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Effective weight loss strategy: Five 'negative calorie' foods revealed

Effective weight loss strategy: Five 'negative calorie' foods revealed Photo: What to eat for weight loss (

A nutritionist has shared a list of five foods with a negative caloric value that should be included in one's diet to accelerate weight loss, according to Gloucestershire Live.

What is 'negative-calorie' foods

Negative caloric value refers to when the body expends more energy digesting a certain food than it receives from it. All foods have caloric content (i.e., energy value). However, some foods have low caloric content — their nutritional value is typically up to 30 kcal per 100 g.

Though technically, no food has negative calories, this concept applies to foods with very low caloric and high water and fiber content, forcing your body to work harder to digest them.

This process can create a calorie deficit, which benefits weight loss. Nutritionist Guna Bilande explained how this works.

Products that have negative caloric value


Celery is the quintessential example of negatively calorie food. It contains only 16 calories per cup, is full of water and fiber.

Celery is ideal for snacking or as a crunchy addition to salads. Combine it with low-fat protein such as cheese or hummus for a satisfying and nutritious snack.


Cucumbers are a great addition to any diet thanks to its high water content and minimal calorie count. They contain about 16 calories per cup and are excellent for hydration.

"They can be added to salads, used as a base for smoothies, or enjoyed as a refreshing snack with a sprinkle of salt and lemon juice," noted the dietician.


Not only does grapefruit contain few calories, but it is also rich in vitamin C and powerful antioxidants; half a fruit contains about 52 calories. Consuming grapefruit before meals can help control appetite and reduce overall calorie intake.

It's a fantastic fruit to include in your breakfast or as a snack throughout the day.


This vegetable requires more calories to digest than it provides, but it also offers a generous portion of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, with approximately 31 calories per cup.

"Broccoli is great when steamed or added to stir-fries," said Guna.

Combine it with lean protein such as grilled chicken or fish.


Berries are rich in fiber and antioxidants and extremely low in calories, making them ideal sweet treats.

Berries effectively satisfy sweet cravings while maintaining low-calorie consumption. Enjoy them, add them to yogurt, or blend them into smoothies for delicious and nutritious desserts.

Including foods with negative caloric value in your diet is a simple and effective weight-loss strategy combined with a balanced diet and regular physical activity.

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