“Diet” Foods That Will RUIN Your Diet! (Don’t Eat These!)

The Advertising Community has got us dieters by the strings….

If they label products as “diet” or “lite” products, we buy them to try to be healthier.

The labels are appealing and the promises – “30% less calories” or “no fat” or “5 grams of protein per serving” – sound really good.

Not so fast, my friend!

The problem is, to retain the same flavor as your full calorie/full fat items, the taste still needs to come from somewhere.

It usually shows up in the form of man-made, chemical sweeteners, and SALT. LOTS OF SALT.

Cross These Items Off Your Grocery List

The following are “diet” items that are NOT diet friendly! Cross these off your list and keep them off!

Fitness expert, Joel Marion, would certainly agree that these items are no-no’s now and forever!

These items WILL cause weight gain! Beware:

  • Diet soda
    Diet soda has artificial sweeteners, dyes, other unnatural chemicals, and, new studies show that those artificial sweeteners can be as addicting as cocaine! No thanks!
  • Smoothies
    Smoothies made with real fruit are definitely alright. Smoothies made with fattening sugar, ice cream, flavored yogurts, and artificial flavorings are not. Make these AT HOME so you know what goes into your drink!
  • Salad dressing
    Even lite salad dressing can be packed with sodium and sugar. Check your labels!
  • Artificial sweeteners
    Just like diet sodas, anything with artificial sugars can be as addicting as a drug!
  • Yogurt
    Flavored yogurts are often packed with artificial sweeteners and the flavor is artificial as well. Buy plain, Greek yogurt, which has protein a plenty, and add your own fresh fruit!
  • Baked chips
    Baked chips = sodium. Any chips = sodium. Slice up a sweet potato and toss it in the oven, add a sprinkle of cinnamon or Mrs. Dash and voila, crunchy and health(ier).
  • Granola
    Granola usually has a TON of sugar, especially the kind marketed towards kids.
  • Microwavable meals
    If a siren could go off that would signal the WORST diet failure, this is it! Microwavable meals, snacks, and EVEN the kind designed to be low fat/low cal (we wont name names here) is FULL of sodium. Check the labels and be scared.

Check the labels of the foods you eat. If you’re trading 1 gram of fat for 400 milligrams of sodium, it might not be worth it, in the long run.

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What Should I Eat Every Day?

If you like the Cabbage Soup Diet because you are told what to eat and when, then I have a powerful suggestion for you!

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5 Day Plan

This program comes with a 5 day plan that you repeat 5 times, making it 25 days long.  And guess what?

Each of the 5 day segments comes with a Cheat Day!  Yes, you can eat literally ANYTHING you want on this day!

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You NEED some healthy fats in your diet and you do NOT need a lot of sodium. Educate yourself (and your family) by checking labels and making the smartest choices possible.

Till next time,

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  • anni

    awesome information

  • Vdiaz 0627

    Really useful thx catherine for all ur good information u make losing weight alooot easier

    • Thanks! Keep in touch!~

      • Stacey

        Hello, I’m just about to start the diet, are you allowed coffee?

        • Yes, drink it black or add skim milk only. Do not use sugar or creamers

          • Pankiepooh

            Hi I started this diet but on day one I had boiled egg whites, tuna (in water), and spring mix greens earlier in the day before I prepared the soup. So I did fruit and soup the rest of the day. I woke up cramping and running off…..back and forth to the bathroom all morning. Is this normal???? Day two been eating veggies and soup all day. Read about not getting enough protein and other nutrients so I ate a sandwich (aunt millie’s 35 calorie a slice bread, lean oven roasted turkey breast(low cal) and mustard.). Will keeping on the diet. I’ll. Keep you posted if this helps me. Your advice is good. I appreciate it.

          • If you’re drastically changing what you eat, cramps/being uncomfortable is common. It will subside or if you’re too uncomfortable, discontinue the diet.
            With the added carbs, plus the sugars and ingredients in the mustard, you probably wont lose more than a couple pounds, but fruits and veggies are good nonetheless!

          • Pankiepooh

            Also the recipes call for broth or bullion cubes, salt and pepper. I try to use salt substitutes or a pinch of seasoned salt because my doctor has me on a low sodium diet anyway. I eat less processed foods, drink more water, less sweetened drinks (noneif I can help it), diet soda once in awhile but I do use splenda and water flavoring packets. I am going to stop using them and see what happens. Hope you all have a blessed and healthy lifestyle.

        • Yes, drink it black or add skim milk only. Do not use sugar or creamers

  • FrFrancina Knightancinamonique

    Thank you sooooo much for this vitl information!

