Have you ever done a juice cleanse only to find yourself hungry, irritable and craving savory solids? If you’re one of the brave warriors out there who can live on liquids for three days straight without going totally crazy, I genuinely salute you! But for those of you who prefer to, you know, eat at lunchtime, the latest detox craze to hit the Eat This, Not That! weight loss radar may be more up your alley—and it’s just in time for the last leg of winter. Enter: Souping.
Souping is just what it sounds like: A low-calorie cleanse comprised of soups. While there are a variety of companies coming out with their own cleansing programs—including Soup Cleanse and The Splendid Spoon, who deliver their soups right to your front door—most suggest that followers consume six to eight soups a day. The chefs behind these companies have gotten creative, churning out hot flavors like pumpkin miso, mushroom with steel cut oats and zucchini basil so you don’t have to settle for boring meals (or kale smoothies) to drop a few pounds.
The only major downside? The price. One day cleanses cost from $55 to $80, and three-day detoxes will set you back up to $235.
Before parting with that cash, it’s important to remember that any cleanse can be dangerous if you don’t proceed with caution. Most soup detoxes provide anywhere from 600 to 1,200 calories a day. If you decide to follow one of the lighter ones, it’s best to stick with a one-day program. If your cleanse provides closer to 1,200 calories, it’s safe to stick with it for up to three days—as long as you’re in good health.
If you’re curious about souping, we see no reason not to get in on the trend. At worst, you’ll eat delicious soups that may leave you a bit hungry, meaning you’ll have to supplement your diet with some healthy snacks. At best, you’ll lose a few pounds without wanting to tear your hair out. Or try something far cheaper but just as effective: this tea cleanse. We predict that'll be the next, next big thing.