Dispelling nutrition myths, ranting, and occasionally, raving

Soup diet

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Along with the proliferation of people wearing as little clothing as possible this time of year, there seems to be a lot of people going on soup diets.

I just want to say: these diets are ridiculous. Basically, you can consume as much soup as you like but nothing else. The soups are vegetarian and don’t contain any starchy vegetables. Essentially, you’re consuming very few calories, as it would be hard to consume many through these low-cal soups alone. Along with no starch, you’re also getting no fat and no protein. Not satisfying, not sustainable, not healthy.

I know that people are doing this with the notion of “kick-starting” themselves into losing weight and getting healthy. However, more often than not, people on these diets get frustrated with feeling hungry, and the lack of variety, after a couple of days and end-up quitting by gorging on something high-cal and all thoughts of healthy choices are thrown out the window. Much better to start making small, sustainable healthy changes to your diet than to try to subsist on soup alone.

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Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

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