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Foods That Will Help You Lose Weight

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Food that Can Help You Lose Weight

Foods that leave you with a zero calorie effect are known as Zero Calorie Foods. Foods that cause you to lose weight when you consume them are known as Negative Calorie Foods.

Zero calorie or Negative calorie diets like 'The Cabbage Soup Diet' and 'The Grapefruit Diet' are diet plans that are based on the principle that the foods you eat can help you to lose weight even if you consume large amounts of these.

These diets work because the foods in the program are exceptionally high in fiber and therefor very difficult for the body to digest. When these foods are consumed they take so much energy to digest that your body burns more calories then it retains.

So What Are These Amazing Foods

The list of Zero Calorie Foods and Negative Calorie Foods are as follows:

Asparagus, apple, beet, blueberries, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrot, cauliflower, celery, chicory, cranberry, cucumber, dandelion, endive, garden cress, garlic, grapefruit, green bean, honeydew, hot chili peppers, lemon, lime, lettuce, mango, onion, orange, papaya, peach, pineapple, radish, raspberries, spinach, strawberries, tomato, tangerine, turnip, watermelon, and zucchini.

Flavor Your Water Naturally


What You Drink Factors into Your Diet Plan

  1. Avoid pop and other high sugar beverages.
  2. Water flavored by natural berries and fruit can be delightfully satisfying.
  3. Green tea may help you lose weight and it is antioxidant rich.
  4. Most herbal teas are soothing, filling, and generally contain zero calorie.
  5. A whey powder smoother can provide protein and kick start your day.
  6. Drink a litre of water throughout the day. I fill 1.5 litre bottle each night before bed so when I wake in the morning it is icy cold in the fridge. I then make it my goal to drink it before bedtime arrives again.

Some People Bounce From Weight Gain to Diet in a Continuous Pattern. This is Known as Yo-Yo Dieting.

Diet Friendly Herbs Seasonings and Sauces

For no calorie seasonings or sauces use this list of flavor enhancers: Tabasco pepper sauce, lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice or mustard.

Cayenne pepper will cause you to lose weight by increasing your metabolism and it is a healthier alternative to the basic black pepper that most people use. Mix Cayenne pepper into your basic yellow mustard to create a hot tasty mustard that will increase your ability to weight loss.

Remember that a responsible diet plan is the method most likely to insure permanent weight loss. Also do not forget the important role of protein in your diet plan, without it you may lose muscle, rather than maintain it.

The ideal way to use zero calorie foods to your advantage is to incorporate more of these fiber rich foods into your current diet. Consuming negative calorie foods within a healthy balanced diet plan will help you to lose that excess weight and keep it off.

Consume a Diet Rich in Quality Lean Protein

Having protein rich energy and muscle strength can help you to lose more weight.

Having protein rich energy and muscle strength can help you to lose more weight.

We Need Protein to Maintain Strength

Studies suggest that protein is one of the most important factors in virtually any weight loss plan. Strong muscles burn fat and we get muscle strength from the proteins we eat. Most protein rich foods are also highly filling foods so will satisfy your appetite more than a food that may have fewer calories but will leave you feeling hungry in shorter order.

Eggs are highly nutritious and one of the best foods for powering up your body and yes you can eat the egg yolk. It is where the bulk of the calories are found but it is also where much of the nutrition is located as well. Other quality protein sources are lean meats such as salmon, tuna, chicken breast, and white turkey.

Nuts are generally high in calories but studies suggest that a small amount of walnuts daily can actually help to reduce weight. Snacking on a small handful of walnuts is another great way to get protein into your diet plan.

Have You Tried the Cabbage Soup Diet?

Cabbage is a Food That is Difficult to Digest


Cabbage Soup Recipe

Ingredients for Cabbage Soup

3 large onions

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2 green peppers

2 large cans of diced tomatoes

5 Carrots

1 bunch of celery

Half a head of cabbage

1 large can of tomato soup prepared with water (no milk)

Enough water to almost cover the veggies.

