Negative Calorie Diet

By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

The concept of a food with negative calories seems like a joke. Many fad diets are about foods with ‘magical’ properties, and many offer only very temporary weight loss solutions – and who can maintain a monotonous diet of only one or two foods?

There are no foods with a negative calorie value. However it can be possible to obtain a ‘negative’ calorie effect.

Negative Calorie Effect


Fibrous complex carbohydrates are generally good for us. The American Heart Association recommends that 55% of our daily calories should come from complex carbohydrates. Fiber (in the correct amounts) is good for the digestive process, helping food to be processed and eliminated efficiently (it keeps us running smoothly!) – and can prevent gastro-intestinal ailments.

the-negative-calorie-dietWhat is a fibrous complex carbohydrate? Green vegetables.

Green vegetables are low in calories. You can eat a lot of them without getting fat – yet at the same time the fibrous content can ‘fill you up’. There are some green vegetables in particular that are very low in calories.

Every food requires some energy in order to digest it (called the thermic effect of food). Some green vegetables may actually have some of their calories burnt up just to digest them. This is the “negative calorie” process.

Example Green Vegetables

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Zucchini (courgette)

Proponents of the Negative Calorie Diet suggest that eating a stick of celery (5 calories) will burn up 95 calories.

This is pure speculation and lacks scientific basis.

Weight Loss From Negative Calorie Diet

It is likely that all weight loss on the Negative Calorie Diet comes simply from consuming low calories. It is very unlikely that any diet consisting of a certain group of foods will have any ‘magical’ properties.

Fibrous vegetables are filling, very nutritious yet low in calories – any diet consisting of large portions of vegetables will aid in weight loss.

By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • Mrsgthang

    Hey I did lipotropic shots and lost about 25 lbs…. I stayed motivated and focused for at least two weeks but I began to cheat on the diet, lost weight but did not lose as much when I did it the right way!!!!

  • Frances

    The reason that Dr. Simeon’s says not to ijenct during your period is because your body actually produces HCG during the menstrual cycle. I may be wrong, anyone feel free to correct me. So ijencting on those days would be a waste of your HCG. Also, the more HCG in your system, the faster you become immune. If I were you I would go ahead and start loading now to get your normal fat reserves up and then start ijencting and loading for two more days after the period. I know I loading for a week this round, only because I have been on so many diets before and I wanted to make sure my normal fat reserves were full. I am on my 9th day now, and have not had even the slightest bit of hunger the whole week.See the first week is sometimes hard since you may get hunger pangs, that is why we load, so that our body can run off our normal fat for the first few days and keep us content until the hcg gets into our system and mobilizes the abnormal fat.Try to eat very high fat food, on my loading I had fried chicken, buttered biscuits, chocolate, donuts, peanut butter cups, chips, etc. LOL I feel so strange telling you to eat all that but enjoy it!Also, whenever I am in the kitchen I wear gloves, only because I live with 8 other people and there is no telling what has oil on it. That’s right, even a drop of oil touching your skin will keep you from losing the next day. Be careful! Check all spices and foods for any sugar, oil, sugar alcohol, or aspartame(BAD).As far as shampoo and conditioner, I am using the same I normally do. I have just reduced washing my hair to once or twice a week. I have curly hair so this is actually keeping my waves a bit more hydrated. The easiest thing is to just use your normal shampoo and conditioner and just wash your hair less. But expect to not lose on the day you shampoo and condition. Normal showers are fine though, with -bar soap with no oil in ingredients-, just rinse your hair with water or use a shower cap.Btw, you WILL gain a lot of weight on your load days but don’t worry, you will lose every ounce of it within the first few days! I have started the Dr. Simeon’s Protocol (original and only true HCG diet) about 5 times but different circumstances forced me to stop. I am finally able to do a full round, hopefully with no interuptions.It has been 9 days:I started at 178 (after loading)I am now at 165Round 1 Goal .148 or less ^_^A note, DO NOT freeze your HCG, no matter what anyone tells you. Just refrigerate. I lost a $70 bottle of HCG because I listened to someone else and froze it. HCG is very fragile and freezing ruins it.Also, we can have vinegar and cucumbers on the diet, so some people say that means we can also have pickles. I have them sometimes. It’s up to you, I have been losing fine. Just another thing you may consider if you get bored with your food.Another note , there is a diet soda called Zevia, that is sweetened with Stevia (a sweet plant). Zevia has no calories, no sugar, its all natural. I found a few cans at my local Whole Foods store for 99cents a can. I’ve had two cans in a week and a half, it tastes better than regular diet soda. Its nice to keep around for when you get a craving for soda. But don’t overdo it.Email me if you have any other questions, I have a lot of tips for ya! BIGGEST THING TO REMEMBER! WATER < TEA < COFFEE GET YOUR LIQUIDS IN and DONT EAT PAST 7PM (so your body has plenty of time to digest and flush out all the food and your weight in the morning will be correct)

