Negative calorie foods

Negative Calorie Foods
Do They Actually Exist?

 By Rob Poulos On August 13, 2012

If this isn’t your first time trying to get rid of excess fat then you’ve
probably come across the phrase ‘negative calorie foods’ once or
twice in the past. There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the notion
of negative calories, so much in fact that it can be difficult for the
average dieter to sift through the information and find the truth.

Most people want to know 2 things about negative calories:

  1. Do they exist?
  2. What are they?

The simple answer is ‘yes’ these foods do exist, but before you stockpile them for fat loss, you need to understand negative calorie foods and how they can help you get rid of excess fat.

What Are Negative Calories?

In truth, all foods have calories so the name is a bit of a misnomer, but not a myth as many would have you believe.

The easiest way to understand what negative calorie foods are is that they are low calorie foods that require more energy to burn them than they contain, so essentially you have created a slight calorie deficit simply by digesting them.

[The benefits of berries are well documented for fat loss!]

So, as you can see the foods themselves are negative in calories, but the energy required to burn them exceeds the amount of energy in a particular serving so you can burn more fat by adding more negative calorie foods to your diet.

Are They A Myth?

Do a cursory search on the web and you’ll find just as many experts calling negative calories a myth as you’ll find those recommending them for fat loss. What these professional disagreements really come down to is a matter of application. A diet recommending that you consume only negative calorie foods is a very low calorie diet that can be dangerous to your healthy.

However because many negative calorie foods share some common factors such as high water and fiber contents, they do require a lot more energy to process it for digestion, digest it and dispose of it. As you’ll see before this article is over, these foods are quite healthy and provide your body with plenty of essential vitamins and minerals it needs to stay healthy and functioning properly.

NOT Negative Calorie Foods

We must be careful to distinguish negative calories from “empty calories” because they are in no way the same thing. Again ‘empty calories’ is quite the misnomer because it sounds as though we’re saying a food has no calories, when in fact we’re saying that you are consume calories—plenty of them—but they are providing you with nutritional value or satiety.

Soda is the perfect example of empty calories because it contains plenty of calories, yet does nothing to satisfy hunger, so you have the calories and you need more to feel satiated.

Beware of so-called zero calorie foods as well because they don’t have the same impact as negative calorie foods on your diet. Sure these foods are generally low in calories, if they have any, but they do pose a big problem because they have no nutritional value. So, rather than soaking up more minerals from these zero-calorie foods during digestion, your body must contribute vitamins and minerals from its storage deposits just to digest these foods.

Understanding the difference between these foods and those with negative calories can be the difference between fat loss success and “better luck next time”.


The science of negative calories is perhaps the reason for most of the controversy surrounding this idea. The research as of now is scant, however what is proven is that adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can help you get rid of excess fat.

There are many reasons that negative calorie foods aid in fat loss, and the energy required to process, digest and dispose of them is just a small part of the equation.

[Negative calorie vegetables can help you say YES to fat loss!]

Negative Calorie Foods

As you’ll see in a moment, foods with negative calories are from 2 of the healthiest food groups: fruits and vegetables. The truth is that whether or not you subscribe to the idea of negative calories, studies have shown that increasing our intake of fruits and vegetables can help lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.

Chances are good that if you need to get rid of excess fat, you probably also don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables in your diet. So add more of these negative calorie foods to your diet and see for yourself if this is dietary fact or fiction.



  • Apples
  • Lemons
  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Honeydew melon
  • Peaches
  • Pineapples
  • Papaya
  • Raspberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Mangoes



  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Turnips
  • Spinach
  • Zucchini
  • Green Beans
  • Chili Peppers
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Radishes

This is just a small list of negative calorie foods that can help you lose more fat each week. Hopefully you’ll notice a common denominator among these foods before you dismiss the idea completely. Add these foods to your diet for a month and see if you don’t look and feel better, then you can speak with authority the next time someone scoffs at the idea of negative calories.

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