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Negative Calorie Foods

applesWouldn’t it be great if you could eat a bunch of food, and the calories that you burn digesting the food would be more than the food contains? These are called Negative Calorie Foods, foods the burn more calories digesting than are in the food.

Although the jury is still out on negative calorie foods and they are still being researched, there are certain types of foods that seem to fall into this category.

Foods that are claimed to be negative in calories are primarily the low-calorie vegetables and fruits such as apples, celery, grapefruits, lemons, limes, lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage.

In terms of beverages, be aware of soft drinks incorrectly being advertised as having negative calories. According to scientists, the only negative-calorie beverage is ice water, which contains no calories but requires the body to expend energy to raise the liquid to body temperature.

Obviously, combining these types of foods with exercise will help with your dieting goals.

Drink Your Way to a Skinny Body: The Five Best Beverages for Dieting

When we think about weight loss and dieting it is not necessarily our daily beverages that come to mind. Though there are, without a doubt, many benefits and drawbacks of certain drinks pertaining to weight loss. So the next time you decide to try going on a diet, remember that your drinks can have just as much effect on your success as the food you eat.

Choice # 1 – Waterorange juice

     Everybody has heard that the human is supposed to consume at least 64 ounces of water a day, and that is a minimum. Your body craves water and the benefits are undeniable, while the drawbacks nonexistent. Just drinking a full glass of water when you think you feel hungry will ultimately lead to you eating less since your stomach will be full already. For those of you who don’t prefer water, you could try using a wedge of citric fruit like lemon, lime, or orange to liven up that glass of boring old water. The truth is that we should all be drinking water daily whether trying to lose weight or not.

Choice # 2 – Black Coffee

     Coffee is a great way to get a calorie-free pick me up. It is high in antioxidants and is a, by far, better choice than any sugary energy drink. It is not until we start adding sugar and fat to our coffee that it becomes a hindrance for weight loss. If you can’t drink it black then just try reducing the amounts of what you add a little bit at a time. The flavor of the coffee itself may just grow on you.

Choice # 3 – Tea

The word tea covers a broad spectrum of drinks. Though there are a couple known to stimulant the metabolism or even block fat absorption. The first one to mention is the now common, green tea; which we all know it is a natural metabolism booster full of antioxidants, and it even has a nice herbal f

lavor all by itself. That was just a few of the many benefits of drinking green tea. The other tea I wanted to suggest is a very flavorful and healthy choice. Peppermint tea helps you burn calories by promoting digestion, as well as being quite tasty. Those are just my personal favorites though there are many more types of tea out there that can be equally beneficial.

Choice # 4 – Fruit Juice

     Fruit juice is probably the best healthy drink where you aren’t sacrificing taste. Though you don’t want to just buy juice from a store; due to the high sugar content and other additives, you would have be very careful what you get. The best way to get natural fruit juice would be to juice it yourself. You can buy a juicer, which are affordable and easy to use, and extract your own fresh fruit juice. Get creative with it and you are sure to discover it’s not only healthful and delicious, but fun too.

Choice #5 – Vegetable Juice

     For those of you more geared toward the savory, give fresh vegetable juice a shot; and just as with the fruit juice, I would not recommend buying it at a store. Instead, invest in a blender or food processor and get crazy. The possibilities are endless, try making carrot juice, tomato juice, or beet juice. You can mix vegetables and use herbs to add different flavors. Make some magic in your blenders that will promote success in losing weight and get more vitamins and minerals in your daily diet.

Any of the choices above are sure to encourage weight loss and increase your body’s health naturally. So the next time you reach for a soda or pour a couple of ounces of cream in your coffee remember that they are just empty calories. The more calories you are drinking means the less you will be able to eat without exceeding your desired daily caloric intake.

 by Ashleigh Nicole

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Best Foods For Weight Loss

carrotcircleA skinny body can be a healthy body when the right foods to promote weight loss are on the menu. Are you looking for the best foods for weight loss? Increased energy from healthy fruits, vegetables, and protein sources help the active person stay on target and avoid binging on less healthy choices.

Losing weight can be as simple as substituting a calorie dense choice for a low calorie option. Vegetables that have a high water content such

as spinach, lettuce, and cucumbers can be eaten in large quantities and serve as a great base for salads.

Fruit

Successful weight loss does not mean fruit is off the menu. Grapefruit is a good addition to any healthy diet. It is almost 90% water and known to help burn fat. Blueberries and strawberries are not only nutrient rich, but are perfect sources of fiber. Include some melon slices for a wonderful fruit salad.

Fiber

Bloating caused by constipation can cause those numbers to creep up on the scale. Adding oatmeal and bran to your meal choices can relieve constipation, keep the bowels healthy, and process nutrients more efficiently. Leaving the skin on apples and pears will also add needed fiber.

Protein

No healthy diet is complete without adequate protein. There are healthy sources of protein that are low in fat and cholesterol. Pinto, black, and kidney beans are excellent  choices that are low in fat and high in fiber. Beans are great additions in everything from soups to salads.

Nuts

Nuts are not only ideal protein sources but add the fiber and healthy fats that the body needs to feel satisfied. Eaten in small quantities they can be a quick on the go snack or a crunchy salad topping. Try them in oatmeal for a filling breakfast treat.

Tofu

Tofu is an alternative as a healthier protein. Tofu, which used to be only available in the local health food store, is now available at most supermarkets. Tofu can be stir fried and added with mixed vegetables or cubed and added to spicy soups. Tempeh, which is a fermented type of tofu, can be added to chili beans and seasoning for a superb vegetarian chili, or crumbled to make a delicious veggie burger.

Eggs

For optimal weight loss, the use of egg whites cannot be beat. Eggs are at their healthiest without their yolks and taste delicious boiled, fried in fat free spray, or scrambled in an egg white omelet with fresh peppers and onions. Most recipes that use whole eggs include adjustments to use only egg whites.

Including these foods in any diet plan will produce a lean, healthy body with greater energy and the ability to stay youthful. The numbers on the scale and the reflection in the mirror will prove it.