Negative calorie dieting has become quite popular in the past few years as we have learned even more about foods in general and dieting as a whole. It is an extreme that not many can actually follow long into the future, and so in some ways it doesn’t actually work, and these foods often lack certain elements we don’t think about and yet our bodies still need such as good omega 3 fatty acids. It’s best to get these from food rather than taking a bunch of supplements in general terms.
But negative calorie foods are so named because it takes more caloric energy for your body to digest them than they actually provide your body with. This leads to greater expenditure than the calories we are taking in, therefore logically speaking leading to weight loss. These foods should be implemented into the diet, as they are also nutrient dense meaning they’re packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients. But they should not be the sole element in your diet in general.
Negative calorie foods are generally made up of fruits and vegetables, which have always been suggested as part of a healthy diet and exercise plan. Some examples are asparagus, beets, broccoli, green cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery root, hot chili peppers, cucumber, dandelion, endive, garden cress, garlic, green beans, zucchini, apples, cranberries, grapefruit, lemon mango, orange, pineapples, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines, lamb’s lettuce, lettuce, onion, papaya, radishes, spinach, and turnips among others.
Some of them are also quite cheap to buy at your local grocery store, Costco, Walmart, etc. Again, these should not make up the bulk of your diet.
- However, in appropriate amounts as has been suggested in the food pyramid among other locations all along, you can definitely use and even need these foods in your diet.
- Should you have the right balance of these foods, you can also lose weight more easily.
- Obviously you are burning off more calories and you are getting many of the nutrients you need in one place.
- However, I cannot stress enough the consumption of other nutrient dense foods.
- For example, salmon. Salmon is a potent source of omega 3 fatty acids, and it’s nutrient dense.
- It is not a negative calorie food, and if you only eat negative calorie foods, over time it will wear on your body.
- But it has elements you need without the elements that you realistically don’t.
- And if you are on a diet, you actually cannot lose weight without the good fats, even though certain products like Alli would suggest that all fats are bad.
- You need them for heart health, cholesterol levels, weight loss, and everything else.
- Ultimately, the focus should be on greater balance.