Losing weight involves doing one of two things: consuming less calories or burning more calories.Counting calories is a major part of any successful weight loss program. In fact, it’s been said that as much as 80 percent of successful weight loss involves reducing caloric intake. To prove this point, let’s assume you eat the proper number of calories each day to maintain your weight. Then, you add a 100-calorie apple to your diet each day during the month. Within a month’s time, you will have added a pound to your waistline.
No food is calorie free, so the term “zero calories” is a little misleading. However, there are several foods with next-to-zero calories that can help you reduce your daily caloric intake. To help ensure you are consuming the right amount of necessary calories needed to get or keep your body at a healthy weight, here are ten “zero” calorie foods that will fill your tummy yet still help you lose weight.
Cucumber sprinkled with a little salt and pepper or dipped in apple cider vinegar is a terrific anytime snack. And one cup of cucumber slices contains as little as 16 calories.
Cabbage is considered a bit of a superfood. This low calorie, high fiber food has been shown in studies to be effective at preventing both heart disease and cancer. One large leaf of raw cabbage contains only 4 calories.
Raw carrots, high in Vitamin A and loaded full of disease-fighting antioxidants, make a great stress-reducing, crunch-satisfying snack. A medium-sized raw carrot contains roughly 30 calories.
Another “C” word in the bunch. Celery stalks also make a great snack or a great addition to salads, soups or stir fry recipes. Two large celery stalks only contain about 15 calories, and because they’re high in water, they help keep you hydrated too.
Mushroom is a versatile food that, like celery, can be added to salads, soups, stir fry recipes or munched on in raw form. One slice of raw white mushroom contains a single calorie.
This often-underrated food contains potassium, a bit of protein, folate and fiber as well. Lightly steamed asparagus makes a great addition to any meal, and contains only 1 calorie per 2-inch spear.
Kale is a terrific addition to any salad, and great to munch on as a snack throughout the day. Another great way to incorporate large amounts of Vitamins A and C into your diet. One cup of raw, chopped kale contains only 34 calories. Don’t leave this power-packed vegetable out of your diet.
Sugar Snap Peas
Sweet, fresh sugar snap peas can almost be counted as more of a dessert than a veggie. Perfect in salads or for an afternoon snack, a half cup of sugar snap peas contains only 30 calories.
Here we go with the “C” words again. Cauliflower is another delicious snack food that’s low in calories. A single cauliflower floret contains only 3 calories.
There’s nothing that will spice up a sandwich or a salad like a few slices of fresh, sweet tomato. A medium-sized tomato contains roughly 25 calories.
By keeping a large supply of these next-to-zero calorie foods on hand, you can help ensure you’re getting your daily nutritional supply of vegetables and consume less calories at the same time.