It is hard to find diets that are both cheap and effective, but before the market was flooded with high-tech diet products and strategies there was one method that many women swore by; the age-old soup diet. Three ACA viewers are putting the soup diet to the test to see if shedding the excess weight is all about going back to basics.
THE DOC’S SOUP PLAN
Found in 'The Great Australian Diet' book
The Doc's Soup recipe and;
Tea and Toast
- Wholegrain, two pieces – with banana or sliced tomato (add pepper and a little olive oil to taste). No butter, margarine or salt.
Small bowl of wholegrain cereal
Plus fresh fruit and low-fat milk.
Salmon or Tuna fish salad
3oz fish or lean meat or chicken breast (no skin) plus vegetables or salad – with vinegar/lemon
Pasta dish with a tomato-based sauce
*2 glasses of water before every meal.
AFTER 2PM NOTHING MUST PASS YOUR LIPS EXCEPT MINESTRONI SOUP
CABBAGE SOUP DIET
The Original Cabbage Soup recipe.
Seven-day eating plan and;
Day One: Fruit: Eat all of the fruit you want (except bananas). Eat only your soup and the fruit for the first day. For drinks: unsweetened teas, cranberry juice and water.
Day Two: Vegetables: Eat until you are stuffed will all fresh, raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. Try to eat leafy green vegetables and stay away from dry beans, peas and corn. Eat all the vegetables you want along with your soup. At dinner, reward yourself with a big baked potato with butter. Do not eat fruit today.
Day Three: Mix Days One and Two: Eat all the soup, fruits and vegetables you want. No Baked Potato.
Day Four: Bananas and Skim Milk: Eat as many as eight bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you would like on this day, along with your soup. This day is supposed to lessen your desire for sweets.
Day Five: Beef And Tomatoes: Ten to twenty ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water this day to wash the uric acid from your body. Eat your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (but absolutely no skin-on chicken). If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef on one of the beef days (but not both).
Day Six: Beef and Vegetables: Eat to your heart's content of beef and vegetables this day. You can even have 2 or 3 steaks if you like, with leafy green vegetables. No Baked Potato. Eat your soup at least once.
Day Seven: Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables: Again stuff, stuff, stuff yourself. Be sure to eat your soup at least once this day.
KICK START DIET
Kick Start Diet soup recipe and;
Day one: Soup and fruit. Eat any fruit except bananas because they are high in kilojoules. Eat as much as you want. If you do not want soup for breakfast, have a fruit salad instead.
Day two: Soup and vegetables. Eat as much fresh, raw or lightly steamed vegies as you like. Leafy greens are great but avoid peas, corn and beans as they are high in sugar. Reward yourself at night with a jacket potato, a little butter or better still, some yoghurt.
Day three: Soup and vegetables and fruit: Eat all you want but no potatoes.
Day four: Soup and banana smoothies. Make a banana smoothie with low-fat or skim milk because it is a great source of potassium. Have a maximum of three large bananas per day.
Day five: Soup, beef and tomatoes. Eat a piece of lean beef or a skinless breast of chicken no bigger than a deck of cards with six luscious tomatoes. Vegetarians can substitute tofu. These quantities are per day. You can go easy on the soup today.
Day six: Soup, beef and vegies.: Eat plenty of beef (or skinless chicken or fish) and vegies today. Again, vegetarians can substitute tofu. You might not need soup as much but your body will tell you. No potatoes.
Day seven: Soup, brown rice, vegies and fruit juice. You might need more soup today.