Negative calorie food is all rage nowadays. Since the time we have started our weight loss journey, we have heard this jargon called negative calorie food. First of all, it was a surprise, and we were wondering whether some food can have negative calories. But then going deeper it is understood the concept behind negative calorie food.

What is negative calorie food? 

Food that has more water content and takes time to digest and are called Negative Calorie food. 

What are the facts behind it?

There is probably nothing as negative calories, the foodstuff that are labeled as one is said to have taken more time to digest but that is very minimal and can not be accounted for. 

Let us think it this way, the food which is branded as negative calories is wholesome and does have more impact on the number of nutrients consumed. 

List of negative calorie food:

  • Cucumber ( 8 calories/ 50gm) 
  • Carrots (50 calories/130gms) 
  • Lettuce (5 Calories/35gms)
  • Broccoli (31calories/90gms)
  • Watermelon (46calories/150gms)
  • Apples (53 calories/110 gms)
  • Tomatoes (32 calories/80gms) 

Source: healthline.com

All the above foodstuffs all contain more water content as compared to all other vegetables and are fibrous in nature. These low-calorie foods can be eaten in more quantity and satiate you for a long time. In case you are experiencing constipation, their fibrous nature will make sure that your bowel movements are smooth. 

How to use the above list of food for weight loss?

Consuming lesser calories than you burn is the normal fundamental of weight loss. As the above negative calorie food has very minimal calories, you can use them as mid-meal snacks. You can use more quantity to feel full for a longer time.

Adding protein:

 It is good to add some protein to it for making your bowl of veggies more nutritious and healthy. You can add 

  • Chickpeas 
  • Cottage Cheese 
  • Soya Granules
  • Yogurt 
  • Different kinds of nut butter

If you are working out every day, adding protein to your snacks and meals helps with muscle recovery, also boosts metabolism. 

Adding more nutrition:

Creating different salads with leafy vegetables like Spinach, and adding some nuts is the best way to incorporate more nutrition. If you believe in meal prep, you can arrange all the veggies in the box and sprinkle some nuts while eating. Adding some carbs like Quinoa, rice, or broken wheat is also recommended. 

Summary: 

The food which is branded or marketed as negative calorie food actually consists of more water and fiber, which makes it more nutritious and low calories. In case you do not want your calorie intake to go up, you can consume a generous amount of these foods. 

The branding may be a fad but we can always seek a positive outcome from it. I do try to consume at least 2 of them in my daily routine. What about you?