Soups are enjoying increasing popularity not only in Germany, but throughout Europe. During the lunch break you go to the soup bar today, where you can choose between the most varied types of soup. However, a visit to the soup bar is not only worthwhile for the health-conscious, but also for those who are currently dieting. Because some soups are ideal for losing weight. For this reason, soup diets are increasingly being carried out today. Such soup diets entice with high weight loss, but also have some disadvantages.
Soup diet: Vegetable soups are well suited
As the name "soup diet" already suggests, diet during diet consists mainly of different types of soups. Vegetable soups are especially recommended for losing weight since they contain only a few calories. Soups with greasy ingredients like dumplings or cream should be avoided, otherwise the soup is not suitable for weight loss.
As a rule of thumb, the soup should not have more than 100 to 150 calories in total. In addition to the vegetable soups, depending on the soups diet plan, fruits, vegetables and various protein-containing foods such as fish, lean meats, eggs or dairy products may also be consumed.
As a rule, a soup diet should be done for a maximum of seven days. In order to detoxify the body in between, individual soaking days can be spread over the year.
Cabbage Soup Diet as a "miracle weapon"?
During a soup diet, cabbage soups are particularly often used. They are repeatedly touted as a 'wonder weapon', as they allegedly boost the fat burning. So one should be able to lose by a cabbage soup diet allegedly within only one week up to five kilograms of weight.
However, this weight loss is not due to increased fat burning but to other factors. For example, a cabbage soup is extremely low in calories. In addition, only very few minerals and proteins are taken up during the cabbage soup diet, so that the diet is rather one-sided. Therefore, just as with the main consumption of other vegetable soups in the cabbage soup diet supplemental foods should be consumed.
Finally, it can be stated that the cabbage soup diet is not suitable for a longer-term diet. However, if you want to lose some weight fast, you can feed on cabbage soup for a few days. However, since the diet is not changed in this form of diet, after the end of the diet with a yo-yo effect is expected.
Benefits of losing weight with soups
In general, the advantage of a soup diet is that vegetable soups contain only a few calories, which means that weight loss can be achieved within a few days. In addition, the body is supplied by the vegetables in the soups with many vitamins and minerals.
Since many basic minerals are contained in vegetables, the soup diet also purifies the body and restores a possibly disturbed acid-base balance. Therefore, it is especially recommended to use the soup diet to detoxify the body. Weight loss, on the other hand, should not be the top priority.
Disadvantages of a soup diet
Among doctors and nutritionists, soup diets, as well as other crash diets, are controversial. Because if soups are used specifically for weight loss, there is no fundamental change in eating behavior. The weight loss during the soup diet is mainly due to the fact that the body extremely few calories are supplied. In addition, the low intake of protein breaks down muscle.
Due to the lack of carbohydrates also the carbohydrate storage of the body must be tapped, resulting in a strong drainage of the body. During the soup diet, the body loses not only fat but also water, proteins and carbohydrates. Since these stores are replenished after the end of the soup diet, a yo-yo effect must be expected.
Risks and side effects during the soup diet
Due to the low calorie intake during the soup diet, it can lead to concentration problems, poor performance, headaches and physical fatigue. Anyone who frequently uses cabbage soups to lose weight during his soup diet must expect bloating. People who are sensitive to cabbage should therefore refrain from cabbage soups.
Another problem with the soup diet is that one-sided nutrition can lead to a lack of nutrients. During the soup diet, the body is supplied with too little fat and protein. If the body is given too little protein, this can lead to deficiency symptoms such as hair loss, muscle weakness or lack of drive. If the body does not have enough protein in the long run, it can even be fatal.
Therefore, during a soup diet, care should be taken to supply the body next to the vegetable soups also protein. In particular, protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs, tofu or dairy products are suitable.
Soup Diet Plan
A soup diet should usually be done over a maximum of seven days. During this time, mainly, but not exclusively, soups should be consumed. When choosing suitable foods, the following soup diet plan can be used as a guide:
- Day 1: Vegetable soup, fruit (except bananas and honeydew melons)
- Day 2: Vegetable soup, raw vegetables (except corn and peas); in the evening: baked potato with lean quark
- Day 3: Vegetable soup, fruits and raw vegetables
- Day 4: Vegetable soup, three bananas, a glass of skimmed milk and a cup of lean yoghurt
- Day 5: Vegetable soup, 200 grams of poultry or fish, six unpeeled tomatoes
- Day 6: Vegetable soup, a lean steak, green vegetables and salad without dressing
- Day 7: Vegetable soup, whole grain rice, vegetables, a glass of freshly squeezed fruit juice
In addition, during the soup diet should be drunk a lot, are recommended about three liters of still mineral water per day. Alcohol, sodas and sweetened fruit juices are prohibited, coffee and black tea should be avoided. To prevent a lack of protein, the milk consumption can be increased if necessary.
Recipe for a cabbage soup
For a delicious and healthy cabbage soup, the following ingredients are needed:
- 1 head of white cabbage
- 6 onions
- 2 peppers
- 1 kilogram of carrots
- 8 peeled tomatoes 1 stalk of celery
- herbs and spices
Wash the vegetables for the cabbage soup, peel and cut into small pieces. Then boil the vegetables in five liters of water for eight to ten minutes and then leave for 20 minutes. Before serving, refine the soup with herbs and spices.
Conclusion to the soup diet
If the soup diet is used once or twice a year as a one-week fasting cure or as a single fasting day, the diet will not hurt. However, the purification of the body and not the weight loss should be in the foreground.
People who suffer from morbid obesity and metabolic or circulatory diseases should instead of a soup diet better their diet permanently. Urgently discouraged, however, is from a longer implementation of the soup diet.