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HWLH News Letter for April 2017 - Issue #0041 - The Soup Diet is one sure way to lose weight.
April 01, 2017
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April 2017 - Issue # 041 - The Soup Diet is one sure way to lose weight.

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As promised in last month's issue, this month we will share with you “The Soup Diet”. This diet has been one way that my family and I have used for generations for weight loss, which always produces positive results.

As you know from our website, we are big on soup. We love the fact that it is warm, comforting, tasty, healthy, low in calories, easy to make and yes, best of all, so friendly on the pocket book.

You and your family members can only reap the many benefits when adding homemade soup to your diet and lifestyle.

How Soup Helps with Weight Loss:

Whenever you make a bowl of soup as your meal, many good things take place.

Homemade soups are packed with much needed water, vitamins, minerals, nutrients and fiber.

Adding other ingredients such as meat and beans can add protein and more fiber to your diet.

We know that soups are very healthy, but we are grateful that soups are so low in calories, which is why they are so amazing when it comes to weight loss.

For instance, below we have suggested some of our favorite recipes also sharing the calorie content of each serving, just to give you an idea of how low the calorie count can be.

Soup Diet Suggestions:

Veggie Soups:
Diet Mushroom Soup: Average serving contains 112 calories

Diet Cabbage Soup: Average serving contains 98 calories

Diet Cauliflower Soup: Average serving contains 157 calories

Fresh green pea soup: Average serving contains 147 calories

Diet Tomato Soup: Average serving contains 128 calories

Diet Minestrone Soup: Average serving contains 154 calories (very hearty soup)

Soups with Meat:

Craving some protein? Try some soups that also have a meat ingredient along side the veggies.

Chicken Mini Meatball Soup: Average serving contains 213 calories

Beef Barley: Average serving contains 390 calories

Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup: Average serving contains 301 calories

Soups With Lots of Fiber:

Looking for loads of healthy fiber, then bean soup is the way to go. Any beans will do.

Red Kidney Bean and Ham Soup: Average serving contains 331 calories

Black bean soup: Average serving contains 248 calories

Want more homemade soup recipes?
Click here to go to our Homemade Soup Recipes Page

The Soup Diet - 7 Day Plan:

Day 1:

Breakfast: Banana(s) and 1 small yogurt

Lunch: Your choice of homemade soup, any kind. Don’t be stingy with yourself, have a nice big bowl. This should hold you off till dinner.

Supper: Grilled chicken (as much as you like) with a green salad. Use low calorie salad dressing. Some low calorie dressings are only 5 calories per tablespoon.

Day 2:

Breakfast: Fresh grapefruit and 1 small yogurt

Lunch: Your choice of homemade soup, any kind.

Dinner: 1 good sized boiled potato with coleslaw (with vinaigrette dressing) or 6 bean salad mixed with some low calorie Italian dressing.

For salad recipes please click the link below.
Healthy Salad Recipes

Day 3:

Breakfast: Cup of fresh blueberries and 1 small yogurt

Lunch: Your choice of homemade soup, any kind.

Dinner: Bowl of brown rice with steamed broccoli

Day 4:

Breakfast: Fresh apple(s), peeled if not organic (organic apples do not need to be peeled) and 1 small yogurt

Lunch: Your choice of homemade soup, any kind.

Dinner: Portion size of pasta with plain spaghetti sauce

Day 5:

Breakfast: Fresh Cantaloupe slices and 1 small yogurt

Lunch: Your choice of homemade soup, any kind.

Dinner: Any type grilled meat (as much as you like) with a green salad and low calorie dressing.

Day 6:

Breakfast: Fresh cubed pineapple and 1 small yogurt

Lunch: Your choice of homemade soup, any kind.

Dinner: 2 – 3 scrambled eggs, black bean salad (any style)

Day 7:

Breakfast: Orange(s) or tangerines and 1 small yogurt

Lunch: Your choice of homemade soup, any kind.

Dinner: Any type grilled meat (as much as you like) with a green salad

Reasons the Soup Diet Works:

Soup alone packs a healthy punch as a meal while keeping calorie counts low.

So this makes homemade soups a winner when it comes to weight loss.

To help accelerate the weight loss on this diet we have created all supper time meals with two things in mind. They need to be low in calories and the second factor is to avoid mixing large amounts of proteins and starches together.

This is called food combining and becomes very important when it comes to weight loss. To keep the theory simple, the faster the digestion, the less weight gain occurs. I don’t like to over complicate it, so my basic rule is “do not eat large amounts of protein with large amounts of starch together”.

A good example would be to avoid a big steak with a large portion of potatoes or rice. This type of meal will double your digestion time.

You can create your own meals for this diet just by keeping those two rules when menu planning.

Want to know more about food combining? Here are two links below that offer more information.
Food Combining
Food Combining Chart

Breakfast was also created with food combining in mind. We like to enjoy fresh fruit every morning when on the soup diet. It really doesn't matter what kind of fruit you enjoy. You can change your breakfast fruit choice to suit your needs.

Fruits offer us so many wonderful things. One big plus is that they need no preparation, making them one of the easiest foods to eat.

>br>They are a perfect addition to any diet because they take the least amount of time and energy to digest, yet they offer tons of nutrition and fiber in return. Fruits can be digested in as little as 20 minutes.

It’s also nice to wait about 15 minutes or so before eating a yogurt. This gives the fruit a chance to digest.

What kind of yogurt?

Any kind you like. I avoid the zero calorie ones because I get hungry too fast, so I feel better eating those fruity ones that have about 100 calories in them.

What to drink while on this diet:

Sparkling Water
Black coffee or tea
Herbal teas

If you must sweeten your coffee or tea stick with those sweeteners such as splenda or equal that contain almost no calories.

What to do about breakfast if you don’t eat fruit?

If you can’t eat fruit think of other healthy ways to enjoy breakfast. Perhaps some steel cut oats with some almonds on top. Scrambled eggs with toast. Granola on yogurt. Just try to keep it somewhat healthy.

What to expect after doing the soup diet?

Even one short week on this diet will help you achieve a flatter (or less bloated) stomach.

The other great thing that happens after a few days is that you get fuller faster. You desire smaller portion sizes.

This is probably because there is no snacking between meals and supper is truly your last meal of the day. This means you actually give your digestive system approximately 12 hours to rest.

What happens when your body doesn’t have to digest food?

Then the body uses its energy and goes into detox mode every evening until morning. You will have so much more energy. It feels amazing.

One week isn't very much, but if you follow this soup diet you will lose weight. How much weight? Everyone is different, so the only way to find out is to try it.

Hope you start enjoying more soups in your diet.

Cautionary Tips:

It is always important to seek medical advice before starting any diet or exercise program.

Especially for those individuals who have any medical conditions such as diabetes and hypoglycemia just as examples.

Your Opinion Counts:

If you have an opinion or would like to share a story with us we would love to hear from you.

Use our Contact Us page - or our Weight Loss News page (Your Story Counts).

Wishing you health and happiness
Until next time
Catherine :)

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