Fat Burning Soup Diet

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I've been overweight a lot and in the past few years it has gotten steadilly worse with 2 kids, busy job and not making time for exercise as well as eating too much of the things I shouldn't.

2014 I was at my lightest and fittest with no kids, a job I could drop at 5pm and lots of time to play golf, go to the gym and prepare my own meals and update myfitness pal every day.

It's not been a blow out, just a steady increase in weight and the majority of suits & formal shirts finding themsleves at the back of the wardrobe.

I've tried a few health kicks and to watch what I eat, but nothing has lasted more than a few days with bad habits picked up again very quickly.

So drastic action was needed. I have tried this diet before and found it to be worthwhile.

https://www.freedieting.com/sacred-heart-diet

You make this vegetable soup and can eat it as much as you want. Every day it is accompanied by something else. Fruit, vegetables, a baked potato, bananas, milk, steak, tomatoes.
The soup is ok, but you definitely do not look forward to it after a few days. Especially on days when I've been out of the house and so have had to eat a load of it 1st thing for fear I would end up starving

Pro's
It works. I started this last Tuesday morning and feel much slimmer. The scales say I've lost 7 pounds, and it feels that at least. And that has been with very little exercise.
It keeps you disciplined. I always feel with calorie counting, it is very easy to think that you have a few calories left, so can have a wee something. I even went out on Saturday and didn't have anything to drink and managed to find a steak / salad type meal on a pub menu, when everyone else was tucking into burgers.
Personally feel that with fairly decent results in the short term, it really keeps you focussed for a week as you know it will deliver.
You don't feel hungry and can eat as much as you want each day, of the right thing.
Appetite is suppressed after 2 or 3 days.

Con's
Not long term at all. Sure you could maybe do this for a week every month or so, but I think you would struggle to keep it going on a regular basis like that.
Completely restrictive as in no capacity for a wee beer or a bar of chocolate and obviously eating out is going to be very tricky, even in places with healthy options.
It will be tough to stay away from treats after the diet has finished.

This is day 7 and I still have a load of vegetables to make more soup with (my wife came off it after 3 days, so didn't go through as much as I thought. So I'm wondering if I can keep it going for another week or go back to the calorie counting. I shouldn't have a problem keeping it going at least till the weekend and maybe with a bit f exercise can breach the stone mark.
 

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A friend used a similar diet to shed a fair few stones a while back...
Now he follows a more 'reasonable' diet to maintain it...
It allows you the odd 'indulgence' without being too penalising...
 

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I'm not an advocate of fad diets, best way to lose some fat, is to change you lifestyle, eat healthier but don't deny yourself the things you enjoy, be it chocolate, booze, chips, kebab, crisps, just work a little harder in the gym or when you exercise.

That written wor lass has lost a couple of pounds short of 3 stone, over the last several months, few pounds a week, nothing unhealthy, following the slimming world plan. She's not denied herself anything, she still drank wine and had takeaways, ate cream cakes, but ate healthy at other times.

To lose that last found stubborn pounds of fat, we've started exercising, doing some basic HIIT, she's never really exercised before, so we're starting slowly.
 

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I could not survive on just soup. Sounds like hell.

My problem is every time I try and eat healthy for a week I'm just starving the entire time and I can't hack it, haha. Wouldn't say I'm very fat, but since passing the age of 30 I've found it impossible to keep the belly off! Probably true for a lot of people. I play football twice a week, go gym once a week (twice if I can make myself), golf once a week. I still weight probably a stone more than I would like.
 

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I've got at least a stone and half of fat I'd like to lose, but I'd like to stay the same weight, so that is going to be some serious gym work and the correct diet. At a guess I'd say I'm around 25% bodyfat, as written I'd like to stay the same weight but get that bodyfat down to 15% or less.
 

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I am with the guys on not being a fan of fad or short term diets. I am a believer in you need a lifestyle change and that means for life. Cut portion sizes, eat plenty of veg/fruit, proteins and a balance of carbs. avoid the obvious stuff as much as you can, but don't not have something you want.

