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Facts About the Negative Calorie Diet

written by Guest Blogger October 21, 2012

Celery, watermelon, all the foods that take more energy to digest than they actually contain, oh my! Diet is definitely a 4-letter word but sometimes, they help reset your body and taste buds. So here’s a guest post on the Negative Calorie Diet; in case you feel it’s for you.   

There are different kinds of dietary programs all over the world. There is the non-fat diet, low-fat diet, the low-carb diet, and other types of diets named after the creators such as the Atkins Diet. These are all popular dietary programs but not a lot of people are familiar with the negative calorie diet, which is the focus of our discussion.

The Negative Calorie Diet is actually a controversial type of dietary program as it is being criticized by many. Critics say that the effectiveness of such dietary program is doubtful as there is no scientific proof to it. Moreover, information on the Negative Calorie Diet is very little and critics describe it as more of theoretical one than a practical one.

The Negative Calorie Diet is said to work by eating foods that will allow one to digest more calories than the calories present in those foods. If a person eats a negative calorie food that contains 40 calories, his body is expected to take out calories of more than 40, thus the name Negative Calorie Diet.

However, it must also be taken into consideration that metabolism plays a big role in losing weight. This is also the reason why supporters of this dietary program promote the importance of eating healthy meals often because doing so will augment metabolism speed.

The Negative Calorie Diet indeed has many advocates. Unfortunately, it also has many critics. Aside from the criticisms mentioned earlier, critics also argue on the existence of foods with negative calories. Moreover, the fact that this dietary program takes some of the energy of the dieter, it means that his energy reserves become minimal.

Supporters of this diet, however, explain that they believe that there is no such thing as negative calories. However, they emphasize the fact that encouraging dieters to eat more will improve their metabolism, thus the occurrence of weight loss.

Supporters of the Negative Calorie Diet explain that this diet is for people who are somewhat lazy in exerting effort to lose weight. Advocates also emphasize that this diet promotes the importance of foods rich in minerals and vitamins as the diet is restricted to vegetables and fruits. Some examples of foods under this dietary program are papaya, grape fruit, pineapple, watermelon, orange, asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, peach, blueberries, apples, zucchini, cucumber, carrots, cabbage, onions, beets, broccoli and lettuce.

The Negative Calorie Diet is said to have been introduced in 1997 and the number of its advocates has been growing since then. If one is uncomfortable in undergoing this type of diet, there are a whole lot of other options to choose from. But it might help to know that its advocates have seen great results.

Perhaps the best way, though, to is to try which diet suits each one of us best.

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Have you ever tried the Negative Calorie Diet? Did you enjoy your meals? Did it work for you?

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Karen Boyarsky October 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Interesting article. I never thought of foods that take more energy to eat than you consume as “negative calorie” before. Funny story: When I was much younger and thinner, my boyfriend picked up a pair of my pants and remarked, “A size 2? What happens if you lose weight, you become a negative size?” Ah, those were the days.

Head Health Nutter October 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Ha ha, thanks for sharing your story with us, Karen! And yes, the thought of a negative calorie is very odd. Probably one of the reasons why this theory is so highly controversial!


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