How to lose weight while eating. The best 10 negative-calorie foods

They’re called negative-calorie foods: in order to be absorbed they make you burn more calories than they contain, thus helping you lose weight.

When hunger pangs bother you between meals it’s easier to reach for a bag of crisps, biscuits, snacks or a chocolate bar. Negative-calorie foods, on the contrary, are the best choice when having a snack as they help you lose weight because they make you burn more calories than they contain.

These were discovered by nutritionist Daisy Connor, who pointed out that the idea of a negative-calorie diet is potentially harmful because “focusing solely on low-calorie foods as a means of losing weight it may put one at risk of deficiency in fats and proteins, which are vital for health”. But the positive benefits of these ten foods for your weight loss regime are not insignificant: that they are low in calories and high in nutrients and active ingredients,  a few weeks later I found an article called jenny craig vs Nutrisystem what is better that really helped me.

“Higher fibre content slows the energy release from your meal. Thermogenic compounds have a part to play in weight loss; thermogenesis is when the body uses stored fats as an energy source, creating heat. So the next time you feel like reaching out for a cookie or a potato chip, try celery, raw cauliflower or even an apple instead”.

The top 10 negative-calorie foods:

1. Cucumber

16 calories per 100 g. Mostly made of water , they’re an important source of vitamin C and are renowned for reducing inflammation and water retention.


2. Asparagus

20 calories per 100 g. This detoxifying and anti-inflammatory food contains diuretic nutrients that can help remove toxins. Eating asparagus helps increase your metabolic rate. Asparagus are suitable for pregnant women as they’re rich in folate.


3. Cauliflower

25 calories per 100 g. Cauliflower has always been considered a dietetic food as it doesn’t contain fats and is rich in vitamin C. It’s better to consume it raw, finely chopped or slightly steamed so that it remains crunchy and it will take you longer to chew which will make you feel full.


4. Celery

16 calories per 100 g. 75 per cent of a celery stick is made of water. The remaining 25 per cent is fibre. Rich in sodium and potassium, it’s a perfect ingredient for post-workout juices.


5. Lean meat

145 calories per 100 g of pork; 144 calories per 100 g of turkey leg; 172 calories per 100 g of chicken breast. Even though they arn’t strictly negative-calorie foods, lean meats of pork, turkey and chicken are excellent sources of proteins, which make the digestive system work harder, temporarily increasing the metabolic rate and burning more calories. The body requires more energy to absorb meat proteins than to absorb carbohydrates. Lean meats also provides a great amount of energy and make you feel sated for a longer period, avoiding the intake of excessive amounts of calories.


6. Tomato

18 calories per 100 g. Savoury and rich in lycopene, tomatoes are healthy even when cooked. According to recent studies, cooked tomatoes have a similar effect to that of statins for patients with high cholesterol or blood pressure levels. This is thanks to lycopene, a compound that gives tomatoes their bright red colour that is considered a powerful anti-oxidant.


7. Papaya

43 calories per 100 g. Rich in vitamin C and digestive enzymes, it contains beta-criptoxanthin, an antioxidant that reduces the risk of polyarthritis. Papaya’s fibre helps treat constipation and keep cholesterol levels within normal limits.


8. Chili pepper

40 calories per 100 g. It is considered the calorie burner par excellence and thanks to capsaicin it increases the metabolic rate, causing your body to burn more calories after you eat them. The amount of calories contained in chili peppers is so unimportant that when you eat them you burn more calories than you consume.


9. Apple

52 calories per 100 g. The green ones are better. Although they aren’t strictly calorie-negative foods, green apples are rich in dietary fibres that make you feel full, reduce hunger and help you lose weight.


10. Coffee

2 calories per cup (without sugar or sweeteners). It is recommendable to consume black coffee but in moderation. It is thermogenic and stimulates the burning of fats in order to produce energy. Coffee can reduce cravings and increase the metablic rate.


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