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Cabbage Soup and Atkins Diets

Marisa Mackie (39), author and Herald columnist

"I tried the Cabbage Soup Diet once a few years ago as people were raving about it, but I found it so boring and monotonous drinking the same soup every day for a week and I think I only lost a pound.

"I had tried the Atkins Diet before that but as a vegetarian I found myself very limited eating just cheese and eggs. I think I lasted two days on it before going back to my regular meals."