6 weeks to souper-slim!
The party season is now over and despite our very best efforts, it's horribly-easy to swing into the New Year carting a bit of excess baggage around the waistline! So... there's no time like the present to launch into a fat loss diet that helps you shed the excess flab without starvation and misery being the order of the day!
Weight loss diets often focus on cool or cold foods (juices, salads, raw vegetables etc) which can be less than comforting at this time of the year. What we need for successful winter weight loss is the food equivalent of a warm, cozy blanket and that’s where soup is a real hero - research continues to indicate that the inclusion of soup in our day leads to us eating less, avoiding hunger and cravings and losing weight. You can follow the diet for as many weeks as you wish or until you reach your fat loss goal.
aim to have 2 to 3 helpings of soup per day and 1 to 2 small meals
TOP TIP: work out which 'daytime' and 'evening' soups suit your tastes, put aside a couple of hours and make them in bulk, refrigerate or freeze in portions (small soup bags are great, easy to transport and microwave-friendly) OR heat your soup through before you head out for the day and flask it.
Start the day with a mug of hot lemon and ginger (add lemon juice, grated ginger and Manuka honey to boiling water)
Other drinks throughout the day: still and sparkling water, black, red, green or white tea (no milk or sugar), fruit and herb teas, black coffee (espresso-style)
every 3 hours until early evening (choose from the following)
Bowl/mug of 'Daytime Soup'
Ham and Eggs
2 x rye crisp breads with suggested toppings
Delicious Warm Salad
Quinoa Vegetable Bake
If you occasionally have to grab a 'ready' meal or you are lunching out, go for protein (meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish, tofu, beans, lentils) and vegetables or salad. Avoid bread, pasta, potatoes, rice and other grains wherever possible
evening (choose from the following)
Bowl/mug of 'Evening Soup'
Omega 3 Salad
If you occasionally have to grab a 'ready' meal or you are dining out, go for protein (meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish, tofu) and vegetables or salad. Avoid bread, pasta, potatoes, beans, lentils, rice and other grains wherever possible
Parsley Soup with Chicken Nuggets
Quick and Tasty Chicken Broth
Apple Almond Leek and Celery Soup
Tomato and Bacon Bonanza Soup
Spicy Meatball Soup
Silky Smooth Celery Soup
Pea Mint and Lettuce Soup
Very Quick Tomato Soup
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soup for breakfast?
Have a go! It's a staple in many cultures and for good reason. It's filling, it's nourishing and it's savoury rather than sweet. Western-style breakfasts regularly include sugar and/or starch which the brain loves (hence the reason we are often driven toward a cuppa and a pastry or biscuit mid morning) but the waistline doesn't! Ignore those around you who think you have 'lost the plot' and let me know how it goes whilst you watch the pounds dropping off!
want a few more soup recipes?
If you have been following the diet for 2 or 3 weeks, it's all going well and you wish to include a few more soup choices, don't hesitate to contact me!