Mayo Clinic Soup Diet

By Elizabeth Curley

The Mayo Clinic Soup Diet is not actually endorsed by the Mayo Clinic medical organization. Rather, it’s a fad diet that has been circulating for decades, also referred to as the Cabbage Soup Diet or the Model's Diet. The centerpiece of this diet is a cabbage soup that is consumed each day in conjunction with other foods. The dieter can expect to lose up to ten pounds in one week. This diet should not be maintained for longer than seven days.

Recipe

The ingredients needed to prepare the soup are six green onions, two green peppers, two cans of diced tomatoes, one bunch of celery, one envelope dry onion soup mix, one bouillon cube, one large head of cabbage, and one can of V-8 juice, though it is optional.

Cut the vegetables into small pieces and place in a large pot. Cover with water and V-8 juice if desired. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.

Day One

Eat all the fruit you desire except for bananas. Eat as much of the soup as you would like in addition to the fruits. Consume unsweetened teas, cranberry juice or water.

Day Two

Eat an abundance of fresh, raw or cooked vegetables. Avoid dry beans, peas and corn. Eat as much of the soup as you would like in addition to the vegetables. At dinner you may have a baked potato with a small amount of butter.

Day Three

Eat all the fruits, vegetables, and soup you want. Do not have a baked potato on day three.

Day Four

Eat up to eight bananas and consume as much skim milk as you want in addition to consuming your soup.

Day Five

Consume 10 to 20 ounces of beef and a maximum of six fresh tomatoes. Be sure to eat your soup at least once during day five. Drink six to eight ounces of water to flush uric acid from the body.

Day Six

Consume an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables during day six. Eat your soup at least once, but do not consume a baked potato.

Day Seven

Eat as much brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices, and vegetables as you'd like. Eat your soup at least once during day seven.

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