We know that the frustration and stress of trying to lose weight is tough, and while there is no magic bullet which will make the pounds instantly fall, there’s no doubt that soup can certainly help. Soup can be tasty, filling and low on calories. With the right soup recipes for weight loss and a little determination, you can start to see results in no time.
Soup recipes for weight loss are a great way to get started with a healthy eating plan. We have found a selection of healthy soup recipes for weight loss that will help you get started.
How to Use Soup for Weight Loss
Soup has been shown to be a good way to help you control calories and, therefore, lose weight. But of course it depends on what type of soup you consume! A huge bowl of soup made with full-fat cream, with fried croutons and a melted cheese garnish will certainly not help with weight loss, however a light healthy vegetable soup as a replacement for a burger and chips is much more likely to help!
The key is to look for soups which use healthy and low fat ingredients. Avoid ‘creamy’ soups, which use full fat cream and other high calorie ingredients (unless this is part of your diet plan).
The ‘cabbage soup diet’ still exists in different guises, however we’re looking here at soups which compliment a more balanced weight loss diet and which you will enjoy using as part of your ongoing weight loss and weight management plan.
The best way to use soup for weight loss is to find a healthy, low calorie and low fat soup you love and use this to replace high calorie meals. A big bowl of a warming, healthy and filling soup, with fresh vegetables as a garnish will certainly keep you sated and not craving unhealthy alternatives.
Here are some recipes for soups for weight loss:
Weight Loss Oil Free Tomato Soup Recipe
This soup is made using tomatoes combined with a range of different spices and herbs to create a tasty and filling meal.
Dal Soup for Weight Loss
This is an easy and healthy filling soup recipe made with different types of lentils, veggies and spices. This is also a protein-rich soup, which makes it idea for a main meal alternative.
Low Calorie Creamy Vegetable Soup Recipe
This creamy vegetable soup is both filling and low in calories. The soup recipe uses chicken stock, however vegans and vegetarians can substitute vegetable stock to enjoy this soup.
More Weight Loss Soup Recipes
And there are plenty more weight loss soup recipes we enjoy including:
WeightWatchers Basic Soup Recipe
This is a basic vegetable soup recipe which you can build on to create a soup you love. If you are a fan of creamy soups, try blending the soup before serving. Change the proportion of vegetables depending on what you have and what is in season.
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Slimming World Lentil Soup Recipe
A hearty, lightly spiced soup with lentils, butternut squash and spinach.
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24 Low Calorie Soup Recipes
This collection of low calorie soups from the BBC has something for every taste.
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About Low Calorie Soups
At the extreme side of low calorie soups, many people report sucess with the cabbage soup diet. The cabbage soup diet is a relatively common weight loss technique in the US. It is used to lose body fat by eating cabbage soup for 6 days a week, followed by a rest of three days. The cabbage soup diet was first published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in 1983. It has been reported that more than 5 million patients have successfully followed this regimen.
However, it is a very restricted regime and many people are unable to stick with it.
The reason why we like low calorie soups as a way to help manage and lose weight is it is a great way to get your daily quota of essential nutrients, while also providing a varied and interesting meal option.