• The Top Five Negative-Calorie Health Foods That Burn Fat While Making You Feel Full

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    How do you
    eat more while losing more weight at the same time? One of the best
    answers is to eat “negative-calorie” foods, meaning that these foods
    actually take more energy to digest than they deliver to your body.
    While these foods may be an important source of phytonutrients,
    they are not sources of fat-packing calories.

    Because of
    their surprising lack of calories, these foods can essentially be
    consumed in unlimited quantities without you gaining weight
    (body fat). That works because your stomach senses when it is physically
    full, and it will trigger your brain to stop eating when you can’t
    handle more food. You know that “I feel stuffed” feeling? That’s
    your stomach (which has its own complex nervous system, by the way),
    telling your brain to tell you to stop eating.

    This is why,
    believe it or not, the simple act of drinking a glass of water
    before each meal is a proven weight loss strategy. It fills your
    belly with water, thereby reducing the amount of space left for
    other foods. So your stomach gets full more quickly, triggering
    the “stop eating” signals in your brain.

    Eating an
    apple before each meal also works in much the same way. This is
    true even though apples are not negative-calorie foods. But they
    are rich in water, and water takes up space in your stomach.

    In fact, that’s
    the common property among all negative-calorie foods: They all
    contain a lot of water
    locked in a fibrous matrix. Apples are
    essentially “water fruits,” as are grapes and watermelons (hence
    the name). Many vegetables are also “water vegetables,” meaning
    that they’re loaded with water. Celery, for example, is the classic
    example of a water-rich negative-calorie food (see below).

    As you read
    this list, remember that all foods contain calories, and
    that the term “negative-calorie food” is a bit of a misnomer. It
    refers to the effective net calories subtracted from your
    body through the preparation, eating, digestion and elimination
    of these foods. In other words, you expend more calories eating
    them than they deliver to your body.

    The upshot
    is that the more water you consume in your foods, the more
    quickly you’ll feel full and stop eating. Water, it turns
    out, is the most effective appetite control substance in the world.

    So here’s
    the list of the five best negative-calorie foods that you can enjoy
    every day as part of a healthy weight loss diet:

    #1) Celery

    One cup of
    celery (120g) contains only 19 calories. It takes far more than
    19 calories to prepare, eat, digest and eliminate this one cup of
    celery, and that’s what qualifies it as a negative-calorie food.
    You can eat as much celery as you want, and you won’t gain body
    fat.

    Even though
    celery contains effectively no contributing calories, it does contain
    powerful medicine. Celery juice is a powerful anti-inflammatory
    medicine
    , and one of the active constituents in celery –
    apigenin
    – slashes the risk of ovarian cancer, too.

    Celery juice
    is fantastic for your health, but if you want to feel more full,
    eat whole celery with simple seasonings (see below).

    #2) Lettuce,
    onions and greens

    Lettuce is basically
    just structured water locked into a vegetable matrix. One cup
    of typical iceberg lettuce contains just 8 calories, meaning
    you can munch on this to your heart’s delight and you’ll never gain
    an ounce of body fat.

    Much the same
    is true with onions, which contain only 64 calories per cup
    and yet deliver an amazing assortment of anti-cancer
    nutrients
    and immune-boosting medicine.

    Virtually
    all salad greens are “negative-calorie” foods, meaning you can eat
    as many of them as you want. But be careful: Slopping on 300 calories
    worth of oily salad dressing changes the entire equation. While
    lettuce by itself is a negative-calorie food, salad dressing is
    mostly definitely NOT. In fact, salad dressings are often loaded
    with cheap soybean oils and even MSG (monosodium glutamate), a chemical
    taste enhancer linked to neurological damage and obesity. MSG is
    almost always found in “Ranch” flavor dressings, in particular.

