IT’S FALL! I’m super excited since that means I get to break out my cute boots and trench coats to help make those chilly days a little warmer. When I think of fall, I also think about hearty soups and stews that will help fill me up and keep me warm. But did you know that eating soup can actually help you lose weight too? I know many of you have heard of or even tried eating soup to lose weight with the cabbage soup diet and other fad weight loss programs, only to find that the weight you may lose comes back on pretty fast and usually brings a few friends with it. That’s because you are ONLY eating soup, which is not a realistic way to lose weight. You have to eat to lose weight…no way around that, and eating soup 3 times a day isn’t giving you enough calories to burn for energy throughout the day or nutrients for sustainable weight-loss. So, instead of trying to lose weight quickly by eating soup, try switching out one meal a day with a soup that is chock full of nutrients, low in calories, and heavy on the greens.
What are the benefits for eating soup to lose weight? Soup helps you feel full faster, which stops you from overeating throughout the day. You’ll also notice that the right soup will help improve your digestion and hydrates your body since it is usually broth or water based. If you’re trying to lose weight and get rid of belly fat, avoid soups that are cream based or uses lots of cheese, as these soups contains tons of saturated fat or calories. Or, if you just must have a creamy soup, try using Greek yogurt instead of cream or cheese. If you are going to make a Green Soup, make sure to include olive oil, as your body needs to the fat to absorb the nutrients in the greens. Here are a couple of amazing soup recipes courtesy of Pinterest. Check out our Soups and Stews board for more yummy, belly-fat busting recipes. Have a soup recipe of your own you’d love to share? Please share it in the comments below. Enjoy!