  • Mom50_nc

    as a diabetic i can’t help how addicting diet sodas and artificial sweeteners are they are necessary for a diabetic–salt I do agree with just not the diet sugars–what is a diabetic to use otherwise-a diabetic having to be on a wt loss diet is extremely hard–years ago i used the cabbage diet but did not have to use artificial sugar as i was not diabetic at that time

    • Sk8ingchamp01

      You could use Stevia, which a natural herb sweetener which has zero calories. You can find it at any grocery store, health food store, or Trader Joe’s (my favorite brand of Stevia).

      • Right! I just started using that myself.

      • Amzngjen

        I’ve also seen Stevia start to be sold in regular grocery stores. It’s under the brand name Truvia. Also the company that makes Sugar in the Raw now makes a Stevia in the Raw too.

    • Could you use sugar in the raw, or something less processed?

      • Mom50_nc

        tyvm catherine, i haven’t got started yet–having to wait until i get my ss check in sept but i am hoping this will help me from having to ask my doc to either put me in the hosp or a nursing home to take off 20-30 lbs so I can take care of myself–as i am due to wt and strokes totally unable to care for myself and have no one to help me and it is said i make 73.00/month to much to get medicaid–ty ty ty atherine

        • Thanks, I had read that. You can start the diet whenever, of course. I would try for Stevia or something that’s less processed, as far as sugars go.

    • Mitchellzmail

      Stevia in the raw is a natural sweetener that will not affect your insulin levels. Just remember, you only need a very little amount to make things sweet.

    • Rae

      Not meaning to be unsympathetic, but soda, diet or otherwise, is NEVER necessary. I gave up sodas, both regular and diet, several years ago, and don’t miss them. Water is so much healthier – for your body and your wallet. Some of the artificial sweeetners are much healthier than others, like Stevia and erythritol (usually mixed with stevia)

  • Robyn Barrett


    • Salt is still salt 🙂 We do need some, some versions are healthier, but especially on the cabbage soup diet, salt=salt!

  • Stephanie

    I often use this cabbage soup diet, but I do drink the diet sodas I confess. To limit my salt however, I use ALOT of HOT SPICES in my soup instead of more salt and for the fruit part, I love Watermelon!! It is filling and great without salt!! Instead of the regular baked pot, I ate a sweet potato with a small amount of sea salt instead of butter. I had lost 13 pounds in 3 days!! To keep the weight off, I make a big batch of “anything green” stirfry and keep it in the fridge, so when I have the urge to snack, there it is and much more satisfying than chips!!

    • Justrisa

      stephanie, what great advice! I never thought to use a sweet potatoe instead. 13 lbs in 3 days is awesome! I tried to do this diet , I love veggies, but I still found myself cheating. How did you stop the cravings? can you email me at ( justrisa@aol.com)? would really appreciate all the help I get…again, thanks for the tips.

      • Truckersvalentine

        Justria, The only thing that can stop you from cheating is you. I started this csd last week to get me focused and motivated. Yes people care if you lose weight but honestly they do not care the way you care. You have to be very strict and jsut do it. I had 2 yrs of hard times, loosing my step mom in 08, my brother in law in 09 my mom, aunt and dad in 10 and my brother in July of this yr. I crawled into what I do best food. I struggled a few days but it is my decision to do this. My husband nor kids really care in the sense of if I loose it I loose it if I dont I dont. I am in control. Get focused you CAN do this. I made my soup fresh jsut baout everyday. Tastes so much better when it is fresh. On Veggie day I sautee’d up some cabbage, onions and zucchini and it was awesome. Make each day creative, do this for YOU and you will do great. i ahve faith in you and believe you can do it. Best of luck hun.

      • Truckersvalentine

        Justria, The only thing that can stop you from cheating is you. I started this csd last week to get me focused and motivated. Yes people care if you lose weight but honestly they do not care the way you care. You have to be very strict and jsut do it. I had 2 yrs of hard times, loosing my step mom in 08, my brother in law in 09 my mom, aunt and dad in 10 and my brother in July of this yr. I crawled into what I do best food. I struggled a few days but it is my decision to do this. My husband nor kids really care in the sense of if I loose it I loose it if I dont I dont. I am in control. Get focused you CAN do this. I made my soup fresh jsut baout everyday. Tastes so much better when it is fresh. On Veggie day I sautee’d up some cabbage, onions and zucchini and it was awesome. Make each day creative, do this for YOU and you will do great. i ahve faith in you and believe you can do it. Best of luck hun.

