Wish you could soothe yourself with comfort food as you speed toward your happy weight? Just simmer up one pot of soup and get ready to lose up to 18 lbs this week! “That’s what my newest plan is all about,” reveals natural-health authority Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, author of The New Fat Flush Plan and more than two dozen bestsellers. “I’ve talked to so many women struggling with both stress and weight gain, and it inspired me to upgrade my famous soup plan.”
So she infused her regimen with mood-boosting, keto-friendly ingredients. “Now it truly warms your soul and lifts your spirits as the unwanted fat disappears,” says Gittleman, adding that soup paired with a keto diet is a particularly powerful way to slim down. Women who’ve tried the strategy agree: They say it’s the feel-amazing way to drop up to 18 pounds in one week!
For anyone unfamiliar with keto, here’s the gist: Just swap in fat and protein for any sugar and starch you’d normally eat. This prevents your body from making enough blood sugar to fuel itself, so you begin turning fat (from food and fat cells) into an alternate fuel called ketones. “As ketones are produced, you switch from burning mostly sugar to burning mostly fat,” says Gittleman. Studies show flab disappears up to 900 percent faster than usual.
Yes, giving up carbs for long periods can feel stressful. Luckily, Gittleman says it’s unnecessary. She’s backed by new Yale research that hints short stints of keto give a lasting metabolism boost and protect against sugar-related health issues. “I’ve found that using a healthy keto plan for anywhere from five days to five weeks gets sensational results,” Gittleman shares. Not only will fat burn accelerate, but the break from excess blood sugar allows your body to heal and rejuvenate cells. “So when you begin incorporating more healthy carbs, you handle them better and continue losing weight.” But why does Gittleman recommend keto soup? Because it heightens all keto’s benef its and makes us feel so good!
The Magic of Soup
“Soup is not only classic comfort food, it’s extremely convenient. You cook once and have several heat-and-eat meals,” says Gittleman. There’s also no diet math on her keto soup plan. “You just eat the soup and other simple foods. Nothing to count or track.” That alone is enough to make stress disappear.
Gittleman adds that keto fats from soup ingredients and garnishes like grass-fed meat, coconut milk and avocado not only help trigger fat burn, there’s also evidence from British scientists that they can calm inf lammation in the brain enough to work better than antidepressants.
Another nice touch: Gittleman spices her keto soup with curry powder, which is rich in compounds shown to speed fat loss by up to 300 percent and send mood soaring. “Keto soup made the right way takes comfort food to a whole new level.”
If hunger and cravings are an issue for you, soup helps there too. Landmark Penn State research has found soup’s unique suspension of solids in warm broth tricks the body into releasing special hormones that shrink appetite by about 400 calories a day. So you get relief from urges to snack and go overboard at meals — plus, eating less on keto means your body relies almost entirely on stored fat for fuel.
The Cleveland Clinic’s Mark Hyman, MD, gives a thumbs up to a low-carb soup approach: “You’ll cut your appetite, stimulate metabolism, release fat from fat cells and significantly improve overall well-being!”
Here’s Your ‘Keto-fied’ Soup Diet Cheat Sheet
Use the recipe (below) to whip up a big pot of the soup, then just follow this simple meal plan. Need an occasional break from soup? Swap in a plate of protein, raw or steamed veggies and two to three servings good fat (such as avocado or olive oil). After a week, transition to meals built around nutrient-dense whole foods with little or no sugar and grains. As always, get a doctor’s okay to try any new plan.
BREAKFAST: Blitz 8 oz. water, 1 cup frozen berries, 1 serving no-sugar whey protein powder, 1 Tbs. flax oil and 1 Tbs. of chia seeds.
BEVERAGES: Aim for 64 oz. of liquids daily, choosing water, water with a splash of unsweetened cranberry berry juice or dandelion root tea.
SNACKS: Twice daily, pair a little healthy fat with protein or fiber — like guacamole with sliced veggies.
Keto Detox Soup
Enjoy 3-cup bowlfuls of Gittleman’s delicious soup as lunch and dinner.
- 1 1⁄4 lbs. ground beef or poultry
- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 6 cups sliced veggies, such as pepper, zucchini, and mushroom
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 14 oz. full-fat coconut milk
- 4 cups broth or bone broth
- 1-2 Tbs. curry powder
- 1 Tbs. lime juice
- 1⁄2 cup fresh herbs, chopped
In pot, cook meat in oil; remove. In pot, sauté onion and veggies until tender. Stir in garlic. Add meat, milk, broth, and curry. Cover. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes. Stir in juice and herbs. Top with optional avocado. Serves 6.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.