Want to lose half a stone in a month? Writer Kirstin Chaplin took our New Year Soup Swap Challenge to see if it could be done

The simple way to lose weight













Time crunching my working hours into shortened days to fit around my family means that, come lunch-time, I’m lucky if I have time to boil to egg!

So when I heard about the New Year 30-Day Soup Swap Challenge – with its promise of half a stone weight loss – I jumped at it.

The plan is simple. Swap one meal a day for a 400g bowl of filling soup which can he homemade, from a carton or a tin.

For the sake of ease I opted for tinned soups.

Spoilt for choice in the supermarket I decided to buy as wide a range of soups as possible to keep things interesting. The filling and tasty Heinz Big Soups were ideal for hungry days and I also loved the spicy fusion options including Chicken Soup With Aromatic Thai Spices and Tomato with Spanish Chorizo.

At the start of my challenge I added a small piece of bread, as recommended. But after a few days I found I didn’t want, or need it as the soup itself was satisfying enough.

Knowing I had a stockpile of ready-in-minutes meals in the cupboard meant I always ate lunch and didn’t end up grabbing a handful of biscuits in a hunger-induced frenzy later in the afternoon. And costing around £7 for the week, it was great value too.

Best of all, I was amazed to find I’d lost 6lbs by the end of the month changing nothing more than one meal a day! My jeans were looser and my tummy was flatter. After years of struggling to lose a few pounds, I couldn’t believe it could be so easy.