I eat pretty well these days, but still have a beer when i want one. very rarely eat crisps of chocolate, my choice of snack is now popcorn. And then obviously exercise. Burn more calories than you put in and there is a deficit that needs to be fueled from elsewhere.

I am probably above average for the amount of exercise i do, i run at least 3 times a week, swim twice and ride my bike once a week (like and hour +) I'm 40 next year and i am in the best physical condition i have ever been in, even when i played a decent ish level of rugby in my twenties.

For me, Weightloss and fitness is built in the kitchen and helped by exercise. I could go more extreme on the eating habits, but i have a decent balance. we have pizza night once a week etc,

Well done for actually trying to do something about it though! Starting something like a weightloss/fitness plan is the hardest part!! But make it easy and the norm to stick to it.

An avoid the scales every day, once a week at the most!!
 

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I've been overweight a lot and in the past few years it has gotten steadilly worse with 2 kids, busy job and not making time for exercise as well as eating too much of the things I shouldn't.

2014 I was at my lightest and fittest with no kids, a job I could drop at 5pm and lots of time to play golf, go to the gym and prepare my own meals and update myfitness pal every day.

It's not been a blow out, just a steady increase in weight and the majority of suits & formal shirts finding themsleves at the back of the wardrobe.

I've tried a few health kicks and to watch what I eat, but nothing has lasted more than a few days with bad habits picked up again very quickly.

So drastic action was needed. I have tried this diet before and found it to be worthwhile.

https://www.freedieting.com/sacred-heart-diet

You make this vegetable soup and can eat it as much as you want. Every day it is accompanied by something else. Fruit, vegetables, a baked potato, bananas, milk, steak, tomatoes.
The soup is ok, but you definitely do not look forward to it after a few days. Especially on days when I've been out of the house and so have had to eat a load of it 1st thing for fear I would end up starving

Pro's
It works. I started this last Tuesday morning and feel much slimmer. The scales say I've lost 7 pounds, and it feels that at least. And that has been with very little exercise.
It keeps you disciplined. I always feel with calorie counting, it is very easy to think that you have a few calories left, so can have a wee something. I even went out on Saturday and didn't have anything to drink and managed to find a steak / salad type meal on a pub menu, when everyone else was tucking into burgers.
Personally feel that with fairly decent results in the short term, it really keeps you focussed for a week as you know it will deliver.
You don't feel hungry and can eat as much as you want each day, of the right thing.
Appetite is suppressed after 2 or 3 days.

Con's
Not long term at all. Sure you could maybe do this for a week every month or so, but I think you would struggle to keep it going on a regular basis like that.
Completely restrictive as in no capacity for a wee beer or a bar of chocolate and obviously eating out is going to be very tricky, even in places with healthy options.
It will be tough to stay away from treats after the diet has finished.

This is day 7 and I still have a load of vegetables to make more soup with (my wife came off it after 3 days, so didn't go through as much as I thought. So I'm wondering if I can keep it going for another week or go back to the calorie counting. I shouldn't have a problem keeping it going at least till the weekend and maybe with a bit f exercise can breach the stone mark.

I know someone whose done this one, once or twice.....:unsure:

It serves a purpose to give you a turbo-charged weight loss, but isnt for the long run (I belive they give this diet to heart patients, who need to lose a lot of weight very quickly).

BTW, the soup stinks the house out as well....I believe.
 

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Following recent health issues herself was advised losing some weight would be advantageous...
She found attending one of the slimming clubs a big help...
She now has to eat extra so as not to drop below her target weight...
 

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Similar to Bazz I lost 7 stone a few years back

After being diagnosed as Type 2 Diabetic, as others have said, looked at ourselves, made lifestyle changes (not eating late at night, smaller portions, less processed food) I have to say, although I lost the weight I have to give so much credit to my wife for the changes.

