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Old 12-15-2007, 09:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm nursing a 7 month old and dh wants to do the cabbage soup diet for a week to jump start his weight loss. I'd love to join him as I haven't lost any of my baby weight but I'm not sure if I should with nursing.
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I would think that it might be pretty dangerous. Cabbage isn't going to provide you the nutrition needed.
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The cabbage soup diet isn't good for anyone, breastfeeding or not.
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I would stick with something more varied. Weight Watchers has a great program, that includes advising nursing moms to eat about 600 calories per day more than non-nursing women.
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I can relate, DH wants me to do Nutrisystem with him. I told him I'm not going to jeopardize my milk supply or DD's and my health by risking a weight-loss diet. For now I'm trying to avoid the snackies (not really a good season for that!) and eat lots of fresh fruits and veges. I really want to lose weight but it will just have to wait.................
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No way, I wouldn't even do that diet if I WASN'T nursing. The cabbage soup diet works by giving you diarrhea, so it is terrible for your body.
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You shouldn't do anything drastic to lose weight while breastfeeding, since a quick weight loss can release toxins into the milk.

By the way I have read about eating cabbage as a way of weaning - apparently it makes the milk taste awful or something. :
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By the way I have read about eating cabbage as a way of weaning - apparently it makes the milk taste awful or something. :
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I hope the OP reads this before she starts the diet! I had never heard that before.
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Okay I figured that but I was holding on to a thread of hope....
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Okay I figured that but I was holding on to a thread of hope....
If it was me, I would just eat a reasonable and varied diet of fruits, veggies, lean meats, low-fat dairy, legumes, and whole grains - limit sugar, refined flour, and alcohol.

You know, all the stuff you know you are supposed to do!

And set up a separate sleeping place for your husband. I know what mine does when he eats cabbage ONE meal a week. I don't want to even imagine a diet of exclusively cabbage!
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And set up a separate sleeping place for your husband. I know what mine does when he eats cabbage ONE meal a week. I don't want to even imagine a diet of exclusively cabbage!
Yeah, it will NOT be pretty.
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Thank goodness he co-sleeps with my 4yo! LOL
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Thank goodness he co-sleeps with my 4yo! LOL
You should probably buy the 4 yo a gas mask for Christmas.
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Why not try eating a wide variety of healthy foods:? Cabbage soup is good, but limiting yourself to just cabbage soup seems kind of depriving especially when the world is full of tons of healthy, tasty food!

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I know all the "smart" ways of losing weight it just sounded good to restrict myself for a week and lose 10+ pounds before seeing everyone at Christmas. Ah well.
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I know all the "smart" ways of losing weight it just sounded good to restrict myself for a week and lose 10+ pounds before seeing everyone at Christmas. Ah well.
As you probably already know, though, it wouldn't be 10 pounds of fat. It would mainly be lost water, and lack of food in the digestive tract, and a little bit of muscle (not good in the long term for weight loss/health/appearance), and MAYBE 2 pounds of fat.
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Yes, I think everyone said what I would. You would risk supply, and frankly any "diet" isn't going to do you any good in the long run. I am still nursing twins, and I have lost over 122 pounds over 15 months. I did it by eating healthy foods in reasonable portions and exercising...no particular "diet", and no fads of anything. You want to enhance your life, not deprive yourself, make you hate healthy foods by forcing yourself to eat just a few, and your DH too. I wish you luck, but there is no magic cure for 10 pounds that isn't dangerous in some way...sorry
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I agree with the PP who says the cabbage soup diet is not good for anyone, breastfeeding or not. To lose weight while bf, I highly recommend this book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0345492595?...6TEH4DNP5QZEA&
or also the weight watchers bf program works very well, at least it did for me (when I stuck to it)
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I agree with the PP who says the cabbage soup diet is not good for anyone, breastfeeding or not. To lose weight while bf, I highly recommend this book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0345492595?...6TEH4DNP5QZEA&
or also the weight watchers bf program works very well, at least it did for me (when I stuck to it)
ANY program that you stick with will work. The trick is finding one you can stick to for your whole life.

I'm also a little concerned that the OP associates "restrictions" with weight loss. Restriction usually backfires in the long run.
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