I enjoyed this article at NaturalNews.com about negative calorie foods. I always keep my home stocked with the five listed below.
In theory, you can eat as much of these foods as you need to feel full, therefore shed pounds because you are avoiding high-fat & calorie foods. This is true, but these foods can also be integrated into balanced meals and/or snacks. For example, celery with peanut butter (light on the peanut butter) makes a great addition to lunch. Or mixing a larger amount of pickles with your chicken or Tuna salad.
The top five negative-calorie health foods that burn fat while making you feel full
(NaturalNews) How do you eat more while losing more weight at the same time? One of the best answers is to eat “negative-calorie” foods, meaning that these foods actually take more energy to digest than they deliver to your body. While these foods may be an important source of phytonutrients, they are not sources of fat-packing calories.
Because of their surprising lack of calories, these foods can essentially be consumed in unlimited quantities without you gaining weight (body fat). That works because your stomach senses when it is physically full, and it will trigger your brain to stop eating when you can’t handle more food. You know that “I feel stuffed” feeling? That’s your stomach (which has its own complex nervous system, by the way), telling your brain to tell you to stop eating.
This is why, believe it or not, the simple act of drinking a glass of water before each meal is a proven weight loss strategy. It fills your belly with water, thereby reducing the amount of space left for other foods. So your stomach gets full more quickly, triggering the “stop eating” signals in your brain.
Eating an apple before each meal also works in much the same way. This is true even though apples are not negative-calorie foods. But they are rich in water, and water takes up space in your stomach.
In fact, that’s the common property among all negative-calorie foods: They all contain a lot of water locked in a fibrous matrix. Apples are essentially “water fruits,” as are grapes and watermelons (hence the name). Many vegetables are also “water vegetables,” meaning that they’re loaded with water. Celery, for example, is the classic example of a water-rich negative-calorie food (see below).
As you read this list, remember that all foods contain calories, and that the term “negative-calorie food” is a bit of a misnomer. It refers to the effective net calories subtracted from your body through the preparation, eating, digestion and elimination of these foods. In other words, you expend more calories eating them than they deliver to your body.
The upshot is that the more water you consume in your foods, the more quickly you’ll feel full and stop eating. Water, it turns out, is the most effective appetite control substance in the world.
So here’s the list of the five best negative-calorie foods that you can enjoy every day as part of a healthy weight loss diet:
One cup of celery (120g) contains only 19 calories. It takes far more than 19 calories to prepare, eat, digest and eliminate this one cup of celery, and that’s what qualifies it as a negative-calorie food. You can eat as much celery as you want, and you won’t gain body fat.
#2) Lettuce, onions and greens
Lettuce is basically just structured water locked into a vegetable matrix. One cup of typical iceberg lettuce contains just 8 calories, meaning you can munch on this to your heart’s delight and you’ll never gain an ounce of body fat.
#3) Kelp noodles
Eating noodles is not normally known as a way to lose weight. That’s because traditional noodles are made with calorie-rich starches derived from grains like wheat. But even spelt noodles, brown rice noodles and quinoa noodles still contain a lot of calories.
Pickles are, of course, made from cucumbers, and cucumbers are themselves a “negative-calorie food” because they’re so sparse in calories. One cup of cucumbers contains a mere 16 calories.
Grapefruit technically isn’t a negative-calorie food, but it deserves mention for another reason as you’ll soon see. For starters, it’s still fairly low in calories, delivering only 74 calories per cup.
Don’t forget full-spectrum sea salt
Believe it or not, full-spectrum salt (not processed salt) is actually a kind of negative-calorie substance. I’m including it as an addition to the list of five for reasons you’ll see below.
There’s a lot of mythology surrounding salt that needs to be dispelled here. First off, I’m not talking about processed white salt (sodium chloride). That’s a dietary poison and should never be consumed. Only full-spectrum salt that’s rich in sea minerals can be considered real food. In fact, many food cravings are really just cravings for minerals.
Feel full and drop the pounds anyway!
To summarize, then, here are the five negative-calorie foods that may help you feel full while greatly reducing your caloric intake:
• Lettuce, onions and greens
• Kelp noodles
• Pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut
… and the additional item of:
• Full-spectrum sea salt
Isn’t it nice to know you don’t have to starve yourself to reduce your calories? Just eat more of these negative-calorie foods and you’ll get the benefits of calorie restriction with all the suffering. Fill your grocery shopping cart with these foods, and you’ll be the healthier for it!
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