Zero-calorie foods already sounds ridiculous. Zero-calorie foods that help you lose weight?!
Even more ridiculous.
But they do exist.
The logic behind these foods is that your body will spend more calories digesting the food and extracting all of the good nutrients from them than the total amount of calories the foods actually contain.
There is a fancy term for this process and it is called thermogenesis. Lean high has a great post on how to use thermogenesis to your own benefit.
If all of this sounds super cool to you then you understand what cool is all about because losing weight isn’t fun, but it doesn’t have to be completely unenjoyable either!
Without further ado, let’s dive into these foods to see how you can start eating your way to a happier body.
16 Zero-Calorie Foods for Weight Loss
I can’t tell you how much I love apples. Apples are the bomb!
If there is an apple around you can be sure I am going to ask if I can eat it.
Apples are one of the healthiest fruits on the planet due to antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It even contains pectin which has been shown to squash that annoying appetite that makes you want to eat 24/7.
Another huge benefit is that apples contain a ton of fiber so if you aren’t feeling regular in that area, apples can give your body the push that it needs.
When it is watermelon season…watch out! I’m buying up all of the watermelons at the store. I can’t think of a better snack to enjoy on a hot Summer day.
What I love about watermelon is that it does such a great job of filling you up due to the amount of water it contains. It is also packed with antioxidants.
However, you don’t want to go too crazy with it. Eating 3 watermelons in a single day isn’t going to help you out at all. In fact, it can due a bit of harm in your weight loss journey.
Cut it up and treat it like any other small snack that you partake in.
The only time I really eat cucumbers is on a salad. Other than that I never think about them.
I don’t have anything against them, it’s just that they aren’t at the top or bottom of my list of foods to eat.
They are great for your body because they contain polyphenols that reduce the rates of cancer (always good) and can help manage stress levels (definitely good).
If vitamins are your thing then you will be happy to know what cucumbers contain multiple B vitamins (B1, B5, B7, Biotin). Also, because vitamins consist primarily of water and fiber they are great for your digestive system.
If you want to enjoy them in things other than salads then you can make a wonderful cucumber water. Yum!
When people think of zero-calorie foods this is usually the one they think about.
Celery by itself doesn’t usually work out for most people so they add other things to it which of course kills the zero-calorie theme, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hesitate to spread some almond butter on it.
Celery is a good source of vitamin K and water so if you find yourself getting filled up from it, this is why.
The best thing you can do with celery is to find ways to incorporate it into your meals and smoothies.
You might be thinking that there is no way you are going to just eat a lemon and you shouldn’t. Lemons are sour and tart, but I’m kind of weird in that I like eating them as they are. I’m weird like that sometimes.
Like other citrus fruits they pack a ton of Vitamin C and work magic with your liver and digestive system. They also contain a healthy amount of antioxidants and are almost calorie free.
One of the best ways to consume lemons is in a glass of water. This also offers the benefit of giving you a quick detox.
6. Sugar Snap Peas
What an unfortunate name for a great food. They obviously do not contain sugar or even remotely taste like sugar, but we can’t help what people name these foods. All we can do is enjoy them.
Sugar snap peas are high in fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin B, and a ton of other minerals that your body needs.
Usually, you will find this food in stir fry, but if you want to try them in snack form then you can stick them in the oven and roast them.
Are they a fruit or are they a vegetable? This is the argument about tomatoes happening on schoolyards across the world!
It really doesn’t matter because they are delicious and good for you.
Tomatoes contain a large amount of Vitamin C and other antioxidants to help keep your body ticking. However, they are best known for their high concentration of lycopene.
What does lycopene help with? It’s a cancer-fighting superhero and helps to defend against heart disease.
There are a million and one ways that you can incorporate it in your diet. Sorry to tell you that Bloody Marys isn’t one of them.
Depending on who you ask it’s either great tasting or the worst thing that you can put in your mouth. I’ll let you pass judgment on it.
It’s also another one of the superfoods on this list. In fact, it’s considered as one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. It contains insane levels of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and antioxidants. It has also been shown to help lower cholesterol.
If you find that you aren’t a big fan of it then try to consume it in green smoothies. You can barely taste it when mixed with other items on this list.
Carrots might be my most favorite snack. I love getting a bag of baby carrots and going to town. The problem with carrots is that when my four dogs know that I am eating them they are quick to join in on the party.
I’ll never be able to eat carrots along again.
Carrots are known for helping you protect your eyesight, but they do a whole lot more. They are a natural diuretic which helps with digestion and ensuring that your body keeps its natural inflammation in check.
Zucchini is a great source of magnesium, fiber, and folate. It also contains lutein and zeaxanthin which happen to be powerful phytonutrients. Why are these awesome? Because they help fight off many forms of cancer.
Cancer is bad.