Season to taste with your choice of any of these spices parsley, ginger, cayenne pepper, curry, garlic powder, salt, or pepper Simmer till veggies are tender.

Note: The cabbage soup diet plan should not be followed for more than six days. Alternated a couple days of cabbage soup with days of normal eating will give you the best and healthiest results. For example: Eat cabbage soup for 1 day. Eat regular meals for 2 days. Eat cabbage soup for 1 day. Eat normal for 3 days. Then repeat the sequence.

Diet Responsibly

There are many factors involved in weight loss. Diet, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, and your body's metabolism will all be factors in how easily you are able to lose the pounds that you want to. The following tips may help you to accomplish your goals.

  1. Consume foods that are more filling as these will help you to feel less hungry during the process. Eggs, cauliflower, white fish, apples, and boiled potato are examples of foods which will help you feel full for a longer period of time.
  2. Eat 5 small meals rather than 3 larger ones. This will help to keep you more satisfied and may stimulate your metabolism to be more active.
  3. If you are feeling the need to snack choose a small handful of walnuts or a cup of cereal. These will satisfy the snack craving in a healthy manner. Studies suggest that a handful of nuts 3 times per week can help you lose weight.
  4. Your immune system may have the ability to recognize that you are losing weight and go into a protectionist stance. Dieters refer to this as hitting the wall. Your metabolism slows down, you feel hungrier as your brain sends out its warning message that it is time for you to eat, and the weight loss slows down to a crawl. Dieting sporadically may help to alleviate this.
  5. Don't forget to exercise. The stronger your muscle the more efficiently it will become at burning fat.

© 2008 Lorelei Cohen


Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on March 17, 2018:

It's been so long since I've made that cabbage soup recipe, must make it soon. It's delicious. Will post your page to my recipe collection!

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on March 09, 2018:

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Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on February 22, 2018:

Hi, Lorelei,

Just want to say, great work, in this piece. A very professionally presented piece.

Great advice. Keep up the fine work.

Your Friend Forever,


Tori Leumas on July 14, 2015:

I love eating a poached egg over toast in the morning. It makes me feel so alive and energetic. Great hub!

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on August 28, 2014:

Anything with lots of veggies and protein is on my daily eating list. :) I still need to try this Cabbage Soup.

Jim from Kansas on August 28, 2014:

I guess this is a list I could use. I have about 10 pounds I can't get rid of.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on August 13, 2014:

Zepeda I have been using high protein antioxidant smoothies of yogurt, whey powder, vegetable, and fruit juice. They don't make me lose weight but they do give me more energy so that I can be more active. Actually I am just heading out for my daily walk. I know celery, lemon, and apple are amazing for aiding in weight loss and detox. Stay healthy stay well. Hope this helps.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on August 13, 2014:

Ike all I can suggest is that you play more. Eat a boiled or poached egg for breakfast as it will give you good quality energy and then get up and have fun. Not a video game unless it is a Wii or Xbox game but something that gets you up and moving. Choose activities that you have to stand to do such as walking, sports, kick ball, soccer, swimming, skipping, hula hoop, flying a kite, any thing you can do to get up and moving. Play is amazing for helping you to lose weight.

zepeda26 on February 24, 2014:

any ideas on fruit and veggie smoothies for losing weight? I was told that blending papaya, pineapple, celery, apple and tamarind together will help with losing weight but I been taking it for 3 weeks and haven't noticed any change, I thought maybe the combination of foods may not be right. Any ideas or corrections?



Laura Brown from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on May 12, 2012:

We did cabbage soup for awhile. Then I found a recipe which has cabbage, tomatoes, sour cream and butter. That was delicious. From an old Ukranian cookbook.

ike on January 03, 2012:

I am a kid, i am alos 11 years old. Any more further tips on losing weight at my age?

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