on the cabbage soup diet and its my 6th day so far lost 7 pounds i read on here that some are losing more hows that so is it because of thee metabolism or what how does it work and i dont know all im allowed to eat besides the sup and certain days certain things was hoping to lose more then7 but oh well, i replace my days in meal instead of beef i had chicken on the grill with out the skin.

  • Shirley

    Hi, I am finished the week and I feel great. I lost 8 lbs. and now I find that I am not as hungry, and I do not crave the sweet snack after my meal. Thank you so much!!!

  • Caziewil

    Can i have day 1 and day 2 as fruit days cos I cant stand the thought of just eating veg ( with the soup of course )
    Thanks Carol

  • Jess

    Hi Catherine,

    I’m currently on day 4 of the diet and so far so good – no cheating! Although I’m concerned that I’m not getting the results that some of the others are getting…I’m 21 and weigh around 136lbs and I’m trying to lose some excess weight that I’ve put on but I’m don’t appear to be losing any weight…am I doing something wrong?

    • If you’re not too heavy, you need to be very strict on this diet. You also wont lose as much as someone who has a lot more body fat. I would think you’d like between 3 and 5 pounds if you went very strictly with this. Do not drink anything but water, hot tea, hot coffee. Have 3-4 HUGE bowls of soup per day, then the other items

  • Sobia

    Hi i have carry your diet plane for the first time,and lose 2kg in a weak, actually i am 85kg now pl z guide me how i lose this weight,i want to have 70kg within 2 months, pl z guide me as soon as possible, than x.

  • raja


    • Nope, you’re doing the opposite of what the diet says. You need to be eating a LOT, have the soup 3-4 times per day and eating tons of fresh produce. Otherwise, you’re starving yourself and you’re not going to lose weight. In fact, you may GAIN more b/c your body is too hungry. Please eat more.

  • CalVal

    I lost 5# and my husband lost 12 last week. I didn’t think the diet was hard to follow at all – especially when the soup is very similar to my mother-in-law’s and she’s a great cook! I do have a couple of questions: Bananas are only eaten on one day and not with other fruits – is there a reason for this? Second, I found the meat days the most difficult – what does this mean?

    • With the starch and carbs, they are limited to one day. What do you mean by difficult about the meat days? Your stomach bothered you? Couldnt eat it? Give me more detail please

  • barbara


  • VK

    Hi Catherine ,Iam on my banana day. Lost only less that 2 pounds. Iam stickly following the diet. I didnt put any cubes or lipton soup mix into soup. My Aim was to loose at least 10 pounds. Iam 136 what to go back to my healthy weight of 126. Is there any thing I can do to increasae the weight lose. Do people reeally loose 10 pounds just my following diet? is excercise required to do it?

    • Ok, first, banana day is a bad day to weigh in because you’re stuffed w/heavy carby bananas, so check your weight tomorrow and it’ll be less, I can pretty much guarantee that. However, the problem is that you’re not overweight to begin with. This is more of a detox diet to reduce belly bloat. For you, you must be extra strict to lose more. Dont drink anything but water, black tea and black coffee. Have 3-4 HUGE servings of soup daily. Dont add salt to anything at all, dont use oil or butter to cook with, etc. Best wishes!

  • Elisabethfehr

    Hi, I started the 7 day diet this morning now i feel lightheaded is that ok i’m sure it will pass i want to loose some pounds.

  • Irina Misyuk

    went from 140 to 130 in 7 days!!!!! ahhh the diet is amazing

  • Raquel

    the cabbage soup is very easy to use and very cheap.i enjoyed the variety of food in each day…is is possible to use in 2 weeks running?

    • Nonono, youll starve and probably gain weight as your body clings to calories. Once per month is a healthy amount.

  • Elizabeth Simpson977

    I stuck strictly to the diet for the full seven days, and since then (another five days) have been eating about 1000 “good” calories a day, but only lost in the seven days about 3 lbs in total … put on 1 1/2 lbs after the rice day – now total loss of only 4 1/4 lbs. Why do you think I didn’t lose more? I weighed 10st 4 3/4 lbs when I began and had hoped to lose at least 5 lbs in the seven days.

  • Elizabeth Simpson977

    Also, is it useful to continue to replace one meal a day with the soup even after the seven days are up?

