Negative Calorie Foods To Lose Weight

What are negative calorie foods?

negative calorie foodsNegative calorie foods or negative carb foods are ones which burn more calories in the digestion process than you get by eating them.

Some examples are celery, cabbage, cucumbers, chili peppers and broccoli.

Negative calorie foods are terrific to include in your weight loss program because they are filling due to the high fiber content and you still get plenty of vitamins and minerals from them. It is a win-win situation.

Anything that is not fat or protein is a carb — that includes all of your veggies, dairy, fruits, sugars, and grains.

what are good carbsAll carbs are not created equal though.

The nutrient content plays a big role in a carb’s value as does the fiber content.

When buying processed carbs always pick those with whole foods in the ingredient list.

After that when you look at the nutritional analysis check out the fiber content.

To get a good indication of the total carbs deduct the fiber from the carbs and that will give you the net carbs.

Which Ones Are Negative Calorie Foods

Legumes are carbs and they are really good for you but they are not negative carbs.

Actually they have a pretty high carbohydrate content. They also have a lot of fiber.

Hence, the song beans, beans the musical fruit, the more you eat the more you toot!

That song is not 100% true.

The more you eat, I mean on a daily basis putting a handful in your salad, or omelets or soup the healthier you will be.

I am not talking about eating a big plate of baked beans. When you actually eat beans (legumes) every meal or at least every day, you will become accustomed to them and you will not toot!

Potatoes are carbs.

Sweet potatoes are better than whites because they have more fiber.

Vegetables like potatoes, corn, legumes, rice are considered carbs in your diet while NON-starchy veggies are your negative calorie foods.

It is the fiber that the processed food diet is missing.

Processed foods have no fiber, or very little fiber.

So when you are eating processed foods, not only are you getting white grains, stripped of nutrients, you are also not getting the fiber.

It is the fiber that reduces the carb count to less than zero is some cases.
It is the fiber that keeps your metabolism burning.
It is the fiber that aids in weight loss.

White carbs, processed carbs, are all sugar, no vitamins, nutrients or fiber.

OK, I know some of you are saying, that they are enriched.

Great, let’s strip our food of everything and throw in a handful of man-made vitamins!

Other Negative Calorie Foods

Other negative or close to negative calorie foods include:

garlic
lettuce
onions
papayas
spinach
turnip
zucchini
fresh cranberries
grapefruit
broccoli
cabbage
carrots
cauliflower
celery
chicory
chili peppers
cucumbers
endive
lemons
asparagus
beets
Even some fruits are close to being a negative calorie food and should be something that is part of everyone’s diet.

There are many more foods that are close to being negative calorie and you can probably figure out which ones those are intuitively.

If you ate nothing but negative calorie foods for the rest of your life, then you would waste away to nothing!

Your body would be deficient in calories for energy and over time you would become more and more weak and eventually just disappear!

Incorporating negative calorie foods into your weight loss program will fill you up, give you vitamins, minerals, fiber and most of all it will keep your metabolism roaring like a bonfire!

Add some negative calorie foods into every meal to feel full and still lose weight.


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    Shared by: debbixler:

    There are some days when we talk about travel and how to eat out, Mary. Watch your emails or search in the header bar search block for any topic you want. Here is one I wrote on eating in an airport: http://www.wowyouarereallylucky.com/food-choices/eating-right-in-an-airplane-or-airport.htm

    Shared by: Deb, Healthy Chef:

    Cool, Judy, glad you are seeing it that way. You can always come back and do it again. Congratulations for sticking with it!

    Shared by: Judy Teres:

    I am amazed at how much better I feel with only just looking out for hfc syrip. I did not really change anyting else except stop buying foods with hidden sugars and now I feel better and lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks. I expect I will start this over again when I have more time as it has really made me feel better. Thanks for the education!

    Shared by: Mary McLoughlin:

    Day 1 of the ‘official’ new eating plan. I am finding it takes me from one meal to the next to eat all the veggies! (I am on the phone a LOT and can’t really crunch.) This is a good thing because it seems like I am slways eating and don’t grab for the unhealthy choices.

    I travel quite a lot, sometimes car trips and often plane trips. I would love some suggestions about how to be successful eating at conventions, in people’s homes, restaurants and from a hotel room.

    Thank you!

    Shared by: cindy:

    I have cut out almost all processed foods. It is amazing to me how I have lost weight and have fewer crazings for things I used to really enjoy that were not good for me.
    I eat so many more fresh fruits and vegetables. One thing I didn’t understand at first was some of the side effects of beginning to eat healthy – I felt sad for no reason, tired and like I had a cold. I couldn’t understand, if I was eating healthier, why I wasn’t feeling as good as I thought I should. Then I came across an article that said this can be a normal reaction to eating better because your body is going through a type of detox. The more I keep at it, the better I am now feeling.
    Thank you, Deb, for helping me get on the right track.

    Shared by: John:

    It has worked for me.

    Shared by: Deb Bixler:

    Hi Lena, You are certainly an avid reader of WOW! I appreciate your continued comments. Of course I believe in negative calorie foods. I would not have written and article about it if I didn’t. They are not really negative calories and yet the fiber that they contain burns more or equal to the same amount of calores as you take in. Eat as much as you want in the way of negative calorie foods. They are vitamin rich and will certianly assist you in living healthy and maintaining ideal weight.

    Shared by: Lena:

    Hey Deb~

    I was wondering, do you really believe in the concept of negative calorie foods? I’ve been trying to do some research on the subject, & it seems that everyone has very conflicting opinions! It’s true that some people are just ignorant of what “negative calorie food” actually means, (Yes, all food starts out containing calories, even if it’s only a few). I DO believe in them, and here’s why: Normally during the day, I wasn’t eating much of anything at all, (hypothyroid, so everything I eat seems to turn into fat). I knew that I was probably slowing my metabolism down even further by doing this, (& I wasn’t losing any weight anyway), so I started having a bowl of oatmeal with stevia for ~breakfast every morning for two months, & ended up gaining weight from it. I do everything I can to boost my metabolism on a regular basis, (30 minutes of fast speed-intervals on the treadmill every morning, longer cardio + strength training every evening, eating a low-starch diet, no fried foods, no sugar or white flour at all, etc), & I still don’t lose any weight just from that. SO, after hearing about negative calorie foods, I thought that might be just what I needed to add to my regime, because I read that if you eat these foods all day, not only will you end up with a caloric-deficit at the end of the day, but you will also keep your metabolism stoked-up because your body is constantly working to digest the food. Anyway, I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now, and I’ve lost two pounds, (& it’s the only thing I’ve changed in my diet/life). I’m not sure if the caloric-deficit part is true or not, but it seems to be working for me so I’m going to stick with it, (I’m losing weight much better than when I wasn’t eating at all)!

    ~Thanks, Lena

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