Chicken soups for weight loss are a healthy option to lose weight. Chicken soups reduce the cholesterol and fat level in our body by removing toxins from it. Chicken Soup For Weight Loss, a brand new weight loss program that offers a combination of tried, tested and proven natural weight loss techniques will help you achieve your weight management goals.
What is the Chicken Soup Diet?
The Chicken Soup Diet is a regimen used primarily for quick, short-term weight loss. Its main component is a broth-based chicken and vegetable soup, which participants can consume in unlimited amounts. The average recommended duration for the diet is approximately seven days.
The first step in the diet tends to require the participant to make a large batch of chicken soup, often around 6.5 quarts (6.17 liters). Although the exact recipes for the chicken soup may vary depending on the precise version of the diet plan, it generally consists of 4 cups (560 g) of cooked and shredded chicken. The chicken is usually heated in oil with vegetables, such as a chopped carrot, celery stalk, pepper, or onion. Once all the ingredients are heated through, they are combined with around 4 quarts (3.8 liters) of chicken broth and boiled. The soup can be stored in one big batch or separated into 1 cup (240 ml) individual servings.
A day on the Chicken Soup Diet usually begins with an approved breakfast, which is the only meal on the diet that does not contain chicken soup. Approved breakfasts generally contain a mixture of dairy or whole grains and fruit as a means to get additional vitamins and minerals that the chicken soup does not provide. Examples of approved breakfasts include wheat bread, bran cereal, cottage cheese, or yogurt with dried or fresh fruit. Beverages that are permitted include nonfat milk, calcium-fortified orange juice, or water.
How to Lose Weight Fast on Chicken Soup Diet
The chicken soup diet consists of all meals, other than breakfast, consisting of chicken soup for seven days.
The chicken soup diet is a seven-day diet plan for weight loss. The main premise of the diet is that, other than breakfast, all meals consist of chicken soup. The diet provides a recipe for chicken soup and gives five different breakfast options. Several different versions of the chicken soup diet exist, and some recommend using the diet for longer than seven days, depending on the amount of weight you wish to lose.
Eat a light breakfast to improve your chances of losing weight with the chicken soup diet. As breakfast is the only meal of the day that does not consist of chicken soup, it is the only opportunity to consume other foods. Possible healthy options include nonfat yogurt, fruit salad, whole grain cereal or oatmeal, nonfat milk, and fresh fruit juice.
Eat small, frequent meals. By having frequent chicken soup snacks throughout the day, you will not allow yourself to get hungry. It keeps the metabolism busy burning calories and should reduce cravings and the urge to binge.
Prepare the soup. Heat olive oil and water in a large soup pot. Add garlic, salt, pepper and celery to the pot. Cook on medium for 15 minutes, then add carrots, onions, chicken broth and lemon juice. Bring the pot to a boil, then turn down the heat and allow to simmer for five minutes. A full pot can create up to 26 one-cup servings.
How to Make Healthy Chicken Soup
Step One: First, heat the avocado oil or ghee (whichever you are using) in a large pot or dutch oven. Season the chicken with a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper on each side. Sear the chicken until browned on each side, around four to five minutes per side, and then remove from the pot and set aside.
Step Two: Next, it’s time to build the flavor base of the soup. Add the diced onion, garlic, carrots, and celery to the pot and sauté for 2-3 minutes until everything is fragrant.
Step Three: Once the veggies have sautéed a bit, add the chicken, broth, bay leaves, turmeric powder, salt, and thyme to the pot. Bring the soup to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low to simmer.
Step Four: Let the soup simmer for 20-25 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked through. Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the soup and use two forks to shred the meat.
Step Five: Once the chicken is shredded, add it back to the pot and stir until everything is well combined. Turn the heat to low and stir in the fresh dill and fresh lemon juice. Give the soup a taste and add more salt, pepper, or lemon juice to taste and then enjoy!
This healthy chicken soup is a great base for any variations you want to make! Here are a few ways to get creative with this soup recipe:
- Add your favorite veggies. Baby spinach or tuscan kale would be great additions to this soup. Just stir the spinach or kale into the soup at the end and let it cook until wilted.
- Add more carbohydrates. This is a naturally low-carb soup so adding more carbohydrates to the soup is a great option. Some great ideas are yellow potatoes or gluten-free noodles. If you want to bulk up the soup a bit more while still keeping it low-carb, cauliflower florets are a great option.
- Make the soup creamier. If you are looking for a creamier soup base, you can try adding in a bit of full-fat coconut milk at the end of cooking for a creamier soup option.
Can You Freeze Chicken Soup?
Yes! This is a great recipe to prep in advance and then freeze for a quick healthy lunch or dinner later. To freeze the soup, add it to an airtight container or freezer safe storage bags. Freeze the soup for up to three months.
When you are ready to reheat and eat the soup, I recommend letting the soup thaw in the fridge first before reheating on the stovetop for the best results.
Are soups a good way to lose weight?
Soups are a fantastic way to lose weight, as long as your eating the right kind! Soups are naturally filling and can be low calorie so are a great choice when you’re wanting to drop a few pounds without too much effort.
What types of soups are good for weight loss?
Plant-based soaps are the healthiest. They contain healthy vegetables, may contain pulses and grains and are made without dairy or heavy animal fat. When choosing a soup, it’s important to have one with lots of veggies. The fibre from veggies, plus a high water broth will help keep you full without adding excess calories.