    #3) Kelp noodles

    Eating noodles
    is not normally known as a way to lose weight. That’s because traditional
    noodles are made with calorie-rich starches derived from grains like
    wheat. But even spelt noodles, brown rice noodles and quinoa noodles
    still contain a lot of calories.

    That’s why
    kelp noodles are so amazing: They’re made out of sea kelp,
    and they’re packed with water. Yet they perform amazingly well in
    soups, raw noodle dishes and even Italian-style dishes like spaghetti.

    Kelp noodles
    contain just 6 calories per serving, and yet they take up
    a lot of physical space in your belly, contributing to that “full”
    feeling that reminds you to stop eating.

    You may be
    able to find kelp noodles at your local health food store. You can
    also find them at the
    NaturalNews Store
    , where we’ve just introduced them to readers
    who have replied with an overwhelmingly positive response. I’ve
    personally been eating these kelp noodles as part of my own health
    maintenance program. For example, during the week between Christmas
    and New Year’s Day, I went on a juice fast that involved
    drinking fresh vegetable juice every morning, then eating steamed
    broccoli and cabbage with kelp noodles every evening.

    It was a very
    cleansing and healthful experience. I also used several key supplements
    such as Oxy-Powder from Ed Group’s Global Healing Center (www.GlobalHealingCenter.com)
    to help speed my cleansing.

    Kelp noodles
    are also great for adding substance to light soups or vegetable
    broths. They make a broth eat like a full soup (and they make you
    feel full, too).

    #4) Pickles

    Pickles are, of
    course, made from cucumbers, and cucumbers are themselves a
    “negative-calorie food” because they’re so sparse in calories. One
    cup of cucumbers contains a mere 16 calories.

    Does that
    mean one cup of pickles contains 16 calories, too? Well, not exactly.
    You have to watch out for the sugar content in some brands of pickles.
    Just pickling cucumbers in vinegar, water and spices won’t add any
    calories, but a lot of today’s most popular pickle brands contain
    added sugar. This typically adds only a slight amount of calories
    to the food. Dill pickles made from cucumbers, for example, have
    17 calories per cup.

    So they’re
    still a negative-calorie food because it takes more than 17 calories
    to consume and digest them. If you’re looking to lose body fat or
    maintain a healthy weight, eat all the pickles you want.

    Beware, however,
    of this: Many pickles are made with artificial yellow food coloring
    chemicals
    . In fact, I recently checked this out at the grocery
    store and found that 95% of the pickles sold there were contaminated
    with FD&C Yellow #5
    . This chemical should be avoided by everyone
    – especially children.

    So only buy
    natural pickles made without the yellow #5 food coloring!

    By the way,
    speaking of pickled foods, you can also eat unlimited kimchi
    and raw sauerkraut
    as those are also negative-calorie fermented
    foods (they’re actually good for your digestive tract because of
    all the probiotics they contain).

    #5) Grapefruit

    Grapefruit
    technically isn’t a negative-calorie food, but it deserves mention
    for another reason as you’ll soon see. For starters, it’s still
    fairly low in calories, delivering only 74 calories per cup.

    But the best
    part is that grapefruit contains naringenin, an antioxidant
    derived from the bitter flavor of grapefruits, which triggers the
    liver to break down fat. So as part of a fat-loss strategy, grapefruit
    is truly essential to your daily diet!

    Fascinating
    research about the fat-reducing properties of grapefruit was just
    published in the online journal PLoS
    . It shows that naringenin
    activates two kinds of PPARs (dubbed PPAR-alpha and PPARy) and blocks
    LXR-alpha – resulting in fasting-type benefits to the
    body.

    “It is a process
    which is similar to the Atkins diet, without many of the side effects,”
    Martin L. Yarmush, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Center for Engineering
    in Medicine and one of the paper’s authors, said in a media statement.
    “The liver behaves as if fasting, breaking down fatty acids instead
    of carbohydrates.”

