All your life you were asked to starve to burn calories but what if we ask you to eat more to do so, but how ?
Our body burns calories in various activities including eating and digesting food and calorie burn is a little more with negative calorie food.
Negative calorie food is low in calories and processing energy expended by body is more, thus burning more calories than consumed. Additionally, its high metabolic rate burns calories more effectively.
Technically, a negative calorie food needs to have 100% thermic effect – the amount of energy expended in processing, which is unlikely, so food with effect of 20-40% are included by fitness experts in this category. Every nutrient has different thermic effect, healthy carbohydrates being the highest. Noteworthy is that Dr. Neal Barnard backs this concept in his book ‘negative calorie effect’ and Dr. Dean Ornish University of California encourages eating negative calorie food backed by his researches.
It primarily has zero fats, suppresses appetite, helps in low calorie intake per day and is a filling healthy food.
So, here are top 10 food items that you can munch on without feeling guilty!
1. CUCUMBER :
Calorie Content : 16 calories in 1 medium size.
Benefits : Cucumber is an anti-bloater, immune booster, a natural cooler & relaxer, detoxifier, vitamin B rich and its 95% water content aids digestion.
2. PAPAYA :
Calorie content : 39 calories in 100 gms.
Benefits : Potassium booster, vitamin rich, contains Papain that helps in break down of proteins, also called meat tenderizer. Additionally, Papaya also helps in better metabolic rate, so body burns fats effectively.
3. CARROT :
Calorie content : 25 calories in 1 medium size.
Benefits : Carrot is an excellent blood pressure and blood sugar regulator, a digestion aide, an eyesight improviser consisting 200% of vitamin A, lack of which leads to night blindness.
4. SPINACH :
Calorie content : 23 calories in 100 gms.
Benefits : High potassium content, prevents Asthma, rich in vitamin A results in good skin and hair. Spinach is also the best source of vitamin K that maintains healthy bones.
5. APPLE :
Calorie content : 50 calories in 1 medium size.
Benefits : Reduces risk of cancer due to phytonutrients and antioxidants. Apples are also anti-inflammatory, full of flavonoids and rich in dietary fiber with water content, being filling and healthy.
6. BROCCOLI :
Calorie content : 34 calories in 100 gms.
Benefits : Rich in vitamin K, consists of oxygen containing molecules making it anti-inflammatory. Broccoli also helps in curing Anemia by developing blood protein. Additionally, it effectively protects from UV rays.
7. BEAN SPROUTS :
Calorie content : 27 calories in 100 gms.
Benefits : Immune booster, elevates the Melatonin levels that results in regulating sleep, covers the folic acid deficiency, prevents Alzehmeir’s disease and a great digestion aide.
8. MIXED BERRIES :
Calorie content : 67 calories in 100 gms.
Benefits : Sharpens mind, fights colon cancer, Anthocyanidins and Polyphenolics are major flavonoids found in berries that act as great anti-oxidants. Berries also reduces the risk of Parkinson’s & Alzehmeir’s.
9. KALE :
Calorie content : 51 calories in 100 gms.
Benefits : Kale is not only rich in minerals and vitamins but also helps reducing cholesterol levels due to Bile acid sequestrants content that helps in a reduced risk of heart diseases over time. It is also a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
10. TANGERINE :
Calorie content : 47 calories in 1 medium size.
Benefits : High in vitamin C, highly fibrous, helps in absorbing iron from food and prevents absorption of cholesterol in body. Tangerines are also rich in vitamin B12 that helps in preventing hair loss and slows down hair greying.
Besides this list, the other negative calorie foods are celery, lettuce, watermelon, zucchini, grapefruit, bean sprouts, beetroot, radish, squash etc.
Lastly, a negative calorie food is no weight loss miracle but it helps in filling your appetite and also burns a few more calories in the process. Having average nutritional value, when combined with complete nutrition of a balanced diet & physical exercise, it just works perfectly.
So, the next time you are ravenously hungry and your tastes buds are on a roll, you know where to dig in for a no-fat, filling & a tasty substitute!
So, stop starving and start eating now!
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