10 Zero-Calorie Foods For Weight Loss
Here are 10 zero-calorie foods for weight loss that you can start adding to your diet today if you want to lose weight and keep it off. Losing weight at home is not easy but it can be accomplished successfully if you stick with a low-calorie diet or meal plan.
Even though there are no zero-calorie foods on the planet, the ones on this list come really close. Stock your fridge with these foods and snack on them whenever you have sugar cravings or hunger pangs.
10 Zero-Calorie Foods For Weight Loss
So how do these foods aid in weight loss? Well, most of the foods on the list below are high in dietary fiber. Eating fiber-rich foods helps improve digestion and increase healthy gut bacteria.
It also keeps you feeling full longer during the day and speeds up your metabolism which results in weight loss. Here is what Harvard Health Blog has to say about fiber & weight loss:
Eating 30 grams of fiber each day can help you lose weight, lower your blood pressure, and improve your body’s response to insulin just as effectively as a more complicated diet.
Now just so you know, eating high-fiber, low-calorie foods alone won’t help you lose weight! You must eliminate other unhealthy from your diet and work out more.
I found that taking one-hour walks 4-5 times per week works like a charm. If you don’t have a diet plan to start your weight loss journey, try this free diet plan.
Vitamin C Rich Foods
Similar to eating a lot of fiber, fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C should be on your grocery list because they help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation both of which are causes of weight gain!
Most of the foods on this list are high in vitamin C as well so definitely add them to your diet!
Cabbage has a lot of health benefits including the fact it contains a good amount of fiber and is low in calories. A medium cabbage leaf amounts to only 4 calories which is very low compared to other vegetables.
Adding this cruciferous vegetable to your diet will improve digestion, aid in weight loss, and improve your overall health.
1 Small head of cabbage contains | 179 calories | 1% total fat | 1% saturated fat |0% cholesterol | 6% sodium| 15% total carbs | 64% dietary fiber | 22.9g Sugars | 9.1g protein | 22% calcium | 19% iron | 26% potassium | 261.3 mg vitamin C |
Want to lose weight using cabbage? Try this 7-day cabbage soup diet which tastes unbearable but is worth every spoonful when it comes to helping you lose some extra pounds.
Adding steamed or grilled asparagus to your menu at least 3 to 4 times per week is a great way to get all of its nutrients. You can also snack on them or toss a handful to your salads.
Not only are asparagus low in calories but they are high in fiber as well. Just 2 inches of raw asparagus has only 1 calorie which is perfect for those trying to lose weight.
1 Cup of chopped asparagus (134 grams) contains | 27 calories | 2% carbs | 10% dietary fiber | 2.5g sugars | 3g protein | 2% calcium | 16% iron | 6% potassium | 7.5 mg vitamin C |
Did you know that a large slice of mushroom has only 1 calorie? Yeah, that’s right, though a lot of people hate the taste of mushrooms, this vegetable is actually very good for you.
Oyster and shiitake mushrooms are rich in fiber and low in calories which makes them perfect for weight loss. Just one serving can provide you with 10% of your daily recommended fiber intake amount.
Start by oven-roasting some asparagus, mushrooms, and cabbage with some olive oil along with a pinch of salt and snack on it when you feel hungry.
1 Cup of sliced mushrooms has |15 calories | 1% total carbs | 10% dietary fiber |1.2g sugars | 2.2g protein |1% vitamin D | 11% iron | 5% potassium | 2% vitamin C | 5% vitamin B6 |
Apart from the fact that cucumbers are great for your digestive health, they are also low in calories. Check out these benefits and side effects of cucumbers.
One cup of sliced cucumbers has | 8 calories | 1% total carbs | 1% dietary fiber | 1% calcium | 1% iron | 2% potassium | 14% vitamin K | 3% vitamin C |
You can also add them to your salads, grill them, pickle them, or even steam them! Whichever way you choose to add them to your diet, you can expect a positive impact on your overall health.
Beets are rich in fiber and 100 grams of beetroot contains only | 44 calories | 5% vitamin C | 3% sodium | 7% dietary fiber | 8g total sugars | 1.7g protein | 1% calcium | 4% iron | 6% potassium |
Did you know that 1 medium cauliflower floret has only 3 calories? Yep, this vegetable is very low in calories and you guessed right, high in fiber which makes it a perfect snack for weight loss.
Start by adding a cup of steamed or grilled cauliflower seasoned with some garlic, olive oil, and salt to your salads to make your smell buds pop!
Similar to cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower has a ton of nutrients, just 100 grams (1 cup) of cauliflower florets have | 25 calories | 1% sodium | 2% total carbs | 9% dietary fiber | 2.4g total sugars | 2g protein | 2% calcium | 2% iron | 6% potassium | 48.2 mg vitamin C |
Tomatoes can be grilled, steamed, eaten raw, or added to salads, and smoothies. I usually just sprinkle a dash of salt on my cherry tomatoes and snack on them.
So apart from being low in calories, tomatoes are actually high in antioxidants such as lycopene, vitamin A, and beta-carotene.
Eating tomatoes can also help reduce cravings and keep you feeling full longer during the day due to their high fiber and water content. Just make sure to eat them raw most of the time.
One large whole tomato has | 33 calories | 3% total carbs | 8% dietary fiber | 4.8g total sugars | 1.6g protein | 3% iron | 9% potassium | 20mg vitamin C | 30% vitamin A |
So strawberries may differ from the rest of the foods on this zero-calorie list because they are slightly higher in calories. That said, not adding them to your diet is a huge mistake!
You see, the sugar content in strawberries is healthy and will give you a boost of energy during the day while the fiber content helps prevent cravings and promote satiety.
You also get a lot of vitamin C and antioxidants from a single cup of fresh strawberries making them excellent for weight loss.
One cup of fresh sliced strawberries contains |53 calories | 5% total carbs | 12% dietary fiber | 2% calcium | 4% iron | 5% potassium | 97mg vitamin C | 20iu vitamin A |
Refreshing in the summer and hydrating in the winter, watermelons are low in calories and rich in fiber making it the perfect choice for those trying to lose weight.
You can make smoothies, detox waters, add them to your cheese salad or you can just snack on a slice when you feel hungry or have a sweet tooth.
A whole cup of watermelon slices contains only 51 calories so go ahead and eat them without feeling guilty.
1 Wedge (approx 1/16 of melon) of watermelon contains | 86 calories | 8% total carbs | 4% dietary fiber | 2% calcium | 4% iron | 7% potassium | 1,627.3 IU vitamin A | 23.2 mg vitamin C |
One of the best ways to consume enough fiber for your digestive tract is by eating plums and prunes. Adding 1 fresh plum to a bowl of fresh Greek yogurt and snacking on it will get you enough fiber.
You can also make a prune smoothie and not feel guilty. Go ahead and start adding these bad guys to your grocery list.
1 large plum has only 23 calories and the fiber content is only 2% but definitely worth eating when trying to lose weight.
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