Eat More, Weigh Less… say WHAT?!

Eat more of these negative-calorie foods and you’ll actually lose weight!

We all know that if we want to lose weight, we have to limit what we eat. But it’s simply not the case with these Top 5 Negative-Calorie Foods! Here is a list of foods that burn more calories (to prepare, eat, digest and eliminate) than they actually add to your caloric intake. By filling your stomach with more of these foods, you’ll have less room for high-calorie foods.

As you read this list, remember that all foods contain calories, and that the term “negative-calorie food” is a bit of a misnomer. It refers to the effective net calories subtracted from your body through the preparation, eating, digestion and elimination of these foods. In other words, you expend more calories eating them than they deliver to your body.

~ Mike Adams, Health Ranger

1. Celery

A perfect example of a food that locks in plenty of water within a fibrous matrix, one cup of celery contains only 19 calories! Adding peanut butter on top means it’s no longer calorie-negative but it provides a great source of protein.

2. Lettuce, onions and greens

1 cup of lettuce has only 8 calories.  I opt for the darker greens (like Romaine) because they pack more nutrients than their iceberg friends. Be wary of salad dressings and try to use a homemade blend of oil and vinegar for some added “good fats” instead of the chemical-laden store-bought dressings.

3. Kelp Noodles

Here’s a new one for me.  It will be my mission to find, cook, and enjoy kelp noodles this month.  They contain just 6 calories per serving but take up a lot of physical space in your belly, helping signal that “full” feeling which reminds you to stop eating.  Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, suggests adding them to soup broth for a more filling soup. I’m going to try it and will report back!

4. Pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut

Who would have guessed! Pickles!  They really are just cucumbers so it does make sense. Apparently, the pickling process doesn’t add calories but you should stay away from the added sugars found in some pickle brands. Also look for ones that don’t include artificial coloring, specifically Yellow #5, which should always be avoided.

5. Grapefruit

At 74 calories per cup, this fruit isn’t technically calorie-negative but grapefruits contain naringenin, an antioxidant which triggers the liver to break down fat. Who couldn’t use a little more of that blessed trigger!  To get the most benefits, peel and seed a grapefruit before tossing it into a fruit smoothie…the white flesh contains the most naringenin (and the most fat-burning triggers).

You can read more about these foods and other excellent tips in this Health Ranger article.

Domestically Yours,

Natasha Kay