The Myth of Negative Calorie Foods

You might have heard about foods with negative calories, but what might sound like the answer to your weight loss problems is actually just an incredible myth meant to encourage fad dieting. The fact is that although foods like celery, lettuce, and broccoli are super low in calories, no food can subtract calories from your body.

Where did this food myth come from? Well, when you consume food, your body does need to use calories to burn it. This is known as the thermogenic effect. However, the number of calories used to digest what you eat is not much, especially since using those calories is part of what keeps your body alive. This means that even foods like broccoli or celery, which are low in calories, still do not require your digestive system to use more calories than you are consuming in order to burn them, even if you decided to eat nothing else.

These Foods Still Have Benefits!

Once you get the idea of negative calories out of your head, keep in mind that while no one should subsist on broccoli, celery, asparagus, or cabbage, all of these foods still have wonderful health advantages and should be incorporated into your diet. In fact, many of these foods are high in fiber, which is a key nutrient in any healthy diet. Fiber helps prevent metabolic issues like heart disease and problems with cholesterol and, if you are looking to lose weight, high fiber foods keep you feeling fuller longer, decreasing the likelihood of you reaching for less nutritious snacks later on.

Remember, dieting should not be about eating only a low calorie, restrictive diet that ends up depriving you of the nutrition your body needs to function optimally. Healthy dieting is about choosing a variety of foods that can supply nutrients, so feel free to reach for a stalk of celery, but make sure you are doing it for the right reasons and do not get sucked into a fictitious weight loss scheme.

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