'souper'-cleanse and lose 10lbs in 10 days!

The festive season is now over and if you are reading this, I am guessing you may have overindulged a little (or a lot!) and want to undo the damage as quickly as you possibly can without having to live on super-meagre portions for the next few weeks! 

Let soup form the basis of your diet for 10 days, add in a few juices, smoothies, warm salads and light snacks and you're well on the road to successful weight loss!  Research continues to indicate that the inclusion of soup in our day leads to us eating less, avoiding hunger and cravings and losing weight effectively and healthily. This 'new year, new you' cleansing diet follows the principles outlined in my Soup Can Make You Thin diet book and there are even more soup recipes to experiment with in my Soup Can Make Your Thin Cookbook (which also includes the 'bones' of the diet) so if, after 10 days you wish to continue for another 10 days (or longer), you may wish to consider buying the paperback or eBook of one or other or both! 

have 3 bowls/mugs of soup every day plus 1 NON-SOUP meal and/or snack 

TOP TIP: work out which soups suit your tastes and your timetable, put aside a few hours whenever you can 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 (a soup flask is a great - and inexpensive - investment so I urge you to get one - you won't regret it, I promise!)

every day

Start the day with a mug of hot lemon and ginger (add lemon juice, grated fresh ginger, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of 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) 

breakfast

Bowl/mug of soup OR

Ham and Eggs OR

Overnight Muesli OR

A filling Juice/Smoothie

mid morning and/or mid afternoon

Bowl/mug of soup OR

1 x rye crisp bread with suggested toppings OR

A Warm Salad OR

A small pot of natural cottage cheese or hummus with raw vegetable sticks OR

 A filling Juice/Smoothie

lunch

Bowl/mug of soup PLUS

A Warm Salad

evening meal

Bowl/mug of soup OR

Parcel-Baked Fish OR

Poached Egg Special OR

Sweet Potato Curry

soup choices

Parsley Soup with Chicken Nuggets

Quick and Tasty Chicken Broth

Apple Almond Leek and Celery Soup

Lamb and Bean Soup

Pea Mint and Lettuce Soup

Spicy Turkey Soup

Very Quick Tomato Soup

Spinach and Watercress Soup

click on the images to download/save recipes

try a soup and juice day occasionally!

If you know certain days are going to be 'full on' and you are going to be well-strapped for time, you can simply have a soup and juice day. Once you have prepared your soups and have the ingredients to hand for a quickly-thrown-together juice or smoothie, you can sup on soups and juices all day with perhaps an occasional handful of fresh nuts and a piece of fruit, should energy levels dip. 

IMPORTANT! I don't recommend you do this too often as it's vital that you include foods that require 'chewing' on a regular basis to encourage the action of the digestive and fat burning enzymes but once every 3 or 4 days won't do any damage and may well encourage a metabolic boost and prompt a bit more weight loss!

click here for a 3 day plan to get you started...

you may wish to consider a supplement

You won't go hungry on this diet but if your diet has been rather rich in sugar, starch and overly-fatty takeaway foods and festive treats you may struggle with 'cravings' which can be hard to manage. Chromium and magnesium can be real allies here as these minerals help to counteract blood sugar imbalances. Whilst there are many products on the market which can assist and help you work your way through sugar, salt and fat cravings, one I particularly like, which really 'delivers the goods' is Biocare's Sucroguard which is available through their website and through Amazon