Using Negative Calorie Foods to Lose Weight and Nourish Cells

Natural negative calorie foods require more energy to digest than the calories they delver to the body as fuel. What’s unique about these foods is that they’re not just zero calorie foods devoid of nutritional value, but packed full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fiber and in many cases provide what the body needs and can easily assimilate to help it fight disease and counteract the effects of aging. The negative calorie foods (on the lists below) contain phytochemicals that promote better health and act as anti-inflammatory agents, antioxidants and blood, colon and liver purifiers that detoxify the body, balance cardiovascular functions and boost the immune system.

What Are These Miraculous Negative Calorie Foods?

They are so common, and so affordable, you probably have most of them in your kitchen right now. Almost all vegetables, when eaten fresh / raw, require more calories to digest than they provide (even vegetables that are not necessarily “negative” or “zero” in calories provide nonfat energy the body can use and is less likely to store). In order to take advantage of fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and a balanced supply of nutrients, and be able to eat and feel satisfied without adding to your caloric intake, choose from the following vegetables:

Leafy Greens, Lettuce, Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli…

Most green leafy veggies and lettuces as well as spinach, chard, watercress and garden cress, will provide the body with nutrients without excess calories. Asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are exceptionally full of vitamins (A, C, K, B6) and pantothenic acid, as well as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron as well as fiber and easy to assimilate proteins (low in saturated fats and cholesterol) while offering almost no calories.

Beetroot, Carrots…

Carrots (high in vitamin A), beets (high in vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and iron), and green beans are excellent for offering immediate energy boosts because they contain carbohydrates, but the thermic effect is high and therefore do not deliver the sort of calories the body stores in fatty subcutaneous deposit or as visceral fat in the abdomen. Green beans are especially high in thiamin, riboflavin and niacin, and are excellent sources of dietary fiber. 110 grams of this vegetable only provides a little over 30 calories. (Please note that all the above information about vitamins, nutrients and caloric value is based on eating these foods RAW.)

Celery, Cucumber, Radish, Zucchini, Turnip…

Although celery is listed as a negative calorie vegetable, and is one of the best foods for detoxification due to the amount of dietary fiber as well as vitamin A, C and K, as well as being a good source of potassium, it’s so easily digested that it creates almost no thermic effect and therefore is not a true “negative calorie food”. Nevertheless, a medium-sized stalk of celery only offers 6 calories, therefore copious qualities can be eaten (or the extracted juice drank) with almost no caloric effect. Celery is high in natural sodium.

Cucumber is full of water, and is a source for natural B and K vitamins as well as potassium. A cup of chopped, peeled, cucumber (raw) only provides 16 calories, and only two of those are natural vegetable fat.

Likewise an entire cup of sliced radishes will deliver only 19 calories, which will require more than that to digest, and yet it will provide the body with an excellent source of riboflavin and vitamin B6.

Turnip is also a good source of B6 and vitamin C. A cup of chopped turnip (raw) has only 36 calories – only one of these calories is vegetable fat.

Zucchini is one of the best nutrient rich low calorie foods that provides thiamin, niacin and minerals such as Zinc, copper and manganese, but only has 3 calories in a full cup (raw).

Cayenne, Garlic, Onion…

An ounce of hot chili pepper (cayenne) delivers only 11 calories and gets the blood circulating! Adding cayenne to anything and everything not only offers great taste and zing for the tongue but also provides a long list of vitamins, including A, C, K, and B6. An ounce of fresh raw garlic contains 42 calories but also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent that’s incredibly powerful when it comes to combating infection. Crushing raw garlic and adding to other low calorie foods is not only a way to season salads and soups, but also a means to help regulate blood pressure, fight heart disease, help prevent artery blockage, lower cholesterol and boost the immune system. Due to the high sulphur content garlic also helps to fight Candida, Cryptococca, Streptococcus and other bacteria that are difficult to eliminate and often become chronic problems requiring antibiotic treatments.

A whole cup of chopped onions provides just 64 calories and none are from saturated fat. Onions provide dietary fiber, carbohydrates and are a good source for vitamin C.

Adding onions, garlic, and cayenne to season your foods is not only a way to eliminate extra calories but a means to rejuvenate the cells with the unique properties of these “strong flavored” whole vegetables.

What about sweet low calories foods?
Are there fruits that require more energy to digest than the calories their sugars offer?

Fresh raw vegetables are by far the best low calorie foods you can eat, especially when starting a cleanse diet, nevertheless, there are some fruits that can help to detoxify the body and will provide essential nutrients and few calories.

Apple, Watermelon, and Citrus Fruits…

The main fruit you can juice or eat raw is the apple.

Watermelon is another fruit that’s high in water content and provides few calories while being refreshing and invigorating.

Lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, tangerines and other citrus fruits are excellent, especially if you want to cleanse your body and rejuvenate the skin. The high vitamin C content in citrus fruits is great for fighting age related skin problems. A cup of grapefruit sections contains under 100 calories and is a good source for vitamin A as well as offering dietary fiber to help the elimination process.

Exotic Easily Digested Fruits

Other fruits that you may include in any low calorie diet are cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, mango and papaya. These fruits tend to make excellent smoothies for quick energy boosts throughout the day.


Tomatoes are classified as fruit. They’re an excellent source of vitamin C. A cup of raw chopped tomatoes only has about 20 calories. Try juicing them, making raw gazpacho soups and using them blended with garlic for dressings / dips over other veggies.

Delicious Berry Desserts

When it comes to making healthy desserts, some of the best fruits (that form part of the list of negative calorie foods) are blueberries and strawberries. When eaten raw, without extra sugars or things like cream, they are extremely healthy and low in calories. For example a cup of sliced strawberries only offers 49 calories but is full of vitamin C, folate and potassium, as well as being a source of fiber.

Just remember to eat fruit alone, not mixed with carbohydrates or after a large meal with protein. Fruit is digested quickly and therefore should be eaten BEFORE other foods. Try switching your meal plan around and having dessert before the main dishes.

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