The bottom line is that if the Cabbage Soup Diet really were the answer to your dieting prayers, you'd already know all about it, and everybody would be following it -- so you know there must be some drawbacks. Just like many diets and medications, the Cabbage Soup Diet may possibly lead to some less than ideal side effects for participants.
The most prevalent -- not to mention embarrassing - side effect is the almost unavoidable gas. When your body is ingesting this many vegetables, plus the high intake of cabbage, you're sure to pass some less-than-pleasant odors. The diet is low calorie and high fiber, which won't always agree well with your stomach.
Some participants have said the diet was a challenge and successful in terms of weight loss, but it didn't come without cost. They claimed to have experienced migraines, discoloration around the eyes, low energy levels, mood swings and low levels of concentration and creativity. Their co-workers agreed, stating their usually upbeat and helpful colleagues were slower than usual and a bit moody at times [source: Browne].
As we've touched on, the diet itself is not a well-rounded meal plan. As such, following it for too long can intensify the side effects. It doesn't provide the body with enough nutrition to keep you healthy. The low calories alone would leave anyone feeling slow and sluggish. It's always a good idea to check with a health care professional before trying something as drastic as the Cabbage Soup Diet.
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