15 Foods That Burn More Calories Than They Contain


When it comes to losing weight it can be next to impossible to find snack foods that can help keep you on track. There are a few miracle foods however that are purported to be negative in calories.

These foods essentially contain more water than they do calories and require more calories to utilize them than they hold. Thus, making these foods essentially calorie free.

1. Celery

About 75% of a celery stick is actually water; the other 25% is fiber and other roughage.

As a result of the fact that this tasty vegetable is so full of water, it provides you with far fewer calories than it will take for your body to digest the snack.

In addition to burning more calories than it contains, celery is an excellent source of fiber that can help to keep you feeling fuller for longer, reducing the urge to snack.

The health benefits of celery don’t end at weight loss. Celery is full of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K.

Further, celery has anti-oxidant properties that may be able to improve cardiovascular health, reducing your chances of developing hardened arteries (and related heart problems like heart attacks and cardiovascular disease).

As a bonus, the fiber content promotes regular bowel movements as well as boosting digestive health more generally. There is even some evidence suggesting that a diet high in celery can improve the appearance of your skin.

You can enjoy celery sticks on their own, or try lightly seasoning them with salt. You can also dip celery in hot sauce to make a spicy snack, or chop it up for a salad.

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  1. James McInnis January 28, 2014 at 7:37 am -

    I always tie up my celery with twine.

    • Norma February 1, 2015 at 4:07 pm -

      Oh goodness! I know you posted this comment a year ago, but it made me laugh so hard! Your humor lives on…thanks 🙂

    • mnn2301 July 17, 2015 at 3:37 pm -

      The twine adds even more fiber and for those not want to eat it, it takes even more energy to untie it.

  2. Unknown January 30, 2014 at 3:46 am -

    Please be careful of warnings with prescription drugs and grapefruit!!
    And always tie up celery with twine ;0)

    • mscognizance June 3, 2014 at 8:08 pm -

      Earl Grey tea is flavored with an oil from a type of orange which contains the same substance that grapefruit does. Some soft drinks are also flavored with it. This substance interferes with many prescription medications. I love Double Bergamot Earl Grey Tea; I noticed there is no warning on the box though. I don’t know how much one has to drink to cause a problem, but I did read a post by a man who found his tea was causing a problem with his medication.

  3. satinswan February 12, 2014 at 9:14 pm -

    Re: Yogurt: Fat free yogurt isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. For instance, if you’re adding it to fruit for breakfast, there are a good number of fat soluble vitamins and minerals that your body will not be able to make use of from that meal. A better option is yogurt made from 1% or 2% milk – it’s still lower in calories than the full-fat version, but the fat in it will help with absorbing those valuable micro-nutrients. Additionally, the body needs some fat to function, and the fat in cow/goat/other animal milks is a healthy form of fat in moderation.

    • Sam February 17, 2014 at 12:55 am -

      Actually, animal fat is good for you. In spite of all the propaganda we hear from the medical community, saturated fat does *not* cause heart disease. (Remember how they told us for 70 years that margarine was better than butter, and then they went, “Oops!!!!” 😉 ) Our ancestors knew nothing about low-fat diets and ate lots of saturated fat for thousands of years. And the reason we’re living longer today isn’t because of our diets–it’s because of better sanitation and health care, the elimination of famines, and the eradication of infectious diseases. Back then, things like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes (which are due largely to our unhealthy modern diets) were almost unheard of

      Anyway, in light of all this, the best yogurt for you is full-fat, assuming that it’s organic or comes from a local farm that allows its animals to graze and feeds them minimal grain, if any. Similarly, the best meat has plenty of fat as well, assuming it’s also raised in this manner.

      • mscognizance June 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm -

        That vitamin D enriched non-fat milk is a joke. Without fat, the body cannot utilize the fat soluble vitamin D. One has to eat something fatty with the non-fat milk; so, what’s the point, right?

  4. ezraa April 19, 2014 at 2:48 pm -

    great article and always tie celery with jute.(fruit torcher)

  5. Pedro Alves April 26, 2014 at 3:41 pm -

    We need fat! If it says, diet, low-fat, light, TRASH IT!

    • Katie Schultz December 20, 2014 at 6:47 am -

      We need fat, but like with many things, we need it in moderation. By all means, don’t cut out all fats (though that would be hard to do anyway) but also don’t go too heavy on the fat!

  6. pic man May 23, 2014 at 8:30 pm -

    Excuse me, but doesn’t this invalidate the laws of science?

    • al March 28, 2016 at 7:58 am -

      One word – digestion. Energy for that shit aint just gonna pop up outta nowhere.

  7. KarlH July 26, 2014 at 5:46 pm -

    grapefruit should never be eaten if you take statins to control your cholesterol levels. also other drugs in combination with grapefruit may cause some unpleasant side effects. Apart from this, worth while trying. I actually already each most of the food listed and keep fit and trim

    • sf_jeff March 29, 2015 at 4:26 am -

      If you are taking statins for cholesterol, you should also be eating fiber, whole grains, and nuts. It is likely that nuts provide as much cholesterol protection as statin drugs, but they don’t have a huge advertising machine behind them.

  8. loriboxer August 2, 2015 at 1:49 am -

    The idea that there are negative calorie foods—foods that are so low in calories that simply digesting them burns more calories than they contain—is nothing more than wishful thinking. Certain low-calorie, water-rich foods like celery or cucumbers are often touted as negative-calorie foods. However, digesting and absorbing everything you eat each day uses just 10% of your total calorie intake each day (about180 calories for someone who eats 1,800 calories per day). It is great to include low-calorie, high-fiber, and water-rich foods in your daily diet; these foods add nutrients, bulk, and volume to your diet and can help keep you full … but they still contain calories and should always be included in your calorie count. NOTHING in life is ‘free … and no food is a “free” food. Eating too much of any food can cause weight gain or inhibit weight loss.

    • brain October 19, 2015 at 8:37 am -

      You use energy to get food into your body, more to chew it and transport it through your gut, some more to produce the chemicals to digest it, more to absorb it, more to transport it around your body and more to process it. The chemical energy you get from some food is not enough to cover the energy cost. Celery is one of these foods. Quite simple really. If you want to test this out try living on celery. You will slowly starve.

  9. nosugardiet.co November 22, 2015 at 8:35 pm -

    Yeah it’s very hard to mix these without knowing exactly what are the side effects. If there are …

  10. Lauren January 13, 2016 at 8:05 pm -

    I’ve heard that apricots have negative calories, but is the same for dried apricots? I’ve asked more people than I can count and they’ve given me lectures so can you please answer yes or no I’d really apreciate it thank you.