Ever heard of Negative Calorie Foods?

@lilybug (21148)
United States
January 20, 2009 11:59am CST
Negative calorie foods are those foods that use more calories to burn that they actually contain. So basically you can eat as much of these foods as you want and not gain weight. [b] Negative Calorie Foods[/b] asparagus beet broccoli green cabbage carrot cauliflower celery root celery chicory hot chili peppers cucumber dandelion endive garden cress garlic green beans zucchini apple cranberries grapefruit lemon mango orange pineapple raspberries strawberries tangerine lamb's lettuce lettuce onion papaya radishes spinach turnip How many of these negative calorie foods do you eat on a regular basis?
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• United States
20 Jan 09
Dream on. In the meantime, you might learn something useful by reading this Snopes article. http://www.snopes.com/food/ingredient/celery.asp Many of the foods on that list are not negative calorie foods. It has more to do with digestability of fibre than anything else, and some of those foods have very little undigestible fibre and lots of sugar, so eating a lot of them is a fool's errand. Who benefits by the idea of negative calorie diets? The people who write the books about it, and sell products.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
20 Jan 09
That snopes article does not say anywhere that the foods I liked are not negative calorie foods. It says that a person will not lose a lot of calories by eating the foods I listed. Eating the foods I listed could still help someone lose weight because they would be eating those foods instead of more unhealthy options.
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• United States
20 Jan 09
Eating calorie foods are the best and ONLY way for me to lose weight besides starving myself, which I don't and wouldn't do. I don't eat any of them regular enough but I do eat some of then sometimes, like broccoli, pineapple, grapefruit, lettuce, onion and maybe a couple more, but I am a fan of the cabbage soup diet, which allows me to lose 10-17 pounds in 7 days just by following the 7 day plan. I just jump on the diet when I gain a few pounds or more. I just you can say it's a quick fix for me. I also love grapefruits and I can eat those everyday. They just drive me crazy! Well in a good way.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I like the soup on the cabbage soup diet. I actually made some last week, but I find it hard to actually do the diet part.
• United States
21 Jan 09
Ooh, what's the cabbage soup diet? I'd love to lose that much! I have done WW, and it worked. And, if I stayed with it better, it'd still be working. But, for a quick fix, I'm curious about the soup diet you mentioned. I'd appreciate any help! Thanks.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
21 Jan 09
http://www.cabbage-soup-diet.com/eating-plan.html Day One: Fruit: Eat all of the fruit you want (except bananas). Eat only your soup and the fruit for the first day. For drinks- unsweetened teas, cranberry juice and water. Day Two: Vegetables: Eat until you are stuffed will all fresh, raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. Try to eat leafy green vegetables and stay away from dry beans, peas and corn. Eat all the vegetables you want along with your soup. At dinner, reward yourself with a big baked potato with butter. Do not eat fruit today. Day Three: Mix Days One and Two: Eat all the soup, fruits and vegetables you want. No Baked Potato. Day Four: Bananas and Skim Milk: Eat as many as eight bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you would like on this day, along with your soup. This day is supposed to lessen your desire for sweets. Day Five: Beef And Tomatoes: Ten to twenty ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water this day to wash the uric acid from your body. Eat your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (but absolutely no skin-on chicken). If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef one one of the beef days (but not both). Day Six: Beef and Vegetables: Eat to your heart's content of beef and vegetables this day. You can even have 2 or 3 steaks if you like, with leafy green vegetables. No Baked Potato. Eat your soup at least once. Day Seven: Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables: Again stuff, stuff, stuff yourself. Be sure to eat your soup at least once this day.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
21 Jan 09
I knew celery was one, but the others I didn't know about. Do you have to eat them raw for it to have the right effect? I do eat a lot of celery, carrots, green beans, broccoli, and a couple others you mentioned are usually used as spices or something. I think this weekend I'm going to pick up a bunch of veggies for munching on!
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
21 Jan 09
I think raw is better, but steamed not boiled until limp would still work.
@paoxav (1382)
• Philippines
21 Jan 09
wow thanks for sharing.. i'm somehow looking for this kinda list because i'm planning to diet again with less carbohydrates and calories.. I'll be more on high fiber and high protein intake to lose weight and gain few muscles. I want to drain around 20 pounds in 3 months. Wish me luck.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Good luck! I posted the Cabbage soup diet in response number one that the responder mentioned. It is supposed to help you shed weight fast if you can stick to it.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
21 Jan 09
I eat quite a few of these. But mixed in with the other things I eat I can hardly call anything negative in calories. Don't think I'd go for eating dandelions though.
• Malaysia
21 Jan 09
thanx for the info and i'm sure to put more of these food in my diet as well.
• India
21 Jan 09
Oh boy...with what hope I open this post Why is it so that the good things have nothing good in them??!! I know of these, I have tried them but I just could not survive just on them. I had to take the carbs though I have seriously cut the fat out as much as possible. There’s no one particular fruit or veggie that I take regularly, I take all of them as per the availability and my own affordability.
@oyenkai (4398)
• Philippines
21 Jan 09
Thanks for the list! I've heard of these but am concentrating my diet right now with fiber pills and trying to monitor what effects it give me. I tried negative calorie food but the supply in my place is just too limited for me to actually have them as meals. Thanks for the response on my discussion!
• United States
21 Jan 09
I eat quite a few of those but I have never eaten them to lose weight before. I knew that a few of those were negative calorie foods but a few of them did surprise me. I give a lot of those to my kids as snacks during the day since they are healthy and I didn't have to worry about how much the ate.
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
21 Jan 09
All of these foods are over priced so it makes it hard like someone like myself to afford these foods on a daily basis. Also these foods don't fill a person up either so none really interest me. Although if I did eat them more frequently I'm sure my body would crave them more.
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Thank you for this list. It is funny because I didn't realize this, but these are the things that weight watchers will encourage you to eat in order to loose weight and feel full. I have to start eating more of these foods. I love the fruits, but this time of year they are so expensive.
• United States
20 Jan 09
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_calorie_food There are probably negative calorie foods. However, overall, the idea is only a myth. Foods which are low in calories do allow one to eat and feel full, which can be helpful in losing weight. But weight loss isn't really because the foods take more energy to digest than they provide. Consider, any food which required more calories to digest than to eat would be non-nutritive. Our bodies' basic hunger and craving instincts would tell us not to eat stuff that won't fuel our bodies. For example, bark, sawdust, and rocks. Any commonly eaten food stuff probably provides more calories than it takes to digest. Evolution would encourage the propagation of humans who had an instinctive avoidance of foods which were non-nutritive. After all, we find sugars and fats the most tasty food (most encouraged to eat) and these happen to carry the highest caloric load, too.
@Valenas (1510)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I heard that celery burns more calories just to chew than it actually contains, but I am not sure if the source of that information was reliable. For the past week, I've been eating a lot of vegetables. When I want to grab some chips, I grab carrots instead. And just in the past week, I'm noticing a lot of differences. I'm more energetic, just for starters. So, I definitely recommend munching on these foods!