Monday, April 12, 2010

Negative Calorie Diet

Today I'm derailing this old wives tale the only way you can disprove anything. With scientific facts.

Almost everyone who watches the news or has a social circle at all has heard about these so called "negative calorie" foods. The concept propelling this deranged notion is that certain foods burn more calories in the act of digesting than the calories they contain. (e.g. if you were to eat a small helping of green beans that contained 30 calories but took 50 calories to digest, congrats because you just lost 20 calories.) This is an awesome idea. Mainly because if it were true you would only need to sit down in front of your T.V. and eat a bunch of food to become fit and skinny. But before you throw out all of your workout videos and exercise equipment I have some bad news. This diet if absolutely bogus. There is no such thing as a negative calorie food. Water has zero calories, diet soda has zero calories, and there are artificial sweeteners that have zero calories, but unfortunately food has calories.

Every lie is approximately half true. So lets separate the truth that lives within the fallacy.

Digesting, absorbing, and transporting the food you eat only accounts for ten percent of the calories used in a day. This means if you eat 2,000 calories your body will burn somewhere around 200 calories that day from digesting the foods. Here's where the line between truth and fiction get close when speaking about negative calorie diets. If you start eating what they are calling negative calorie foods like; asparagus, broccoli, spinach, cucumber, etc...nothing will change if you keep eating high calorie foods along with them, although these are foods that are substantially lower in calories. By replacing higher calorie foods like McDonald's with fruits and vegetables you are knocking down one of the doors that will lead to fit body. Keep in mind it is vitally important to eat healthy fats from sources like olive oil, nuts, fish, and lean animal fats are even okay in moderation. These fats contain essential nutrients that are key to a healthy functioning human being. Limit your intake of high amounts of saturated fats, simple carbohydrates, high fructose corn syrup, sugary foods, and salt. Diets that are high in these three things often have unhealthy cardiovascular systems, are at a higher risk of developing certain types of diabetes and high blood pressure. This doesn't mean don't eat any of them. It means limit your intake. Don't eat steak, french fries, and a milk shake to wash it down with seven days a week. You're not going to get healthy this way.

Exercise is key.

Since there are no such things as magic vegetables that burn tons of calories for you it's extremely important that you take measures to boost your bodies natural calorie burning system. The metabolism. Exercise 30 minutes everyday. You don't have to jog like Rocky Balboa to get into shape. Start by walking 10 minutes at a time, three times a day.

Persistence is your golden ticket to a fit body.

Cut back on the sugar, ridiculas amounts of saturated fats, (mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats are much healthier for you), simple carbohydrates, and high fructose corn syrup (it's in soda pop, I recommend quitting the habit of soda altogether, drink water instead). Follow the preceding advice and you won't need any diet plans, books, videos, or other nonsense. Three simple rules will be the chisle that sculps your new body.
1. Replace junk food snacks like chips, candy bars, donuts etc, with healthy snacks like vegetables and fruits. By replace I mean stop eating the junk foods. Not eat them with the fruits and vegetables. Healthier Foods.
2. Be conscious of what your intake of fats, sugars, and simple carbohydrates actually are. A book I recommend looking at is Fueling up with the right foods helps you stay energized.
3. Exercise, exercise, exercise. Get out of the house. Go for a walk, play catch with the kids, your dog, your neighbors kids, your neighbors dog. The point is, get out and go do something. Follow these simple steps and not only will your body be healthier you'll notice an enormous change in your mood as well.
Good Luck