So I hold my hands up I tried a fad diet , the infamous cabbage soup diet. Here’s my honest verdict: it was awful. Yes I lost a whole pound (I haven’t got a lot to lose) but it was soul destroying and here’s why.
1. There is no variation.
If like me you like variation in your diet and like cooking with fresh ingredients , this is not for you. When it is not the holidays I eat a healthy diet , with fish , chicken , veggies, fruits , grains and wholewheat carbohydrates (mainly pasta ) . So not being able to cook myself something , which I believe brings a lot of the enjoyment to living a healthy lifestyle is lost as there is no room for experimentation.
2. It’s expensive for a limited budget
I know this may seem silly as you would think how is that possible. Here’s how. To do the diet properly it requires a lot of fresh fruit (when you are allowed it) and fresh veggies. Sadly as most of us know to get fresh stuff it can be a little pricey. Also as each day changes as to what you can eat you can’t just simply plan meals therefore, increasing the cost.
3. No little luxuries.
Even though I do eat healthy I also allow myself some little luxuries. Normally , in the evenings while chilling out I have a couple of Nairn biscuits (check them out) they are gluten free, low calorie and low sugar biscuits and I have these with a cup of tea. I also love snacking on dried fruit as mid day snack such as dried apricots however, this was also of the agenda. Then the low fat fromage frais I usually have was absent this week too :(.
4. Hungry and tired
So this diet works due to it being so low calorie. However , as its low calorie and low carb too you will find yourself exhausted ! I found this often. However for me this wasn’t good because as anyone knows part of living a healthy lifestyle means that exercise is important but with such little energy it just felt like a slog rather than something I usually enjoy.
5. Not a proper breakfast
This actually weirdly really annoyed me. In the mornings I love tucking into a bowl of cereal such as bran flakes, museli or porridge. However , these were also absent and I hated waking up to bloody cabbage soup, so much so I occasionally missed breakfast a big no no .
6. Food waste
So I study environmental geography at univeristy. I’m also passionate about conservation and food security issues. So I’m feeling very annoyed with this. As I didn’t eat as much cabbage soup as I probably should have this means there is fair bit of waste. Not only this but because I was unable to plan my meals and therefore my weekly shop, it is difficult to minimise food waste.
7. You will want to snack
Because I haven’t been able to eat normally all I want to do is snack.
So if you want to lose weight and get healthy , don’t do this !!! For these reasons and all the others you will find out there.
I’m very much looking forward to tucking into my porridge tomorrow morning . Making healthy varied choices and not eating another mouthful of the cabbage soup.