Negative Calorie Foods For Weight Loss

Foods which require higher amounts of energy to be digested than the energy they provide are called Negative energy foods. Producing a thermic effect, the caloric amount for digesting the food is more than the energy content of the food. The only negative calorie drink is “ice water” as it causes the body to use its own energy to raise the liquid’s temperature to body temperature.

Foods with low glycemic index create a calorie deficit and compel the body to use up its stored energy to digest them. These foods are also generally high in fiber content, which makes you feel satiated and fuller for longer. This reduces instances of binging by curbing hunger pangs and cravings. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, these foods boost metabolism, enzyme production, and push the body’s physiology to burn fat.

Negative calorie foods increase overall energy in the body and hence make you feel more energetic. There will also be a noticeable change in the amount and intensity of the hunger pangs and cravings that you may be feeling during the weight loss process and diet control sessions. Negative foods also act as diuretics leading to reduced water retention in the body. They also help balance blood sugar levels and help control mood swings. These fiber rich foods also help in regulating digestion and improving bowel movements. Your liver also is cleansed leading to higher fat burning abilities of this organ. These negative energy foods also have an anti-inflammatory effect which improves circulation. You will thus have more supple and brighter skin and shinier hair.

These are a host of vegetable and fruits that act as negative energy foods and help in weight loss. In spite of popular belief, weight loss foods can be blended together to form delicious dishes.

Best negative calorie foods:

1. Vegetables: beans: sprouts and green, beet, broccoli, carrots, celery, cucumbers, cabbage, beet, leeks, lettuce, tomatoes, asparagus, zucchini and turnips.
2. Fruits: apples, cantaloupe, cranberries, honeydew, blueberries, grapefruit, mangoes, papaya, mangoes, peaches, raspberries, pineapples, tangerines, strawberries, and watermelons.
3. Herbs & spices: anise seeds, cayenne, chili peppers, cloves, cilantro, cinnamon, dill seeds, cumin seeds, flax seeds, garlic, ginger, parsley, mustard seeds, onions, watercress and cloves.

You must consume whole foods instead of juices, and definitely not packaged drinks. Packaged juices and drinks are filled with chemicals like flavors, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives. You can mix various vegetable and fruits to make a delicious salad, or stir fry your favorite vegetables to make a yummy dish.

It must be noted that weight loss cannot happen only through including negative foods in the diet. You must make sure you have a balanced diet, coupled with adequate physical activity in the form of exercise or outdoor activity or yoga etc. only exercise or only diet control cannot lead to sustained long term weight loss. Hence a balanced weight loss plan must be formulated including aspects from all these 3 parts: physical activity, diet plan and time duration, to ensure long term and permanent weight loss.

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