The diet industry is overflowing with fad diets that instructs you to starve yourself to death or restrict certain foods in your diet, all just to lose those belly fats.
If you wish to drop 30 pounds of weight, a quick fix such as fad diets may seem appealing, particularly with all those “before and after” images they show you.
But, if you really want to lose those stubborn fats, then you need to stop believing in those craze diets and go entirely fad-free with methods and diets which are completely backed by science.
So, how do you lose fat, entirely fad-free?
Include soup in your meals!
Lots of research revealed that adding and consuming soup can help in improving your satiety or the feeling of fullness— making you eat less in the next hours and take in fewer calories which helps in shedding those stubborn fats and lose weight.
As a matter of fact, eating soup is much more effective and a lot of tastier than just drinking water before meals (which is usually a diet tip) in order to fill us up.
A study conducted by the Pennsylvania State University, women who ate soup for lunch consumed about 100 fewer calories at lunchtime and did not compensate by eating more for the rest of the day.
Also, unlike fad-diets that star smoothies and juices, soups are usually sipped and enjoyed leisurely. Research revealed that eating slowly can help you take fewer calories and make you feel more satisfied!
Eating too many calories can prevent you from shedding stubborn fats. Therefore it is best that you choose soups that are low in calories.
The best soups for keeping your calories in check are bouillon-based or broth-based soups. Soups with cheese or cream, on the other hand, can be high in calories and is not a great option when losing fats.
If you want your soup thick without adding calories, instead of using creams, you can try mixing in squash or pumpkin.
Protein helps in slowing down the emptying of your stomach and makes you feel full for longer periods of time after your meal. And for weight loss, lean proteins are the best options.
You can try Asian shrimp soups with mushrooms, bok choy, snow peas or add a cooked lean ground chicken or turkey to basil, tomato or spinach soup.
Fish, chicken breast, tofu, and other lean protein choices can be added to soups for shedding fat. Just try to avoid the fatty meats like fatty cuts of beef since they are loaded in calories.
The best soups for shedding fats are high in fibers. This is because fibers have a powerful satiating effect which can help you eat less for longer periods of time. Vegetables and beans are high-fiber, low-calorie options which are usually added in soups. Try to make a chicken soup with green beans and cauliflower, tomato soup with bell peppers, or cabbage soup with beans for the ultimate fiber-rich soups for fat loss.
Instead of eating high-calorie dishes, eating soup is much healthier and weight loss-friendly. However, that does not mean that you do not need to focus on selecting ingredients for your soup.
Be careful not to boost calories with additions like full-fat cheese, soup cracker, or croutons on soup. Also, sodium does not add calories on your soup, however, sodium can increase water absorption and makes you feel bloated as well as contributing to increased blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease.