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Include These Negative Calorie Foods In Your Diet To Help Weight Loss

Parul Gupta
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Include These Negative Calorie Foods In Your Diet To Help Weight Loss

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Chomp more and lose more with these ‘negative-calorie’ foods. If you’re wondering if that’s even possible, then the answer is yes. Read on.

What are negative-calorie foods?

Negative-calorie foods are those that require more energy to digest, than the food energy they actually provide. These foods are said to improve your metabolism, and help with effective weight loss. Negative-calorie foods are normally fibre-rich and high in water content.

How do they work?

It’s simple mathematics. If it takes more energy to digest it, than the energy it provides, it’s helping you lose weight. Also, your body takes longer to burn fibre-based food. So when you consume negative-calorie food, your metabolism starts working continuously to break it down. This gives your body the extra push it needs to lose weight. Due to their low-fat content, you can eat your fill, and not have to worry about weight gain.

What to eat:

  • Celery – 1 cup of celery contains only 19 calories. Munching and digesting it takes a lot more than 19 calories, and that is why it ranks as the top negative-calorie food. It is also recommended for its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Cucumbers – Cucumbers are mostly made up of water, and a 300 gm cucumber contains only about 45 calories. Eat it with the skin, to completely avail its nutritional benefits.
  • Fruits – Grapefruit, berries, apples, and watermelon – also called 'water fruits’, due to their high water content. They fill you up fast, and their fibre-water content matrix makes your body work harder.
  • Salad greensEating salad that contains lettuce, rocket, and arugula is definitely recommended. However, slathering on loads of salad dressing is not, as those are usually full of sugar, fat, and calories.
  • Chillies – These contain a compound called capsaicin, which helps boost your metabolism, and get rid of those extra calories pretty fast. So definitely add these mouth-burning sensations to your meal, which will also help curb your appetite.
  • Coffee – Yes, that cup of java which helps us through the day, is a zero calorie add-on. However, it should be had black, and in moderation. Addition of sugar or milk will increase the calorie content, and defeat the purpose.
  • Tomatoes – Full of lycopene, this is one of the best things to include in your diet. They are super healthy, and are low in calorie content too. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant, which helps reduce heart issues.
  • Lean meats – Chicken and pork are not strictly a negative-calorie food. But since they are excellent sources of protein, they make the body work harder to digest them, while keeping you satiated for long. This, in turn, amps up metabolism, and helps burn those extra calories.

You have our recommendations. Now you will have to figure out how effectively the diet works best for you. Learn to space the foods out over the course of the day. Just because you can consume unlimited quantities of most of these negative-calorie foods doesn’t mean you stuff yourself without caring about portion size. Keep varying the diet from time to time, and make sure you maintain an active lifestyle.

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