While it’s not a long-term eating plan, souping is a handy quick fix when your jeans feel tight. Here’s everything you need to know about this new diet.
Why Soup Is Super
To get the full health benefits from every bowl, any soup you consume needs to be more like thick vegetable juice than cheesy white sauce. Just like a juice cleanse, most soup diets last one, three or five days depending on your goal – or your willpower. For weight loss, your whole day’s worth of soup should add up to no more than 1,200 calories in total, the recommended intake for women on a diet.
Full Of Nutrients
“Most juicing machines extract the juice from fruit and vegetables in such a way that the fibrous parts of the plant get thrown away,” says dietitian Dr Joanna McMillan. “A bowl of vegetable soup is made with whole vegetables that are dense in nutrients and fibre to leave you feeling much more satisfied than you would with a sweet thin juice.”
While fresh juices quickly ferment and go off, soups only get better the next day. Homemade purees from fresh seasonal vegetables are the best, so plug in the blender. “Make a pot for the week and it will last you for a few lunches,” says Dr McMillan. “You end up with a filling meal that is low in calories because it’s mostly veggies with protein.”
Text: Women’s Day, Bauer Syndication / Additional Reporting: Zarelda Marie Goh