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Eating Soup Encourages Weight Loss!

Aug 10, 2008
A steaming bowl of delicious soup isn't just for the cold winter days. You could experience impressive results on the scale if you made soup a regular part of your diet!

Unlike most liquids, soup has a high satiety effect, comparable to solid foods. This is what makes the soup so wonderfully filling and satisfying. A Purdue University study found that individuals who ate soup consumed fewer calories overall. Researchers concluded that you could reduce hunger and increase feelings of fullness by having a bowl of soup either before your meal or as your meal.

A Penn State study found that individuals could lower their caloric intake by 20% just by eating a bowl of low-calorie soup before their meal. Other than the creamy varieties, soup tends to be lower in calories and very healthy.

Making and eating soup can be a time-saver! Sure, multi-ingredient soups can be a little labor intensive, but the wonderful thing is that you do it once and then enjoy the pot of soup the rest of the week. Soup also freezes well, so you can make and enjoy it now, and freeze some for later.

You could easily satisfy your vegetable requirement of 2-3 cups with a couple of bowls of soup. Imagine all the wonderful vitamins and minerals that you'll be consuming. Squash, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, onions, celery, carrots, and cabbage are all delicious and healthy when added to soup.

A large pot, filled with diced vegetables and low-fat, low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth, can make a delicious appetizer or meal in less than an hour. It takes no culinary skill to make a mouthwatering soup. Tasty, low-calorie recipes abound!

An additional benefit of eating low-calorie soup is the important fiber it provides. Adults should have 25-35 grams each day and eating vegetable-packed soup will help reach that goal in no time.

Probably the biggest concern that people have about eating soup is the fact that it's usually high in sodium. Most manufacturers now make low-sodium versions of their most popular soups, but making it at home, from scratch, will allow you to control the ingredients.

There are delightful soups that are served cold and there are even soups made from fruit! If weight loss is your goal, quit thinking of soup as being a seasonal food, and enjoy it year-round. You can lose weight while feeling satisfied and full!
About the Author
Gail M. Davis offers appetizing, low-calorie soup recipes that can be enjoyed year-round. You'll find healthy recipes, lots of easy weight loss tips, and much more throughout her site.
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