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Zero Calorie Foods - Negative Calorie Foods

Mother of 2 daughters and grandmother of 7, I strive daily to achieve an optimum level of health and happiness. Life is all about balance.


Naturally Ideal Diet Foods

Although all foods contain calories some foods take so much energy to digest that your body actually burns up the calories from them in the process of consuming them. These are called Zero Calorie Foods.

Still other amazing foods take so much energy to digest that you actually lose weight by eating them. These are known as Negative Calorie Foods.

Substituting more of these into your daily meals to replace higher calorie foods can help you to lose weight.

They are Indeed Out There

They are foods that when consumed actually use so much energy being digested that they cause your body to burn enough calories to offset the calories that they contain.

High fiber foods generally take a large amount of energy to digest so it is little surprise that it is largely fruits and vegetables that have managed to make the Zero calorie or Negative calorie food lists. This makes sense as these items tend to have a higher fiber count than other foods.

It is the high fiber content within these foods that causes you to lose weight when you consume them. When you dine on these foods you actually burn more calories than you consume. These high fiber foods take your body that much time and energy to digest!

Keep in mind that these foods will make you feel hungrier because your body has to work harder to digest them.

Include High Quality Protein in Your Diet Plan

Include High Quality Protein in Your Diet Plan

Principles Such as the Cabbage Soup and Grapefruit Diet Use

Zero calorie diets like The Cabbage Soup Diet or The Grapefruit Diet are based on foods that are difficult to digest. These diets work on the principle of eating foods that burn more calories than they contain.

It can be very difficult to lose weight so sometimes just losing that first few pounds a little faster offers up enough encouragement for a person to continue on in their diet. A quick start diet program can often give a dieter the boost that they need to continue on in a regular weight loss program.

It should be noted though that quick weight loss diets generally do not provide adequate protein / nutrition so are plans that you should not be on for extended periods of time.

The 0 calorie foods can also be very helpful for people who are simply trying to control their weight. You just include a few more of these foods into your daily diet plan to replace higher calorie options. It is amazing how easy it can be to maintain a weight loss.

Zero Calorie Food List

Asparagus, apple, beet, blueberries, broccoli, cranberry, cantaloupe, carrot, celery, chicory, cauliflower, cucumber, dandelion, endive, garden cress, garlic, grapefruit, green bean, honeydew, hot chili peppers, lemon, lime, lettuce, mango, onion, orange, papaya, peach, pineapple, radish, raspberries, spinach, strawberries, tomato, tangerine, turnip, watermelon, and zucchini.

The Cabbage Soup Recipe

3 large onions

2 green peppers

2 large cans of diced tomatoes

5 Carrots

1 bunch of celery

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1 bulb of garlic

Half a head of cabbage

1 large can of tomato soup (optional)

Enough water to almost cover the veggies.

Season to taste with your choice of parsley, ginger, cayenne pepper, curry, garlic powder, salt, pepper, or any other of your favorite no calorie spices. Simmer till veggies are tender.

Note: When using this food to lose weight - Cabbage soup should not be the only food you eat for an extended period of time. The soup itself is best used as a diet aide when alternated with days of normal eating patterns. For example: Eat cabbage soup for 2 days. Eat regular meals for 1 day. Eat cabbage soup for 1 day. Eat normal for 3 days. Then repeat the sequence.

Diet responsibly - insure that your body has all the nutrients that it needs.

Studies Suggest that You Will Still Feel Hungry After Consuming Fatty Foods

Why? Because your body does not recognize fat as an immediate food source and it will take the fat and store it for future use instead.

This means you will still feel hungry even though you have just finished eating.

Greasy foods just won't satisfy your cravings as much as non-fatty foods will. So select grilled lean meat or fish over hamburger and if you are eating potatoes choose boiled potatoes over french fries.

Diners also eat less when their food is served on a dark colored plate. It is believed this occurs because the portion size is more visible.

Eat a Balanced Diet

Consuming protein, fiber, and antioxidant rich food can help to make you feel fuller longer because your body's nutritional needs are being met. Insure that your body is receiving the required protein and other nutrients that it requires to function properly.

Salads are low calorie but the flavorings you put on top can turn them into a high calorie food. Keep your dressings light.

Salads are low calorie but the flavorings you put on top can turn them into a high calorie food. Keep your dressings light.

