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Dr. Beth’s Top 7 Foods to Lose Weight!

BestWayOfLosingWeightWeightLossDid you know there are actually foods that use up more energy to prepare and digest than the calories they contain? Did you know that these food can fill you up and cause you to loose weight?

Did you know that these foods are called negative-calorie foods!

One of the most difficult challenges about trying to lose weight is hunger.
So what can you eat to help you feel full while losing more weight at the same time?

DUH!… eat more “negative-calorie” foods.

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But seriously, these negative-calorie foods actually take more energy to digest than the calories (energy) they deliver to your body. These foods are nutrient dense, providing all kinds of phytonutrients, yet they are not sources of fat-packing calories. Again, you expend more calories eating them than they deliver to your body.

Because of their virtual lack of calories, these foods can essentially be consumed in unlimited quantities without you gaining weight (body fat). This is 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), telling your brain to tell you to stop eating.

This is also why 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. 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 because they are rich in water, and as I mentioned before, water takes up space in your stomach.

All negative-calorie foods contain a lot of water locked in their complex fibrous matrix. Apples (not quite a negative-calorie food), grapes and watermelons are know as “water fruits” for this reason. Many vegetables are also called “water vegetables,” for the same reason. Celery for instance, is the classic example of a water-rich negative-calorie food.

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.

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

BestWayOfLosingWeightCelery1.) 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 no contributing calories, it does contain powerful nutrients that can be used as medicine. Celery juice is has a high concentration of anti-inflammatory nutrients and properties. One of those active constituents is known as apigenin, which is also indicated in reducing the risk of ovarian cancer as well.

BestWayOfLosingWeightLeafyGreens2.) Lettuce (and Other Leafy Greens)

Lettuce is very high in water. One cup of iceberg , romaine, spinach, arugula and most other leafy greens (cilantro, parsley, cabbage, bokchoy, kale, etc.) contains less than 10 calories, meaning you can munch on this to your heart’s delight and you’ll never gain an ounce of body fat.

Dark green leafy vegetables are, calorie for calorie, perhaps the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. They are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins. They also provide a variety of phytonutrients including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which protect our cells from damage and our eyes from age-related problems, among many other effects. Dark green leaves even contain small amounts of Omega-3 fats.

Greens have very little carbohydrates in them, but are high in fiber, which make them very slow to digest. That is why, in general, greens have very little impact on blood glucose.

When eating your greens, please understand: Dumping on 300 calories worth of fatty salad dressing changes everything!!! Salad dressing is mostly definitely NOT something that encourages weight loss. 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. Ranch tastes yummy, but for the purpose of weight loss… YUK!

Find other ways to eat your leafy greens…. steamed, in soups, smoothies or learn to enjoy them plain or with a bit of vinegar.

BestWayOfLosingWeightOnionGarlic3.) Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic contain less than 35 calories per half-cup and yet deliver tons of flavor, plus an amazing assortment of anti-cancer nutrients and immune-boosters.

BestWayOfLosingWeightKelpNoodles4.) 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. So don’t let them fool you either.

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

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

Look for kelp noodles at your local health food store or you can easily Google your nearest kelp noodle supplier. You will almost certainly find a number of places near you to purchase them, as they very popular in the nutrition and weight loss world.

BestWayOfLosingWeightCucumbers5.) Cucumbers

One cup of cucumbers contains only 16 calories. These are great to eat with a hint of sea salt, but also a great substitute for high calorie crackers! Try placing your favorite toppings on top of a round cucumber slice: Natural cheese, tuna salad, tomato (another negative calorie food) or onion.

If you love pickles, you are in luck, because if you find natural brands that don’t contain added sugar or artificial yellow food coloring chemicals, you can eat endless amounts of pickles too!

Other pickled foods you can eat unlimited amounts of are kimchi and raw sauerkraut as well. Many fermented foods are considered negative-calorie foods. Moreover, fermented foods are great for digestion and your digestive tract as a whole because of their probiotics.

BestWayOfLosingWeightGrapefruit6.) Grapefruit

Grapefruit technically isn’t quite a negative-calorie food, but it deserves mention for another reason. For starters, it’s still really 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 a daily essential!

Naringenin activates PPARs and blocks LXR-alpha which essentially means the liver behaves as if you were fasting, breaking down fatty acids instead of carbohydrates!

As a side note, and sadly, grapefruit juice does not offer the same benefits, especially if it’s pasteurized.

BestWayOfLosingWeightTomatoSalsa7.) Tomato Salsa!

Depending on the particular recipe, all the ingredients in salsa can easily be negative calorie foods to make a great tasting topper: tomatoes, onion, garlic,  jalapeno peppers, cayenne pepper… and the hotter the better.

The active ingredient capsaicin found in hot peppers increases your metabolic rate/the rate you burn calories, so by all means spice it up!!! It is almost always best to make your own! And just be careful WHAT you eat your salsa with! High calorie corn chips, and things like this will send you in the other direction in a hurry.

So there you have it. My top 7 foods to feel full and drop the pounds away!

Isn’t it nice to know you don’t have to starve yourself to reduce your calories?  Fill your grocery shopping cart with these foods, and you’ll be the healthier… and lighter for it!

For some incredible recipes on how to prepare dishes using these ingredient, check out my recipe book on sale by clicking the link below.

God Bless,

~Dr. Beth

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