        • Lisa, that is great advice. Really, any diet works as long as you stick to it. If you have a hard time battling cravings, you might want to check out the hypnosis CDs I review on my homepage, you’ll see the link on the bottom.
          Really though, find yourself some inner encouragement. If you have a loved one who is ill, or if you just want to fit into smaller pants, find a goal to work towards. If you need a visual reminder, pull your skinny jeans out and hang them on your bedroom door, something to focus you. And, like Lisa said, if you get bored with the diet, get creative!!

        • Jeannie

          So sorry for all of losses, it is really hard losing one, but when you have so many it knocks the wind out of you. I have had similiar losses, last yr my sister, my best friend. In 2007 my husband, the only things that kept me upright was seeking God and His will for my life and starting a Widows group in my church. I know you are busy if you have children, I have stepdaughter, but to keep the right focus is the key. God Bless You.

    • Grace

      Thanks Stephanie. And to you too Catherine!

    • Wow, Stephanie you are superwoman! Keep in touch with us and let us know how it goes. Is everyone on Facebook? My page is: http://www.facebook.com/Catherines.Cabbage.Soup.Diet.Page

    • Sandi

      I like to use fresh green beans (don’t cut them) and bake them in the oven for a short time (still a bit crispy) with a bit of seasoning on them..I substitute them for the fries I am craving..

      • yum, Sandi! Someone else mentioned kale chips, too!

      • Debvilish

        OMGOSH! this is the best idea I’ve heard for working on french fry cravings and I LOVE greenbeans….thank you so much!!

    • Randeisha

      Hello,how long did you keep the weight off?

  • Ellaheereshma

    Thanks a lot for the information

  • Ellaheereshma

    Thanks a lot for the information

  • Jimandjune Murphy

    Thank you for info, its good to know what to look out for, and to read labels.

  • Tara

    Love this site. My best friend just lost 13 lbs. in 7 days and now I’m helping him stay on course with all your tips. Going to book store today to see if you have something in print. Thankyou, thankyou!

    • Thanks, Tara! Nothing in print, although that isn’t a bad idea!!

  • margot_burke_molly@hotmail.com

    I am just wondering as I want to do the cabbage soup diet, someone has put on the net that this diet is high in sodium. I could not see where the sodium content was till my mum who is on the diet and lost 7 kgs in a week , had a look at the chicken stock and said it wAs high in sodium. I think it was 1300 mls sodium. Does this matter.


    • Margot,
      You shouldn’t use a chicken stock as the base. Simply use water and a vegetable juice, like v8, as the base. If you’ve already made it, simply do not use salt at all this week on veggies or anything else, and drink plenty of water. You should still see some loss!

    • Thanda

      I might be wrong but we don’t have V8 in South Africa:( I use vegetable stock instead, probably high in sodium too….

      • You shouldn’t add chicken stock or any kind of storebought stock as it contains much too much salt.

        • Jenfir30

          Isn’t chicken broth in the recipe? Is it different than stock? I added a bouillon cube and doubled everything else. Is this bad?

          • Sounds OK. Hopefully just one bouillon cube! 🙂 You should not have added any store bought broth. Dont add it when you make your next batch!

      • Skip the V8, it’s not a big deal 🙂

  • Nosipelometuse


    • What is the problem? Your tummy? Have you tried the cabbage soup diet yet?

  • Myrth

    Good advice, especially about the yoghurt.
    I love oatcakes, even if they have a tiny bit of sugar. One is enough; I’m not left longing for another. That’s the secret!

    • Tonya

      Myrth, how do you make oatcakes, I love oatmeal
      Thank you in advance for your response

  • Jnlhouck

    Thanks Cathy,
    I always look forward to your info & ideas!

  • Hina

    hi,ive been on the cabbage soup diet on/off for over 2 months now and i havent lost any weight:( what should i do?i have a bulky hips n belly fat.

    • Hina, that might be the problem there. The CSD should only be used for 7 days. If you keep going with it, your body can risk going into starvation mode and will keep the weight on, instead. You need something long term like the Diet Solution which gives you a long term plan and recipes.

    • Hina

      can u suggest any long term diets?

  • Sarah

    What about dextrose?

    • What do you mean, Sarah? If you’re diabetic, you prob shouldnt do the CSD… What do you mean though?

  • Kimmie

    Is it ok if I add a little bit of chicken broth (like 1/2 cup) and 1 cup of low sodium vegetable broth to the cabbage soup? The rest of it is still mostly water but it was hard to basically just eat water and all veggies.

    • No broth, it’s too salty. Water and veggies is the point! 🙂

  • Myesan

    Started yesterday and I’ve lost 4 pounds – is that right??? All I ate was 2 bowls of cabbage soup, 2 bowls of fruit (cantelope, grapes, pear, peaches). About 15 additional grapes and 1 pear. Today all veggie day…Will do the sweet potato with a tiny bit of butter, since I have some already…

  • joe

    Today i am going to start my diet plan!I am always eat at late night..can this diet work for me..Please reply me……..

