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Negative Calorie Foods – Eat Them to Lose Weight

negative calorie foods

What are Negative Calorie Foods?

Well, technically they don’t exist. Negative calorie foods are what I call particular foods that are low calorie, high fiber, and nutrient dense. You should be eating as many negative calorie foods as you can stomach.

Take broccoli for example. Considered by most to be a superfood. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals, fiber and phytonutrients. All of this, and a serving a broccoli only has a couple carbohydrates.

I don’t count fiber as carbohydrates or calories because they move through the digestive track undigested. However, it still takes energy to move this fiber through your body, and it also takes energy to digest the food in the first place.

This whole process from beginning to end takes more than the 8 calories per serving to digest a large plate of broccoli. And because of this, I consider broccoli and many other vegetables to be negative calorie foods. Foods you can eat and not count calories. Foods that aren’t going to make you fat. Foods that are packed with nutrients. Eat as much as you want.

List of Negative Calorie Foods:

  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Green Beans
  • Spinach
  • Cauliflower
  • Arugula
  • Mixed Greens
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce

Eat these negative calorie foods, and eat them in large quantities. They are great dieting foods because they are bulky and fill up your stomach – making you feel less hungry. And you don’t really have to worry about your calorie intake eating them, as they are so low calorie and nearly impossible to overeat.

  • Terri

    Great list of vegies; happy that I love most of them. I do have a question that wasn’t addressed in the article. Does cooking affect the amount of calories required for digestion of these vegies?

    • Coach Calorie

      That’s an interesting question Terri, and one that I don’t have a definitive answer on. I’ve researched how nutrients react to heat and cooking, but never the energy required to digest food based on whether it’s been cooked or not. That’s something I’ll look into.

  • Jeannette Laframboise

    Thank goodness there are some foods that we can eat as much as we want whenever we choose. Too bad chocolate wasn’t one of those foods…I have always loved vegetables and could eat them constantly and in fact, I regularly eat all of the ones on your list above. They taste way better than chocolate anyway, right? Just teasing….great post!

  • Debbie

    Love the list of these awesome vegetables! Of course they are great for weight loss, and overall healthy lifestyle!

  • Antria

    What about zucchini, aubergines and pumpkins? Are they also ‘negative’ calorie vegetables? Great Post by the way!

    • Coach Calorie

      I wouldn’t quite consider them ‘negative’ calorie. Anything you eat is going to count towards your calorie intake, but it’s nearly impossible to overeat these foods. The foods you listed do have calories in them that will make a difference in your energy metabolism, so you’ll still want to be mindful of your intake.