Vitality

Negative-Calorie Foods May Not Exist, But It Is Possible To Lose Weight By Eating These Foods

Negative-Calorie Foods May Not Exist, But It Is Possible To Lose Weight By Eating These Foods
Foods with negative calories may not exist, but they can still be added to your diet to promote weight loss. Youtube

Celery, apples, and beets, are some of the foods touted as having negative calories — foods that require more energy to digest than they contain. But SciShow investigated the legitimacy of this weight loss phenomenon and discovered it may not be the calorie-burning diet plan it’s made out to be.

Evolution has designed humans to seek calorie-laden food to provide as much fuel as possible. Every time we take a bite into a sandwich or steak, some of those calories power your body, while others are simply lost as body heat. According to the Mayo Clinic, diet-induced thermogenesis burns between 5 and 10 percent of the total number of calories your body burns on a daily basis.

But your body burns food sources differently. Fat burns up to 3 percent of fat calories, 5 to 10 percent of calories in carbohydrates, and up to 30 percent of the calories in protein. For example, a large stalk of celery is 10 calories but the body doesn’t have to exert much effort to digest the fiber-rich vegetable. For these reasons, the American Council on Exercise provides a list of low-calorie, nutrient dense foods that will help keep you full. They'll also fit seamlessly into a diet and exercise plan designed to help you lose weight .

Diet-Friendly, Low-Calorie Foods:

  • Blueberries: 50 berries contain 40 calories
  • Artichokes: Medium-sized artichoke contains 60 calories
  • Grapefruit: Medium-sized grapefruit contains 40 calories
  • Spinach: 2 cups of uncooked spinach contain 14 calories
  • Orange: Medium-sized orange contains 60 calories
  • Watermelon: 1 cup contains less than 50 calories
  • Bok Choy: 1/2 cup contains 10 calories
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