  • Roloro57

    I’m pron to gout attacks,should I expected to have a sever gout attack?

    • I am not sure at all. I am not a doctor. Give your personal doctor a quick call to see if he or she recommends this program. Since it is a fairly extreme program, if you have any health conditions, you’re better off not doing this until you consult w/ a doc.

    • I am not sure at all. I am not a doctor. Give your personal doctor a quick call to see if he or she recommends this program. Since it is a fairly extreme program, if you have any health conditions, you’re better off not doing this until you consult w/ a doc.

  • Mehaynes80

    I began the CSD today, so easy! I don’t need to lose much weight, a couple of kg and that’s it. But what I have found whilst researching this diet is its rounded approach to healthy eating.
    I do steer clear of all things artificail, but we all have days where we fall off the wagon.
    This is a great diet to kick start a healthier lifestlye.

  • Mommasloc

    this is my third day have followed the diet to the T andnot one ounce is off Whats up

    • Not sure..Give me more info on what you’ve been having.

      basically, you should be eating the soup at LEAST 3x per day, breakfast, lunch and dinner, and drinking 8-10 glasses of water. You should not have any salt whatsoever.

  • Carob54

    Just 3 questions please: first, the recipe doesn’t mention liquidising the soup but I’m assuming that’s ok to do? Also, the family hate skimmed milk, so can I use semi-skimmed (on day 4?). Finally, I don’t eat red meat so is it ok to have fish on day 5 and chicken on day 6 instead of beef?
    Thank you for all your support!

    • If you dislike skim milk, select soy milk. Do not have semi-skim or whole milk. You can have a white fish or chicken instead of beef and you can blend the soup so you can drink it.

      • Tricey

        I don’t like skim or soy milk :/ any other options??

  • Mithun Kar

    how much exercise should i do to extract the maximum benefit out of this diet ?

  • Naina

    Hi, Catherine
    i m planning to start my cabbage soup diet from next week, but i have some queries about the ingredients.
    you have mentioned that the soup should contain 6 large onions and half a cabbage .
    i think six onions is a little too much for a person to consume in one day.

    • You’re right. The soup is meant to be eaten over the course of a few days, so you should be all set. Use less onion if you want.

  • Wow! This article is such a great help to me, and from most “unhealthy” people. Thank you so much, Catherine! More power! 🙂

    • Tonya

      I aggree Cess Anne Ramos, everyone is so encouraging thank you ALL for sharing, can’t wait to get started

  • Nancy

    i started today and i blended the tomato with bout 2 small onions…and 2 Chile chipotles… don’t worry i checked the sodium..i also added water and one bouillon cube…i put that first in a headed pot, which added up to 2 cups… then added 6 cups of water..i jjust added 3 carrots, bunch of celery and cabbage..oh, and garlic head, some onion and cilantro for flavor…was this OK to do?

  • Godsprincess Ruth

    can i drink water with only pure lemon juice or apple cider vinegar added?

    • Lemon juice FROM a real lemon, yes. Bottled juice from the store, no. Also no apple cider vinegar this week either.

  • Ann John

    what u mean’t by green onion? i got only normal big onion. Is it ok ?

  • Cassandra

    Is it okay to have salted butter on the baked potato day? Also are green olives too high in sodium to have as one of the veggie choices?

    • A tiny touch of unsalted butter is acceptable. Olives are too high in sodium, you’re right.

  • Cassandra

    Is it okay to have salted butter on the baked potato day? Also are green olives too high in sodium to have as one of the veggie choices?

  • Laylaocasio

    i’m siked! thanks so much!

  • HeatherM

    I’m starting my CSD today! I made the soup last night, I used half water & half low sodium V8 juice with a packet of Lipton spices. Is this going to be ok? It taste really good, but I just want to make sure I didn’t mess anything up!

  • Hema444

    hi , i just had it once yest night and I suffered with gas and pain in the chest the entire night…..Cabbage can create gas …..so now how will I do this for 7 days?

    • Take an over the counter remedy, drink more water, and if you’re too uncomfortable, discontinue the diet

  • Laylaocasio

    what do you have for bread-fast?

  • loren nicola

    I started the diet yesterday. I wanted to know if its okay to not have the cabbage soup for breakfast instead have the fruit or veggie whatever the other thing you are allowed to eat that day instead. I dont know if I can see myself eating that for breakfast as well. Should I be eating it for breakfast even if I’m not starving? Today I’ve eaten fruit and had the soup for lunch and i’ve already consumed more than 8 cups of water and I dont feel hungry. Is this okay?

