Read this carefully! I am not a doctor or a dietitian. This is not my diet. I was given a photocopy of this diet and it worked very well for me, so I posted it on my website for others to try. I've received a lot of email about it... a lot of people are happy with it. If you follow the instructions carefully, it will work for you, just like it worked for me. In addition to the diet, I exercise a fair amount: I cycle everywhere, I swim a lot and I rollerblade on weekends. I lost almost 20lbs. using this diet. I gained the weight back in 7 or 8 months after a period of inactivity and I repeated the diet with similar results.

It works... and yes, it is very similar to the famous "cabbage soup diet".

The following was transcribed from the photocopy:

A diet that works!

This 7 day eating plan can be used as often as you like. If correctly followed, it will clean out your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well being as never before. After only 7 days of this process, you will begin to feel lighter by at least 10 and possibly 17 lbs., and have an abundance of energy. Continue on this plan as long as you wish to feel the differences.

(*See the comments below about "fat-burning" diets.)

The Soup









Season with salt, pepper, curry, parsley (if desired) or boullion (Bovril) or hot sauce (Worcestershire).

Cut veggies in small to medium pieces.

Cover with water and boil fast for 10 minutes.

Reduce heat to simmer and continue cooking until veggies are tender.

This soup can be eaten any time you're hungry during the week. Eat as much as you want, whenever your want. This soup will not add calories. The more you eat, the more you will lose. Take a thermos with you if you will be away during the day.


Unsweetened juices, tea (also herbal), coffee, cranberry juice, skim milk, or water, water, water, ...


Any fruit, except bananas. Cantaloupe and watermelon are lower in calories than most other fruits. Eat only soup and fruit today.


All vegetables. Eat until you are stuffed with fresh, raw, cooked or canned veggies. Try to eat green, leafy veggies, stay away from dry beans, peas or corn. Eat veggies along with the soup. At dinner time tonight, reward yourself with a big baked potato and butter! Do not eat any fruits through the day.


Eat all the soup, fruit and veggies you want Do not have a baked potato. If you have eaten as above for three days, and not cheated, you should have lost 5 to 7 Ibs.


Bananas and skim milk. Eat at least 3 bananas and drink as much milk as you can today. Along with the soup, bananas are high in calories and carbohydrates as is milk, but on this particular day, your body will need potassium and carbs. Proteins and calcium to lessen cravings for sweets.


Beef and tomatoes: You may have 10 to 20 ounces of beef and a can of tomatoes, or as many as 4 tomatoes on this day. Eat the soup at least once today.


Beef and veggies. Eat to your heart's content of the beef and veggies today. You can even have 2-3 steaks if you like with green leafy veggies, but no baked potato. Be sure to eat the soup at least once today.


Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juice and veggies. Again, be sure to stuff yourself and also eat the soup. You can add cooked veggies to your rice if you wish.

By the end of the seventh day, if you have not cheated on this diet, you should have lost 10 to 17 Ibs. If you have lost more than 17 Ibs., stay off the diet for two days before resuming the diet again.

This diet does not lend itself to drinking any alcoholic beverages at any time. Because of the fat build-up in your system go off the diet at least 24 hours before any intake of alcohol.

Because everyone's digestive system is different, this diet will affect everyone differently. After day 3, you will have more energy than when you began... if you do not cheat.

After being on the diet for several days, you will find that your bowel movements have changed. Eat a cup of bran or fibre.

Although you can have black coffee with this diet you may find that you don't need the caffeine after the third day.

The basic fat burning soup can be eaten anytime you feel hungry during the 7 days. Eat as much as you wish. Remember, the more you eat, the more you will lose. You can eat broiled, boiled or baked chicken instead of the beef. (Absolutely no skin on the chicken). If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef on only one of the beef days. You need the high protein in the beef for the other days.

Any prescribed medication will not hurt or affect you on this diet. Continue the diet plan as long as you wish and feel the difference both mentally and physically.

Do Not! Do Not! Do Not!

No bread, alcohol, carbonated drinks (including diet drinks). Remember, absolutely no fried foods!

Do! Do! Do! Do! Do! Do!

Drink plenty, at least 6-8 glasses of water a day, as well as any combination of the following beverages: black coffee, unsweetened tea, unsweetened fruit drinks, cranberry juice and skim milk.

Good Luck and Enjoy!

That's it!

If you have questions or comments, email me. I would appreciate knowing where you found out about this web page.

Date: Sun, 11 Jan 1998 22:55:13 +0100

From: "Dr. Martin Borg MD" mtnbg@dream.vol.net.mt

As soon as I saw it, it interested me deeply I was deeply intrigued by the combination of foodstuffs to be eaten. It physiologically and biochemically made a lot of sense to me.

Well I decided to try the net .. the only clue I had was at the bottom of the diet I saw the name "sacred Heart Memorial Hospital" I searched this Hospital on the net and found the diet properly described in this page. I decided the only way to test it is to do it myself.

1. Can excercise be performed in non-cardiac patients undergoing this diet?

I walk to work and swim for an hour a couple of evenings each week. It is when I stop exercising that I need the diet again.

2. Can Pasta replace Rice?

I think so.

3. Can diet fruit Squashes Be used as drinking water every time can be tedious!

Unsweetened fruit juice of any kind is okay, I think.

4. Do people undergoing this diet need vitamin supplements?

I didn't.

5. How long can people continue on this diet?

As long as you feel good and weight loss is not *too* drastic. The first week I lost 20 lbs and I immediately stopped the diet. After that when I returned to the diet, I would lose 10 or so lbs in a week.

6. Can fruit be eaten on any day when people are excercising also together with this diet?

I'm not certain.

Thank You

Dr. Martin Borg MD

"Robbin DiCiacco" from South Florida writes:

The answer to the doctor for the pasta substitute instead of rice should be "NO". The rice should be brown rice which is a better carb for you. If the pasta comes from a health food store and is whole wheat, that might not be too bad but eating refined flour would be a NO NO. I am a nurse and very much into nutrition. Also, yes on the vitamin. Although this diet is filling, it lacks many nutrients.

I received the following from Nikko Tan of Penang, Malaysia:


I am Nikko...

I have been on the 7 day diet

u mentioned ever since

march or april last year :)

.. I have lost 30 kilograms

... and about 10 inches off my waist :)


Here's further information about "Fad Diets", "Phoney Diets" and further Skeptical Commentary. The following is re-printed from www.dietician.com's fad diet page.

Research has proven that quick weight loss is quickly regained. Studies have shown that gradual weight loss, a lower calorie / fat diet, exercise and analyzing everything you eat is more likely to result in permanent weight loss. Weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week is slow enough. A goal of losing 10% of your current weight has been shown to improve your health risk and may be a more reasonable, attainable goal. So figure 10% of your weight as a weight loss goal, then divide by 1 or 2 to determine how many weeks it will take you assuming you follow this advice.

You might also want to have a look at the American Heart Organization website.