Sunday, May 22, 2011

Zero Calorie Food

Is zero-calorie food for real? Are these foods effectively so low in calories that you would require more calories to digest them? Several myths abound about these foods that create a deficit in your calorie budget and ultimately help you lose weight. If only weight loss were that easy. Here's taking a look at these so-called zero-calorie foods and why they're a myth at best.

Busting the “Negative-Calorie Food” or "Zero-Calories" Myth 

Other than the foods which have been prepared to be calorie-free, such as sugar substitutes, almost ALL foods have some amount of calories. But nutritionists accept the fact that some foods may require more energy and effort from our digestive systems. However, digesting low-calorie foods like cucumbers or celery is not going to alter your weight by as much as you'd like. You will need to eat them in large quantities if you aim to live healthy, and supplement them with several other foods to cover your body's nutritional requirements. In doing this, you'll still accumulate more calories than you can burn if you rely on diet alone.

Zero to Winning Calories

It is commonly perceived that many vegetables and fruits such as apple, cucumber, onions, capsicum and cauliflowers, to name a few, are 'zero calorie foods'. But the fact is that these fruits and vegetables have other benefits and are ‘nutrition dense’ foods. Nutrition dense foods are the food items that contain comparatively less amount of calories when compared to the high levels of nutrients present in them.

In addition, they can also help you lose weight. They are as filling as high calorie food items and will keep you satisfied for a longer period of time.

If your goal is to lose weight or maintain your lost weight, then start by snacking on fruits, adding them to sandwiches, smoothies and desserts. Experts say that this doesn't 'trick' your body into a calorie discrepancy; however it can aid you in feeling full and content while still eating less amount of calories and getting lots of minerals, vitamins and other essential nutrients.

One of the universally healthy and well known 'zero calorie' beverage is water. Substitute sugar-sweetened beverages with water, and save on thousands of calories each day.  

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