It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with a bowl of soup — and make a whole lot of fat disappear while you’re at it. The secret: a yummy recipe like the one below, right. Simply enjoying it in place of a typical meal “can make aggressive weight loss feel easy,” insists Joel Fuhrman, MD, a University of Pennsylvania–trained nutrition expert and world-famous author of Eat to Live and Eat for Life. Dr. Fuhrman uses soup to power up a diet built around whole plant foods. And big results aren’t short-lived. He adds, “People are able to maintain huge losses!”
Dr. Fuhrman and his team often share soup recipes on his website (DrFuhrman.com), and all are incredibly nutritious. Yet only a mere handful are marked as tools for the fastest weight loss. What sets them apart? Dr. Fuhrman explains that, ounce for ounce, they boast the highest levels of beneficial plant compounds for the fewest calories.
“Main ingredients typically include beans, greens, mushrooms, onions, and other brightly colored, non-starchy produce like tomatoes and bell peppers,” he says. That’s a big deal since even ordinary soups (with their unique mix of liquid and solids) have been shown to activate “stop eating” mechanisms in the gut, helping dieters double weight loss. And because high-nutrient, whole plants have also been proven to dramatically slash appetite, putting them in soup “makes you feel like you’re eating 500 calories when you only consume 200 or so,” says the doc. It’s one of many advantages these soups offer…
Micronutrients in Plant Foods Optimize Your Body Functions
As you switch to eating mostly unprocessed plant foods, you flood your body with micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and more, says Dr. Fuhrman.
The impact is immediate, helping heal and optimize the function of every system from head to toe. A randomized clinical trial published in JAMA Network Open found that folks can lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels, and increase insulin sensitivity (reduce blood sugar spikes) with a low-fat, plant-based diet. “People get off medications and stop…