  • noluckfatty

    hi. i tried this diet and it didnt work for me. i didnt lose 1 kg. please advise as i was sooooo eager and excited to lose at least 5kgs in this week.

    • What exactly did you eat?

      11pounds is quite a high number to lose in a week. Aiming for 3-7 pounds is more reasonable.

  • Tammy Tulips

    I completed this diet 2 days ago and lost 8lbs. Not a lot of weight loss, but a starting point for me. I feel much better about myself and was surprised to notice the difference in the mirror. Amazing how much smaller I look with just 8lbs gone. My eating habits have improved and I’m craving junk food a lot less and able to resist temptations easier than before the diet. I’d recommend this (and have) to anyone looking to get a boost in confidence. It really worked for me.

  • Cat

    I was very skeptical and even cheated a few times but lost 5 lbs within the first few days. Once I got past the inital few days of feeling restricted I actually had no problem sticking with it without cheating! This is a fantastic diet!

  • subrata

    thanks for this plan

  • Dee

    Husband and I are getting ready to try this diet plan. We have been eating a veggie soup for awhile but will apply the rules of the cabbage soup diet. My boss went on this last year and has slim down(of course a man). I am so ready for this and have a wedding (stepson) in November.

  • Shelia

    When making the cabbage soup, can I substitute the green onion for something else or another type of onion? I am allergic to green onions. Thanks!

  • t

    Aloha !
    Just finished my week and I lost 6 lbs PTL !!!!
    this is a jump start to a new eating lifestyle ; )

  • @scottietaiwan

    i have just finished the 7 days…I love veggies and fruit, but even on the diet , I realised I don’t eat as much as I should, I have shed 10 pounds; taking me to the last stubborn 10…had a break today and did have a cookie, as a treat but tomorrow I will do another 5 day stint on the diet before my holiday on friday. I will not be as intense on the diet, as I will have one portion of protein a day. Thanks Catherine…

  • Anse

    Hi, i have done this dieet now and i have not lost any weight. Is it perhaps because i have removed my thyroid and don’t have a metabolism to work with? Please assist. Thanks

  • preciouspie

    My daughter has been doing this diet and she has followed it to the T and she has gained weight so what is going on with this? She’s very upset and wants to just give up and I was gonna do it but don’t think I’ll waste my time. I’ll just do the HCG diet to finish with my weight loss also, a little disappointing that I thought this site would give info on eating things that help with the weight loss but once again it seems that someone is trying to make money off of something that could be given to people to maintain a healthy lifestyle without trying to make money off of it. What a shame. Seriously disappointed.

    • This website is free, actually, so is my eBook. Instead of being insulting, lets talk about what she has been eating, if you’d like to.

  • Ravena

    I’ve tried the cabbage soup diet before and never followed it 100%, this time i have and i’m so very pleased with the results.

  • ange

    is it okay if we eat fish instead of beef

    • Yes. Make sure it is a white fish, like cod or scrod. Do not have salmon.

  • Ajitha Manoj

    Hello Catherine,thank you so much,i am on the 6th day of my soup diet,i can feel that my weight is reducing and eagerly waiting last day to weigh my weight,how much will it be reduced,oohhh one more day,eventhough i couldn’t take my diet properlybecoz 2 days i had1 boiled egg/day,evening time after my duty it is very difficult to control my temptation,is it ok?

  • VioletM

    So, on Day five – only cabbage soup, beef & tomatoes – NO other fruit or veg… is this correct?

  • nazma

    This is my sevev day of diet soup n i am not feeling any difference in my weight why?

  • la guera

    I just started yesterday. Very optimistic, lets see how this goes.

  • cherylhappy1975

    Lost 8 lbs. in one week. with this.

  • phylpau

    Can I use more cabbage and carrots to this soup. Also, I am not supposed to have mushrooms because of gout…can I leave those out?

  • KatStarwolf

    So many of the ‘white’ foods, in particular, add to the inflammation, which adds to the weight gain and retention.

  • I stuck to the plan and so far I haven’t lost a ounce. I even excercised. How is everyone losing weight and not me???

  • I did this diet a few years ago while I was staying with my grandma. We both lost 10 pounds…we were competing so we both won! Three of my co-workers and I decided to do the diet together this past week so we could keep excited with each other…and avoid the temptations at work…there are a lot of them! We are on the last day now. I weighed myself in the morning of Day 4 and I was already down 5 pounds. I can’t wait to weigh myself tomorrow morning and see how much I lost overall. Along with the diet I have been working out with my personal trainer a few times a week.
    Good luck to everyone who decides to do this diet…it really does work if you follow the directions.