    • elizabeth

      you’re on the wrong diet dude.. ive done both of these..both worked great for me.. shampoo and conditioner didnt make a difference..

  • justsomedude

    I started this diet after reading countless forums about the diet… If you havent actually tried it, you really shouldnt say it wont work or its a hoax or whatever… I did hardly any exercise at all and lost 10 pounds in the first six days on this diet. Im full all the time, not starving, and the weight just falls off. Im a 28 year old male weighing 215 pounds. excelent diet and I highly recommend it. Do keep in mind though that for the concept of negative calorie to work, all or most of the fruits and veggies must be eatin uncooked.

  • Cranky

    All you haters need to shut the f up!

    Please I’d love to get out of my wheelchair and take a walk…but since that isn’t going to happen, I look for foods I can eat that won’t make my situtation worse.

    So shut up! If you don’t have anything positive to say then keep your lame, ignorant comments to yourselves.

    You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

    • Read up on nutritions

      It’s quite simple really. The body needs fat, carbs, protein, vitamins and minerals to function and they all fulfill a purpose. With these diets it obviously doesn’t receive the nutrition needed. Although it might work for weight loss, there’s always a long-term draw back to any kind of diet that isn’t a well balanced one.

  • girlwithsense

    The best way to lose weight is to not read all of these diet ‘wonders’ on the internet, sitting at home, eating a bowl of chips on the side. Having a healthy diet that is full of nutrients, even fat, is the way to go. Exercise is crucial and people cannot expect to do no work and lose weight. That makes no sense. If work is a product of energy, and excess energy is fat, then doing no work will burn no energy and guess what, that leaves fat left over. If you want to lose weight, you have to stop cowering behind diets and get active about what you eat and what you do with your body for ANY GIVEN CHOICE , not just one day a week or for a few hours every other day/

  • JJ

    Wow can’t believe people are still buying into this stuff. If you want to lose weight you have to get off your butt and start exercising like nick suggests. And start eating properly. It’s not rocket science.

  • Nick

    This diet works for the amount of time your willing to eat so much green vegetables. I was raised to eat some with every meal. It’s difficult to get em’ everyday. ALTHOUGH, that doesnt mean you can’t. Diets aren’t just meant to keep your body healty, while you work out, diets should be an everyday thing. Just doing a diet and not working out will still make you lose weight but then you have all this extra skin (sorry if I gross anyone out), and it’s very unattractive. Work out by doing a nice jog, Eliptical, stairs, or go out for a nice bike ride. In some conditions some of these are difficult due to weather. I myself live in Illinois and Working out in the winter is the hardest. Just put forth the effort and you’ll lose weight and look fantastic! I myself use to weight 210 Lbs. Now I weight 185 Lbs! Happy dieting!

  • guywitharms

    By the way “guywithabs”, we all have abs, stupid.

  • Kimmy

    I Think That The “Neqative Calories” Does Work. I’ve Been Eating Fruits More For The Past Three Months And I’ve Dropped Almost 15lbs.! That Miqht Not Sound Like Alot To You but For Me Its Awsome.!!(: My Eatinq Habbits Didnt Really Chanqe At First But The More I Eat Fruits The Fuller I Get And Sometimes An Entire Meal Is Too Much For Me Too Eat. I Can Get Full Off A Hot N Spicey And Medium Fries From Mc Donalds…Thats Not Much But Thats Alot To Me. And Plus Fruits And Veggies Are Hiqh In Fiber So Duhh Of Course Your Gonna Lose Somethinq.!

