The cabbage soup diet is a seven-day plan that encourages dieters to consume as much cabbage soup as they like when hungry, as well as specific foods over the course of the week. Additionally, dieters should use a multivitamin and drink plenty of water each day.
On the first day of the diet, dieters eat as much fruit and cabbage soup as they like, with the exception of bananas. Day two involves replacing fruit with vegetables, apart from corn, peas and beans. The dieter may also eat a potato at dinnertime. On the third day, potatoes are forbidden, but dieters can eat unlimited fruit or vegetables.
Day four involves eating between three and eight bananas, as well as unlimited soup and skimmed milk. On day six, beef is introduced to the diet. Day six allows unlimited beef and vegetables, but no potato. On day seven, dieters can eat unlimited brown rice, vegetables and unsweetened fruit juice. It's recommended that dieters take a multivitamin and drink at least four glasses of water a day.
Experts see the cabbage soup diet as a fad diet, as it promotes a low calorie intake and severely restricts carbohydrates. Individuals who want to try the diet more than once should wait two weeks between seven-day dieting periods.