There are foods that make you fatter and foods that make you skinnier. What's the difference? The foods that make you fatter take minimal energy to burn. They are immediately processed and stored as fat. Foods that make you skinnier are actually foods that speed up metabolism by using up more energy to digest them.
Negative Calorie Foods
These foods that speed up metabolism are called “negative calorie foods". Now, these foods do not have some magical properties to just erase the number of calories in your body and write a new, lower number. Wouldn't that be nice?
Instead, what these foods do is make your body work harder when digesting them. These foods possess a low amount of calories to begin with but are full of fibrous materials that the body cannot easily break down.
Burn More Calories
What this means is that your body creates more energy to turn the food into fuel (burns more calories) than the total amount of calories in the food to begin with. Thus, there is a negative amount of calories; you've used enough energy to burn off the calories of the food you ate PLUS some! Your body then has to use stored fat to convert into energy to finish the digestion process. In turn, you speed up your metabolism.
Did I lose you? Here's a specific example. We'll keep it simple.
Say you eat a half of a grapefruit that contains 40 calories and it takes your body 90 calories to digest it. You have used all 40 of the grapefruit's calories PLUS 50 calories from stored fat resulting in an overall calorie loss.
It works the opposite for most of us. We eat a decadent chocolate brownie that contains 175 calories but our body only uses 75 calories to digest it. We now have GAINED 100 calories to be stored as fat for later use. Problem is, unless you are exercising regularly to actually USE those calories, they're going to just sit there around your waist accruing like the interest of a retail credit card until one day it will hit you and you'll wonder, “where did this thing COME from?!"
So to get you started with negative calorie foods that speed up metabolism, I have created an extensive list consisting of mostly fruits and vegetables. Add these to your menu and you will begin to see and feel the natural changes in your body.
Salads - lettuce, carrots cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, onion, and radish; go easy on the dressing. Use toppings like raisins or sunflower seeds sparingly.
Steamed veggies as a side dish - broccoli, carrots, onion, cauliflower, cabbage, asparagus, green beans, spinach, zucchini; flavor with garlic.
Fruit cup - strawberries, apple slices, cranberries, mango, orange, pineapple, raspberries, tangerine, papaya, grapefruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon.
Smoothies - any combination of the fruits above mixed with ice or low fat frozen yogurt. Remember, you can also use these fruits in their juice form but fresh-squeezed is better than juice from concentrate.
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