  • Bethania

    i wanna try this diet xcept add lean meats, lo-fat dairy, and whole grains with lots of water and a vitamin supplement. Exercise 2!

  • your mom

    wow, u guys are angry

  • Angela

    Well, “GUY WITH ABS” I don’t believe you, there is no picture… you’re probably fat as hell.

  • Angela

    Well, ERIN, I am 18 years old, and just to stick up for the 15 year olds, we haven’t played with barbies and G.I. Joes in like, 10 years… if not longer, so why don’t you shut your fat ass up because obviously you don’t know what you’re talking about… and you really shouldn’t be giving “advise” to people either, because you can’t even correctly spell “advice”. But nice try… you should probably take a spelling class… :)

  • tuhok

    A doctor once told me “If you eat a ton of celery, you will weigh a ton.” The same is to be said about muscle weighing more than fat. A pound is a pound is a pound. The difference is that muscle is more condensed and is in a smaller mass for the same amount of weight, therefore you are smaller if you have more muscle than fat. Most negative calorie foods are natural, good for you and will promote weight loss, but balance and moderation of all food groups is key if you expect to stay on any food plan. So eat negative calorie foods, just not exclusively or the lbs will just return.

  • anonymous

    The “official” ebook is a total con! Do not buy this, its nothing you don’t know already!!

  • Anonymous

    OK, I am in college and I asked my NUTRITION PROFESSOR about this diet. Yes, a low protien diet will make you lose weight. But the weight that you lose is not from fat, it is from muscle. Muscle holds a lot of water weight so that is why you lose weight so fast. But when your body isn’t getting the 2000 calories a day it needs it starts breaking down muscles. Also, anyone on this diet will be defficient in fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K. Just think about it, you are completely eliminating 2 of the 3 main food sources. This is not a good diet!

  • JustMe

    Ally,

    Thank you SO much for the information! It totally makes sense. I have heard of that sort of thing before, but having it plainly explained helps.

    Thanks again, and take care! =)

  • JustMe

    “Guywithabs” – Get over yourself! How do YOU know you are in better shape than any of “us”. And if that were true, what the h*ll are you doing HERE?! Give me a break, dude! lol

  • guywithabs

    Hi, I’m 20, and in better shape than any of you. This is the most retarded “diet” I’ve ever seen. If you do this, I guarantee you’ll yo-yo back to and beyond your initial weight. And any weight you do lose on this “diet” will be water and muscle.

    • Satoshi

      Just eat greens. Meat is fine just make sure it is lean and not grseay and fitted between two highly caloric buns with mayo and fries on the side. Avoid empty carbs and go for complex carbs instead too.

  • Ally

    At the minute, im in the process of becoming a personal training and have just attended an non-medical nutrition course.

    The first point i have to make is that metabolism is the rate at which the body burn calories to maintain itself.

    You can increase your metabolic rate by taking up exercise. Lean muscle burns up alot of calories so take up some light weight bearing activities to build up lean muscles. The more lean muscle you have the more your body will burn calories at rest. Also, by doing cardiovascular exercise you will lose weight aswell. Moderation is the key.

    Indead, if you take up this diet (which i dont recommend) you will not only lose body FAT (yeah!) but you will also lose LEAN MUSCLES (no!)

    This is turn will decrease your metabolic rate more which you dont want to do.

    The reason why people lose weight on fad diets is because of the low calorie intake. Your body will literally, and i mean literally, begin to eats itself to stay alive (catabolism) taken from the term canabal. Your body will break down protein and your lean muscle which you need just to satisfy your body’s needs.

