I know! That Sounds Divine
Well you can if you eat what’s known as negative calories.
Check this out. With negative calorie foods, you really can have “all you can eat” without worrying about your waistline!
It’s great this time of year because so many buffets now offer these foods fresh and whole, instead of making them swim in mayonnaise, sugar or greasy sauces.
Body Freindly Foods
So let’s take a look at these body friendly negative calorie foods and what they can do to help us with our weight loss.
‘Negative calorie’ means that you use more calories in eating and digesting the food than it contains, keeping in mind that we burn calories all of the time by simply living, even when we sleep. In practice the term is used for a lot of low calorie foods. It is thought that it takes more calories to prepare, eat and digest than they have. That is awesome to know.
One of the best known negative calorie foods is celery.
It is very low in calories and takes a lot of time and energy to eat, as long as you eat it whole and chew on all of those stringy fibers. If you ate celery in this way all day you would be sure of not gaining weight, but it wouldn’t be good for you. You would not be getting the nutrients that you needed and you might even starve.
Negative calorie foods are very popular with anorexics, which shows us that it’s not healthy to eat nothing but these foods. Believe me I have been there. When I was cheerleading in high school I would starve myself for day eating only lettuce and apples. I felt horrible, looked even worse because I would get dark circles under my eyes. I looked like a raccoon! I thought if I could just starve myself, I would lose weight. Well, later on in life, I found that my anorexia was more about power and control than my body. I am over that now and I am happy to be living a more fun and complete life. Click on the link and find out how.
Negative calories make great snacks and fillers at your meal time. To get the best effect for weight loss, be sure to chew them thoroughly and do not make them into soup or juice.
Eat em up’
Eat them raw when possible. This is easy with fruits like apples, berries, pineapple and grapefruit which are all low calorie, high fiber foods. Be careful with other fruits because most fruits that are not on this list are more calorie-dense and higher in sugar which could stop your weight loss because they are high glycemic.
Eating vegetables raw is more of a challenge, and not always necessary. However, many foods can be grated or chopped very small in a food processor. Take a look at this list of negative calorie vegetables and you will see that most of them could be prepared for raw eating as well as steamed:
– asparagus (break it into bite sized pieces and add to salad)
– beets (grated)
– broccoli (throw it in the food processor with a couple of tomatoes as dressing)
– carrot (grated or whole)
– cauliflower (like broccoli)
– cabbage (used raw in coleslaw, but don’t add the mayo!)
– celery stalks
– celery root (grated)
– red onions (sliced thin)
– zucchini (grate or use a spiralizer to create long pasta-like strings)
A big salad made from 5-7 of those ingredients would give you a super low calorie snack that would keep you munching and feeling full for a long time. You might also want to consider doing a raw or negative calorie detox for a few days – in consultation with your doctor, of course.
However, you will need to use caution when eating a lot of negative calorie foods. First, it is important to vary your diet and not eat too much of any one particular food. Definitely eat a variety. Many foods contain substances that can be damaging if consumed in excess, such as the acid in pineapples and grapefruits. Other negative calorie foods can cause allergies or diarrhea if eaten in large quantities. AAHH!!
Finally something Negative that’s actually good for you…
Now you have some great food choices that can really help you with your weight loss and they are packed with fantastic anti-oxidants and anti-aging elements. Eat up!
Victoria Your Personal Celebrity Trainer