Fiona Kirk 6 Weeks To Souper Slim

This is a difficult time of the year to focus on losing weight but the sooner we get started, the greater the chance of looking and feeling great when we move into the festive season and a bit of indulgence is likely on the cards!

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 shedding pounds.

aim to have 2 to 3 bowls or large mugs of soup per day plus 1 or 2 non-soup 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. 

every day

Start the day with a mug of hot lemon and ginger (add lemon juice, grated ginger, a few sea salt crystals and Manuka honey to boiling water)

Other drinks throughout the day: still and sparkling water, coconut water, black, red, green or white tea (no milk or sugar), fruit and herb teas, black coffee (espresso-style) 

breakfast/early morning (choose one)

  • A bowl or mug of 'Daytime Soup'
  • Ham, Eggs and Tomato
  • Fresh Fruit with Crunchy Yoghurt

mid morning (choose one)

  • A mug of 'Daytime Soup'
  • 2 x rye crisp breads with suggested toppings

lunch (choose one)

  • A bowl or mug of 'Daytime Soup'
  • My Delicious Warm Salad
  • Quinoa Vegetable Bake
  • Lettuce Boats with suggested fillings

TOP TIP AT LUNCHTIME: 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

mid afternoon (choose one)

  • A mug of 'Daytime Soup'
  • A small pot of hummus or cottage cheese with raw vegetable sticks

evening (choose one)

  • A bowl of 'Evening Soup'
  • One-Pot Chicken, Fish or Chickpeas
  • Parcel-Baked Fish
  • Very Quick Chicken, Lamb, Salmon or Tofu

TOP TIP AFTER 6PM: 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

daytime soup choices

  • Parsley Soup with Chicken Nuggets
  • Quick and Tasty Chicken Broth
  • Apple Almond Leek and Celery Soup
  • Tomato and Bacon Bonanza Soup

evening soup choices

  • Spicy Meatball Soup
  • Silky Smooth Celery Soup
  • Pea Mint and Lettuce Soup
  • Very Quick Tomato Soup

click on the images in the gallery below to bookmark and/or print off all the recipes you need

soup for breakfast - really?

Don't knock it until you have tried it! 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 but the waistline doesn't! Ignore those around you who think you have 'lost the plot' and have a go!

and if you 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 and I will suggest a few more...