Losing Weight Eating Soup

Controlling appetite is an important factor in managing your weight. Having a bowl of soup as a snack mid afternoon or before the evening meal can help curb your hunger, prevent over-eating, and help you stay in control of portions, all of which are crucial to losing weight.

Scientists have used ultrasound and MRI scans of people’s stomachs to investigate what happens after eating solid-food-plus-water meals compared with the same food made into soup. Research for the BBC programme 10 Things You Need to Know About Losing Weight showed that soup helps you stave off those hunger pangs.

The same food was served to two groups of soldiers. Half ate chicken, rice and vegetable on a plate with a glass of water. The other half ate the identical food and water liquidized and served as a soup. The stomach gradually empties, more slowly for the soup than the solid meal plus water. In the BBC programme stomach scans showed the soup still in the stomach long after the other group’s stomachs were empty and calling to be fed. The scientists’ scans confirm that the stomach stays fuller for longer, staving off those hunger pangs.

When you eat the same meal as a soup, the whole mixture remains in the stomach, because the water and food are blended together. After you eat a meal, the pyloric sphincter valve at the bottom of your stomach holds food back so that the digestive juices can get to work. Water, however, passes straight through the sphincter to your intestines, so drinking water does not contribute to “filling you up”.

Another study at Pennsylvania State University, found that when participants in the study ate a first course of soup before a meal they reduced their total calorie intake by 20 per cent, compared with those who did not begin the meal with soup.

The best sort? Vegetable soup, as generally lower calorie than chicken or fish soup or creamy soups

Herbalife team have developed Gourmet Tomato Soup as a healthy and hot snack during the day or as an appetiser before lunch or dinner. The Herbalife Weight Loss Programme recommends getting a balance of snacks between fruit, protein and vegetable. And to avoid /lmimit the carb based snacks. The Herbalife Gourmet Soup is high in protein and fibre to keep you fuller for longer!  Protein helps to switch off hunger signals in our brain quickly. Having protein before other foods can help blunt your appetite!

The soup also contains prebiotic fibre Inulin to support healthy digestion and naturally occurring tomato Lycopene, a known antioxidant. And it’s calorie-controlled at only 104 kcal.

Article by Herbal Vitality

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