By now many peoples have heard about the negative calorie diet and how it can help them lose weight, keep the weight off and generally live a happier and healthier life. In addition to that, recent lab studies have shown the possibility that using a negative calorie diet can also help with slowing the aging process.
With all of the things going for it the one thing it doesn’t have is an easy understanding of what exactly a negative calorie diet consists of and what foods are involved that can produce negative calorie results. The very basics of it is that it is a diet that consists of foods are harder to digest, thus, making your body expend more energy in the process of digestion.
To top it off the amount of calories that are burned off during the processing of these foods is far greater than the number of calories the foods themselves contain. Thus, by eating harder to digest foods with low calories one is able to burn more calories than they bring into their body.
Keep in mind that no food actually contains negative calories, it is simply the term referred to a food that burns more calories in the digestion process than it contains. The majority of the foods that work well with this diet are fruits and vegetables. Below you will find some of the more common items that fit into these categories.
Common ‘Negative Calorie’ Fruits
Apricots, Mandarin oranges, Blackberries, Melon Cantaloupes, Blackcurrant Peaches, Plums, Damsons, Raspberries, Grapefruit, Rhubarb, Guavas, Strawberries, Honeydew Melons, Tangerines, Lemons and Watermelons.
Common ‘Negative Calorie’ Vegetables
Asparagus, Fennel, Aubergine, Gourds, Broccolis, Leek, Cabbage, Lettuce, Carrots, Marrow, Cauliflowers, Peppers, Celery, Radishes, Chicory, Spinach, Cress, Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Turnips.
It is important that once a person starts himself or herself on a negative calorie diet that they are careful to ensure their body is getting the nutrients it needs. There are certain vitamins and minerals the body needs that aren’t always provided by the common foods on would intake for this kind of diet.
Another caveat a person should be aware is that while instituting a negative calorie diet into their lifestyle, they should never forego getting a healthy amount of exercise. The combination of the two will become a powerhouse to helping you lose weight.