Use Soup to Boost Your Weight Loss

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

Do you view soup as a way to supplement your lunchtime sandwich or cure an occasional cold? While we’re also fans of old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup as well as Mom’s chicken noodle soup cure for colds, there’s a new use for soup: Weight loss.

Soup Diet Tips

Pennsylvania State University researchers discovered that when dieters sipped soup prior to their meals, they  consumed 20 percent fewer calories overall.

The dieters drank soups that had 150 calories on average. But when they ate that soup 15 minutes prior to a fattening meal of cheese tortellini with tomato sauce, their calorie totals were 135 less than when they didn’t drink the soup.

Take-away lesson: Sipping soup prior to a meal can help you shed pounds without feeling deprived.   Be sure to limit the calories and drink the soup in advance of your meal.

“I would say in terms of advice, women should make sure that they don’t go over 150 calories in their first (soup) course and the guys, 200 [calories] maximum,” Barbara Rolls, PhD, a professor of nutritional science at Pennsylvania State University who worked on the study, said in an interview with WebMD.

Make it work for you with these healthy soups – we’ve done the calorie-checking for you: