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The Negative Calorie Diet is based on the unproven assertion that some foods actually have negative calories. In fact, there are no foods with a negative calorie value, although the digestive process itself does use or burn some of a food's calories, especially for some green vegetables that are naturally low in calories. However, the Negative Calorie Diet makes the false suggestions that eating a stick of celery (5 calories) will burn up 95 calories, which is not scientifically sound. There are many versions of the Zero Calorie Diet, but it generally stresses the consumption of fibrous vegetables while restricting carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Although vegetables are important to any balanced diet and can help in weight loss because of their low calorie content, the Negative Calorie Diet is too restrictive of other important elements in a healthy diet.
The Negative Calorie Diet claims a 14 pound weight loss in seven days. However, a healthy approach to weight loss does not mean going on a strict, severely restricting diet geared toward rapid weight loss, according to the American Dietetic Association. In fact, severe calorie restriction and/or and eliminating whole foods groups, such as carbohydrates and proteins, can deprive a dieter of nutrients and restrict calories to the point of putting the body into starvation mode. This can result in a slower metabolism and rebound weight gain. This can also lead to ketoacidosis, dangerously high levels of acids called ketones that build up in the blood and can poison the body, and kidney damage. The most effective weight loss diets provide strategies for well balanced eating patterns that include a large variety of healthy food choices, encourage steady gradual, long-term weight loss, long-term weight control and incorporates exercise and healthy lifestyles. Any diet has the potential to be harmful for some people, consultation with a health care provider before starting a diet plan and medical monitoring of weight loss is recommended.
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