Dolly Parton is known for many things, including her incredible voice, her boisterous personality and charitable nature, and, of course, her stunning appearance. She has famously quipped, “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.” Though we think she always looks like a million bucks! But what is the country star’s secret when it comes to staying so fit? You may have heard of something called the Dolly Parton Diet — which consists of eating cabbage soup (yes, cabbage soup!) as your main meals along with fruit and vegetables. It’s also known as the TWA Stewardess Diet and, well, the Cabbage Soup Diet.
In 1996, the Washington Post referenced claims that the meal plan would help someone shed “10 to 17 pounds in a week.” That’s pretty bold! Obviously, restricting yourself so drastically would likely result in weight loss, but we’re not sure it’s safe — or worth enduring the pungent flavor.
But the real question is, did Dolly actually use the eponymous diet to whittle down her waist? A 2015 Vanity Fair article quotes her saying, “I thought I might as well see if I can lose weight on my own diet,” despite also admitting she had nothing to do with it being named after her.
While looking for the diet’s origin, The Post found a magazine that had published an article featuring “TJ’s Miracle Soup” — the TJ in question was a member of Dolly’s band who had originally recommended it to her. However, they were met with denials and “no comment” from the singer’s representation at the time.
All signs point to her at least trying the diet. After all, “I tried every diet in the book, I tried some that weren’t in the book. I tried eating the book — it tasted better than most of the diets!” is one of her most hilarious quotes.
But whatever the case may be, we think it might be better to stick with healthier (and tastier) weight loss options than the questionable Dolly Parton Diet.
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