    • You should be eating as much soup as possible, at least 3 servings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you can even manage a mug full of soup each time, that’s better. Def have your water, your multivitamin, your soup, and the others, but soup and water first

  • Margaret & Patrice

    Are you aloud to use any types of condiments while on the cabbage soup diet?

    • Nothing store bought. Use lemon juice and EVOO or soup broth.

  • Cnnfleming

    Hello I’ve just started the CSD yesturday wondering how long does it take before you start seeing a difference.

  • Nataliegill18

    started this diet Monday and really looking forward to meat tomorrow , im doing alright on it but hating no having no energy as i always go to the gym and boxing and im really looking drawn in the face :/ oh well im on day 4 now not long to go yay

  • GeminiJen

    Today was my first day on the CSD. Eating Soup first thing in the morning is challenging but I managed. I did add low sodium veg/chk broth (my mistake). Now I’m concerned about how that will affect my weight loss/detox. For my next batch I will only use water and low sodium V8.
    I did have a few moments where I got cravings and I had to walk away from the kitchen when my kids were eating their food because the food on their plates way watching me. LOL. All in all I am trying to keep positive and motivated. I am so glad I found you and your site. Thx and wish me luck

    • Jolanda D

      Just keep moving forward. Walk away form the kitchen while your kids eat…just remember…you and your family are worth sticking with the plan!
      You can do this!

  • Tam Rbnsn

    How long should I expect the weight to stay off

    • As long as you eat well 🙂 If you go back to habits that made you heavy, the weight comes back.

  • Neziechanell

    hi can i eat fruits and veg on day five as well as the meat

  • Kylar Reanne

    I am only able to stomach the cabbage soup once sometimes twice a day, it’s usually a 2 cup serving. But I cooked up a cabbage/onion “stir-fry” (no salt or fat added, just herbs and spices) I am following everything else to a T. Will this make a huge differance? I am on Day 3 now.

    • You do need the other veggies as well. What if you went ahead and blended the soup? Could you drink it as a juice?

      • Kylar Reanne

        Thanks I will try Blending it. I’ve lost 5 lbs so far, so it still seems to be working, and I’m never hungry.

  • Tam Rbnsn

    If I dont eat the rasberries whats the worst that can happen and is it okay if I have balsamic vinaigrette on my ”leafy” veggies?

    • Dont have anything store bought this week. Balsamic can be derived from sugar, actually, so skip that. Add some olive oil and lemon juice, it’s great

  • Jules

    Hi, this is Julie.

    This is day 3 for me. If I can make it through the 7th day, could I do this once/month? I am concerned that what I am losing is water .I have lost 5# and I don’t know how this is possible.
    I have been losing steadily for 10 1/2 months (42#) by just eating what I know I should (and also cheating when I feel too deprived), but I hit the skids recently and gained 8 back in 2 or 3 weeks. I knew I had to do something to get it back off quickly to get my confidence back or I’d fall off the wagon for good. People tell me how good I am looking, which is so helpful, but I have about 35# to go, and sometimes…that scale…I could throw it into a black hole!!! I know I shouldn’t step on it all the time, but if I don’t see progress I get down on myself.

    My friend of close to 40 years told me to try this diet because she knew how desperate I was to find something quick. She’s never had a weight issue, but she does like to look good!

    So thank you for making this available, online, and free of charge!

  • barbara

    I have cravings at night to eat all the time it wont go away i eat vegies lean meats and fruits all the time no bad stuff. i dont know what else to do.

  • Amanda501001

    Is it ok to drink coffee? What about flavored ground coffe no added syrups?

    • Yes ma’am, that’s the way to go. No syrups, no sugar, no artificial sweetener. Take it black or add small amounts of skim milk only

  • britney

    I will be staring my diet today and I wanted to. Know how muvh weight to u really lose? ?plus exercise I only want to lose 20 pounds and tightin up everything if u have done this. Diet please let me know how much u lost the first week so I don’t exspect to loose 10 and onlt loose 5

  • Jy theNewbie

    Today was my first day on the csd. I did have some cravings but I ate more soup and drank lots of water ( i hope thats ok). I have been reading so many success stories and it just motivates me even more. I was diagnosed with Lupus right after I had my daughter. The flare up I had caused me to be on lot and lots of meds including a high dosage of steroids. Within 2 months of taking the steroids I gained 90lbs!!! I was never bigger than 155 so this kind of put me in a state of shock! My mother had kidney failure and 2 transplants because of lupus and my grandmother and grandfather died from it. So Fast forward to now four years later. Ive been in remission for over 1 year. I’ve been working out, and trying different types of diets. Ive been reading up on the csd for awhile now and i’ve heard nothing but positive reviews from friends and reading reviews and blogs online. My doctor gave me the okay to do it so I am anxious to see the result and to hopefully completely change my eating habits. I want to feel better for me and not any one else. I don’t like to sound selfish but ultimately it is about me and my wellbeing. I have a beautiful daughter and I want to see her grow.