Managed to keep most of it off, and now officially no longer diabetic
 

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I wouldn't recommend these diets for the general population, they are unsustainable and so are the results from them. Better to gradually make lifestyle changes, that will last longer and be healthier. I was fortunate, in that spending a lot of time competing in a weight class based sport I developed habits that make sustaining or changing weight easier, but I have also experienced having to cut weight quickly to make a category, and it's just pure hell. The other similarity with the fad diet is that as soon as you are weighed in and go back to normality, you are way over the recorded weight almost immediately.

People are always impatient to lose weight, but like anything, nothing happens overnight, they didn't gain the weight that quickly and it shouldn't be lost that quickly. Same with making changes, people suddenly want to jump in from nothing to an extreme they consider healthy, this is hard to keep up, and especially if you suddenly start feeling starving every day, you will just eventually rebound with binge eating. Instead of this gradually add healthy habits and remove unhealthy ones and you will find it much easier to stick at it and make long-term progress.
 

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It's very difficult to lose weight through exercise, you have to do it mainly through diet. Best way is to stop eating refined sugar and cut right back on unrefined sugars. Don't believe that eating fat creates fat or cholesterol. Understand how your blood sugar works and how to control it.
 

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I've lost a stone this year, mostly down to changes in diet, which have thankfully become habit now. The wife wanted to go to Slimming World, and asked me to do it as support, I gritted my teeth through the introduction talk, (I'm not good when I think someone is talking nonsense), and joined up - I don't really follow the rules, (which are pretty simple, don't eat rubbish, but do allow yourself some treats), but it did make me look at what I was eating, and have cut out bread, and reduced my sugar intake, and I feel much better for it - if I get hungry I eat fruit/pop corn or sugar free jelly, and I've got a pretty good routine in what I eat. I have started doing some exercise, but I'm pretty hit and miss with it.

I go the meetings just to get weighed in, I find this keeps me from eating too much rubbish, it helps that my wife and I are competitive, so neither wants to have gained when the other has lost - mainly as I'm a bad winner and gloat like hell for the week.
 

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Yes folks, I agree about the fad diets. And they are just that, a short term fix that won't stand the pace.

Best thing to do is maintain modest calorie intake and do a bit of exercise. Far more sustainable for longer periods. However this was required to get me kick started from the position I was in of literally having no clothes to wear to work.

Other issue is the lack of flexibility. Today, found myself down at my mums and were going to be there at lunch time. Obviously had no soup or brown rice with me. She served a nice spicy chicken dish with noodles. Not at all unhealthy or particularly calorific. But there ended the fat burning soup diet plan. So something sensible for dinner and no afters and I should still have had a good day.

Tomorrow... might start monitoring on myfitnesspal again rather than making more soup. I feel pretty good that the last week has given me a good start and a genuine half a stone loss so it would be foolish and a real waste to let that slip on again in the next few weeks.

Reasonable diet plan will go something like;
Boiled eggs and ham for breakfast.
Soup and / or a chicken salad at lunchtime.
Chicken breast / veg / sweet potato for dinner.

Snacks
fruit, Yoghurts, wee bit of dark chocolate, popcorn, ricecake and peanut butter etc.

Drinks
Water, coffee, tea, diet coke

Avoid
Cereals, pastry, bread, pasta, a lot of rice, crisps, chocolate, ice cream etc.
 

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Having watched my wife yoyo on diets for decades, I an still of the mind "everything in moderation". I know I need to loose a couple of stone but I also dont really worry about my actual weight, more how I feel.
Sadly for me, my nemesis is Mr Becks, or his English cousin Whistable Bay.
I have just taken another rescued Staffie after being 18 months without one. I know it will make me get out more when recently it has been too easy to sit down at home.
 

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Yes folks, I agree about the fad diets. And they are just that, a short term fix that won't stand the pace.

Best thing to do is maintain modest calorie intake and do a bit of exercise. Far more sustainable for longer periods. However this was required to get me kick started from the position I was in of literally having no clothes to wear to work.

