With winter well and truly upon us you may be tempted by a nice bowl of soup to warm you up on those cold days.
Well, its ability to warm you is not the only benefit of soup, did you know that it could also help with your weight loss efforts?
Studies have shown that eating soup before a meal could reduce your overall calorie intake by as much as 20%. Now I am sure that would make a difference to those numbers the next time you weigh.
What makes soup so beneficial for weight loss? Lets find out shall we?
Why is soup so beneficial for weight loss?
There are numerous ways that soup can aid your weight loss efforts, such as:
#1: It helps fill you up
Homemade soup made from fresh vegetables can help fill you up, basically due to the bulk of the ingredients plus the water content.
#2: They can be low in calories
Soup that is made from fresh vegetables could contain virtually no calories, so swapping one of your usual meals for soup could in theory help cut hundreds of calories from your daily intake.
Just make sure you do not ruin it by eating too much bread, which is a common accompaniment to soup.
#3: Help regulate your digestive system
There are many different vegetables found in soup that contain vitamins such as vitamin B, C and K, as well as dietary fibre that can help to regulate your digestive system.
When you experience regular bowel movements you will not experience that build up of toxins that prevent weight loss from occurring.
#4: Helps remove excess fluid
If you want to remove excess fluid from your body, perhaps because you often feel bloated and lethargic, then choose a soup made from leeks, onions and celery.
Each of these ingredients contain potassium, which helps to bind sodium that in turn helps to rid the body of excess fluid.
Removing this excess bloat will almost instantly make you feel slimmer with more energy.
Does soup offer other health benefits?
Weight loss is not the only benefit of soup. As a soup made from fresh ingredients will contain various vitamins and minerals that can help improve your overall health. Is it any wonder that when you catch a cold one of the treatments is to eat soup?
These nutrients can also help cut the risks of various health conditions including heart disease and diabetes amongst others.
What kind of soups should you avoid?
Not all soups are going to be good for you, for example most of those soups you find in the canned food section in your local supermarket are best avoided due to their sugar and salt content.
Here are some other types of soup you should avoid:
- Clam chowder; as it is likely to be high in cream, fat and importantly calories.
- Potato soup; if made with a broth base that can mean excess fat and calories will be present.
- Lobster bisque; contains an average of 13.1 grams of fat (20% of your daily limit).
- Any soup made from cheese; when dieting it is best to keep your cheese intake to a minimum.
Which are the best weight loss soups?
When looking for the best weight loss soup you wont need to look very far as those you make yourself will be the best for you.
Just make sure to make it using fresh low-fat ingredients with the minimum amount of salt and fat.
Here are some examples:
- Fresh vegetables; contain various nutrients.
- Beans and Fish; contain lean protein.
- Tomatoes; contain lycopene that help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
- Lean meat; high in protein yet low in fat.
Just experiment with those fresh ingredients and reap the rewards of your own homemade weight loss soup.