Obesity and its associated health problems has become a major concern in this country. More and more overweight people are looking for sure-fire ways to reduce their weight, look slimmer, and feel better. The diet book industry is booming and weight-loss gurus are springing up everywhere.
Considering your weight-loss program as a diet is wrong mindset, and probably doomed to failure. The word implies a limited time effort. Generally, those who approach their excess weight problem in this manner, even if they attain their goal, will most likely regain the lost pounds once the dieting efforts are over.
What is required is a life-long commitment to slowly and systemically dropping the excess pounds through sensible food choices in limited quantities plus a regular exercise regime, and then maintain the desired weight once it is reached. In other words it is a determined sustained effort to change your lifestyle, abandoning or modifying those eating habits that caused the problem.
This type of lifetime approach does, however need a jumpstart. Some means short of outright starvation for a few days is beneficial to rapidly dissolve away the first half dozen pounds.
The Cabbage Soup Diet is an excellent place to begin. This is a seven-day plan, not a lifestyle change; designed to get you started with a noticeable measure of success, hence encouragement to take the next steps to weight control. This diet is focused around a soup containing cabbage, and various low-calorie, high-fiber vegetables, of which you can consume unlimited quantities. The plan should be followed for a minimum of seven days, but no longer than two weeks. What should be stressed is at the end of this period, the weight will return unless you alter your long-term eating habits. During the diet period, the soup must be consumed every day. This is supplemented each day by various food combinations, which should also be consumed without substitutions. Daily consumption of eight glasses of water and a good multi-vitamin is recommended. You can spice up the soup to improve taste, but keep the starchy vegetables out.
Each day’s menu, as indicated, includes all the soup you can tolerate. Day one also includes unlimited fresh fruit, with the exception of bananas. Day two has soup and fresh vegetables, except corn, peas, beans, and potatoes. Day three is a combination of days one and two. Day four is soup, six bananas and skim milk. Day five is a prize with soup, ten to twenty ounces of beef and six large tomatoes. Day six is a combination of day two and day five. Finally, day seven includes soup, brown rice, unsweetened fruit juice and day two veggies. Unsweetened tea or coffee is allowed, but no carbonated drinks or alcohol.
A typical recipe for the soup includes shredded cabbage, diced onions, diced green peppers, chopped celery, diced tomatoes, bullion cubes or chicken broth in water, with optional V-8 juice, mushrooms, spinach leaves, and spices for seasoning.
The side effects for this short-term eating plan are considerable flatulence and soft stool. Strenuous activity while on this diet may produce feelings of lightheadedness. These discomforts are more than offset by the satisfaction of quickly dropping those first few pounds on the road to lifelong weight control.