Today we’re going to bring a list of foods with negative calories. But before we list them, let’s start by refreshing memory and remembering what negative calories mean and why it’s important to include these foods in our diet
How do negative calories work?
Obviously, when we make the purchase and look at the label the calories that a certain product has, we will not see a minus sign in the calories section. Then why do we call it that? The explanation is very simple, but let’s start with something a little more technical and define that it is a calorie.
For our body to function properly we need calories and nutrients. Calories are a measure of energy that tells us the energy input that reaches our body. We can remember the old coal-powered trains. For the train to work, we had to put coal in the boiler. If, for example, we burned 2 kilos of coal, the train had fuel for half an hour. In our case, our fuel, instead of kilos, is measured in calories, and we spend them as we do our daily activities.
To the point:
Every time we eat a food, so that it serves as our body’s energy source, we have to digest them, digest them. In this process our body breaks down food so that they can serve us energy. Well, that digestion process consumes calories (energy), some need more energy to be digested and others less.
When our body expends more energy to digest a food than it gets from it, it’s called negative calorie.
Let’s take a very simple example. High-protein, on average foods provide 4 calories per gram. However, our body, to break down this high-protein food, needs much more energy than when it digests other foods. In this particular case, to digest a gram, our body consumes 8 calories.
We already have the negative calories!! We ingest a 100 gram dish that will give us 400 calories, but to digest it we will spend 800 calories. Which gives us -400 calories, i.e. 400 negative calories.
So if I only feed on substances with negative calories I will always be losing weight?
Possibly yes, but in the hospital. We forget something fundamental to have a healthy and well-fed body: nutrients.
In order for us to have health and strength to perform a normal activity we can not only look at negative calories, we have to eat a variety of foods that provide us with all the nutrients necessary to live in health.
Including foods with negative calories in our diet is a good thing, but let’s remember that we don’t have to base a diet solely on negative calories.
One of the most famous diets that show special attention to negative calories is the high protein ketogenic diet, in which we try to feed well while we are spending a lot of energy doing digestion.
Negative calorie foods
Once we understand all this, let’s list a few foods with negative calories that we can usually include in our diet:
- Citrus (especially oranges)
- Mushrooms and mushrooms
- Chicken broth
- Low-fat cheese
As we can see, a number of fruits and vegetables are within this list. A very simple way to bring these foods to our table is to get used to using them as a side dish. If, for example, in our usual diet one day we are going to eat a tasty grilled chicken breast, let’s not accompany it with fries. With a little garnish vegetable we will be just as rich and we are bringing these negative calories to our dish.
In future articles we will go into detail in the ketogenic diet high in proteins to be able to use these negative calories more strictly. We will also explain the calories we spend on our day-to-day activities (article already available, click here). From standing waiting for the bus to climbing the stairs instead of using the elevator. We’ll be surprised at how easy it is to spend calories without having to go to the gym.
This article has been automatically translated into English thanks to Google Translations