There is a “diet” “fad” going around it’s called the negative calorie diet. According to this “fad” you can eat as much of these foods as you like without gaining weight because when your body digest these foods your body burns more calories than what the food inherently contain. Hence, nullifying the calorie addition. This does not mean that these foods do not contain calories but only the fact that your body ends up burning more calories than what you consume. A win-win situation. Isn’t it?
What Are Calories
Calories are broken Into 2 categories. Empty calories and negative calories. Empty calories are the ones, which when consumed generate an immense amount of calories (main sources being fast food and refined sugar). These contain no nutritional value. The other, negative calories, come from foods that are nutritious and low in calories. They are great to be added to your diet if you want to lose weight as your body does require bare minimum calories to generate energy and sustain.
High fiber foods or those that have a low glycemic index can be called as negative calorie foods. High fiber foods fulfill two purposes. Our body takes longer to flush out fiber from the body, hence they stay in the body and delay hunger. And secondly, they release sugar slowly and so, the incidence of it turning into fat is low. So why not load your plate with rich in nutrition and extremely low on calorie foods that won’t sabotage your nutrition goals.
Celery barely contains any calories at all. Just 16 calories per 2/3 cup. The benefits of adding celery are that it contains fiber, celery is also rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate. It’s no surprise that celery ranks HIGH in the negative calorie list.
Grapefruit contains just under 40 calories per 2/3 cup. Grapefruit is full of vitamin C, folic acid, and potassium along with soluble fiber pectin (pectin binds to cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract and slows glucose absorption by trapping carbohydrates. Pectin is thus a soluble dietary fiber.) It has been researched that consuming foods high in vitamin c can help reduce the severity of inflammatory conditions such as asthma.
Carrots contain roughly 40 calories per 2/3 cup. They are also low in cholesterol and saturated fats which can work wonders if you happen to be struggling with hypertension issues. Along with being a good source of dietary fiber, carrots are also rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, and potassium.
Raspberries, Blueberries, and Strawberries contain roughly just under 32 calories per 1/2 cup. Berries are a great source of antioxidants. Berries have anti-inflammatory properties and are good for the heart.
Tomatoes are a favorite because they are tangy, juicy, and are versatile. Tomatoes contain less than 19 calories per 2/3 cup. Tomatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, potassium and vitamin C. Tomatoes also contain lycopene, an antioxidant known to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Tomatoes can also prove effective in lowering your cholesterol levels.
Cucumbers are a popular addition to salads and stirfry. Cucumbers contain just 15 calories per 2/3 cup. Cucumbers are full of minerals, vitamins, and electrolytes and are extremely hydrating. It is also known as the classic cooling food which helps maintain the body’s water balance on hot days.
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Watermelon Is a summertime favorite. People bring it to pool parties and BBQ’s. What people don’t know is that watermelon contains just 30 calories per 2/3 cup and watermelon is full of lycopene which can help protect the heart. Do you know that rind that you probably throw away? Well did you know that rind is good for you? Yes, the rind contains citrulline ensure smooth blood flow and enhanced immunity.
Broccoli is a popular favorite amongst plant-based eaters. Broccoli is high in fiber and is only 32 calories per 2/3 cup. Broccoli is ranked high amongst superfoods. It is packed with fiber and antioxidants and studies have shown that they may also have certain anti-cancer properties.
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