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Cabbage soup diet

The Cabbage Soup Diet is the diet equivalent of an urban legend. The diet lasts one week only, and dieters can supposedly expect to lose up to 10 pounds.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: August 15, 2012

Cabbage Soup Diet Overview

The Cabbage Soup Diet is the diet equivalent of an urban legend. Passed from hand to hand and from email account to email account, the diet is essentially a low-calorie, low-fat eating regimen. The diet lasts one week only, and dieters can supposedly expect to lose up to 10 pounds.

When invented: The origins of the Cabbage Soup Diet are unclear. While it is generally thought to date back to the 1950s, it could have been invented as early as 1914, when a recipe for "Doughboy Cabbage Soup" was published. It seems to reemerge under a new name and with a putative new origin every decade or so.

Who invented it: It is unknown who invented the diet, though they must have wanted to lose weight and have had access to a substantial amount of cabbage.

Length of diet plan: The diet is only meant to be followed for one week. A Cabbage Soup Diet should never be followed for more than a week at a time. At least two weeks should separate one cycle of the diet and the next.

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