  • april

    Was wondering on the banana/skim milk day could I blend them into a shake/smoothie using only those two things?

    • Yes, and go ahead and add some nutmeg or cinnamon if you’d like. Do not add artificial vanilla 🙂

  • Tammy

    what is the normal amount of sodium a person is suppose to have? It seems there’s some in everything. Will update my progress as I continue on my journey to a healthier, happier life. Thanks again

  • amy

    On what days can I drink the cranberry juice?

  • Patricia Holbel

    Is it ok to chew gum while on this diet? Also, I’ve had a sore throat, will cough drops effect my results?

  • rania

    What about milk can i drink skimed milk dauly

  • ainy

    i am going start cabbage diet plan, i want to ask, in 7 days plan , what will i have eat besides cabbage soup, kindly tell me,

  • DancinThroughShadows

    I need to loose 25 lbs as fast and as soon as possible.. anyone got any suggestions!?

  • JR

    Hi Catherine, i noticed that on the fourth day, i get very hungry compared to the first three days. Why is that?

  • mandymoo

    Started 2 days ago lost4lbs, only able todo as im at home at mo, cudnt if i was at work as im constantly on the loo…..

  • John

    I’m six days on the diet I need to get my blood pressure and diabeties under control, I am a widower and only know how to fry stuff, so I made me a big pot of soup and that all I have eaten, I really love it, but I need to have a little different stuff to eat, but don’t know what?I’m walking 30 minutes every a/m and I go danceing 3 nights a week so I’m very active, but I need some sort of daily menu, without sugar in it……thank you……….God bless all of you guys……………

    • I’d recommend picking up a cookbook that features healthy food! I’m a college student, and I’ve not cooked too much on my own, but there are several out there, and the directions are not at all difficult to follow, as long as you have an idea of what you’re doing (or google ;D)

  • Katie

    I’m just starting this today….is it important to stick to the schedule or can I switch fruit day with veggie day?

  • Ruth

    Hi, i am on day 4 and i have lost 5 pounds. yippy. Tomorrow is my meat and tomatoes day. is there something else i can have besides tomatoes? thanks Ruth

  • Wendy

    What can I do on the banana & milk day? I’m unable to eat either

  • Debra

    What do you eat for breakfast on day two?

    • I pureed the soup and drank it as a warm smoothie for breakfast … much more palatable at 7 am 🙂

  • raveena

    i have started it three days back and my friends notice a small amount of weight reduce in meee thank youuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sivvie

    Catherine, I dont eat tomatoes, so I added Ragu Sauce, did I mess up the diet

    • Ragu is made from tomatoes though 🙂 And yes, prepared pasta sauce has lots of sugar, salts, and unnatural ingredients we dont want this week

  • Nikkilondon

    Wow I am just amazed with this diet! I started it on Monday, and today is only Thursday and I have lost 9 lbs. so far!! I have not cheated at all, and I have made sure to eat at least 3 big bowls of soup per day, plus LOTS OF WATER, and I have also made sure I do at least 25 minutes of cardio a night (Just dance 4). If this diet is followed to the T, you definitely will see results quick, and what a huge motivator that is! Happy cleansing Everyone!!

  • saba

    plz let me know can we use sweetcorns and baked beans in tomato sauce(available in cans)also gains weight …………..especially belly fat?
    plz tell me will this cabbage soup also reduce belly thigh nd hips fat………plz reply

  • Jess

    I will be starting this diet as I have 60# I would like to lose and was wondering what to use in place of potato chips when I saw the comments about kale chips and sweet potato chips. Back to the store I go.

  • Karen

    Hi! I just wanted to add a few comments if that is okay. I am finally on day 5!! I start my morning with a warm glass of water with juice from a quarter of a lemon. Also finding that 100% Cranberry juice can be hard, yet worth the search. I live in Northern MB Canada and sometimes we have a difficult time even finding cabbage – if you can believe it!! We have a safeway here and I found a few years ago R. W. Knudsen “Just Cranberry”. It is 100% cranberry juice. So that is also a part of my daily routine. ( also useful for bladder detox )

    I do blend a large bowl of cabbage soup and then 1/2 it and add more unblended soup to make it different. I used Cayenne Pepper, onion powder, basil, and garlic powder as spices in my soup.

