One might find it odd that by eating something you can actually cut calories, but that is exactly what a well known dish that most all of us have enjoyed at some time in our life effectively does, studies show. And look no further than your pantry and most likely it will be sitting on the shelf. So what is this miracle dish?
Ok, it might not be a miracle, but low-calorie soup, when eaten at the start of a meal has been shown to reduce the amount of food and calories consumed at that meal (soup plus entrée) a Penn State study showed.
“Consuming a first-course of low-calorie soup, in a variety of forms, can help with managing weight, as is shown in this research and earlier studies. Using this strategy allows people to get an extra course at the meal, while eating fewer total calories,” says Julie Flood, a doctoral student in nutritional sciences at Penn State.
Make sure to choose a broth based soup and eat a serving around the 100 to 150 calorie mark. Cream based soups are typically higher in calories and make it easier to consume more calories in a meal than you normally would.