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    Sounds interesting. Anyone knows anything about this???


    About the Negative Calorie Diet
    The Negative Calorie diet works on the premise that certain foods create negative calorie effects (negative calorie foods), allowing you to lose weight. The Negative Calorie diet is controversial because the theory is not scientifically sound. No foods actually possess ?negative calories?. However, advocates of the Negative Calorie diet say that you can literally eat your way to weight loss. A negative calorie diet ebook has even been published on this topic.

    How Does the Negative Calorie Diet work?
    The theory behind the Negative Calorie diet is extremely appealing. It works on the idea that your body has to burn energy in order to digest certain foods. As a consequence, your body is actually burning fat. Take for example ? an orange, which may contain 50 calories, it would take a certain amount of energy from your body to process all of the nutrients and vitamins within the orange. In doing so, you would burn more than 50 calories. However this is also highly dependent on the speed of your metabolism.

    The Negative Calorie Diet claims that after consuming certain 'negative calorie foods' (like an orange), your body is left with a net calorie results which is a negative calorie deduction. So for every orange you eat, you should burn off 25 calories. This is why advocates of the Negative Calorie Diet encourage you to eat frequent healthy meals, in doing so you are actually increasing the speed of your metabolism.

    The Debate on the Negative Calorie Diet
    Critics of the Negative Caloriet diet argue that no foods possess ?negative? calories and you cannot eat your way to weight loss. They also purport that by following the Negative Calorie Diet you are potentially offsetting your positive calorie energy reserves, cancelling out the effectiveness of weight training. This criticism argues that we need calories to create energy both for exercise and for recovering from exercise. On the other side of the debate, advocates of the Negative Calorie Diet concede it is true that there is no such food, which contain ?negative calories?. However they do argue that the by ingesting certain foods you are increasing the metabolic processes which can result in weight loss.

    The Negative Calorie diet ? Against:

    No scientific proof to confirm its effectiveness
    Very little information surrounding diet
    More theoretical than practical
    The Negative Calorie diet ? For:

    Little effort involved
    Promotes consumption of foods rich in vitamins and minerals
    Increases the body?s metabolism
    The Negative Calorie diet works on the concept that certain negative calorie foods contain a surplus of vitamins and minerals which can speed up enzyme production in quantities sufficient to break down not only its own calories, but possible additional calories present in the digestion system. These negative calorie foods includes:

    Asparagus
    Watermelon
    Pineapple
    Grape Fruit
    Papaya

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    Why Diets Don't Work

    Diets don't work if they don't help you understand and resolve the reasons you turn to food when you aren't hungry. They can't. When you lose weight on a diet, you don't lose the reasons. They're still there, waiting for the first opportunity to come out again and make you reach for food.

    When you feel fat and miserable, the thought of going on a diet is incredibly seductive. You watch those breezy, thin women pull out the waists of their pants on the low-carb commercials. Or you read the latest article about "10 Butt Busters to Blast You into a Bikini" and decide that if only you could blast your butt, everything would be fine. A burst of hope fills you with inspiration, energy, and willpower. Soon you will be pulling out the waist of your tight jeans. You're going on a diet!

    Don't Do It!

    Here are four reasons why you shouldn't.

    For every diet, there is an equal and opposite binge, and you will gain more weight than you lost. The basic message of most diets is that you must repress and deprive yourself, because if you let yourself go, you will devour the universe. You begin to believe that you are hopeless, a bottomless pit. This isn't a kind thing to say to yourself. It's also not true. No one's hunger is bottomless.Long-lasting change can only come through kindness to yourself, mindfulness about what you are doing and why, and a willingness to act on your own behalf. Diets are like having a mean, abusive parent inside your head. They keep you stuck as a cowering child.Finally, deprivation, fear, shame, and guilt do not, and never will, lead to long-lasting, positive change.

    When I stopped dieting, I was terrified. Because I had spent every single day of 10 years on either a diet or a binge, I was certain that, given the permission to eat as much ice cream as I wanted, I would gobble the entire half gallon.

    But after the initial glee of releasing myself from diet jail, I discovered that it was the very fact that certain foods were forbidden that made them so attractive; I wanted what I couldn't have. When I gave myself permission to eat a half gallon of ice cream without feeling as if I were having an affair with a married man, I didn't want it anymore.

    I began to understand that the only reason I had previously wanted the whole thing was because I wouldn't let myself eat any of it without guilt. When I took the "forbiddenness" away, I also took away the need to rebel. When I stopped dieting, I stopped bingeing.

    A student of mine was 27 kilograms over her natural weight when she started to break free from dieting. One rainy winter night, she and her husband were cooking dinner, and she realized that she didn't want pot roast and vegetables. What she wanted was a piece of lemon meringue pie.

    They sloshed into the restaurant and ordered tea and lemon meringue pie. My student took three bites and said, "I've had enough." Her husband was incredulous. "We just drove in the pouring rain, and you only want three bites?" She nodded and said, "we should eat what we want and stop when we've had enough. I've had enough." (He finished the pie.)

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