    I also use NO SALT ADDED – chicken broth and NO SALT ADDED cans of tomatoes.

    I was a tad confused about the soup mix – then discovered a comment by another site, about using soup mix without the noodles…ok – so I found a package of chicken noodle soup and took out all the noodles so all I had left was the soup base. Would that be correct? If so, then the next time I make the soup, I will be looking for a Sodium reduced version of soup base..

    The issue of no added salt is not hard for me as we have adopted this practice into our family since the kids were just babes. No salt shakers get put on to our table.

    There are many product in the market that are now sodium reduced so it makes it easy to do..

    My last comment for today, would be to let you know that I have lost 6 pounds and I am on day 5. I can feel the change in my body already. Thank you for your e-book and your facebook page.

  • meeko

    my mom used veggie broth in our soup and water. I just read that we weren’t supposed to use broth???? will this affect my results??? I do go to the gym everyday.

  • Eco

    Hi I just started today. I had soup only and still fine without the fruits after lunch. Will it be okay if i just have soup only without other foods recommended.

  • susan

    Is this diet safe to use when you regular exercise. I workout 5 days a week an if possible this diet could contribute a lot to my weight loss programme. But will I be getting the nutrients needed to maintain a healthy workout?

  • Maria

    I wanted to know if you can have sugar free gum at any time through this diet? Thank you. Maria

  • Dee

    I found this csd the other day. I was 85kg when I weighed myself on Monday and when I weighed this morning I am sitting on 83kg. I am so thrilled. I initially wanted to do it for 3 days only but I’ve decided to go all the way.

  • dnods

    mean.. when can I eat them.. and how much

  • dnods

    you gave a list of foods we can eat eat other days.. when can I start eating those foods and how much of them can I eat

  • Kaz

    Thank you for providing this free diet .. I started it today. I usually take either weetabix or Special K for breakfast as I am on intensive exercise regime. Will this affect diet? I also used aubergine, spinach, onion, Brussel sprouts, carrots and tomatoes with very little cabbage as I didn’t have much available.. Will these do for this week till I can stock up next week? Thank you for your response.

    • You really aren’t supposed to have cereal for breakfast just soup, veggies or fruit as directed by the daily diet. If you are during hard core exercises then it should be okay though.

  • Serena

    I wanted to start the CSD, but I am a vegetarian. I gained all my weight from being pregnant and never lost it (thanks, genetics!) Can I substitute tofu for meat?

  • Brenda

    I have just made my soup and am starting in the morning!!! I just would like to know if it is ok to have lemon wedges in my water? I have a hard time drinking plain water but find the lemon so refreshing in there.

  • Papita

    hi everyone, my name is Papita i am from SA, i want to lose 10 kg’s as i am now on 75kg’s. i hope this diet works, i made my soup last night and will just refrigerate it for the 7 days, and warm it up if i want to eat. is that okay, or should i make it daily??

  • Midz

    I added Knorr Chicken Cubes to my soup & just shredded cabbage into the broth. I tried making the recipe as the one listed but just could not stomach it & almost vomited. Will this have the same effect?

  • Hannah

    I absolutely hate cabbage soup. I almost threw up eating it. Is there any alternative to eating cabbage soup?

    • Catherine

      I would suggest googling other vegetable soup diets! This one is obviously not a good choice for you as you need to like cabbage!!!

  • Ayena Khurram

    I cheated big time today it was my 3rd day I got temp n body aches so bad my mum forcefully made me eat a traditional dish chicken rice on dinner I ate to my content to help me gain energy back n cud have med should I continue my diet or just cease it here ? Plz helpppppp

    • Catherine

      Hi, sounds like you should cease it from here as it’s not normal to get really bad muscle aches or temperature problems. Count calories instead and exercise!!

      • Ayena Khurram

        Hi Cathy em much better now lost 4lbs n day 4 made me energetic as well I wanna ask if I cud have guava or cantaloupe instead of tomatoes on day 5 as watermelon is no more available here now its season is over here

        • Catherine

          I think that would be fine! Glad you are doing better!

          • Ayena Khurram

            Cathy sorry to bother u again n again but just wanna ask I noticed two lbs gain today after finishing my day 5 help any quick tip( I started my periods as well today ) also feeling so full after having a chicken steak in dinner . I also had cantaloupe instead of tomatoes n two bowls of soup

          • Cat

            Sounds like you’ve got some extra water weight going on. The fruit has more water content than the acidic tomatoes and with your period it is just nature. Don’t give up keep going it should balance out.

