What’s the trick here? Well, some foods have so called negative calories. The fact is that by eating such food not only you will not gain weight, but you will even lose weight!
What are negative calories?
Just to make things clear – calories from such foods are not actually negative, because there is no such thing as negative calories, just like there is no such thing as negative time.
Every food you consume has at least little calories. But some foods require more energy to digest them than the foods itself provide. For example – you obtain 10 calories by eating artichoke, but your body burns 15 calories for the digestion process.
Foods that provide less calories than needed for digestion are considered negative calories foods!
Overall, you are now 5 calories short, so artichoke has 5 negative calories. By eating only such foods, you will definitely lose weight. And what’s the best part? You can eat tons of such food! This approach is not recommended though, as your diet must be diverse and include other macronutrients as well.
Which foods have the so-called negative calories?
There are many foods that provide less calories than needed for digestion. Here are some of the most popular negative calorie foods:
-pineapple, artichokes, blueberries, broccoli,
-zucchini, chicory, cauliflower, peppers, grapefruit,
-apples, strawberries, eggplant, carrots, fennel,
-cucumber, watermelon, raspberry, tangerine, melon,
-papaya, tomatoes, oranges , leeks, radishes,
-turnips, lettuce, asparagus, spinach, celery, cabbage.
These foods are packed with vitamins and minerals and are suitable as an integral part of any diet, even if you are considering extremely low diets, such as 1200 calorie diet is.
Although consumption of such foods will make you lose weight without too much sacrifice, dieticians and doctors advise not to take diets containing only such foods, because with such diet you can easily deprive your body of essential ingredients that are necessary for normal functioning of your organism.
In addition, the your body needs a recommended amount of calories per day. If you want to find out what is the daily recommended calorie intake for you, please use our BMR tool: BMR calculator.
How many calories do I need?
Experts say that the daily amount of calories your body needs depends on many factors: gender (men have a faster metabolism, and therefore need more calories), age (over the years, your body needs less and less calories), weight, body fat percentage, diet and physical activity.
In order to find out exactly how much energy your body needs to maintain normal operation (breathing, the nervous shims, maintaining body temperature and metabolism) it is necessary to do a special test that takes into account all these parameters. A dietitian can perform this test for you.
Otherwise you can also calculate your BMR. To calculate the basal metabolic rate (BMR) use our BMR calculator. For other useful weight loss tools, take a look at useful tools section.
Seems like a myth or wishful thinking. What’s your sources for this? I can’t find any studies that confirm negative calories.
It’s not a myth, although there are no scientific studies made on this topic, to be honest. The reality is that some food require more energy to digest that they provide and we can conclude that such food actually burns calories and thus help you lose weight as a result instead of making you obese. Similar to drinking water – you can drink as much water as you wish and you will not gain weight. Calories IN minus calories OUT equals your fat gain/loss.