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originally posted by: searcherfortruth
Couldn't decide where to put this initially, but I thought it pertains more to overall health and here it is.
There are certain foods that you can eat that supposedly have a "Negative" caloric content after being digested.
I have listed 20 of them for you to peruse:
Apples, Apricots, Beetroot, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Watercress, Cucumber, Garlic, Grapefruit, Green beans, Kale, Leeks, Lemons, Lettuce, Onions, Raspberries, Strawberries, Rutabaga and Watermelon.
Eating these specific foods may cause a thermic effect which is defined as this:
Specific dynamic action (SDA), also known as Thermic effect of food (TEF) or dietary induced thermogenesis (DIT), is the amount of energy expenditure above the resting metabolic rate due to the cost of processing food for use and storage.
Now, this doesn't mean you are supposed to eat these without a limit, especially if you are diabetic. Just about every food will break down into sugar that can overload your system if you do not produce natural insulin, so moderation is still recommended, any portion larger than your palm is too much.
These foods, along with low fat, high protein meats, like shrimp, turkey breast or lean beef and lean pork, together in moderation (palm size) will help you lose weight. Increasing your metabolism by doing exercises (water aerobics are least stressful) before and/or after eating and limiting your caloric intake prior to sleep, will, also, be necessary to keep weight gain from happening.
Fad diets and empty calories only lead to an increase in weight due to the binge eating that takes place from lack of satisfying cravings that the body wants and the mind has to have. Want to eat what you want to eat when you want to eat it? Moderation is the key along with timing. Have that piece of chocolate cheesecake before you exercise and make it a small one, no problem, this applies to any food favorite you may crave.
Do not deprive yourself of "comfort food" when you crave it, you will only make your weight gain worse, because you will overdo your intake when you finally give in. Want to eat some FF's (small order) or potato chips, have a handful and put the bag away. Chocolate ice cream or cookies? Have a scoop (small) or a few (3) and put them away.
Many of you eat salads or vegetables and want to lather dressing or cheese sauce on them. Don't. Instead, measure a small amount (tbl. spoon) and instead of just pouring all over, cut it into the salad or vegetables, allowing for the dispersal to be more even with less. Same goes for butter (or margarine), melt a table spoon and pour that on, then cut it or mix it in.
Use smaller plates and small utensils to give you a limit for intake, too. Big plates cause you to fill them up and large utensils cause you to eat more than you need. Same goes for drinking liquids, use smaller cups and don't ever drink before or during eating, especially if you eat bread, this will only cause your stomach to increase in size (making you eat more to feel full) or cause you to feel bloated and deprive you of getting the nourishment your body needs for a healthy and balanced meal.
You have eating habits that have to be retrained whenever you decide to lose weight. It requires dedication and perseverance to maintain changes and forgiveness when you bend the rules. You have to set goals and keep them. Write little notes to yourself and put them on the mirror and the fridge to remind you what you are trying to accomplish.
My goal is________. Make a drawing of your palm and put that up to remember portion size. Get rid of large glassware or "BIG" cups. I promise you if your goal is to lose weight and keep it off or to reduce your sugar intake, this regimen will work better than any fad diet could or will.
Exercise, Breakfast, snack, Lunch, snack, Dinner, snack, Exercise. Moderation and 30 minutes of exercise. Walk, swim, treadmill or sex will increase metabolism and burn calories, help process sugar and fat for your body to store properly and use, or dispose of unwanted waste. Don't forget to make sure you are increasing your daily fiber content, too.