Negative Calorie Foods: Lose Weight By Eating

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Have you heard of negative calorie foods? Well its high time you did! These super healthy foods are a woman’s best friend when it comes to weight loss. Why? Because you lose weight by just eating them.

What is a negative calorie food?

Negative calorie foods are natural foods that have a net effect of weight loss when you eat them. Remember in this post on portion sizes for weight loss when we talked about the equation for weight loss being calories in + energy out = weight gain? Well negative calorie foods aid in this process by negating the calories in part of the equation.

How do negative calorie foods work?

Negative calorie foods are not foods with no calories. They actually could have quite a few calories. The reason they are called negative is because they take more energy to digest than are contained in the food itself.

Let’s take a stick of broccoli as an example. It might have 50 calories in it but it might take 60 calories worth of energy to digest. So you are, in effect, having a weight loss reaction. Digestion takes up a lot of energy in our bodies so it is important to use as many negative calorie based foods as possible.

What are some negative calorie foods?

Here is a simple list of some negative calorie foods that you can start to incorporate into your diet. Keep your portion sizes under control but enjoy the weight loss benefit that these can bring.

  • Asparagus
  • Fennel
  • Broccoli
  • Leek
  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Apricot
  • Mandarin orange
  • Blackberry
  • Melon
  • Blackcurrant
  • Peaches
  • Clementines
  • Damsons
  • Raspberry
  • Grapefruit
  • Rhubarb
  • Guava
  • Strawberry
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Lemon
  • Cucumber
  • Cauliflower Peppers
  • Celery
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Tomato

As you can see they are all fruits and vegetables. Does that give you any hints about what we humans are supposed to be eating?