The chicken soup diet, sometimes known as the chicken diet, involves a very strict plan designed to help you lose weight quickly. This diet should not be followed for more than seven days at a time since it is extremely low in calories. However, if practiced correctly, participants can lose up to 10 pounds. With any diet or fitness plan, check with your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to go on the chicken soup diet.

Things You'll Need


Start your day with one of the five breakfast options that are allowed on the diet.

Breakfast One:

1 cup nonfat yogurt

1/2 cup fruit

wheat germ

Breakfast Two:

1 cup ricotta cheese with 1/2 tsp. sugar and a dash of cinnamon

2 pieces whole-grain toast

3 dried figs

Breakfast Three:

1-1/2 cup Total cereal

1/2 cup skim milk

1/2 cup orange juice

Breakfast Four:

1/2 cup prune juice

1 whole-wheat bagel

1 oz. nonfat cheese

Breakfast Five:

1-1/2 cups cooked Wheatena cereal

1/2 cup skim milk

Prepare the chicken soup in the morning on your first day of the diet. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add parsnips, celery, turnip, jalapeño pepper, garlic, salt and cayenne pepper. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until all vegetables are crisp yet tender. Add the chicken broth and the cooked chicken. Add the frozen carrots, frozen broccoli, frozen collard greens or spinach, frozen chopped onions, lemon juice and dill. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat, and allow the soup to simmer for about five minutes. This recipe will make about 26 cups of soup.

Eat a serving of soup as often as you wish during the seven days you are on the diet. You must eat one of the five recommended breakfasts to ensure you get enough grains, fruit and dairy each day. After breakfast, however, you should eat only soup until the next morning. Drink plenty of water or lightly sweetened tea to stay hydrated. Consider taking a multivitamin since this diet regiment is unlikely to provide you with all of the vitamins and minerals you require.