This soup recipe claims to help you lose 15 pounds in a week

Sure, everyone wants a lean and toned body, but the truth of the matter is that most people simply don’t put in the effort to have the type of physique they want. Cue the fad diets!

If you’re a serial dieter, chances are you’ve stumbled across the so-called General Motors diet and the “wonder soup” recipe it calls for.

It’s been around for quite some time. Long story short — the diet was supposedly created back in 1985 to help General Motors employees lose weight.

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While no one knows the true origins of this diet, some people still stand by the plan, which claims to help you lose up to 15 pounds in one week. The diet is supposed to help you lose weight, get rid of toxins, aid in digestion and help your body shed excess fat.

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Here’s how it works: The GM diet requires seven days of strict dieting. For example, on day one, you can only eat fruit, except for bananas. On day four, you can only eat bananas, milk and yogurt. You can’t have beans, high-calorie beverages, soda or alcohol throughout the diet. And you can be sure that no foods that have come near a deep fryer are allowed either.

But there’s one food you can eat as much of as you please: the miracle weight-loss cabbage soup.


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The chart below from Divas Can Cook lists the eating rules for each day:

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This soup can be prepared in a variety of ways in the kitchen, but basically, it’s made up of water, onions, green peppers, diced tomatoes, celery, shredded cabbage and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer it all in your favorite big soup pot from your cookware set and you’ll have a tasty soup in no time.

It’s a healthy vegetable soup that’s perfect for winter or whenever you’re in the mood for something warm and comforting.


Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable in the same family as kale and broccoli. The veggie contains a chemical that has been found in some studies to help prevent cancer. Plus, it provides a good dose of fiber and vitamin K.


An easy recipe, complete with a video tutorial (and why this blogger loves this particular diet for when she’s looking to quickly lose weight) can be found on Divas Can Cook.

“This diet is GREAT for the start of a real diet/eating plan,” the blogger writes. “Sometimes you just need a jumpstart, a cleanse, a boost of confidence on the scale.”

In other words — a steady diet of solely cabbage soup simply isn’t healthy or realistic.


While the diet promotes eating fruits and vegetables and eliminates specific foods and beverages known to cause weight gain, there’s no research to support the fact that it actually works.


Moreover, it’s not well-balanced, which can lead to hunger and feeling deprived. No one likes that!

Not to mention, the diet lacks some essential nutrients, depending on which day you’re on.


Bottom line? It’s a crash diet that won’t provide you the type of successful, long-term weight loss you’re looking for. It is, however, a tasty soup, so if you’re looking for a low-calorie meal on a cold winter day, give this recipe a try!


In less than an hour, you can make five days of delicious, filling meals that your whole family will love: