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Subject: Foods with 'negative' calories??
Date Posted: 2/17/2009 12:55 PM ET
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Has anyone else heard of this? I just started to do some research on it but was wondering if anyone has asked their doctor/nutritionist about it and what they had to say.

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 3:05 PM ET
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Once I heard that celery has so few calories that when you eat it, the energy used to chew negates the energy in the food.  Other than that, I'm not really sure.  Honestly it's more important to eat lots of fruits and veggies and cut down on the unhealthy foods.  There's unfortunately no way to get around that, at least not with permanent results. 

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 1:29 PM ET
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Ice water has negative calories because water has no calories and your body actually burns energy trying to warm up ice water.

Cucumber pickles have no calories. Most gardenia vegetables have very few calories. Some vegetables are so crunchy that chewing them burns more than they have in them.

Sugar free gum - you use more calories chewing it than it has in it.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 1:36 AM ET
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I like to juice those fruits and veggies. It stuffs me and has the fewest calories. Like f. e. carrots and celery. Juicing 3 carrots and three pieces of celery together is delicious, fuels me, has few calories and tastes delicious.

Actually I am juicing almost all kinds of fruits and veggies. Even cucumbers and salads.

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 12:26 AM ET
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I'm diabetic and free foods on the list are:

bouillion or broth, pickles-dill, rhubarb, tea, tonicwater, gelatin-sugarfree, jam/jelly-sugarfree, mustard, lemon, lime, soysauce, herbs, cocoa powder 1 tb, ketchup, taco sauce, cranberries, coffee Anything that contains 20 or less calories per serving.  Not much is it.

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 5:23 AM ET
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It's true for the most part, but you can't eat a whole cheesecake then eat a bunch of neg cal foods to burn the calories lol

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 1:04 PM ET
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I've heard that lettuce burns more calories than it has.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 11:29 AM ET
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I love bread and butter pickles. Sweet pickles are too sweet for me and I don't like dills. I can't have sugar and they are loaded with it. I found some bread and butter pickles at Kroger (Kroger brand) and they have 0 calories and are delicious. They are made with Splenda.

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Date Posted: 5/1/2009 9:19 AM ET
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I have a book called "Foods That Cause You to Lose Weight, The Negative Calorie Effect".  Here's the list of foods they suggest, as well as the blurb, from page 25:

"20 Foods You Can Eat in Virtually Unlimited Portions:

Listed below are 20 foods that you should feel free to eat in very generous portions.  Unless you are really stuffing yourself, you can eat as much of these as you want.  In fact, there are many more than 20, as you have learned.  One caveat: Enjoy these with no butter, magerine or oily toppings--fats are fattening!

Corn, Rice, Potatoes, Lettuce (all varieties), Broccoli, Carrots, Black beans, Kidney beans, Spinach, Lentils, Celery, Peas, Cauliflower, Pineapple, Cabbage, Oranges, Apples, Grapefruit, Bananas, Oatmeal."

To be honest, I haven't looked at this book in ages, and it's interesting (to me) that starches (or carbs) like rice, potatoes and things are included.  But I guess that gist is no buttery fattening toppings.  Anyway, just thought I'd post this in case it helps anyone.  Hope so!


Date Posted: 6/11/2009 9:42 AM ET
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If you look at any Weight Watchers material, they have a list of zero point veggies.  You can eat as much as you want without counting any points.  Things like celery, cucumber, lettuce,  spinach, green beans... you get the idea.  These are the non sweet, full of water types of veggies.  They may not have "negative" calories, but they really fill you up and have lots of fiber, so you don't eat other things that are high in calories.... as a result you lose weight because you are eating fewer calories.

I like the zero point soup.  It's a blend of veggies broth and spices that tastes good but has very low calories.  It doesn't quite satisfy me for a main course meal (I need some protien) but it's a great side or between meals snack!

Date Posted: 7/17/2009 1:12 PM ET
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The idea behind "zero-calorie" foods is that they have low calories and high fiber.

Something I learned about reading nutrition labels in the U.S.  -- calories "from fiber" are not absorbed in the body they same way as other calories (from protein, for example), so food producers are not required to include those calories on the label.  If you look at, for instance, Fiber One packages in Canada vs. U.S., they will have different calorie counts for the same servings, because Canada's labelling requirements are different.

Subject: Negative Calories
Date Posted: 7/26/2009 1:56 PM ET
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I wouldn't obsess over it.


This just sounds like another angle people are trying to use to sell books and make money (Zone Diet, Atkins Diet, Cookie Diet, etc). Counting calories is a waste of time since it's impossible to accurately estimate how many calories your body burns each day.

You just need to eat healthy, balanced meals every 3 hours, which means 6 meals a day. This will get you in the right caloric range. Eat protein, carbs, and fat with each meal.

Protein: Chicken, Beef, Fish, Lamb, Turkey, Cottage Cheese, Nuts, Whole Eggs, etc.

Carbs: Veggies, Legumes, and Fruit.  Avoid starchy carbs (Pasta, Potatoes, Rice, ANY Bread, Tortillas, etc) except for within 90 min after your workouts.

Fat: Olive oil, fish oil, oil from nuts and eggs

You can mix and match and pretty eat as much as much as you want. Avoid junk food, fried food, milk, sodas, fruit juice and processed foods.

Good luck!