One of the most radical methods for rapid weight loss is the Cabbage Soup Diet, which involves a 7-day food intake of mainly cabbage soup and supplemental amounts of fruits, vegetables and meat. This particular diet has gained much attention because of simplicity, short-term commitment to the diet regimen and most importantly, the rapid weight loss (Pala et al. , 2006). It has been claimed that the Cabbage Soup Diet can reduce an individual’s weight by approximately 10 pounds each week. The Cabbage Soup Diet is essentially insufficient in terms of nutritional value, as the content of cabbage soup is mainly water and minerals.
The vitamin content of the cabbage soup may be less than what can be found in fresh fruits and vegetables and thus may not be enough to fulfill the daily nutritional requirement. In addition, the Cabbage Soup Diet does not contain enough carbohydrates which serve as the immediate source of energy for movement and other physiologic functions. The amount of carbohydrates in the minimal amounts of fruits added to the Cabbage Soup Diet is still not enough to provide for the caloric requirement for an entire day. The Cabbage Soup Diet also does not contain any fats, which are also important in various cellular and tissue processes.
It is possible that an extended use of the Cabbage Soup Diet may result in tissue damage as there is no continuous supply of lipids that are essential components of the plasma membrane of all cells in the human body. The amount of proteins in the Cabbage Soup Diet is also not enough to fulfill the daily dietary requirement. Proteins are important sources of amino acids, which are the building blocks of most structural components of cells, tissues and organs. In addition, proteins are also important in catalyzing particular reactions in the human body.
The Cabbage Soup Diet is thus insufficient in providing the essential daily nutritional requirements of the human body and is therefore be unhealthy. Reference Pala, V. , Sieri, S. , Masala, G. , Palli, D. , Panico, S. , Vineis, P. , Sacerdote, C. , Mattiello, A. , Galasso, R. , Salvini, S. , Ceroti, M. , Berrino, F. , Fusconi, E. , Tumino, R. , Frasca, G. , Riboli, E. , Trichopoulou, A. , Baibas, N. and Krogh, V. (2006). Associations between dietary pattern and lifestyle, anthropometry and other health indicators in the elderly participants of the EPIC-Italy cohort. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, 16, 186-201.