Fat Burning Soup Diet Results


Without checking with a doctor, I tried a "Fat Burning Soup Diet," which is similar to this one on the web. (Other similar diets can be found by searching Alta Vista for "basic fat burning soup.") I don't think I'm extraordinarily overweight, but it's now put-on-the-pounds Holiday time and I'd still like to lose about 10 pounds. I cut back on my food intake and already lost 10 pounds over the course of the last 5 months or so. This diet claims 10-17 pounds in a week.

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I realize in general you shouldn't lose more than two pounds in a week. This is a problem because you can malnourish yourself, and such weight loss could be the result of serious health problems. Assuming the weight loss isn't the cause of health problems, eating as many vegetables as you can doesn't seem like a good way to malnourish yourself. I just don't think such a diet will work, except my parents and other people on the web have had success with it.

I have a big stainless steel stock pot (about 12 quarts) which could just barely hold half the recipe. I stored half the cabbage, and chopped up the other half of the vegetables and put them away. Also, I skipped the Lipton soup pack.

Here's a summary of what I experienced each day. I check my weight before stepping in the shower each morning, and record it for the previous day. I know the scale is not accurate, but it should be pretty good at measuring differences.

December 1, 1996 - Day Zero - Prior to Diet

Weight: 160 pounds

Foods eaten:

  • one bowl of Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats
  • several glasses of orange juice and cranberry juice
  • one glass of 2% milk
  • two cups of soup
  • tossed salad with mozzarella cheese and oil and vinegar dressing
  • two servings of Spiced Taro chips
  • bread with garlic butter
  • 4 ounces of chocolate

December 2, 1996 - Day One - Soup and Fruit only

Weight: 159 pounds

Foods eaten:

  • about 10 cups of soup
  • 5 oranges
  • about 1.5 gallons of water
  • two mugs of hot black tea, unsweetened

Although I'm a serious chocoholic, I really underestimated how hard it would be to avoid sweets. I spent the whole day being hungry. I brought two cups of soup and two oranges to work. I chowed the oranges before lunch, horsed down the soup, and spent the afternoon desperately waiting to go home and eat.

When I got home, I ate a big bowl of soup and three more oranges. I ran some errands, and returned home and had another big bowl of soup. I finished off the evening with a third of a cantalope.

I've also been very cranky and tired today, probably because of the lack of sugar.

December 3, 1996 - Day Two - Soup and Vegetables only

Weight: 158 pounds

Foods eaten:

  • about 6 cups of soup
  • 8 raw carrots
  • One large baked potato with margarine
  • about 1.5 gallons of water
  • one large glass of orange juice, not from concentrate
  • two mugs of hot black tea, unsweetened

I wasn't as hungry today, although I did eat more during the day at work. I was smart enough to bring more soup today, and the excess of carrots helped. It was hard not to cave in and go to Pizza Hut with some people from work, but I managed.

My mood is improving some, and the small caffeine kick from the tea helps. I felt very tired around mid morning and took a nap, but felt more awake in the afternoon, probably from the tea. I felt like going to sleep earlier today.

December 4, 1996 - Day Three - Soup, Fruit, and Vegetables

Weight: 157 pounds

Foods eaten:

  • about 8 cups of soup
  • two raw carrots
  • four ounces raw spinach
  • about two thirds of a cantalope
  • two oranges
  • about 1.5 gallons of water
  • one large glass of orange juice, not from concentrate
  • one large glass of cranberry juice
  • two mugs of hot black tea, unsweetened
  • two mugs of hot herbal tea, unsweetened

I was even less hungry today, and I certainly ate my fill today. In fact, I ran out of the first half of the soup and had to make the rest.

My mood is pretty stable now, and I'm not feeling tired. The promised "feeling of well-being" is coming around. I feel very balanced inside.

December 5, 1996 - Day Four - Soup, up to Three Bananas, and Skim Milk

Weight: 155 pounds

Foods eaten:

  • about 8 cups of soup
  • two bananas
  • about 1.5 gallons of water
  • two glasses of cranberry juice
  • two glasses of skim milk
  • two mugs of hot black tea, unsweetened

In general I was not hungry today. I walked to work, about 20 minutes each way to try and burn some extra calories.

My mood is more stable than before I was on the diet, probably because I've purged most of the sugar. I no longer feel tired, and feel even more balanced inside.

December 6, 1996 - Day Five - Soup, Beef and Tomatoes

Weight: 153 pounds

Foods eaten:

  • about 8 cups of soup
  • one eight-ounce steak, broiled
  • about 2 gallons of water
  • three medium tomatoes
  • two mugs of hot black tea, unsweetened

The exercise yesterday seemed to help. I was not hungry much at all today. It was tough not to follow my routine of eating junk food with my friends this evening.

December 7, 1996 - Day Six - Soup, Beef and Vegetables

Weight: 154 pounds

Foods eaten:

  • about 8 cups of soup
  • about 3/4 gallons of water
  • one 8 ounce steak, broiled
  • two ounces of raw spinach
  • three carrots
  • three glasses of cranberry juice

I did some Christmas shopping this morning, and came home famished. Once again, it was tough not to follow my routine of eating junk in the evening.

December 8, 1996 - Day Seven - Soup, Brown Rice and Vegetables

Weight: 152 pounds

Foods eaten:

  • about 7 cups of soup
  • about 1.5 gallons of water
  • one glass of cranberry juice
  • 1.5 cups of brown rice, cooked
  • 2 ounces of raw spinach
  • three carrots

I spent the whole day doing Christmas shopping. Hopefully I've burned more calories today.

This morning I was disappointed to learn that I gained a pound. Also, the soup has turned from pretty good to really bad, since I've eaten so much of it.

Unless I lose four pounds today, I won't even have met the minimum of the promised 10-17 pounds. Also, I've got about four cups of leftover soup that I will throw out tomorrow.

January 8, 1996 - One Month Later

Weight: 160 pounds

So much for keeping the weight off. I still don't know if I would be 168 at this point without the diet, or if I just put back all the weight I lost. In any case, I'll resume the minor reduction in food intake I maintained for the latter part of 1996. If I actually could get out to get any excercise, I probably would shave off a few pounds over the winter.

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Last updated 1997-Aug-24


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