Eating healthy and maintaining a healthy outlook is important these days, especially in light of the growing problems with obesity, in both children and adults. Many people are considering watching the foods they eat or even changing their eating habits entirely, which can be rewarding and frustrating at the same time.
For many people, giving up their favorite foods for those that are bland or tasteless is a big challenge. Caloric intake in a major factor in the gaining and losing of weight and in most cases, the best and tastiest foods are those that are heavy in calories. Luckily, there are foods - that are tasty and good for you - out there that can be enjoyed without packing on the calories.
Read on to learn more about foods with no calories.
Foods with No Calories
While it might be great to hear that there are foods with no calories, this is actually not true. Around the summer of 2010, a ‘negative calorie’ diet popped up, with the concept that some of the listed food would not register calories once ingested. This of course has been debated, especially because all foods have some form of calories.
However there are foods that are low in caloric intake, but have a high amount of fiber. Fiber is what keeps you from going back to eating again after you’ve eaten thirty minutes ago, this in turn keeps you fuller for longer, meaning that you eat when your stomach says it’s time.
To be fair, there really is only one food, or rather drink that contains no calories what so ever.
Water actually does play a great deal in weight loss. It can be filling when waiting for food or even drinking with a meal, not to mention that it holds no caloric value, nor fat, carbs, nothing. It also keeps you hydrated, meaning you won’t be reaching for the bag of chips in the cupboard; it’s recommended that you drink eight glasses a day.
Water is the only true no calorie food, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t low calorie foods that you can have for a light snack or with a meal. Fruits and vegetables have always been an important part of eating and keeping healthy. Many of these foods carry high amounts of nutrients to help the body, from lowering heart disease and cholesterol to keeping you full throughout the day.
Foods with Low Calories
Here is a list of some of the fruits and vegetables that are not only low in calories, but also appear on the ‘negative calorie’ list.
- Berries (cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) - berries are usually under about 100 calories (strawberries - 50, raspberries - 60, blueberries - 81) for just a cup and feature a few grams of fiber and are high in Vitamin C.
- Cucumbers - half a cucumber is about 20 calories and carries a gram of fiber; these are perfect for a lunch or dinner salad
- Carrots - what’s up, Doc? How about 30 calories and 2 grams of fiber for one stick.
- Lettuce - 18 calories for two cups of shredded Romaine, a usual standard in salad mixings.
- Grapefruit - 1/2 a grapefruit for breakfast will give you 37 calories and about a gram of fiber.
It’s important to remember that there are no such foods with no calories and that while eating the above is important to maintaining a healthy diet, they shouldn’t be substituted for major meals like lunch or dinner. It is more acceptable to say, have a cup of berries along with some yogurt or a bagel for breakfast or have a salad for lunch. Only a doctor supervised regimen should allow for some one to have this negative caloric diet as a means of weight loss.
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