Food & nutrition

WW vs. the cabbage soup diet

How does this well-known soup diet stack up against WW (Weight Watchers)?

As far as soup diets go, the cabbage soup diet is one of the more well-known. But what exactly is the cabbage soup diet, and how does it compare to the WW programme?





Cabbage Soup Diet

U.S. News & World Report Rankings*

#1 Best Diet for Weight Loss

Not featured

What can I eat on this plan?

No food is off-limits on WW. Our proven SmartPoints® system guides you towards lean proteins, fruit and vegetables and a generally healthier pattern of eating. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a glass of wine or dessert! Plus, enjoy ZeroPoint foods which you don't have to weigh, track or measure™.

Cabbage soup! Each day, you can also eat one or two other foods, including fruit & vegetables (unlimited), skimmed milk, beef, baked potato and brown rice. You can only eat certain foods on certain days, so it's quite restrictive.

Liveability The WW programme is a long-term healthy living plan for real life. Beyond more flexibility in your food choices, WW also helps you fit in more movement and teaches you healthy habits that can shift your mindset along the journey. With an approach that goes beyond food, you’ll see benefits both on and off the scale.

The cabbage soup diet is a 7-day, short-term diet designed for fast weight loss. It's a highly restrictive diet that is low in fat but high in fibre, and results are likely to be unsustainable.

Health risks WW is the #1 doctor recommended weight-loss plan according to an August 2016 survey of doctors.

There could be potential health risks for people with certain medical conditions following the cabbage soup diet, which is very low calorie, unbalanced and potentially deficient in essential vitamins and minerals.

Social support

WW Workshops, WW Coaches, 24/7 Expert Chat, Customer Service, and Connect, an exclusive social network with other members for motivation and inspiration whenever you need it.

Some forums, but no dedicated establishment offering support for people following this diet.

 *WW is #1 in two U.S. News & World Report categories, and featured in the top three in another category. Learn more here!