Have you tried every diet and weight loss plan possible, yet are still struggling to see results? Does it just seem impossible to shed stubborn body fat? There’s a tool that many have failed utilize, despite its simplicity. If you’re looking to lose weight, consider adding soups to your diet.
The Science Of Weight Loss
Soups typically have a low-calorie density, which makes them the ideal food for weight loss. To lose weight, you need to burn more calories over the course of the day than you consume. It seems easy enough conceptually. But with the exception of water, everything we consume has calories. Even a half-cup of cucumbers contains eight calories!
Approximately 3,500 calories are in one pound of fat. If your body burns 500 more calories than it consumes for seven consecutive days, you’ll lose a pound a week. A 500-calories difference, however, is much more difficult than it sounds.
Unfortunately, many Americans overestimate how much their bodies burn off each day, and underestimate the number of calories they consume. We often eat until we feel full, unaware of the actual number of calories we are putting into our bodies.
How Soups Can Help You Lose Weight
Soups help us feel full without consuming a lot of calories. A study in Obesity Research revealed that those who eat low-energy-dense soups twice a day could lose up to 50% more weight than those who consumed the same number of calories in the form of a high-energy-dense snack.
Essentially, what this is saying is soups will trick your stomach into feeling full. Compare a candy bar to a bowl of soup. Each provides about 150 calories of fuel to your body. But 150 calories of soup is a huge bowl. In fact, you may not be able to finish it in one sitting. If you do finish it, your body will leave feeling full for hours.
On the contrary, even though the candy bar is the same number of calories, your stomach will not be fooled. After eating the candy bar, your brain will receive signals that your body is still hungry. You’ll find yourself eating again within a couple hours to satisfy your appetite.
What Soups Are Best For Weight Loss?
If you’re looking to use soups as a way to lose weight, you should focus on soups that are light, such as broth-based soups. This is supported by the Dietary Guidelines provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Soups that are made with heavy cream or cheese will be counterproductive to your diet, as these ingredients are high in calories. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you skip these soups if you’re looking to lose weight. You should also skip out on unnecessary carbohydrates, no matter how good they may taste. Bread bowls, noodles, and croutons are off-limits if you are expecting soups to help you lose weight.
Protein and fiber are also filling, so consider soups that feature one or both ingredients. Beans, meat, and vegetables are all options that will help keep you full.