Leeks are a delicious, onion-like vegetable that you really must incorporate more into your cooking! I first came across leek soup for weight loss while reading the very famous book French Women Don’t Get Fat.
The book is worth a read, so borrow it from your local library. The main gist of the book is that your body requires your palate to be “excited” so that you don’t overeat. Instead of sitting down to one, giant bowl of cheesy pasta (just the one taste) each mean should consist of different flavours, different textures and ideally, courses.
Start with a soup, serve your main with a salad and enjoy bread – but stick to one slice of baguette, no more. Always eat at a table, make eating “an event” and don’t snack while on the run or eat at your desk or your body won’t feel as satiated.
So, onto the leek soup diet. In the book, the author suggests beginning any new eating regime with a bit of a cleanse. This is where leek soup for weight loss comes in. Basically, you will be making a bit pot of the leek soup, utilising both the liquid and the vegetable, as well as a bit of olive oil. You’ll do this for about 2 days – so the author suggests tackling the cleanse over a relaxing weekend.
Here is the official French Women Don’t Get Fat leek soup “magical weekend” recipe. It’s very nice, so I suggest you try it, but as I have used it a few times, I have made some alterations which will improve the taste and flavour.
Alyce’s Leek Soup
- 6 large leeks
- 2 lemons (juice + zest)
- Cold pressed olive oil
- 8 x cups of filtered water
- Chopped parsley
- Salt + pepper
Method: Trim the base and the hard tops of the leek off. Retain plenty of the green top as this has plenty of taste. Slice leeks in half lengthways and soak in a dish of lukewarm water for 30 minutes to remove any grit.
Bring filtered water to the boil. Slice leeks into circles, add to the pot. Simmer for 1 hour, covered. Separate the leeks and the leek water or “soup”. Into the soup, add the lemon zest, and a tiny bit of salt and pepper.
To serve: for 2 days, have this whenever you feel hungry. The soup is served with chopped parsley and the leeks themselves with parsley, lemon juice and salt and pepper.
When should you do the leek soup diet?
The idea of a “magical weekend” is that you begin it when you start to feel “en peu blobby” – as my French ex-boss Chantel-from-ze-South-of-France used to say (it means a little bit fat). If you feel like you’ve gained a few pounds or kilos, give this a go.
Personally, I would make a fresh batch on each weekend day, as I would easily go through this pot of soup in 24 hours or less. Drink the oniony-tasting liquid (served hot with lemon + parsley) whenever you feel hungry and when truly ravenous, eat some of the leeks with a dash of the oil. Go sparingly for best results.
Will I lose weight on the leek soup diet?
Yes, as with all fasts, you are likely to lose weight. I am a very experienced faster, and I learned from the best. Fasting has been practised by every religion and tribe in every country of the world, since the beginning of time. Don’t believe modern fanatics that say you need to eat 6 times a day – this is simply not true*.
If you would like to learn about my fasting journey head to My Experience with Fasting for Weight Loss and the 6 Small Meals Debate. If you would like a few resources on fasting from sensible practitioners, check out Fasting: will it work for you? Is fasting dangerous?
People tend to gain back any weight they lose with fasting. What fasting does is to help educate your body as to how to say “no” to food and to listen to your body’s cravings. With the leek soup diet you are essentially fasting with leeks, which is a nice way to start a fast if you haven’t done one before, such as with a juice fast.
*I am not a nutritionist and these are my personal opinions, gained from my own research and experience. Before undertaking any new eating regime, use common sense and contact your healthcare professional.