What Are Zero Calorie Foods?
Zero calorie foods or negative calorie foods are various fruits and vegetables which contain small amounts of calories when consumed, but lose those calories after digestion, making them calorie free.
If you are on a diet then you are no doubt interested in foods which you can eat without having to worry about counting calories. I have written this article especially to talk about these certain foods. For some more great calorie advice check out our homepage here: How many calories should I eat a day?
Only One Thing Is Truly Zero Calories
There is only one thing which is a true zero calorie substance, that is of course water. Although water is no substitute for proper food, it is advisable to drink plenty of water each day. Many heath specialists say that drinking 7-8 12 ounce servings of water a day is a very healthy habit and you should consider doing it.
Drinking lots of water is not only healthy, but if you are on a diet it also helps to quench your appetite and it is a good substitute for snacking.
Expert tip: Make ice cubes and if you really feel like a snack, just eat one. Get into this habit and avoid dreaded snacking!
What About Diet Soda?
The jury is still out on this one, although many diet sodas are said to be zero calories, some studies have shown that they actually contribute to weight loss. Besides this, many doctors have said that they can induce serious medical problems with prolonged drinking.
I used to be a big drinker of diet coke and since I have stopped I have lost considerable weight, maybe this is just a personal thing, but I really feel diet soft drinks are not a good option for anyone trying to lose weight. Try drinking tea (without sugar) or water instead.
List of Fruits and Vegetables Which Are Considered To Be Negative (zero) Calorie
According to the theory of negative calorie foods, some foods which originally have calories actually lose their calories after they have been digested and thus are actually zero calorie.
These foods cause the body to actually burn more calories in the process of digesting them resulting in a negative loss of calories. Don’t get too excited though, this does not mean that these can be used in combination with sugar, salts, oils and dips etc. because that would negate the effect.
However, no matter how right this theory is, the below list of fruits and vegetables are very healthy and you should eat as much of them as you can for a healthy and balanced diet.
Here Is The List:
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Remember Eating Healthy Is Key
The list of above vegetables and fruits are a great start for anyone looking to eat healthy and maybe even lose a few pounds doing so. If you are attempting any diet or nutrition program, make sure that vegetables and fruits play a big role in them. Avoid any quick weight loss programs based on diet supplements and consult your doctor before starting any new program.
Many people forget that we need calories every day, there is no such thing as a healthy body built on zero calories. A normal person requires a certain amount of calories a day, this will depend on certain factors including age, weight, height and amount of exercise, but the average for women is 1200 calories and men 1500 calories. Any diet which does not contain the amount of calories and nutrients that you need will put your body in harms way and could lead to future ill health.
Also remember that nutrition is just one part of the equation when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, exercise is key too. I recommend that you should try to exercise for 30 to 40 minutes at least 3 times a week.