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Posted by: Anon | 2011/01/10

Soup diet

Good Day,

I would like to get your opinion on soup diets,

I have a friend that is about 15kg overweight and she wants to start on this soup diet( i am not all that convinced about this diet)

The soup contains carrots, tomatoes, celery, onions, green beans, beef stock and white onion soup

How healthy is this and does it work? she said that she wants to go on this for a week on and a week of then on again till she lost what she needed to but when she is off she will try and eat as healthy as possible

Kind Regards

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Dear Soup Diet
If your friend eats only the soup you describe for a week then she will indeed lose weight because she will have reduced her energy intake significantly. The problem is that such a diet is not balanced (it lacks proteins, B vitamins, etc) and cannot be used for long periods of time. There is also the risk that after using a semi-starvation' diet for one week, that your friend will compensate in the next week by eating more than she normally would. So she will have to see how things go, but in the long run it is better to eat a well balanced, low-fat, low-GI diet and to do regular exercise to lose weight.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011/01/10

Dear Soup Diet
If your friend eats only the soup you describe for a week then she will indeed lose weight because she will have reduced her energy intake significantly. The problem is that such a diet is not balanced (it lacks proteins, B vitamins, etc) and cannot be used for long periods of time. There is also the risk that after using a semi-starvation' diet for one week, that your friend will compensate in the next week by eating more than she normally would. So she will have to see how things go, but in the long run it is better to eat a well balanced, low-fat, low-GI diet and to do regular exercise to lose weight.
Best regards
DietDoc

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