Thin people already know that eating soup is a nutritious way of keeping slim and healthy, but now a new book is advocating that eating nothing but soup for ten days will make you slimmer – but could you stomach it? Fiona Kirk has written ‘Soup Can Make You Thin’ and explains that “Slim people know that a tasty bowl of soup fills them up, crushes cravings, keeps them energised for hours and is hard to beat for good all-round nourishment.” She says that it stands to reason then that if you eat soup on a regular basis it can give you the figure of your dreams, plus, if you stick to soup you can really shift those stubborn pounds in as little as 10 days.
So are we eating cabbage soup every day and aren’t we in danger of getting bored and being tempted off the soup diet? Kirk says this is definitely not the cabbage soup in disguise and that variety is key here, as long as it’s soup. She says: “There are as many reasons why some of us struggle to lose weight and others don’t as there are varieties of soup to choose from but increasing evidence shows that the main stumbling blocks to getting slim and staying slim are hunger, cravings, diet boredom and lack of essential nutrients.” She adds: “Soup is simply a miracle in a bowl for fat loss. The combination of water and solids fills you up more effectively and for longer than if you eat exactly the same food but drink the water separately – plus the water and water content of the vegetables in soup allows for efficient exchange of nutrients into body cells, greatly reducing the possibility of bloating.”
She could be onto something here you know. I recall seeing a fitness programme in which two athletes were given different foods to eat and then tested on energy levels, the first was given a bowl of soup, the second the same amount of food but with a glass of water. Because the water in soup helped to combine the food together, it stayed in the stomach for longer and allowed more nutrients to be processed then the food than was consumed separately from the glass of water. So how can you ensure that you are getting the most from your bowl of soup?
- Choose soups rich in protein or add protein toppings to keep you nourished for longer while keeping the calorie count low.
- Add healthy fats such as olive oil to fill you up, keep you energised and stem cravings.
- Eat soup before bed for a restful and restorative night’s sleep.
- Make soup your snack of choice to avoid energy slumps during the day.
- Include herbs and spices in your soups to fire up your metabolism and cut down on salt.
Kirk says: “The wealth of ingredients in a bowl of soup provides a good balance of carbohydrates, protein and fats as well as the vitamins and minerals required to create energy and keep us firing on all cylinders. Vegetables which are always in evidence in soup provide good levels of fibre to keep digestion in good shape and make getting our five a day a no brainer. And, soup is easy on the pocket, quick to make, widely available, easily transportable and diet boredom won’t be on the cards as the choices are endless. What’s more,” adds Kirk, “you won’t risk dropping the ball at breakfast because, surprise surprise, soup happens to be a brilliant choice for breakfast too.” Kirk says: “Breakfasting on soup might be alien concept to many but once you have tried it you may never again want to run out the door on just a slice of toast!”
To find out more or to order and download your copy at the special offer price of £3.99 go to www.fionakirkbooks.com and key in the code SCMYT at checkout