The main idea when using negative calories diet is that your body uses more calories to digest some nourishments than the calories we know those nourishments contain themselves. If we burn more calories than we consume, then we will lose weight.
Negative calorie foods are foods that burn more calories to eat and metabolize than the food actually contains. For example, if you eat 100 calories of a food that requires 150 calories to digest, then you’ve burnt an additional 50 calories simply by eating that food
Negative calorie foods – fruit:
apples, cranberries, grapefruit, lemons, mangos, oranges, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries and tangerines
Negative calorie foods – vegetables:
asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbag, carrot tops (aka carrot greens), cauliflower, celery, chicory, chili, peppers, cucumbers, endive, garlic, lettuce, onions, papayas, spinach, turnip and zucchini
The negative calories diet is more of a short term solution you can call on in some specific periods, like holidays, Christmas, New Year’s, birthdays, weddings, and so forth, when your body is overwhelmed with nutrition.
Some medical specialists say that the lost of weight is obtained mostly by losing parts of the muscular tissue, which is not recommended at all.
So if you decide to use the diet with negative calories keep in mind the following:
These negative calorie foods are very low in calories. These foods should not be consumed entirely as a dieting plan.
Make sure it is done in a period when your body has already too many calories stored (over weight) and will not be affecting your health by doing so.
Consult your doctor before trying any negative calories dieting plan. Find out if you can resist only eating this types of nourishments and the time limit for this diet in your case so you can avoid getting sick.
Try to combine different types as much as you can, do not eat just oranges or other fruits or vegetables. You should not have more than 3 servings of any one negative calorie food per day.
Review your schedule for the days you want to use this diet and make sure you don’t have any important or stressful things to do. Stress also causes caloric burn and weight reduction and if it occurs during a diet that weakens the organism you can feel physically weak. If such a thing happens give up on the diet and eat something with many calories and glucoses.
Start a negative calories diet and actually eating something instead of taking lose weight pills and drinking tea.
Motivate yourself to lose weight is hard. There are so many distractions and temptations that it can be really difficult to keep yourself focused on your fitness and dieting.
In order to successful in loosing weight, you need to have good persuasive reasons why you need to do it. Individuals who have these reasons are the ones succeed. Those who do not are the individuals who spend a long time fighting with their weight, never feeling entirely happy with themselves or their lives.
And so how do they get to this level of motivation to lose the weight and keep it off as well?
The answer is to find the reasons why you want to lose weight. Not merely any reasons, like “because I am overweight” or “because I should”.
You need reasons that electrify you and set your desire to accomplish them!
You have to come up with reasons that are altogether motivating and focusing. For instance, “If I don’t lose weight then I will die of a heart attack like my father did”. Now that’s for a motivating reason!
What motivates you is different from others. You have to come up with some extremely motivating reasons of your own.
Whatever reason that has a ‘should’ or a ‘had better’ connected to it is not motivating enough. Should and had better are not reasons, they are excuses! If you should do something then it means you don’t want to do it but feel obligate or guilt. That is not going to motivate you, will it?
What reasons do you have for losing weight?
Write down all the reasons why you must lose weight. Just write everything down, don’t stop, you can sort them out later.
Once you have written them all down, now phrase them in a really positive mode which provides you with persuasive motivation.
Pick out the top three to five reasons and write them out on a card or paper and stick it where you will see it every morning or carry it with you.
Is important that you read these reasons in the morning and in the evening everyday. The best time it just before bed and just after you get up. This will program your subconscious mind with your reasons and motivate you to lose weight permanently.
Once you start to do this every day you will find your motivation increase, dieting and exercising becoming easier and your weight virtually dropping off you.
If you could stand to lose a few pounds, there are many diet programs that you can read about online or in books that purport to help you get to a healthy weight. It is important, however, to use caution and consult with your doctor before you start on any weight loss program. Some diets are dangerous, and may cause harm to those who blindly follow them. The good news is that there are some safe, natural ways to lose weight and a few of these are presented in the list that follows.
1. Eat Pears
In an article published in March 2003 in the journal “Nutrition,” researchers reported that overweight, non-smoking women aged 30 to 50 who ate 3 pears a day for 12 weeks lost more weight than those who had a similar diet but did not eat pears. The average weight loss for the pear group was 2.7 pounds. Pears are a high-fiber food, and they contribute to the feeling of being full. Since you feel full, you are less inclined to overeat.
2. Daily Almonds
Reporting in the “International Journal of Obesity” in November 2003, researchers described their study in which a group of obese adults were able to achieve an 18% reduction in their weight after they ate three ounces of almonds every day for 24 weeks. The almonds were a supplement to a 1000 calorie per day liquid diet. The control group had the same 1000-calorie liquid diet, but instead of almonds they ate wheat crackers as a supplement. The control group achieved only an 11% reduction in weight.
3. Green Tea
According to Dr. Nicholas Perricone, medical researcher and author of the book “The Perricone Weight Loss Diet,” you can lose weight by regularly drinking green tea. If you are a coffee drinker, you can lose weight by replacing coffee with green tea, says Dr. Perricone. The weight loss may be the result of increased metabolic rate. The University of Maryland Medical Center advises, however, that if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney or liver problems or stomach ulcers, you should avoid green tea. In addition, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not drink green tea. You should consult your doctor if you have questions about the effects of green tea.
According to the Mayo Clinic, if you walk briskly every day for about 30 minutes, you can enhance the weight loss you get from decreasing your daily intake of calories. Walking is a natural form of exercise and just about everyone can safely enjoy it. If, however, you have been leading a sedentary life for a prolonged period of time, you should check with your doctor before you start any kind of walking regimen.
5. Drink More Water
In the December 2003 issue of “The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism,” researchers report that people who drink more water each day, can increase the rate at which they burn calories. According to the researchers, if you increase your daily intake of water by 1.5 liters, then over the course of one year you will burn 17,400 more calories than you would without increasing your consumption of water. This translates to a weight loss of about five pounds.
The many health benefits that you can derive by controlling your weight are well documented. In order to maintain a healthy weight, you don’t have to resort to complex diets. The natural weight loss methods discussed here are easy to implement, and can contribute to your overall well-being.
Donald Milford writes about finance, fitness & saving money at www.homeownersinsurance.org.