A sample seven-day diet plan looks like this:
Day One: Eat only fruit (all fruits are permitted except bananas), as much as you like. Drink unsweetened tea, black coffee, cranberry juice, water. Day Two: Eat all you want of fresh, raw or cooked vegetables, avoiding dry beans, peas and corn. A baked potato with butter is allowed for dinner. Day Three: Combine days one and two, but eliminate the potato. Day Four: Eat as many as eight bananas, and drink as much skim milk as you like. Day Five: Eat 10 - 20 ounces (300-500g) of beef, and up to six fresh tomatoes. You may have skinless broiled or baked chicken or fish, instead of the beef. Drink 6 - 8 glasses of water. Day Six: Eat beef and vegetables. No baked potato. Day Seven: Eat all you like of brown rice and vegetables. Drink unsweetened fruit juices and water. On all of the days you may eat as much of the cabbage soup as desired, with at least one bowl required each day.
The Cabbage soup diet is a fad diet that is built around heavy consumption of an extremely low-calorie cabbage soup. Its origins are unknown. The intent is to lose 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of weight in a week, though nutritional experts who have examined the diet say that it is impossible to lose that much fat within a week (most of the weight lost is water) and that the recipe for the soup as often given has an extremely high sodium content and very little protein.
A variation is sometimes called the "TJ Miracle Soup Diet".
The most common forms of the soup recipe have been criticized as being somewhat bland, though spicy versions have appeared; it has also been noted that flatulence is a common side effect of the diet. A frequent comment on the soup is that it makes a good low-calorie filler meal, but is not substantial enough to be relied upon as a dietary staple.