  • Michael Young

    On my 2nd day of the CSD…I purchased Walden Farms salad dressing which is “zero everything” or so they say. Is this OK to use? Thanks for your help! Michael

    • Cat

      Hi Michael,

      The only problem I see with the dressing is that some have soy or blue cheese in it. If you got the Balsamic Vinaigrette

      it is probably the best one to go with. A drop here or there isn’t going to make you gain weight it’s only if you use a LOT. It sounds like pretty good dressing. Where did you buy it at?

      • Michael Young

        Hello Cat! Thanks for your reply. I did in fact buy the Balsamic Vinaigrette. I live in Orlando and shop at Publix and I buy it from there. I have purchased directly through Walden Farms. I just noticed that there is salt (sodium 260mg) but no sugar and it’s fat free. I’ll only use a very small amount just to be safe. I’m looking forward to my baked potato tonight!!
        Thanks again!!

        • Cat

          Thanks I might order some online if I can’t find it here in Texas!

          • Michael Young

            Today is day 3 for me and I’ve lost 7lbs. Does that sound right? Walden Farms has all kinds of sauces to choose from including chocolate!! I’m not sure how that would be but it’s not bad for what it is…and it says “zero sugar, zero carbs”…Good Luck!!

          • Cat…

            Wow that is great! You are losing more than the average amount so awesome!! The chocolate sounds dangerous! Keep going!!

          • Michael Young

            Thanks Cat!! I’m down 2 more pounds this morning. Today is day #4 and since I LOVE milk, I’m very excited!!! Thanks again for your support!!

  • Joe

    I had some white cheddar pop corn at work because I was doing a job far away it was white cheddar 290 calories 19 grams fat am I doomed now ??

    • Catherine

      No just stay on plan rest of day/week!!!! It will be okay!

      • Joe

        Thank You!!!

  • Joe

    Day 3

  • Joe

    Ok on day 4 but I can not drink milk can I use plain Almond Milk instead?

    • Catherine

      Hi Joe,
      Yes that is fine! Keep going!!

  • nyc81_gal

    Im on day 2 and lost 3 pounds already 🙂 day 2 for the baked potato, since I am indian, i use a lot of indian spices so you dont miss the salt. make cauliflower/potato sautee (gobi aloo- get the recipe online), use a can of tomatoes and ginger, garlic and garam masala, and you have a healthy meal for dinnetime, with the soup ofcourse.
    also spice up your fruits- lemon juice, mint, or get some “chat masala” from an ethnic store and sprinkle that on the fruits. snack on baby carrots and a tiny bit of peanut butter (i know, i cheated) and you will feel full. hang in there!!

  • Erica Carolina

    Can you put mustard on our chicken?

    • Catherine

      Mustard has a lot of sodium in it but zero calories. Use it in moderation if you have to!

  • Jade

    I’m a piscaterian and I’m now on day five, It says I can only replace fish with meat for either day 5 or day 6 and not both, if I’m piscaterian can I replace it for both days? should I prepare my fish in a certain way?

    • Constance

      You can have fish both days. Just do not use butter or oil to cook it. Either bake it or broil for a healthy fish.

  • Imp

    I put my chilled cabbage soup in a nutrbullet and blended it for a smoothie. Is that okay

    • Cat..

      Totally fine! Thanks and keep going!

      • Imp

        Thank you Catherine your the best! I ordered your spice packets ….I will tell you how that goes

        • Cat..

          The seasoning was well researched and developed by a spice company in Texas. It makes the soup taste delicious! I hope you do well and stay strong on your goals!

      • Imp

        Is balsamic vinegar mixed with a little Dijon mustard okay for salad dressing?

        • Catherine

          If you absolutely have to have a dressing then that would probably have the least amount of calories in it. Remember vinegar does have sugar in it so be careful how much you use. You don’t want to trigger any sugar urges but you want to be able to eat the salad!

          • Imp

            Catherine I received my two tomato basil spice packets and my two cabbage soup diet spice packets from you..I am excited….can use I the spice packets with the V8 juice version of the soup diet recipe or are they meant to be used with the water only version of the recipe..tyou

          • Catherine

            If you use the V8 juice it might be too salty. I would just try a little bit of the V8 juice at a time to see if you like that strong of a tomato taste! Best of luck to you!!

          • Imp

            Thank You! I will keep you posted!

  • marie syd

    What condiments can I have on the diet??

    • Catherine

      Hi Marie,
      You need to check the labels to see how much sugar and sodium is hidden in the condiments. They contain a lot so beware of that. A little oil and vinegar isn’t going to hurt on the salads just go easy on it. Stay away from barbecue sauces for sure and no soy sauce!