29 Best Fat Burning Foods to Include in Your Diet

By Hannah de Gruchy / Nutrition / February 17th, 2019

8. Homemade soup

Soup, 20 Best Fat Burning Foods

Meals with a low energy density, or calorie count (since calories provide us with energy) tend to be good for weight loss, as we’re consuming fewer calories when we eat them. They also tend to contain low calorie foods such as fruits or vegetables, plus a fair amount of water. So vegetable based soups are therefore great for weight loss!

Eating the foods we enjoy, such as roasted vegetables, turned into a soup rather than eating them as a solid can make us feel fuller without eating as much, therefore reducing the number of calories we’re consuming. Just be mindful not to add extra ‘empty’ calories in the form of cream or cheese as this can significantly increase the calorie content of soup.

Soup diets have been around for decades, however, to be effective, they need to last for around five to 10 days. Experts have pointed out that an all-soup diet lacks nutrients (especially protein) and is not sustainable.

So, vegetable rich soups are a good idea for one meal a day to help you get beneficial nutrients each day, whilst remaining full and without consuming a high level of calories. Homemade soups are better than shop bought versions, as you know exactly what’s in them. Shop bought soups are usually pasteurised, that can destroy some of the nutrients, and they can contain high levels of salt and additives.

A high salt diet might make you hungrier and eat more as you may confuse thirst with hunger – top tip – next time you feel hungry, have a glass of water and wait 20 minutes. You may have been thirsty instead!

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