• Consumer Health: Negative-calorie foods — diet gimmick or weight-loss strategy?

chopped up stalks of celerey on a wooden platter, perhaps on a kitchen table with other vegetables

You may have heard that you can lose weight by eating negative-calorie foods — foods that take more energy to digest than they provide in calories. Celery is a commonly cited example because it's mainly water and fiber.

However, the key to successful weight loss is adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise.

Learn more from Dr. Donald Hensrud, a Mayo Clinic preventive medicine specialist, about the diet strategy of eating negative-calorie foods.

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