Did you know that there are some foods in palengke or whichever market you buy from, which require more energy to metabolize than we obtain from eating them? The result is commonly referred to as the negative calorie effect. One simple example? Water. It supplies no calories at all, but still requires energy to swallow and warm to body temperature.
Below is a list of other fruits and vegetables, which although they provide calories, the amount is less than we need to do nothing. We call this Basal Metabolic Rate or BMR: the amount of energy we need to breathe, circulate the blood, remove the toxins and filter it. But wait, that doesn’t count the energy we need to get out of bed, take a bath, use the toilet, or groom and dress-up.
So yup, we call these foods negative calorie foods, or in short, NCFs. These calls a tremendous boost for someone wanting to lose weight. Yup… but only if used properly. Healthy diet plans use items from not some, but ALL the main food groups.
From these, we get the nutrients to make the building blocks, which are necessary to maintain the body in a healthy state.
A diet mostly consisting of mostly NCFs, would result in us drawing our energy requirements from our muscles. This results in weakness and wasting of the body. Anorexics are a prime example. So use it wisely.
So how can we use NCFs without harming ourselves?
The answer is quite simple. Use them as part of, and to bulk up a balanced calorie-wise diet. For example, my favorite Kiwi (has vitamin C and fiber), 1 egg-white (protein), 2 slices wheat bread (carbohydrate), a pat of low-fat margarine (non-saturated fat) 1 cup of 1% milk (protein, carbohydrate, low-fat, calcium, vitamins), and voila. You’ve made an excellent, low-calorie but nutritious breakfast.
Summing this one up, here is the complete list:
- Celery stalk
- Celery root
- Green beans
- Green cabbage
Use these fruits and veggies wisely, for that good health!