My Slimming Soup for 2012

January 3, 2012
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

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A “new and improved” Fat Flush Soup is back— right in time for the 2012 weight loss season! The mouth-watering recipe— with four delicious variations— is featured in the January 23, 2012 First for Women magazine. The soup and the research behind it is the cover story for the new year, with stunning before and after pictures of Fat Flushers Cindy Davis and daughter Nikole Howell who lost a combined 105 pounds on fat flushing foods and healing soups!

The revamped recipe contains hearty and warming veggies, beans, and lean protein with spices like cumin, cayenne, cilantro and fresh garlic to seriously boost flavor appeal and enhance cleansing power. Really perfect for January weather.

Many of you will remember the original recipe – which initially debuted as The Fat Flush Soup in another popular woman’s magazine. While it is still a wonderful meal in a bowl – with even more colorful and antioxidant rich vegetables like tri-colored peppers and rich yellow squash – the new basic slimming soup recipe was tweaked and tested in our Fat Flush kitchen to obtain a more consistent yield and a vegetarian option.

The basic recipe still calls for lean ground protein like beef, turkey, or chicken. (Of course the protein you consume must be healthy – organic if possible – and not pumped up with hormones or antibiotics.) Critical to both phases of liver detox, this star performer is equated with beauty since our skin, hair, and nails are 98% protein. Protein helps make the powerhouse antioxidant glutathione; creates vital enzyme to zap toxins, and maintains energy levels. Protein is essential for weight loss because it can produce the pancreatic hormone known as glucagon which accesses stored body fat for energy. And since the body can’t store protein, it is so very essential that we get the right amount daily (at least 20 grams per meal) – which is what the soup provides! Having low protein levels increases our desire for carbs (like sugar) which contribute to a rise in insulin – the fat promoting hormone.

The filling, high fiber beans – either pinto, garbanzo, or black – contain anywhere from about 10-20 grams of fiber per serving  which will help regulate blood sugar and sweep toxins out of the system by fulfilling the 35 fiber grams per day dietary recommendation.

But the basic soup recipe goes on to the next level by individualizing weight loss and recommending very special ingredient “add-ins” that address the top four weight gain triggers most commonly experienced by frustrated dieters: a sluggish thyroid, burned out adrenals, a toxic liver, and yeast overload.

While I can’t “scoop the soup” recipe, since the magazine is still on the stands, I can tell you more about these diet types which are characterized by the four “hidden” weight gain factors and what you can do to assure complete weight loss success while you sip your soup:

1)      The Thyroid Type. If you are depressed, tired, and blue, the thyroid-revving soup may be the ideal recipe to kick off weight loss for the new year. It contains a special iodine-containing ingredient designed to rev up this tired metabolic driver which can become depleted due to fluoride and chlorine in the water supply. The thyroid gland is the key to metabolism and may be the underlying cause behind low libido, constipation, thinning hair, cold extremities, and bone dry skin. If you are taking traditional blood tests, note that the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) must be less than 3.5 to be considered “normal” by the American College of Endocrinology. To support the thyroid gland without taking hormones, Thytrophin from Standard Process has been used for over fifty years. Three tablets equate to 1 grain of Armour Thyroid which many individuals cannot tolerate due to an allergic response to the proteins in this desiccated thyroid product. To successfully convert into the active thyroid hormone (T4 to T3), the body needs sufficient iodine, zinc, selenium, and progesterone.

2)      The Adrenal Type. Anxiety, dark circles under the eyes, dizziness upon standing, low blood pressure and difficulty either falling or staying asleep are keynotes of this type. The adrenal-healing soup is a good entrée (pun intended) into the world of adrenal balancing. My favorite supplement for underactive adrenals is the Adrenal Formula – which I personally have taken for years to rebuild and support optimal function at 7 am, 11 am, and 3 pm. It contains both the adrenal cortex and medulla for optimum strengthening. Sufficient potassium (in squash, tomatoes, berries, and cherries) is also a “must” for balancing cortisol – the hormone that the adrenals secrete when under stress which is the notorious belly fat promoter.

3)      The Liver Type. If you are environmentally sensitive and regularly consume over the counter meds like acetaminophen then your liver may need some TLC. The liver is the body’s main filter for toxic wastes. Keeping it clean and well nourished is as important as taking a daily multiple. That’s why I created the liver-nourishing soup and formulated Liver Lovin’ Formula – with its purifying chlorophyll and daily dose of 500 mg. of taurine, the most important amino acid needed by the liver for the elimination of toxic chemicals and removal of drugs and their metabolites. It is a key ingredient of the bile acids produced by the liver which detoxify environmental contaminants.

4)      The Yeast Type – Brain fog, sugar cravings, sinus problems and rashes are all too common symptoms of the fungus among us. To nix yeast, savor the yeast-killing soup and supplement once a day with the homeopathic Y-C Cleanse which neutralizes the yeast based upon the homeopathic law of similars. I also recommend one Moly-Cu tablet which contains 100 mg of the mineral molybdenum, one of the most helpful nutritional weapons we have to rid the body of aldehydes, the noxious byproduct of Candida that clouds the mind and muddles our thinking.

