Negative Calorie Foods

People are constantly looking for a secret weapon, a quick fix, or an easy way to reach their goals. And, many of these people will go to extreme lengths in their pursuit of the ‘perfect body’, often disregarding their own health. I see and read about it daily.

I am not sure if you have heard about negative calorie foods before, but it was something I came across a few years ago. The concept is still very much current today. So, what is a negative calorie food, and can it help you strip unwanted fat?

A negative calorie food is a food that requires more calories to be digested than what it actually contains. This means that you will burn more calories than you are actually eating. For instance, if you eat 100kcal of a particular food, you might spend 150kcal to digest it. If you want to lose weight this is great, as it will create a calorie deficit.

Most of these negative calorie foods are thought to be fruit, berries, and vegetables, such as asparagus, celery, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onion, lettuce, garlic, cucumber, apple, blackberries, grapefruit, raspberry, strawberries, and tomato. I could continue, as the list is quite long.

However, there is actually no evidence that a negative calorie food exists. The main benefits with these foods are that the calorie content is normally low, and the nutrient content is high.

Although I recommend consuming plenty of these foods, my recommendations are not based around the concept of negative calories. My recommendations are based on what I believe is best for your body. Eating plenty of vegetables, fruit, and berries will give you plenty of nutrients, and also provide you with phytonutrients, such as antioxidants which are good for building a healthy body. These foods are also able to keep you fuller for longer, making it easier for you to create a calorie deficit, without having to deal with hunger pangs.

It is, however, important that you combine these foods with healthy sources of protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates to ensure you avoid nutrient deficiencies.

I understand that you want to see results quickly, preferably yesterday. But, I want you to understand that fad diets and quick fixes will only increase your risk of nutrient deficiencies, and ultimately weight regain. By implementing healthy, long-lasting lifestyle changes, you will not only see results, but the results will last and your body will be healthy. That is what my food philosophy is all about.

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