Should You Join the Souping Revolution?

Posted 05/17/2016 | By HealthCorps

The New York Times recently show-cased a trend poised to replace juicing. It’s called souping and it involves eating a bowl soup for all or some of your daily meals. Dieticians have often recommended having a low sodium broth before meals or especially before parties, to help fill you up so you eat less food and are less likely to blow off your weight loss diet plan. This new souping trend takes eating soup to a whole new level. There are even soup delivery services cropping up to provide you with ready-to-eat soup meals for the week.

These soups are hearty

Of course we are not talking about creamy corn or clam chowder, nor are we suggesting high sodium canned soup selections. The healthier version of this diet offers recipe plans or delivery services that provide hearty soups chock full of beans, tofu, chicken or pasta and loads of vegetables. These soups offer protein, fiber and a hearty dose of antioxidants in a liquid base. One of the biggest complaints about juicing is the blood sugar spikes it can cause. Another problem with juicing is that you’re not chewing food so you miss out on one component of satiation – actually feeling yourself chewing and swallowing foods. Souping provides portion control and fills you up.

Many of the soups and soup recipes in souping are nutrient-rich and chock full of herbs and spices to help limit sodium levels; many of the soups come in hot or cold versions. The cold soups sometimes offer chunky fruits, making them more like chunky smoothies. Most of the recipe plans or delivery services hover around 1200-1300 calories per day, which can be helpful if you are trying to lose weight. For many individuals, though, the daily calorie counts may be too low, especially if you exercise.

There are also a number of new souping recipe books recently published, so you can shop for ingredients and make your soups in the comfort of your own home. The ability to make large batches of soup to refrigerate or freeze makes the program quite affordable and convenient. Portability in a thermos or a container that’s microwave friendly means you can transport a soup for lunch to work.

Is souping really a cleanse?

Most experts feel that these types of diets should not be designated as cleansing diets though some food experts have suggested that souping can be a type of cleanse. Just cleaning up your diet by removing mostly processed and refined foods, limiting meat and treats is technically acleanse. The term also tends to refer to a temporary diet approach, which sets you up for weight gain once you abandon the program.

Having a hearty, healthy soup as one of your meals daily, preferably dinner, when you need fewer energy calories, might support weight loss or weight maintenance. It might also help you to reach your daily protein and vegetable goals. If you do want to exclusively eat soups for two or three days to jump start a weight loss program, and then shift over to foods, you can try the Dr. Oz 3-Day Souping Detox.

Remember to always talk to your doctor before beginning a weight loss program.

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