Negative Calorie Foods & Weight LossWritten by P. Mehta
Negative Calorie Foods & Weight Loss
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You gain weight when your calorie intake is more than your calorie expenditure. But if this calorie equation is reversed, then it results in "negative calorie" balance in your body. In this negative calorie case, you expand more calories than you take in, resulting in a decrease in stored calories in form of body fat, and you experience a weight loss. About 10% of daily caloric intake is used to process foods in body. You can expand more by doing physical activities.
There are certain foods that show negative calorie effect because body has to expand more energy to extract calories from these foods. The negative calorie foods need more calories to break down foods and digest than calories foods actually contain. The extra calories are taken up from stored fat in body. Thus negative calorie foods (may also be called as minus calorie foods or fat burning foods) are ideal for reducing body fat and for losing weight.
Let us take an example. A piece of dessert consisting of 300 calories may require only 150 calories to be digested by our body, resulting in a net gain of 150 calories which is added to our body fat! So if you eat 100 calories of a food that requires 150 calories to digest, then you have burnt an additional 50 calories simply by eating that food. These 50 calories are used up from stored fat in your body!
Can Eating Certain Foods Help You to Lose Weight?Written by David Snape
The best way to lose weight is by consuming fewer calories than you expend or conversely, by expending more calories than you consume.
Experts have discovered that certain foods can actually help you to lose weight without stress of dieting or exercise. The down side is that many of us have a tendency to dress these foods up with cheese, sour cream, butter or other calorie-laden flavor enhancers. This causes weight loss effect to be lost. It may be difficult to not add extra calories to these foods but with a strong will power it can be done.
A negative calorie food can be defined as a food that results in a slimming effect for body. In other words a carrot (without anything else) will cause your body to use an increased amount of energy when digesting it and other foods, this can lead to an overall reducing effect on body. This is partly from amount of energy it takes to digest carrot or other negative calorie food and partly from elevation in metabolism that these foods naturally create. The overall effect is a net loss of energy, which is measured in calories. It should be understood that ‘negative calorie’ doesn’t mean that food has zero calories in it, nor does it have an anti-calorie or a negative calorie.
Here is a partial list of negative calorie foods: apples, cranberries, grapefruit, lemon mango, oranges, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines, asparagus, beets, cabbage (green), carrots, cauliflower, hot Chile peppers, cucumbers, endives, garden cress, garlic, green beans, lettuce, onion, papaya, radishes, spinach, turnips and zucchini. There are more and you can learn about them from a medical doctor’s very popular book.