    To get more
    grapefruit into my diet, I like to peel it, remove the seeds, then
    blend the whole grapefruit into a fruit smoothie. This is
    how I get the white grapefruit inner skin, too. And that contains
    the best medicine of the grapefruit!

    Drinking so-called
    “grapefruit juice” does not offer the same benefits, especially
    if it’s pasteurized. Only raw grapefruit that includes the
    white inner skin (the bitter part) offers these health benefits.

    Don’t forget
    full-spectrum sea salt

    Believe it
    or not, full-spectrum salt (not processed salt) is actually a kind
    of negative-calorie substance. I’m including it as an addition to
    the list of five for reasons you’ll see below.

    There’s a
    lot of mythology surrounding salt that needs to be dispelled here.
    First off, I’m not talking about processed white salt (sodium chloride).
    That’s a dietary poison and should never be consumed. Only full-spectrum
    salt that’s rich in sea minerals can be considered real food.
    In fact, many food cravings are really just cravings for
    minerals.

    All land animals
    (and humans) have an innate biological need for real salt. That’s
    why animals go crazy over salt licks. It’s also why deer
    wander onto the roadways when they’re salted in the winter. Land
    animals need salt, just like you and I. When we lack the trace minerals
    found in salt, we get cravings for salt.

    Many cravings
    for salty snack foods are really just your brain telling you to
    eat more salt
    . And yet the salt used in processed foods isn’t
    real salt – it’s fake salt; a shadow of real salt that lacks
    the trace minerals found in real salt.

    So if you’re
    craving chips or salty snack foods, you’re probably deficient in
    real salt minerals and need to correct your nutritional deficiency.
    So sprinkling full-spectrum salt on your meals (steamed veggies,
    smoothies, etc.) can actually satisfy your cravings and reduce
    your consumption of unhealthful snack foods.

    That’s why
    full-spectrum salt is, for many people, an effective “negative-calorie”
    substance; because in those who are mineral deficient, eating full-spectrum
    salt can ease cravings by satisfying your body’s desire for minerals.

    However, if
    you show symptoms of high blood pressure, be sure to check with
    your naturopathic physician before adding salt to your diet. Most
    people consume far too much (processed) salt and need to drastically
    reduce their consumption of it before adding full-spectrum salt
    to their diets.

    Some recommended
    full-spectrum salts include Royal Himalayan pink crystal salt, Celtic
    sea salt and other truly natural brands. Watch out for cheap “sea
    salt” at your grocery store – it turns out that any salt can
    claim to be “sea salt” even if it’s highly processed white salt.
    The thing to look for in salt is the color of the salt. Real
    salt will look pinkish, sandy or brown. The “dirtier” the color
    of the salt, the more real it is. The whiter it looks, the less
    healthy it is, just as in white bread versus wheat bread.

    Feel full
    and drop the pounds anyway!

    To summarize,
    then, here are the five negative-calorie foods that may help you
    feel full while greatly reducing your caloric intake:

    • Celery
    • Lettuce,
      onions and greens
    • Kelp noodles
    • Pickles,
      kimchi and sauerkraut
    • Grapefruit
      .. and the additional item of:
    • Full-spectrum
      sea salt

    Isn’t it nice
    to know you don’t have to starve yourself to reduce your calories?
    Just eat more of these negative-calorie foods and you’ll
    get the benefits of calorie restriction with all the suffering.
    Fill your grocery-shopping cart with these foods, and you’ll be
    the healthier for it!

    Watch for more
    healthy tips and strategies here on NaturalNews. And be sure to
    check out some of the amazing juicing videos on www.NaturalNews.TV

    For example,
    watch
    this video
    to learn a cool recipe for making fresh, healing
    juice right in your own kitchen.

    Reprinted
    with permission from Natural
    News
    .

    Mike Adams is a natural health author and award-winning
    journalist. He has authored and published thousands of articles,
    interviews, consumers’ guides, and books on topics like health and
    the environment. He is the editor of Natural
    News
    .

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