The words "miracle diet" are often over-used but this soup is simply sensational.
The Today Tonight calorie crunching soup diet is for those who want to see a result in next to no time.
Nutritionist Tanya Ferraretto from Nutrition Professionals Australia reckons this soup is a great start to dropping kilos and living longer.
"You do burn up calories because you’re eating so little so even just your everyday activities will burn up more calories than you would eat on this diet because the vegetables are so low in kilojoules. It's cut out things like bread and rice and pasta, meat so you really are eating very little and therefore burning up more than you take in," says Tanya.
This secret weapon in the war against fat supposedly works because the calories burnt up by the body are more than the calories being ingested.
“Something like this is attractive because it's so radical and people are feeling like they are taking the plunge," says Tanya.
And taking the plunge are Today Tonight viewers… Rosa Peters weighing 97 kilo's, Deb Merritt at 71 kilo's and Ray Coles at 104 kilo's... all three are heavier than they should be.
“After 5 pregnancies I've gained a lot of weight, I'd like to ideally get back to what I was before having children," says Rosa.
"I had a boy 4 and a half months ago and ah not quite used to being so overweight," says Deb.
For sixty eight year old Ray it's an old familiar story… “I do like a little drop of red wine now and again… the odd bottle now and again you know. We like our steak, we like our chicken and I like schnitzels. 'the odd burger here and there, I do like fish and chips..." says Ray.
We get the idea... well for Ray and the ladies it's now 7 days of our exclusive calorie crunching soup diet.
“The kids all said yuk for soup…but that's fine they don't have to eat what I eat. Ah hubby I'm going to try and get him roped in but we'll see," says Deb.
Keeping a diary and promising to keep strictly to the plan which is the all important soup with servings of vegies, fruit, chicken and fish. We had three very determined volunteers and our nutritionist was already making a bold prediction.
"It's quite low in kilojoules so people will lose weight in the first 7 days of this diet," says Tanya.
The trio was exercising daily before taking up our challenge so that isn't going to be a factor in this weight loss test.
"In terms of introducing people to healthy food and getting them used to the taste it's a really good opportunity," says Tanya.
During the week long diet Rosa, Deb and Ray shared a diary day with us when, lets say, the experiment could have come to an end.
"Day 2 Saturday…. I was invited to my friends first birthday for her son. I was surrounded by party food, pies and pasties and pizza… anytime I would indulge in that and helped myself but she made me a special plate with celery and carrot," wrote Rosa.
"Day 6… ahmmm one of the neighbours bought over some lollies for the kids and lollies is one of my big things, I love lollies and she specifically said none for mum,” wrote Deb.
"On day seven I went to a bakery and ah… to buy a bottle of water and I walked out of there with my bottle of water," wrote Ray.
With temptation out of the way and their 7 days completed it was time to weigh up whether our calorie crunching soup diet really works.
Rosa went from ninety seven kilos to ninety three point two.
“That's almost four kilos!”
“It's fantastic I'm surprised and yeah it's been a great start to a new beginning for me to keep going with it. I'm really, really happy Paul," says Rosa.
Ray went from one hundred and four kilos to one hundred kilos, a loss of four kilos!
“Brilliant, brilliant!... it's the first time I’ve really lost something in a week that I didn't think I could ever do but I’ve done it," says Ray.
But the biggest surprise was reserved for Deb who lost five kilos, now weighing in at sixty six kilos.
"Five kilos, and I really can't believe it," says Deb.
It was quite a weight loss week with Deb, Ray and Rosa all being winners and giving our soup diet the big thumbs up.
“I guess in the short term people would probably be able to follow this safely and then look long term to what they can change in their everyday diet," says Tanya.
“I would never go back to my old lifestyle of the food I used to have… serious, I can assure you of that," says Ray.
Fruit salad (fresh/canned)
Seafood (no red meat)
Bass (fresh water/sea)
This soup is your main meal for lunch & dinner.
6 large spring onions (if small make it more)
1 cup fresh green beans
2 cups fresh spinach
5 medium carrots
1 large can of cooked or stewed tomatoes
1 small to medium head of cabbage
1/2 bunch of celery
1 clove of garlic (you decide)
1 green or red capsicum
1 stalk of broccoli
1 cup of brown rice (uncooked)
1 package of onion soup mix
Your choice of salt, pepper, herbs, spices for taste.
Don't peel your carrots. Rinse under water until the dirt is gone.
Cut all vegetables into small & medium pieces. Run the clove
of garlic through a garlic press or c