Today I heard someone say that the proper way to do an extended fast is to prepare with a special diet during the previous week. Supposedly this special diet prepares your metabolism for the absence of food, and it also helps you be more efficient with weight-loss during and after the fast.
That all sounds good, until you hear what the special diet consists of : cabbage soup. There are some variations on the cabbage soup, including adding beef on certain days, but still, it’s cabbage soup. I don’t know your opinion on it, but I think it’s nasty.
I was wondering about this diet, why it would work, and I’ve come up with a few ideas. I’m no dietitian or nutriologist, but I’m good at making up stuff. 🙂 First, I think that after a week of eating only cabbage soup for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, your stomach says “no more” and thus you don’t want any food for a while. Secondly, I think that it takes the whole length of your fast (say, 21 days) for your stomach to quit reeling over all that cabbage soup. Given these ideas, I can see how such a diet can “help”.
Speaking of cabbage, since this is in a soup, I suppose it would involve boiled cabbage. If you haven’t ever been around such a mess, I’ll tell you that there is some STANK involved with that. (If you aren’t familiar with the term STANK, it’s worse than “stink”.)
Anyway, I plan to do more fasting in the future, but I don’t plan to research that cabbage soup diet. If anyone tries it, you can let us know how that works out for you.