Weight loss soups are great for temporary weight loss. The problem of course is that any low calorie program is doomed to failure long-term. Now that I’ve made my opinion perfectly clear, it’s up to the reader to decide whether or not to follow a low calorie soup diet for temporary weight loss.
There many types of soups that can be used to help someone lose a few pounds. One of the most beneficial uses for soup-based diets is to help clean the system. For example a seven day soup diet can help to remove the bad bacteria and promote the healthy bacteria in your stomach and intestines.
Which Low Calorie Soup Diet Is Best?
The truth is, most of the well-known soup-based diets are about the same in terms of value and results. The most important aspect of any diet is the ability of the person on it to stick to the program for the appropriate length of time it takes to see results. For example the wonder soup diet also known as the cabbage soup diet can be a healthy program for the seven or eight days that it lasts.
The common denominator with most of these soup diets is healthy portions of vegetables and broth eaten throughout the day. Some programs also promote reasonable servings of fish or fruit as well is plenty of water. In fact, one of the most positive aspects of the diet soups is the fact that they promote healthy servings of vegetables and full hydration.
Is It Okay To Cheat On The Low Calorie Soup Diet?
My recommendation is that anyone interested in a seven day weight loss soup diet supplement their caloric intake with whey protein. Research has shown that limiting calories to 1500 a day or less for extended periods can significantly impair metabolism. Of course, there’s a slim chance of this happening (pun intended) within seven days.
Having a cheat day each week helps to keep your body from falling into a rut and keeps most people from straying too far into junk food habits. This also helps people to understand why they eat what they eat. Many people feel strange going back to eating their “bad food choices” even for a day.
If you get to a diet that keeps you within your margin of basal caloric requirement, you should be able to handle it without cheating. Extremely low calorie weight loss soup or low nutrition meals tend to leave the body, mind and wanting more food. The cravings come bubbling up to influence your decisions when calories are too low.
Enjoying a Water Based Diet
Although you will be taking in a lot of water based foods, you still need to drink water. You cannot skip this step because it is not optional. Drinking water helps to clear your system and make your stomach feel full.
Drink water every hour for proper hydration. Keep a coffee cup near you and fill it hourly. Water helps to keep you feeling full and flushes your system during the diet program. Avoid too many artificial sweeteners since they are known to trick the body into reacting as if sugar was present in the system.
Many of the diets offer strange options from day to day. Although they might offer seemingly sensible explanations for mixing up the food choices from day to day, the best results actually come from sticking with a simple set of choices. You can make different vegetable soups from day to day as long as you keep the basic soup free from processed ingredients.
Stay away from starchy vegetables (corn, white potatoes) avoid rice and flour. If you can handle nut milks (such as almond or cashew or coconut) try them as a substitute for dairy. Get creative with your soups. Try low salt, vegetable or chicken broth in your recipes.
Pick a different main vegetable for your soup of choice each day. Here are a few choices that come to mind:
1. Zucchini Soup
2. Garlic And Sweet Pepper Soup
3. Herbed Broccoli-Cauliflower Bisque
4. Two-Season Squash Soup
5. Cabbage Soup
6. French Onion Soup
7. 8 Vegetable Soup
Diets Are For Fit People
Problems with metabolic syndrome occurs when dieters do not increase their activity level, but instead rely on a caloric deficit alone for diets soup. Although it’s not necessarily true that people who are looking to lose weight are already out of shape, but when you consider the sedentary lifestyle of the majority of Americans, there’s a good chance that the average dieter is also out of shape.
People who are moderately active have less to fear from metabolic syndrome than those who are sedentary. If they find that they have put on the pounds from overindulgence, a seven-day diet weight loss soup program is perfectly fine for bringing their waistline back to its normal girth. They simply have to increase their activity level during their diet program to obtain beneficial results.
Here’s an example of a seven-day weight loss soup diet to help you jumpstart your change to a healthy eating regimen and exercise program. Keep in mind that a diet should be a gradual change in your eating habits rather than a cold turkey experience. If you are currently eating 6,000 calories a day and find it difficult to move from room to room, see a physician before going on any diet program.
Whether you choose the cabbage soup diet, or any other vegetable wonder diet, the key here is water-based vegetables. Most of these weight loss also include fruits such as apples, citrus fruits, berries and melons. Although some of these programs allowed dried fruits, they are high in sugar and tend to wreck havoc with blood sugar levels.
Day one. Start today with vegetables or fruits for breakfast. If you have a juicer in your kitchen, try making a vegetable or a fruit smoothie in the morning. I recommend taking a heaping scoop of whey protein an hour upon waking. Vegetable juices spiked with whey protein in the morning are a great pick me up.
Since you’re eating a lot of fruits and vegetables for the first day, pace yourself. Eat every 2 to 3 hours to keep blood sugar levels on an even keel. This also helps to stave off any hunger (or perceived hunger due to sudden change in diet) that you may feel for the first three days.
Midmorning snack is whole fruit from the list above. At this time it’s important to avoid bananas. Lunch is basically vegetable soup. Go ahead and have as much if you like. You may still be stuffed when your mid afternoon snack time comes around to try to get some more fruit in or at least other vegetable smoothie.
For dinner, have more soup (surprise) and fruit for dessert. Have another smoothie for your final meal. Be sure to include whey protein powder in your smoothie. You should be able to get through the process within your basic calorie requirement of 1,500 to 1,800 calories.
Walk The Pounds Away
An excellent activity for this kind of diet is walking. A 40 minute walk can boost metabolic rate, clear your head and improve your mood while positively influencing your digestion. This is a good time to get on the 10,000 steps program if you have not adopted it into your lifestyle.
Soups are perfect meals because they are easy to make in a crock pot and left to simmer all day. You can pack a lot of vegetables in soups and add beans and lentils for fiber and protein. Once the “diet” is over, stick with soups and stews for at least three meals a week. Try to avoid going back to processed foods and starches. Keep those as your cheat treats once a week.
Here is a sample of a good soup to start. You can change the ingredients to suit your tastes.
Author: Divas Can Cook
½ head of cabbage, chopped
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup white or yellow onion, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken broth
14 oz can basil, oregano, garlic diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
few shakes of black pepper
½ teaspoon salt (optional)
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
Add celery, onions, bell peppers, and carrots.
Saute until slightly tender.
Stir in garlic.
Pour in chicken broth.
Stir in tomatoes and cabbage.
Bring to a boil and then reduce heat.
Cook until cabbage is tender.
Stir in oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, black pepper and salt (if using)
Taste broth and adjust seasoning if needed.
Serve and enjoy!
Jazz it up by adding lots of spices, herbs and a variety of veggies.
This makes enough for about 3 days.
Keeps well in the fridge for about 3 day.