Zero-calorie foods also called negative calorie foods have so little calories in them. The energy on your body has to spend digesting them is greater than the number of calories that they give you. This is good – in essence you’re not eating any excess calories, and sometimes you might even be burning calories as you eat them! These foods are super low in calories, so you don’t have to worry about them taking up your whole daily calorie limit.
This is the most obvious food on the list – almost everyone already knows it has almost zero calories. The stringy nature of celery makes it seem as if it only exists to hold the water it contains. What you’ll typically see is celery with peanut butter or cream-based fillings inside of it, and you’ll want to avoid those if you are keeping track of calories, as they can swing it back the other way quite quickly.
Oranges are known for their Vitamin C, but they’re also low in calories compared to other fruits. Whether or not you expend the total number of calorie intake while eating oranges is debatable, but the point of eating foods this low in calorie is not to cancel out the calories but to keep it than normal. You’re trying to create a caloric deficit, and an orange can help reach that goal.
Cabbage often gets brought up for its ability to prevent cancer and heart disease, and it often ranks on lists of foods that help with weight loss. That’s because it has a calorie count so low you end up burning it off just by going about the normal motions of your day. Cabbage soup is one great way to eat cabbage, as it is a filling meal while containing far fewer calories than most soups.
Asparagus shows up as a side dish to many meals and is a great choice because its fibrous nature means it will satisfy your hunger, but the number of calories makes it so it doesn’t add much to your daily total. Eating asparagus fresh on a salad is a crunchy and satisfying treat while grilling it or steaming it. Cooking asparagus in healthy oil can help you absorb some of its nutrients.
It’s not as if you’re going to sit around eating lemons in order to keep your calories down, but it’s nice to know that you can use them as much as you want and you won’t be putting much of a strain on your total calories consumed in a day. That’s why lemons and limes are great for flavoring up a glass of water, or sprinkling on top of fish and other foods to give them a bit of zest. They’re also an alkalizing food and contain antioxidants to keep you healthy.
Brussels sprouts may win the award for food most often given to the dog under the table, but it’s a shame because these little guys are packed with nutrients and clock in rather low on the calorie meter. They are also a cruciferous vegetable, so they provide similar benefits to eating broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. Doctoring them up with cheese or butter to make them taste better will bump up your calories, so be careful and find the right balance.
Eating zero calorie foods alone won’t make you lose 30 pounds, but it is another useful tool to combine with other healthy eating and exercise choices to give your weight loss a bump-start!