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Negative Calorie Diet

Negative Calorie Diet

Some foods make your body burn more calories, leaving you with a negative balance.

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Can you really get a positive from a negative? More specifically, is there such a thing as negative calorie foods? The Negative Calorie Diet is centered on the idea that certain foods create a negative calorie effect. What happens is that certain foods require your body to burn more calories than the food actually has itself. This isn't an approach without debate. Critics spurn the idea of foods being called "negative calorie" and that there is a need for positive caloric foods for your body's energy needs. They also say, rightly, that there is no scientific evidence to back most of these assertions.

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  • The Negative Calorie Diet promotes consumption of vitamin- and nutrient-rich foods
  • The Negative Calorie Diet is more a theory than one focused plan with one particular website or "inventor" backing it
  • It lacks scientific support

You will concentrate on plant-based foods such as celery, green cabbage, asparagus, watermelon, pineapple, grapefruit, and papaya.


The book, Foods That Cause You to Lose Weight: The Negative Calorie Effect by Neil Barnard talks about some of the benefits of exercise, including appetite control, but mostly centers around the diet.


Foods that are high in fiber are a very important part of a healthy diet. But that doesn't mean you need to exclude other nutrient-rich foods. It doesn't look favorably at meat-eating, which in moderation is perfectly fine. In general, it seems a bit too restrictive to be recommended above other much more open-minded diet routines.

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bob edwards


meat is protein. protein builds/sustains
muscle. Eliminating meat eliminates protein. Could the weight loss from this
diet be muscle loss? there is no (complete) protein in fruits or veggies.

posted Aug 16th, 2010 8:22 pm



I think this diet is amazing. I started today but will be eating 1 egg and 1 glass of milk every day in addition to the diet so it isn't as unhealthy.

posted Apr 24th, 2010 8:27 am



I was on this diet for a while and absoluetely loved it I lost around 25 lbs, Unfortunatly the college lifestyle makes it tricky to get a hold of fruits and veggies for quick meals.

posted Sep 18th, 2009 6:50 pm



I lost weight and gain back very quick , it's good for near occasions

posted Aug 2nd, 2009 5:38 am



I only eat fruit and veg anyways so losing weight with it is a plus!

posted May 2nd, 2009 4:42 pm



i tried the negative calorie diet eating only fruits and vegetables that were permitted and excercised daily. The results I received were awesome! I've lost 12 lbs already.

posted Mar 31st, 2009 8:05 pm



Neil Barnard is hugely recognized in the field of health and wellness and with his book I have found new ways of bringing health and nutrition back into my diet without sacrificing a whole lot. For a one time price I feel I have gotten good information to pass to my family!

posted Oct 4th, 2008 11:57 pm



I went to the library to pick up the book that corresponds to this diet and found that the diet changes totally made sense. For only a fraction of the cost of most diets i got some good information and am a huge fan of Neil Barnard

posted Oct 4th, 2008 11:55 pm



I am a meat-eater so the fact that this diet requires you to limit or eliminate the amount of meat you eat is not ok with me. I'll find a diet elsewhere that is more flexible

posted Oct 4th, 2008 11:52 pm


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