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Day #28 Eat soup, lose weight

It’s the tastiest tweak of the month. To celebrate soup’s fat-fighting power Healthista are running a Soups Week recipe video special

Eating soup can help aid weight loss by keeping you fuller for longer than other meals, a study has found. Scientists at Nottingham University gave two groups an identical meal of chicken and vegetables with a glass of water.  Both teams were given an identical meal of chicken and vegetables with a glass of water. The only difference was that one team drank the water before they ate, and the other had the water blended with the meal to make a soup.  The group who ate the chicken and vegetable soup were satiated for 60 minutes more when compared to the group who drank the water before the chicken and vegetable meal who got hungry sooner after eating than the soup group.

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The combination of the food and water means the contents enter the intestines at the same time, rather than separately.  This increased volume stays in our stomach for longer, activating your fullness signals and making your think you’re more satisfied.

For a filling low-calorie soup chop up any vegetables you have hanging around the larder and add the dieter’s dream, a whole sweet potato.  Not only is the latter filling, its got a  low GI so keeps blood sugar balanced for longer, lowering your chances of getting hungry for hours afterwards.  Add a litre of vegetable stock, four cloves garlic, cumin, tumeric and black pepper, bring to the boil and simmer for 25 minutes.  Take off the heat, blend the contents, add a pat of butter (this helps you feel satisfied, see tomorrow’s tweak) and consume.

Soup recipe videos

Roasted Red Pepper Soup from Alli Godbold

Dale Pinnock’s flu-fighting soup

Simple lentil soup from Emma Grazette

Got a favourite diet tweak you wouldn’t be without? Tell us in the comments

JUST JOINED THE HEALTHISTA JANUARY TWEAK DIET? here are some guidelines to get you started

What is the Tweak diet? Designed for anyone who doesn’t want to go on a big starv-y diet during January, we deliver you one new small change to make to your diet or lifestyle on each day in January. You continue each change throughout the month and come February, be on your way to weight loss and new healthy habits you can keep all year. You in?

1. Start anytime. Some of you will be starting on January 1st, but that’s not compulsory. If you’re joining us after January 1st, simply go back to Day 1 and start from there.

2. Continue with each of your small changes throughout the month and come end January, you will have built up a heap of new healthy habits and will be well on your way to losing weight and feeling better.

3. If you fall off the wagon just get back on asap If you don’t manage to keep up all your small changes every day, don’t worry. Just get back on the next day or even better, at the next meal.

4. Measure once at the start and once at the end. That’s all Take your waist, hip and bust measurements at the start and end of your tweak-a-thin journey.

5. Send us selfies of your tweak-a-thin journey Post them to Healthista on TwitterFacebook and in the comments below. At the end of January we’ll publish them and you’ll be in with a chance of winning a Healthista exclusive pamper hamper handpicked by yours truly.

6. Do what you can Obviously you don’t have to do every single tweak we suggest. Even just one will make a difference as we’ve handpicked each change to be small but powerful.  The more you do though, the better your results.



More posts in Healthista’s January Daily Tweak Diet

Day #1 Record everything you eat

Day #2 Drink two litres of water daily

Day #3 Your at-a-glance portion guide

Day #4: Have a protein breakfast for weight loss

Day #5 Cut back on sugar with these simple tips

Day #6 Burn an extra 500 calories a day (without the gym)

Day #7 Snack on 40 almonds a day

Day #8 Is it real hunger or a craving?

Day #9 Take the stairs – five times

Day #10 Add flavour without calories

Day #11 Weigh yourself once a week

Day #12 Drink four cups of green tea a day

Day #13 The 4 words that can stop emotional eating

Day #14 Eat fat-burning foods

Day #15 Have a bitter green salad before dinner

Day #16 Blend it at breakfast

Day #17 Add vinegar to your food

Day #18 Put your fork down

Day #19 Do short workouts most days

Day #20 Make healthy Ready Meals

Day #21 Turn down the heating

Day #22 Have a cup of veg in the AM

Day #23 Use skinny crockery

Day #24 Shop online, lose weight

Day #25 Walk 12,000 steps a day for weight loss

Day #26 Have 3 apples a day

Day #27 The mind trick that helps you slim


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