Other issue is the lack of flexibility. Today, found myself down at my mums and were going to be there at lunch time. Obviously had no soup or brown rice with me. She served a nice spicy chicken dish with noodles. Not at all unhealthy or particularly calorific. But there ended the fat burning soup diet plan. So something sensible for dinner and no afters and I should still have had a good day.

Tomorrow... might start monitoring on myfitnesspal again rather than making more soup. I feel pretty good that the last week has given me a good start and a genuine half a stone loss so it would be foolish and a real waste to let that slip on again in the next few weeks.

Reasonable diet plan will go something like;
Boiled eggs and ham for breakfast.
Soup and / or a chicken salad at lunchtime.
Chicken breast / veg / sweet potato for dinner.

Snacks
fruit, Yoghurts, wee bit of dark chocolate, popcorn, ricecake and peanut butter etc.

Drinks
Water, coffee, tea, diet coke

Avoid
Cereals, pastry, bread, pasta, a lot of rice, crisps, chocolate, ice cream etc.
I installed MyFitnessPal again today, I used to use it years ago, but looking at it now I couldn't understand how to add new things you'd eaten, so I deleted it again. I've installed 'Nutracheck' instead which looks easier.

Your last bit about avoiding stuff is impossible for me. Each day for lunch I eat either a sandwich or bowl of pasta as part of the Tesco £3 meal deal. Also often get a bag of crisps although I go for the 'less bad' ones like Sunbites, or Walkers Baked, or Walkers salt & vinegar Squares which are surprisingly better than a lot of others. I will also have pasta for dinner on probably two nights of the week - it's usually the easiest quickest thing to make after I come home from football on a Wednesday for example. Chocolate & ice cream not things I eat every day, but I couldn't go a week without sweet things like that. Would say 3 or 4 times a week I eat something sweet like those.

If I didn't eat bread or pasta though it would be a huge void and not knowing what to fill it with. Working in London I need a lunch which is cheap and is going to fill me up until dinner time.
 

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Each day for lunch I eat either a sandwich or bowl of pasta as part of the Tesco £3 meal deal. Also often get a bag of crisps although I go for the 'less bad' ones like Sunbites, or Walkers Baked, or Walkers salt & vinegar Squares which are surprisingly better than a lot of others.


Erm… You could always opt to have a fruit pot in place of the crisps ;)...
 

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I installed MyFitnessPal again today, I used to use it years ago, but looking at it now I couldn't understand how to add new things you'd eaten, so I deleted it again. I've installed 'Nutracheck' instead which looks easier.

Your last bit about avoiding stuff is impossible for me. Each day for lunch I eat either a sandwich or bowl of pasta as part of the Tesco £3 meal deal. Also often get a bag of crisps although I go for the 'less bad' ones like Sunbites, or Walkers Baked, or Walkers salt & vinegar Squares which are surprisingly better than a lot of others. I will also have pasta for dinner on probably two nights of the week - it's usually the easiest quickest thing to make after I come home from football on a Wednesday for example. Chocolate & ice cream not things I eat every day, but I couldn't go a week without sweet things like that. Would say 3 or 4 times a week I eat something sweet like those.

If I didn't eat bread or pasta though it would be a huge void and not knowing what to fill it with. Working in London I need a lunch which is cheap and is going to fill me up until dinner time.

At the end of the day, it is usually cheap and convenient to eat unhealthily.
At some point a compromise is required in terms of meal prep, spending more on healthier meals that are still convenient or exercise.
 

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My kryptonite when trying to be healthy are Hula Hoops, any flavour I'll devour them like they were going to be stopped the next day.
 

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Erm… You could always opt to have a fruit pot in place of the crisps ;)...
I suppose - I'm not a big fruit lover though and I find the portions of them small anyway and not particularly satisfying. I may try that one or two days of the week and see how it goes.

At the end of the day, it is usually cheap and convenient to eat unhealthily.
At some point a compromise is required in terms of meal prep, spending more on healthier meals that are still convenient or exercise.
I do exercise over the week as I mentioned earlier. I'm just saying when people say they manage to avoid bread and pasta, I just wouldn't know where to start with that myself.
 
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