If you are ready for a fresh start, but not sure how to begin, then my specialty soups and tailored supplements may be just what you need. It’s so easy because the soup can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days or frozen ahead.

Soup’s on— again— at my house. How about yours?



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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Allison

    I have been eating the soup for two weeks. I am very excited about the 7 pounds I have lost and that is with a few days of eating a normal dinner with my family. But I have strange and very itchy bumps around my left knee and ankle. Could this be a reaction some how to losing weight too fast or the exiting of the yeast?

  2. Kevin

    I am down – 10 pounds from phase 1 – entering phase 2 and wondering about the beans in the soup – since they are not part of phase 2 foods…what can they be replaced with or do I add them anyway? Clarification would be helpful.

  3. karen

    the magazine says i can come here for more suggestions on the foods to eat for breaksfast, but i dont see them anywhere….. oh guess the magazine should have said go buy the book,,, but the soup is very good

  4. Gwenn

    I made the soup today. It is great! My son said it tasted a lot like Chicken Tortillo Soup. Does anyone know how many calories to a serving of the basic recipe?

  5. Marian

    A friend sent me to this site and I will be getting ingredients to make the soup. I have Hypothyroid, and probably have had it most of my life although it’s out of control right now. I’ve gained around 50 lbs in a short period of time and am at my wit’s end to get some control.

    Will this soup work for me? I’ve been on a Gluten and dairy free diet for around 2 months, have removed sugar and sugar substitutes from my diet and have been drinking Green Smoothies (fruits & greens) for 3 weeks. I’m nearly ready to go to a raw food diet. All that has happened is my weight is increasing.

    What to do?

  6. Sierra

    Hi Marian, It sounds like you have made some fantastic changes in your diet so far. The Fat Flush Soup Diet should work wonders for you. You can continue your smoothie in the morning so long as you use a high quality protein supplement like the UNI KEY Fat Flush Body Protein. Limit your fruit intake to two servings per day, and try drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water. Follow this for two weeks or so, then investigate Phase 2 of the Fat Flush Plan 🙂

  7. Jan

    Can you please send me the recipe for the slimming soup as i cant seem to find it. Thanks Cheers Jan Jacobs

  8. Jane Hoppe

    I just made this soup two days ago, so I can’t rave about results yet. I do want to mention how tasty it is though. I couldn’t believe the article intro that touted results in women who ate this soup two times a day. I thought, “Who’d want to eat soup twice a day for so many days?” Well, since I tasted it, this soup is all I’m in the mood to eat. It is scrumptious.

  9. Vicki

    Where is the recipe? I cut it out of the magazine but lost that.

    • liz

      Please see the link above, that Sierra posted

  10. Krysta

    I’ve been really struggling with my weight, I’m 60 lbs over weight…. I read about this slimming soup diet today…. And… Decided to give it a shot. Omg! This soup is amazing and filling! My question is, after a few weeks there’s a phase 2? Can I find this in Anne’s book? Can I buy this book at a store? Also what can I have to eat other than the soup to shred of the pounds?

    • Sierra

      Hi Krysta! I’m so excited that you’ve found the Fat Flush Soup Diet 🙂

      I recommend that you get the Fat Flush Plan book by Dr. Ann Louise, available at, or Amazon, or your local library. Once you have that resource, the whole world of Fat Flushing will be at your fingertips!

      You can follow the soup diet for two weeks, after which time I recommend doing two weeks of Phase 1 from the book, then follow Phase 2 until you reach your weight loss goal. Phase three is a great resource for lifestyle maintenance of your new eating habits.

      During the two weeks of the soup diet, you may also have 2 eggs daily, an unlimited amount of the approved vegetables, and one or two servings of the Fat Flush Body protein powder, depending on your level of activity. Try to cut out caffeine, soda, and fruit juices, and please don’t use any artificial sweeteners! Drink about half of your body weight in ounces of water per day, adding up to 8 ounces of pure unsweetened cranberry juice (healthfood section kind, not OceanSpray!). This will give you a jump start to the whole Fat Flush Plan 🙂

      Also, the soup can be eaten during all phases of the Fat Flush Plan so long as you omit the beans.

      Best wishes to you, and please call UNI KEY 800.888.4353 if you would like any help!

  11. Janice G

    Can I have any fruit while I am doing the fat flush soup diet? I know you said to have eggs for breakfast and the soup for lunch and dinner. Is there anything I can have for a snack?

    • Sierra

      Hi Janice,
      You can have up to two servings of Fat Flush approved fruit per day during the Soup Diet. Other snacks would include any of the Fat Flush approved vegetables. Visit for a list of approved fruits and veggies!

  12. Beverly Moreno

    Every Morning I freshly squeeze one grapefruit and one lemon and drink it. Would that be considered fruit juice????

  13. Sierra

    Beverly, yes that would have to be considered as one of two allowable servings of fruit per day!

  14. Obat Peninggi

    Great info, i just knew that protein is so important to losing weight.

    I thought i was in The Adrenal Type because sometimes i have low blood pressure.
    may be i should add tomatoes, berries, and cherries in my food.

    Thank you for thi geat information


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