Processing the food you eat and converting it to energy is called metabolism. Some foods help to increase metabolism so the body burns calories faster and accumulates less fat. Many of those foods are recommended for dieters and they are common ingredients in soups and salads. That is one reason why eating soups and salads is good for dieting and health. The foods are low calorie foods that provide nutrients and fiber. Eating more of those foods and less empty calorie, high carb foods may help you to be healthier and to lose weight.
An image of a hot, steaming bowl of soup conveys an idea of nourishment. Soup is a nutritious source of vitamins, nutrients and fiber. The combination of solids and nourishing broth makes soup a satisfying meal. Eating the combination of solid foods and liquids in soup gives someone a feeling of fullness. Eating soup also helps you lose weight by giving you nourishment without an urge to overeat. So soup is also a low calorie nutrient rich appetite suppressant.
Many ingredients in soup also increase metabolism. If you look at a list of the foods that boost metabolism you’ll see the veggies that are in soup and other foods. Some of those metabolism boosting veggies are asparagus, beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, green peppers, onions, potatoes and tomatoes. Cayenne, garlic and some other spices also increase metabolism.
Some foods you might not want to eat solo would be great as additions to soup. Those foods would be great in combination with some other metabolism boosters like garbanzo beans, navy beans, pinto beans and soybeans that would also add more protein. Nuts like almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts would also add more protein and increase metabolism.
You can create many different kinds of soups. You could combine carrots, celery and beans with nuts. You could make a cream of broccoli soup. Using soymilk instead of milk would make the soup more nutritious and lower calorie. Using soy cheese to make broccoli cheese soup would reduce the calories. You could make minestrone. You could make a potato soy cheese soup with onions.
Eating soup as an appetizer or between meals will help you to burn calories faster and discourage over eating by giving you a sense of fullness. The nourishing soup satisfies your hunger without many calories. You could buy bread bowls at the grocery store or make your own out of bread. The nutritious high fiber soups will speed up your metabolism, regulate digestion and insulin and prevent fat storage.