Weight loss is quite a challenging journey especially when you feel hungry or deprived when cutting back from food intake. Aside from a low-carb diet, people also turn to “Juicing”, wherein foods are liquified making them emptied from the stomach faster than solids. As for me, “Souping” is better. Soup is very filling without too many calories. Thicker liquids like soup remain in the stomach longer, making you feel more full longer so you don’t feel hungry or deprived that much.
If you eat the right types of soup, it can help you a lot with weight loss because of their low-calorie density. Sticking to soup with ingredients such as vegetables, beans, and lean protein is beneficial for their fiber and protein nutrients that are excellent in filling your tummy.
Avoid soups that are high in calories and not very filling like soups with cheese, such as cheddar cheese or broccoli and cheese soup. Cream-based soups, such as cream of mushroom, cream of tomato or clam chowder should also be on your avoid list. Choose your toppings as well. Avoid croutons, noodles, cheese or other high-calorie toppings as much as possible to save yourself from the high-calorie intake. You should make your soup broth-based like bean soup with vegetables. If you love pasta in tomato sauce in the past, why not make tomato or minestrone soup instead? For a warm snack, you can also replace your hot chocolate or coffee which is high in sugar and milk to soup.
Choosing soup as a weight-loss method could be very difficult when it comes to getting all the important nutrients your body needs. Adding healthy food choices, nutrient-dense, low-calorie ingredients is the best for you to get the essential vitamins and minerals from your soup. You can include carrots to get potassium and vitamin A, barley for niacin, lentils for iron, or chicken breast for vitamin B-12.
Soup has been around for decades and different soup recipes have been evolving throughout the ages. Aside from the soul-soothing it gives, soup is great in weight-loss as it makes you eat less while filling your body the essential nutrients it needs.
Here are our nutrient-dense soup recipes that can fill your tummy and satisfy your soul while you lose weight!
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