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Negative calorie foods can be eaten as often as you want without having to feel an ounce of guilt. Finally, the saying "eat to live, don't live to eat," can be reversed.

Live to eat

Negative calorie foods take more energy to chew and digest than they actually contain, so you'll never have to worry about eating these foods in large quantities or gaining weight from them. They also contain ample amounts of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. Next time you're in the mood for a snack, reach for one of these foods instead of that bag of chips, which we all know does more harm than good.



One cup of celery contains less than 20 calories. It's rich in fiber, full of water and can even help reduce the risk of ovarian cancer. By the time you prepare, wash, eat and digest it, the 20 calories — and then some — will be long gone.

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Lettuce contains a mere 8 calories per cup. Essentially, lettuce is water — making it impossible to gain weight from eating it. Richer greens — such as romaine — have the same amount of calories but also contain iron and magnesium. Next time a salad is offered at dinner, don't skip out! It will help fill you up without adding unnecessary fat and calories — just make sure to choose a low-fat dressing.


Pickles and cucumbers

Cucumbers have 15 calories per cup and pickles have just 17 (assuming there's no sugar added). Make sure to eat the skin since that contains all the fiber. The rest of the cucumber is mostly water and lacks vital vitamins and nutrients. Still, at so few calories, you can consume as many as you'd like guilt-free.



So healthy it's even got its own diet named after it, grapefruit is known to reduce bloating by flushing water through the body. Though it does contain calories, it also contains an antioxidant known as naringenin, which triggers the liver to break down fat.

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Apples are filling, healthy and will satisfy your sweet-tooth craving. Apples typically contain 100 calories for a medium-sized one and take 120 to digest. Apples also contain vitamin C, plenty of antioxidants and can help lower cholesterol.



This nutrient-rich vegetable has just 25 calories in half a cup. It contains vitamin A, vitamin C, both soluble and insoluble fiber, folic acid and calcium. It controls high blood pressure and can help prevent colon cancer. Even if you're not looking to lose weight, broccoli is worth eating for all the other benefits it provides.



Lemons cleanse the body and can add flavor to a rather dull meal. Put some in warm water and drink in the morning to jump-start your metabolism for the day. Lemons also promote immunity and fight infections, with research confirming they even protect against a variety of poisons.



Like lemons, garlic adds flavor to food without adding calories. It reduces cholesterol and contains mustard oils, which help wash out fat cells from the body. If you're not a huge fan of garlic, dice it up extra small to minimize the flavor.


Watermelon and mangoes

Both watermelon and mangoes consist of mostly water. Watermelon has just 80 calories per cup and one whole mango has about 150 calories. Both are high in sugar though, so consider eating to satisfy a sweet craving instead of as a way to burn extra calories.



Asparagus, like grapefruit, flushes water out of the body by acting as a diuretic. It contains a chemical that helps break down fat cells and can reduce body fat overall. Not only does asparagus act as a fat repellant, it also is used for anti-aging purposes, protects against cancer and can reduce pain and inflammation.

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Comments on "10 Negative calorie foods"

G March 07, 2014 | 8:43 PM

I can't believe this crap is spreading around the internet. IT IS NOT REAL. There is NO MAGICAL food to eat. If you want to lose weight, EAT RIGHT AND EXERCISE. That is the only way. That is IT.

ryan January 27, 2014 | 12:52 PM

This article is totally false, no food is 'calorie negative' Celery has a thermic effect of around 8%, much less than the 100% or more required for a food to have "negative calories" A stalk of celery provides 6 calories to the body, but the body expends only half of a single calorie digesting it. The only truly negative calorie beverage is ice water, which has no calories but requires the body to expend a very small amount of energy to raise the liquid to body temperature.

Brenda February 19, 2013 | 6:15 PM

You are telling me if I am on a 1500 calorie diet. I do not have to count these in my food tally of calories?

H January 08, 2013 | 7:36 AM

Great reminder, thank you! I love all of these foods, just can't eat grapefruit due to meds.

Katie January 04, 2013 | 7:47 PM

Awesome read. I actually ate mostly just these foods when I was trying to lose my pregnancy weight. All of it was gone within a month. I credit a lot of that to eating tons of celery, salads and grapefruit.

Allison January 03, 2013 | 2:08 PM

Thanks, this was just the motivation I needed to start eating more fruits and vegetables! Even though we have all heard the health benefits of these foods repeated a million times it helps to have it reiterated. I am going to forward this article to my friend who is looking for proof that the “eat all you want and still lose weight” diet really exists.

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