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Cabbage Soup Diet - Post Diet

After the Diet.

Cabbage Soup Diet - Day 1
Cabbage Soup Diet - Day 2
Cabbage Soup Diet - Day 3
Cabbage Soup Diet - Day 4
Cabbage Soup Diet - Day 5
Cabbage Soup Diet - 6 (Last Day)
Cabbage Soup Diet - Post Diet

family Xmas fastfood dinner a la Norman Rockwell.

So, I lasted until the morning of the 6th day. A couple of things conspired against me. The first was that I lost too much weight too fast. The second thing was Xmas parties and dinners. Man, I feasted two nights ago on the evening of Day 6 (after I had already shamefully quit the CSD...)

As expected, there was a bit of a rebound effect after going off the CSD. I am aware of it and am going to try to keep my weight around the 210 mark now. I appreicate the Cabbage Soup Diet's role in enabling me to permanently break through the 215 mark, a place I languished in for many weeks...

December 09 - 217.5 lbs.
December 10 - 215.5 lbs.
December 11 - 217 lbs.

December 12 - 217.5 lbs.
December 13 - 217 lbs.
December 14 - 215.5 lbs.
Before the Diet
December 15 - 217 lbs.
December 16 - 212 lbs.
December 17 - 211 lbs.

December 18 - 208.5 lbs.
December 19 - 205.5 lbs.
December 20 - 208.5 lbs.
Cabbage Soup Diet
December 21 - 210 lbs.
December 22 - 209.5 lbs.
December 23 - 211 lbs.
December 24 - 211 lbs.
December 25 - 210.5 lbs.
December 26 - 210.5 lbs.

After the Diet

 

So! It seems that I am able to hold steady around the 210 pounds mark after going on the Cabbage Soup Diet for 6 days. Prior to going on the diet, I was pretty stuck at 215-217 pounds. So I consider the CSD a complete success. When I originally did it seven months ago I was able to kickstart a major lifestyle change, and this time I was successful using the Cabbage Soup Diet to break through my plateau. I heartily recommend this diet to anyone who wants to lose weight quickly.

Now one thing I did before and during my time on the Cabbage Soup Diet was to gather information on it from the Internet. Keeping in mind that the Internet tends to be populated by 14-year-old one-handed typists trying to pass themselves off as university professors; as such I read many concerns and declarations as to how "dangerous" the Cabbage Soup Diet is. Here are some of my favourites.

"There is not enough protein in this diet./You will become protein deficient." Or similarly, "The diet is too unbalanced. Not enough of the proper nutrients."

To the first point, there is plenty of protein starting on Day 4 (with the milk) and if you become protein deficient after only four days you got some serious problems and maybe your weight isn't the worst of them. As for the diet lacking proper nutrients, I'll bet you haven't eaten this good in YEARS! With the Cabbage Soup Diet, what you are essentially eating is vitamins, minerals, fiber, complex carbs, and protein, with very little fat and sugar. Just what your doctor has been telling you to eat all along. Do you really think your diet of Pizza and Big Macs is better than the Cabbage Soup Diet?

"You'll get dehydrated. You only lose water weight."

Jesus Christ. The diet consists almost totally of water. Anyone who says the word "dehydrated" in the same breath as "Cabbage Soup Diet" clearly hasn't tried it. A better word combination would be "Cabbage Soup Diet" and "piss like a racehorse." You've never been safer from the effects of dehydration as when you are on the Cabbage Soup Diet...

As for losing only water weight, I can actually see why people would think this because of the dramatic weight loss combined with the (sometimes severe) "weight-rebounding" afterwards. There are two parts to this: first, the reason you lose so much water on the CSD is because of the almost total absence of salt in your diet during the entire thing. And then when you go off depending on how much salt you then ingest, your body automatically starts retaining water again. It's no biggie, but the fact of the matter is that there is plenty of blubber lost along with that water, because, well...math is math. 3000 calories equals one pound. If you eat 600 calories in one day (like you do on Day 2) and burn 3600 calories going about your daily business, then you will lose one pound of weight in that day, simple as that. You may also lose four pounds of water as well, but you'll still lose that pound of weight.

If you take my lowest pre-diet number from my highest post-diet number, the result is 4.5 pounds in 6 days. Acknowledging that all of the other numbers may simply reflect the influence of water, then is 4.5 pounds in 6 days is the real wight loss number, and it 'aint water.

Cabbage Soup Diet - Post Diet

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