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If you want to burn fat and lose weight safely, why not take advantage of some of nature's most perfect foods? These are foods that not only taste great, but work with your body to burn fat and accelerate your weight loss at the same time.
These are called "negative calorie foods" because of the way your body processes them. By eating negative calorie foods, you actually burn fat and see weight loss because your body burns more calories digesting these foods than you actually take in from eating them.
In other words, a dessert containing 450 calories may only take 150 calories for your body to digest. So you have a net gain of 300 calories. But a fresh vegetable that has around 50 calories will take your body 100 calories to digest. So you are burning 50 more calories than you are taking in, resulting in a "negative" caloric intake of 50 calories.
What is a perfect example? An apple. Not only is an apple tasty and good for you (an apple a day, remember) but a medium sized apple puts about 100 calories into your system.
However, you burn around 130 to 150 calories to digest the apple; so you are burning more calories through digestion of the apple than you are taking in from eating it. You actually have a negative caloric intake from eating the apple.
There are several excellent negative calorie foods that you should try and incorporate into your diet on an everyday basis if you want to burn fat and lose weight. And not surprisingly, these foods are some of the healthiest foods you can eat when it comes to weight loss.
However, don't design a diet using only negative calorie foods. That would not only be boring, but unhealthy for you as well. Why not try and incorporate negative calorie foods as a supplement to what you would normally eat on a daily basis?
For example, instead of that baked potato, why not have some extra broccoli, spinach, or some other leafy greens instead? Substitute that high sugar cereal with some yogurt and fresh blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries.
And everyone has heard of the "grapefruit diet"; the grapefruit diet works because it is another negative calorie food. Sweeten the tartness of grapefruit with a little cinnamon (which helps bump up your metabolism as well).
Substitute salmon for that steak or prime rib; not only is salmon high in protein and omega 3 fats (the good fat), but it is another great negative calorie food that your body craves. And grilled salmon is one of the best tasting fish recipes available to you.
Nuts are a great substitute for candy; replace those Hershey kisses with a handful of almonds or cashews. Nuts are a great source of vegetable protein, and they boost the immune system as well as lowering bad cholesterol levels.
Also, replace those sodas with some green tea. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, and has a high thermogenic effect which cranks up your metabolism to help burn fat and lose weight as well. And there is no special green tea you need to get at some health food store. Simple green tea you find at the grocery store will work just fine. If you can't take the taste of green tea, try some green tea extract available in pill form in the vitamin aisle. Just make sure that you get the 500 mg or higher tablets to get the full benefits of the antioxidants in green tea.
Or try the old standby of simply adding some fresh squeezed lemon to a glass of water. Most citrus fruits are negative calorie foods, and they have a full complement of nutrients that your body needs.
Try and experiment with adding at least one negative calorie food to every meal. You are not going to drop 20 pounds overnight; but over time you will see results in your quest to burn fat and lose weight.
And it will also be a healthy weight loss, since most negative calorie foods are good for your body in the first place.
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