What is the negative calorie foods diet? Thermic effect of foods, list of negative calorie foods.
The theory behind negative calorie food is that for certain foods, more energy is required to chew and process the food than the calorie content of the food. It’s an interesting theory but is it just wishful thinking.
This theory is based on something called the Thermic Effect. It’s a measure of the difference between the energy required to eat something and your resting metabolic rate. The Thermic Effect has many components, one being how fit you are, another is your insulin resistance level.
Therefore given we are all different, is it possible to say how many calories would be burned from eating a vegetable?
We haven’t found any scientific basis that a diet based on negative calories is good for you, in fact there has been very little study on this topic. But consider, if you are burning calories whilst you are eating, are you ever going to feel full and satisfied after your meal. Are those cravings going to cease? Are you going to start snacking pretty quickly after you have finished your meal?
There are a number of diet books available that focus on negative calories. It’s worth taking a look but keep an open mind. One of the more popular books has been written by Neil Barnard, "Foods That Cause You to Lose Weight: The Negative Calorie Effect", which is based on "the negative calorie effect" theory that by eating negative calorie foods, you can lose weight quickly and easily. In reality, the name of the diet is misleading and debatable, as there are no foods that actually contain "negative calories".
For example, the diet suggests that you will burn up 95 calories digesting a stick of celery, which contains only 5 calories itself. This diet allows different specific foods, but they are all generally vegetables and fruits that are high in fiber. Whilst they are healthy, they are low in calories.
The negative calorie foods diet promises weight loss as drastic as 2 pounds daily, which would not be recommended to anyone who is not under the strict supervision of a physician, and is simply being achieved by potentially consuming not enough calories. One to two pounds a week is considered normal the weight loss rate. Eating only fruits and vegetables high in fiber is not healthy over a prolonged period of time, as you need a good balance of protein, good carbs and essential fats.
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