Need to drop a few? Get the information you need on how to follow the watercress soup diet.
: Never change your diet without first consulting your physician.
Step 1: Eat soup and fruit Eat as much watercress soup as you want, as well as fruits with high-water content such as apples, grapefruit, kiwi, melon, peaches, pineapple, and oranges, and drink 8 ounces of skim milk or fat-free yogurt during the first day.
Step 2: Eat more soup and vegetables Eat an unlimited amount of soup, along with vegetables including asparagus, beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumber, lettuce, as well as one baked potato and 8 ounces of skim milk or fat-free yogurt on the second day.
TIP: Eat no more than 1,500 calories a day during the diet.
Step 3: Continue eating soup, fruit and vegetables Continue eating unlimited amounts of soup, as well as fruit and vegetables and skim milk or yogurt, but no potato on the third day.
Step 4: Eat soup and bananas Eat unlimited soup, plus five bananas, and drink eight 8-ounce servings of skim milk for day four.
TIP: You can substitute yogurt for one milk serving on day four, but only one.
Step 5: Add chicken and fish Eat as much white fish or skinless chicken as you want in addition to the soup, plus six tomatoes, and drink 8 ounces of skim milk on the fifth day.
Step 6: Soup and chicken Eat as much fish and chicken as you need, along with vegetables including tomatoes, and drink 8 ounces of skim milk or yogurt in addition to eating watercress soup for day six.
Step 7: Eat soup, fruit, and vegetables Eat unlimited soup, as well as fruit and vegetables and your 8-ounce glass of skim milk or yogurt to finish your first week.
Step 8: Increase calories Continue eating soup, fruit, vegetables, chicken and fish, and drinking skim milk, but gradually reintroduce other a variety of foods, slowly moving toward a diet you can maintain over the long term.