Okay I am curious to what fellow Paleo's out there think about the idea of negative calorie foods? When counting calories, can I count everything EXCEPT live raw foods such as baby carrots, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, jicama, etc? I'm trying to eat low calorie during the week days, and have one day of freedom on Sunday (still with Paleo foods of course) but was wondering if I should count those raw foods towards my calories during the week days or if they actually are negative calorie and shouldn't be worried about? For those of you who don't believe in counting calories and are shaking their head at me, I'm doing this because I find when I don't, my weight can go up a few or MORE pounds which is a YIKES in my book. It's too hard to restrict calories every SINGLE day at a maintainence level, but I'm finding going lower than maintainence level during the week Monday-Saturday and then not counting calories at all (above maintainence level probably) on Sundays, to work for me. So hey, it seems to be working so that's all that matters right? But anyways, are the live raw foods mentioned actually negative calorie or do they still need to be accounted for? Thank you!
**EDIT Thank you for all your comments, because of them I've decided to stop calorie counting. Rather continue short IFs and focus on “what food will give me the greatest satiety, in the smallest portion?” Instead of “how much food can I eat with the smallest amount of calories?” That second question is what I need to STOP doing because it probably streches my stomach out and I'm full but not satisfied, like some of you said. I did this the past two days and it worked well. Thank you everyone!!
This doesn't answer your question but calorie counting is just so maddening for me. I had hit a weight plateau last year and my usual paleo practices (keto, pushing more weights) weren't budging the inches off my waist and other parts. Then I tried (due to some serious health motivation) and got a great body response to IF and portion control without counting calories. I basically just ate smaller physical amounts of meat, fats, and starches when I had them. Veggies I still allowed freely. Fruit I also allowed but maybe once every other day and, again, small portions. Like I said, it doesn't answer your question I just hate the idea of anyone using a calorie counter since it drives me nuts! :)
This is exactly the problem with calorie counting. Depending on what you eat, and what you eat it with, and your gut health, and 100 other things the calories out changes.
And I am not talking about exercise, simply the effort it takes your body to digest, process, extract, and excrete foods changes. Celery is low calorie, and difficult to break down. Some people say that celery is negative calories (I cannot believe that).
Don't count the calories, eat healthy and the body will follow.
I have found that trying to fool my appetite with low calorie foods only backfires. Eating nutritionally dense foods with significant calories in small portions works a lot better. Being full doesn't equal being satisfied, is what I'm getting at.
My guess is that high fiber green vegetables are indeed providing negative calories. I cannot provide any citations to support this. Now obviously if you subsisted on nothing but green non-starchy vegetables for any great length of time and didn't die, then they must be providing a net positive energy balance, and I'm sure this has been done before.
The question is whether adding green non-starchy vegetables to an otherwise energy dense diet of meat, some fruit, and some starchy vegetables/tubers actually increases the overall caloric load of one's diet in the body.
I could be wrong, but I think Leangains and other IIFYM type nutrition programs don't even count vegetables' calories at all.
The following list of foods (in the portion sizes suggested) contain 20 calories or less and are therefore considered to be insignificant contributions to overall caloric intake.
Fruits and Vegetables (Note: These are particularly good choices because they add bulk and fiber to your diet.)
1 small, 2.6 oz bell pepper (or 1 cup sliced) (15 calories) 1 cup shredded cabbage (17 calories) (note: mix with balsamic vinegar to make a slaw) 1 small carrot (20 calories) 6 cauliflower florets (3 oz) (20 calories) 2 large stalks celery (17 calories) 1/2 large cucumber (17 calories) 1/2 cup eggplant (17 calories) 1 large scrambled egg white prepared with nonstick cooking spray (17 calories) 1 cup (cooked) greens (20 calories) 1 lemon or lime (2" diameter) (20 calories) 1 cup whole mushrooms (20 calories) 1 cup radishes, sliced (19 calories) 2 cups shredded Romaine lettuce (16 calories) 9 small strawberries (20 calories) 4 cherry tomatoes (2.4 oz) (20 calories)
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