    Ok so the person has reached their desired goal on their restricted diet (say 1000 cals) and they return to eating normally (2500 cals). Because the body has lost some of its lean muscle, their metabolic engine has decreased. So instead of their body needing 2500 calories to maintain their new body mass, they might only need 2000. Thats an extra 500 cals that your body doesnt need as its metabolic engine doesnt burn up as many calories. So the body stores it as FAT.

    That is why people lose fat (and lean muscle) on fad diets but also put the weight back on and then some, thus, becoming harder to shift the weight that already you lost, so you go on another diet.

    By restricting your calorie intake, your body will go into starvation mode and ANYTHING you eat will be stored as fat because your body is preparing itself incase it happens again. This is why you should never use a fad diet as it is a nasty cycle that is hard to break.

    Hope this helps. :)

    Ally

  • Nic dias

    O and if anyone has suggestions of diets that have worked for them and they have kept the weight off and without health risks pls email me also.thank u

  • Nic dias

    To erin..i’m a 14 yr old child however i do agree with you.the children posting here are childish…people sometimes have to do whatever they can to lose weight..i will be trying this because i’ve been trying really hard to lose weight for a while now..have bad genes and a slow metabolism…thats is no excuse as i will work off my excess weight someway somehow…to all posters… i have a question..after this diet will my calorie intake be damaged? As in when i start eating normally again(not the unhealthy lifestyle as i used to but…but an average lifestyle of the occasion junk food with healthy food throughout the day) will i gain it back easier than i would if i lost it slowly on a diet losing about 1 or 2 pounds a week? Email me the answer at nic.dias07@yahoo.com…PLEASE help me with this!

  • erin

    I was wondering why a bunch of 15 year olds are trying to give advise on dieting and saying learing from EXPERIENCE what experience your a damn kid if u think fad diets are so bad then why are u on this site looking at these diets. Go back to barbies and G.I. Joes when u have a few children and cannot loose weight as easy as a 15 year old then come back.Just remember they all work all u need is DEDICATION.

  • b4real

    How do people not interested in dieting or this diet get to this page? I came here for information about this diet to see if I wanted to try it. And of course I read the comments, just wierd how there are alot of comments downgrading dieting(why are they here?). I think I’m gonna give it a shot because I’ve tried alot of diets that didnt work and I’m a very busy person with not much time for exercising and unfortunatly people do judge you on how you look. I’ll post my results in a month. Goodluck on your dieting!

  • oxide

    Everything in moderation, including moderation. Every one of these diets will work, in the short term. Problem is, you have to return to the real world at some point. I seriously doubt that people who claim they “can’t lose weight” with proper diet and exercise are really eating a “proper diet” or exercising. I was a fat kid, fat teenager, and fat in my early 20s. I gradually changed how I looked at food, and found exercises that I enjoy. Now I’m at a normal weight. It all comes down to will-power and moderation.

  • mike

    I’m 15 and varsity wrestler this diet isn’t good, I’ve never tried this and never will. All you really need is a good work out scheduale and a healthy eating habit.

  • Evangeline Saint claire

    Diets are the best thing since sliced bread :) “negative calorie foods” are good but you can’t eat them all the time joined with a balanced diet you should have a beach body in no time at all :P

  • 9shadowcat9

    I personally think diets are idiotic at best. Be happy with who you are and others will follow. I’m 16 and I know that from experience.

  • arclacrosse

    I’ve tried this diet as well and it does seem to work. You don’t have to cut everything else out of your diet to do it. You simply watch your portion size with everything else (something that I do anyway) and eat more of the “negative calorie” foods.

  • tesra

    yah.. I used to do this and I did it for about two to three weeks and lost about ten pounds =]
    it was great. I mean. it didn’t all stay off since obviously some was water weight, but I lost about 7-8 pounds and I felt so good and healthy. I tried not to eat all that I wanted thought. I simply ate 3-6 times a day and it worked very well. I have tried other stupid crap diets and this was teh one that helped me lose the most weight and keep it off. I am starting it again since yesterday and I feel better already :]

    • Chrystel

      You get sick if you lose weight too qulkciy. Try Weight Watchers diet, it’s easy and quick enough. In three week you lose a lot, you don’t get poisoned and you eat enough not to starve.

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