Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Diet Using Negative Calories - Your Weight Loss Program

Diet Using Negative Calories - Your Weight Loss Program by Michelle Bery

Dieting - in theory and mathematically - is simple. If you consume fewer calories then your body burns in the course of a day, you will lose weight. Plain and simple. Of course, for most of us this remains a concept that is only successful in theory. In practice, it can be extraordinarily difficult to cut calories while raising the rate at which we burn them through exercise.

For those looking to lose a few pounds or achieve significant results in a short period of time, they will often diet using negative calories. Negative calories exist in such foods that burn more calories to ingest and digest them than exist in the food itself. Many fruits and vegetables contain negative calories and thus they are a staple in most weight loss plans today.

However, keep in mind that diet using negative calories is a temporary approach to lose weight quickly; perhaps for a special event in your life like a wedding or class reunion. Or it can be quiet useful during a time when caloric intake is normally high, such as after the holidays. But embarking on a diet using negative calories is not meant for long term use as it can be dangerous to deny your body certain nutrients for long periods of time; you'll wind up depleting muscle mass rather than fat.

In order to diet using negative calories, do your research. It is imperative that you know and understand the calories that are associated with the foods you are going to include in your diet program. Look for whole foods, vegetables, and fruits. Make a list so that you know exactly what you'll be eating for this short period of time and the calories you will ingest.

Next, determine how many calories you burn during the course of a single day. This will allow you to calculate how many calories you can ingest based upon the number of calories you will burn.

Try to maintain a healthy balance of the foods you are eating, combining fresh vegetables and fruits. Eating only one specific food during your diet using negative calories will leave you feeling depleted of energy as you'll be missing some essential vitamins.

But most importantly, never embark on any weight loss program without consulting a medical professional. Your doctor will best be able to guide you through a diet using negative calories in a way that is healthy for you to achieve your weight loss goals.

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