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What Are the Best Negative Calorie Foods for Weight Loss?


Hi Mia,

The Negative Calorie diet has been around for quite a number of years and is still popular among people who are trying to lose weight although some say it's another example of a hopeless fad diet.

While I cannot comment whether the negative calorie actually works or not, but it might be worth a try (only for a short period of time and talk to your doctor first). My sister-in-law went on this diet, stopped eating fast food and sweet stuff, stayed off alcohol, and in 8 weeks she lost 12 pounds. She felt healthy and energetic whilst being on the diet and is really happy with her weight and her whole new wardrobe.

So what's the magic behind the Negative Calorie diet for weight loss? The diet plan consists of eating foods that use more calories to digest than the number of calories they contain, hence resulting in negative calories.

A celery stick, for example, contains approximately 5 calories but your body can actually burn up to 95 calories just by chewing and digesting the food. That creates a 90-calorie deficit in your body. For this reason, the more negative calorie food items you eat (in their natural state), the more calories and fat you will burn, and the more weight you lose.

However, some health experts say the Negative Calorie diet plan is not safe and unhealthy as your body will not be able to get the proper nutrition it needs. Just eating specific negative calorie foods (mostly vegetables and fruits that are rich in fiber, low in fat and calories, and high in water) for a long period of time may cause nutritional deficiencies – protein, iron, calcium and Vitamin B12 –  because you are not consuming meat and dairy products.

If you want to find out more about negative calorie food, I suggest you read "Foods That Cause You to Lose Weight: The Negative Calorie Effect" by Neal D. Bernard. This book offers much more information and recipes than I can put on this page.



What Food Items Fall  Under Negative Calorie Diet Food List?

Negative Calorie Vegetables

Asparagus, bean sprouts, beet, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, chicory, chili, cucumber, dandelion, endives, garden cress, green beans, garlic, lettuce, onion, peppers, radish, spinach, tomato, turnip, and zucchini.


Negative Calorie Fruits

Apple, blueberries, cantaloupe, cranberry, grapefruit, honeydew, lemon, lime, mango, orange, peach, pineapple, raspberry, strawberry, tangerine, and watermelon.



How to Lose Weight the Healthy Way and Stay Thin

I advise you not to get too caught up in the idea of consuming only negative calorie foods but rather take a step back and plan your meals around those foods with high thermogenic effects (fat burning), high in nutritional value, low in calories and high in dietary fiber, which will fill up your stomach and help suppress your appetite naturally.

My suggestion is to consume nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables along with high-fiber wholegrain carbohydrates like brown rice, and lean protein such as fish or chicken. If you want a snack, pick something from the negative calorie food list such as carrot, celery or apple instead of grabbing a bag of fat-laden crisps.

For example, start your day off right with a good bowl of oatmeal porridge and a small apple. For lunch, a warm mango chicken salad. Perhaps, a low fat tuna pasta accompanied by a crunchy broccoli salad for your evening meal.

That being said, the most important thing to remember when it comes permanent weight reduction is you cannot stay on a diet forever. You will only lose pounds and keep it off for good if you eat a healthy balanced and varied diet in controlled moderation and exercise on a regular basis.




By Diane Hanson

I would like to ask what are the best negative calorie foods to eat for weight loss? I have a friend who had lost a lot of weight in just under a month with the negative food diet. She told me eating negative calorie foods like celery and grapefruits will help burn fat and reduce weight fast. Is it a myth or not? I am looking to lose 10 to 15 pounds and if the negative food diet really works, I would really like to try it out soon. Thanks in advance! – Mia, Georgia.

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