20 Negative Calorie-Effect Foods That Boost Metabolism

Rev up your metabolism and lose weight more effectively by eating these key foods.

20 Negative Calorie-Effect Foods That Boost Metabolism

Not every food is created equally and not every calorie is burned equally in your body. According to Dr. Neal Barnard, author of Foods That Cause You to Lose Weight: The Negative Calorie Effect, there are a variety of foods that create a negative-calorie effect, which improves your metabolism and helps you lose weight effectively. These foods are usually plant-derived foods that are high in water content and rich in fiber: grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits, except for fatty fruits like avocados and olives. Since your body takes a longer time to burn off fibrous foods, your metabolism continues to stay revved up, giving you a jumpstart to your weight loss. Get started by adding these 20 foods into your recipe rotation.


Fruits like apples are high in dietary fiber. Keep the skin on apples to retain the full amount of fiber in the fruit, which can have up to 2 to 5 grams of fiber depending on its size. Snack on an apple midday or try it in one of these versatile recipes.

Fat Substitutes: Could They Be Leading to Your Weight Gain?

They're hiding in everything from low-fat cottage cheese to protein shakes.

Fat substitutes are compounds that resemble the chemical and physical properties of certain fats and oils and are often used to replace conventional fats (butter, oil) in baking and frying. They can help bring calorie counts down.

But fat substitutes are almost like secret ingredients that hide in plain sight, says Mark Schatzker, author of the upcoming book "The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well."

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