I'm trying to figure out if counting vegetable calories are even worth it. I eat about 1500 cal a day and I'd like to cut it down to about 1350. But I look back at my food and it is all SO incredibly healthy, and almost completely paleo, as well as gluten, soy, dairy, alcohol, and artificial sugar free that it seems ridiculous to even cut back!
But I must know, if I wanted to eat 1350 cal a day for a week (which is a hundred lower than my BMI), but ended up eating 1450-1500 instead for a week but those foods were only veggies like broccoli, onions, green beans, lettuce, asparagus etc. would I gain weight simply based off of the calories in/out rule? Or would I not because vegetables digest and benefit the body differently than other foods?
This has been a question long on my mind and I just want to clear things up. Thanks! :)
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There are not any negative calorie foods. However, the calories out part of the formula is not as straight forward as one would think. An increase of 100 calories of leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables would be unnoticeable within a diet.
1350-1500 calories is mostly likely far below your maintenance level of energy, unless you're 90 pounds and less than 5'0 tall.