  • sylvia

    just finished my cabbage soup diet and feel great! Lost 8.5 pounds in 7 days. This diet is amazing, I did not feel hungry but I was tired of eating so many veggies. I like fruits so I didn’t mind bananas all day or fruits on the other day!!!! Toward the end of the diet, I didn’t want to eat as much but I wasn’t hungry!!! I just started my weight watchers diet to continue my journey. I will definitely change the way I ate before. Even though, I will be on weight watchers, I will prepare my food from scratch and eat more healthier. No canned food or other prepared foods that just pack on pounds…. I can say that cabbage soup diet truly works and its good to flush your system from all the heavy foods that we eat on daily basis. Awesome!!!!!

  • jan

    i have just finished the diet and only lost 3kgs really depressed .. this is what i hate about diets you here all this about people losing oh wow i lost 15 lbs ,, oh wow i lost 30lbs.. is that true.. i stuck to this diet and did falter once?? so what am i doing wrong? is it my age? is it i am too fat? what is the problem.. how can i get results like everyone else???

    • Catherine

      Hi Jan,
      Everyone is different in how much weight they lose. You still lost over 5 pounds so that is good. Most people average 8 to 10 pounds. I don’t know your age but as we get older it is harder to lose weight and sometimes you have to exercise or walk more to burn up calories.

  • corinna

    why cant i use chicken stock ?

  • Jessica

    Hi, can have eggs on day 6 of the diet?

    • Catherine

      You can have hard boiled or scrambled whites using PAM spray instead of meat or chicken.

  • kabota

    hi, im kabota
    i started the diet yesterday, i love it. im diabetic type 2, i take tabs and lantus one time a day, yesterday i didnt need it, even today morning i measured my sugar and it was perfect. thank you so much. i hope ill loose some weight because im stuck on 93 kg either i tried a lot of exercises (one hour a day for 6 days a week) and reduced my food intake since three months.

  • Karen

    I am going to do this diet next week but I don’t drink milk at all ( or soy milk), does it matter if I just have the banana?

    • Catherine

      The milk and bananas helps you to lose your craving for sweets. Can you eat plain yogurt? If not, then just do the bananas and soup if that will keep you full.

  • Olga

    I’m on day 2. I have had 1 cup of soup and one raw carrot. It’s dinner time and I’m not hungry. I grilled vegetable kabobs and I could only eat a little bit before feeling full. I’m a bit worried about not eating enough.

    • Catherine

      If you start getting weak or dizzy then you need to make yourself eat more. If you feel fine then it should be okay. Tomorrow you may be hungrier!!

  • Dors

    I accidentally added a little tbsp of salt to the huge pot and I don’t want to discard the soup. Will this affect me? Also can I drink a bottle of coconut juice on fruit day?

  • John

    Is it okay to blend the soup and drink it?

    • Catherine

      Yes, it certainly is and actually a lot of people prefer it that way!!

  • Sonja

    I finished my last day yesterday. I started out at 97 kilos and just weighed myself. I’m currently 92.1 and really feel like I’ve recalibrated my body, and am ready to continue to lose the weight. This diet has been really effective for resetting my body and the best thing is I’m not craving sugar!

    • Catherine

      Hi Sonja, Congrats on your weight loss and for feeling better. That really is the goal to get motivated to keep going and to actually feel better physically about it, too. You really get to the point where you do not want sugar and your body wants healthy foods. It’s a great feeling. Stay healthy and congrats again!

  • Sharon Dixon

    Hi I don’t eat meat. Can I eat fish and eggs on day 5 and 6? If so how much and at what meal times is best.
    Eggs with tomatoes on the morning?
    Fish with tomatoes for lunch?
    Cottage cheese and tomato for tea?
    Would that be ok?
    Thank you

    • Catherine

      Yes and yes and yes! Two fillets of fish would be fine and make sure it’s a whitefish and not salmon or tuna. I wouldn’t go over 6 eggs. Boil or scramble using PAM spray or a nonstick pan.(or oven bake just no grease/oils) Best of luck to you!!

    • Sharon Dixon

      Wonderful! I’ve been so confused about what I can eat as a veggie. Thank you so much!