When made at home, soups are completely healthy and you can enjoy both chicken and vegetable soups for weight loss.
So what are the healthiest soups that you can consume?
Aruna Mallya, Senior Dietitian, KMC Hospital, Mangaluru, suggests a bowl of high protein soup which can help in weight loss. She suggests avoiding a sweet corn soup or anything that has more calories – like potato soup which can lead to weight gain. Instead, nosh on cabbage soup, some clear broth or some multicolored vegetables like carrot, peas a chance because of antioxidants present in them which help in losing weight.
So, here are soups that you can enjoy for weight loss:
Aruna Mallya recommends these soups:
1. Clear soups
You can boil the vegetables that you like to have but no underground vegetables. First cut them into big chunks and then boil it properly, after that just puree it. This soup will have a lot of fibre content in it. For flavour, you can add some pepper or garlic.
2. Chicken soup
Chicken soup is nothing but low-fat chicken pieces which should be boiled properly. Only strained chicken broth should be taken. Also, add some garlic tadka with a pinch of salt.
3. Cabbage soup or multicoloured vegetable soup
Add carrot, peas, capsicum, also you can use palak. All the vegetables should be cooked in a pressure cooker properly and then they can be blended like a smoothie or paste. There is no need to add any thickening agent like cornflour. After it’s cooked properly, add a pinch of salt or tadka to the broth.
4. Green veggie soup
Green vegetables are rich in fiber, which helps in faster weight loss. Ghee, butter, palm oil, are to be used. Just a pinch of salt to the broth can be added as more of it will result in water retention. Additionally, tofu can be added to veg soup. People craving for flavour, can try Kimchi soup which can be loaded with vegetables, little red chili flakes, dark soy sauce, pepper.
WEIGHT LOSS SOUP INGREDIENTS
Everyone loves this healthy recipe filled with nutrient-rich ingredients.
- Ground lean turkey (or shredded chicken) I personally like the ground turkey making this soup taste like a hearty chili. If you are going meat-free, leave out the ground turkey and you have a great veggie soup.
- Bell Peppers
- Tomato juice
- Lemon juice
- Black beans
- Cayenne Pepper
HOW DO YOU MAKE WEIGHT LOSS SOUP
Cook this healthy soup on the stovetop or it would be great made in a slow cooker. I am going to give it a try in the Instant Pot. Cooking it for 8 mins on high pressure.
In a large pot, brown ground turkey or cook chopped chicken. Once the meat protein is cooked, drain the fat if there is any.
Prepare your fresh vegetables by chopping the onion, mincing the garlic, seeding and chopping the bell peppers, and slicing the mushrooms. Add all the fresh vegetables to the browned chicken.
Stir the contents of the pot together and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the remaining ingredients, except cilantro and parsley. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
A cup of green beans (fresh or frozen) and or a couple of cups of shredded cabbage would also be a nice addition. If adding these veggies make sure you simmer the soup for 30 minutes or until the cabbage is softened.
Lastly, stir in cilantro and parsley. Since cilantro and parsley can lose their flavor quickly when boiled or simmered add them last. By adding fresh herbs like these last you will add freshness and color to your soup.
This soup is delicious and hardy. I really think that it is the best soup for weight loss. I definitely prefer the tomato juice base to beef broth, vegetable broth, or chicken broth base. Who would think a diet soup recipe could be so good!?
Let’s dive in and get our diet on!
WHY THIS WEIGHT LOSS SOUP DIET REALLY WORKS!
Here is why:
- Lean Protein
Protein curbs the appetite and can boost post-meal metabolism by 25% and stimulates fat-burning hormones. Adding protein will keep you feeling fuller longer than with just a plain vegetable soup recipe.
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and other natural acids that help your liver break down fat faster.
Beans can stabilize blood sugar which reduces the number of fat-storage hormones our bodies make. While I use black beans in my soup kidney beans or another bean of your choice would work.
Onions are loaded with chromium, which also helps with fat storage hormones.
Cayenne kicks up the heat and kicks up the metabolism up to 20%. If you don’t have cayenne pepper throw in about 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes.
Garlic might actually keep pre-fat cells turning into fat cells.
- Cilantro and Parsley
These herbs help flush toxins from your system.
Mushrooms provide protein, vitamin C, and iron.
- Bell Peppers
Bell peppers contain beta-carotene, which gives you antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits
Many weight loss soups have cabbage while it isn’t necessary for my recipe but there are some great health benefits by adding this vegetable. Cabbage is low in fat and high in fiber. It is also great for keeping skin looking healthy and glowing with antioxidants (including vitamin C and beta-carotene).
Did you know just eating 2 ounces of cooked tomatoes (the amount in a serving of this yummy soup) can reduce bad cholesterol by up to 10%? As you can see this soup is good for you any time not just when you need to lose a few pounds. I often make it to keep on hand for a quick lunch that keeps me satisfied all day!
HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT ON A SOUP DIET
Enjoy a protein-packed breakfast of eggs and veggies and then this delicious soup for lunch and dinner. If you need a snack, opt for veggies or a salad with olive oil and vinegar. Drink plenty of water! You will watch the pounds melt off.
Have you tried the cabbage soup diet? Unlike my soup diet recipe, it might leave you unsatisfied and hungry, but it can be a great tool to detox your body. Be sure to stay hydrated with these detox water recipes.
Even if you haven’t been successful with recipes like this in the past I personally think this one is magic! Everyone in my family loves this soup! I hope you do too!