Sauces and Other Flavor Enhancers Add Extra Calories

When you are dieting your foods does not have to be bland. You can avoid high calorie sauces and still have tongue tingling flavor in your meals by choosing your herbs, seasonings, and sauces with care.

Many taste enhancing sauces have zero or negative calories yet contain a ton of flavor when they are used to season your food. Tabasco pepper sauce, lemon juice, lime juice, and mustard are just a few of the many flavorings that can be sprinkled over food to add zest without calories to an otherwise bland meal.

Add seasonings that won't add extra calories to your meal: Salt, Pepper, Ginger, Dill, Peppermint, and Garlic.

For a spice that will actually cause you to lose weight by increasing your metabolism use Cayenne pepper. It is known for its metabolism boosting abilities and is a healthier choice than the basic black pepper that most people use.

Mix Cayenne pepper into your basic yellow mustard to create a hot tasty mustard sauce that will also serve to increase your weight loss potential.

Avoiding fad diets and the yoyo dieting cycle will help increase your odds of a successful weight loss. Diet Responsibly.

Don't Get Carried Away With Your Diet Plan. Keep Your Body Healthy. Diet Responsibly.

Don't Get Carried Away With Your Diet Plan. Keep Your Body Healthy. Diet Responsibly.

Are you on a diet?

Studies Show That Catechins In Green Tea May Help You Lose Belly Fat

Studies show that drinking about 5 cups of green tea per day can help to reduce belly fat. Green tea is chock full of antioxidants as well so enjoy a cup or two every day. Now isn't that a wonderful way to relax at the end of the work.

Diet Responsibly:

When using 0 calorie foods for dieting DO NOT forget the importance of protein in your diet plan.

Low calorie foods will help you lose weight but you must have proper nutrition to keep you energetic and active.

The ideal way to use these foods to your advantage, is to simply include more of them into your basic living plan, and insure that you consume them on a regular basis.

For quick weight loss or a more rigid diet plan set aside days to incorporate only zero calorie foods into. Eat only zero calorie foods for one or two days a week and then eat your regular foods for the remainder of the week.

This irregular form of dieting will not only help you reduce your weight, but it will also serve to trick your body into not recognizing that it is losing weight, and this may prevent that oh so dreaded 'diet plateau' from occurring.

Beauty shines from the inside. Be Wise - Be Well. Bon appetit!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2008 Lorelei Cohen

Are You Trying to Lose Weight?

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on September 11, 2019:

Keto has been a lifesaver for me, that cabbage soup is very appealing to me right now - going to have to make some

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on June 05, 2019:

Good article and recipe for zero calorie foods.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on December 26, 2014:

I read this just in time for the New Year's resolutions. I found your information very helpful. You included some things I did not know about. I only need to lose 10 pounds, so using your advice plus exercise should get me there.

Niktravelfit on June 24, 2014:

Nice lens and lots of good info. I love eating an apple a day and now I do even more.

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on March 28, 2014:

Thank you for another highly informative lens. I knew that celery was a negative calorie food, but I did not know about all those other zero-calorie and negative-calorie foods. I'm definitely going to be researching those for more information. Thank you for teaching me something today.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on January 29, 2014:

@PadmashriSriram: I include a lot of juices in my diet plan. Generally have at least one meal that is a smoothie. It is a nice way to get the vegetables and fruits in.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on January 29, 2014:

@Merrci: Thank you. What I really found fascinating was the concept of the cycling diet. In it you trick your body into not noticing that it is on a diet so that you can avoid the diet plateau. I found that very interesting. There are so many little tricks one can use in the battle of the bulge.

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on January 18, 2014:

Very interesting and well done lens! Thanks for sharing it.

JustineKnott on January 10, 2014:

Very educational, thank you! I did not realise some of the foods you listed were low or zero calories.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on December 15, 2013:

@Pam Irie: I used to make cabbage soup quite often when I was younger. I come from Ukrainian - Scottish heritage so borsht was a part of my mothers cooking but I prefer the cabbage over the beat soup.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on December 15, 2013:

@Jogalog: I can remember when I was younger I think I was almost always dieting. Now I just try to eat healthy. I am older and quite happy to carry a few extra pounds on my frame.

PadmashriSriram on December 14, 2013:

Wow! I had little idea on this but your lens is way too descriptive and nice.

Jogalog on December 14, 2013:

I like to eat healthily but I almost never diet. It's definitely a good idea to fill up on veggies and foods that take longer to digest to help lose weight.

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on November 07, 2013:

I'm glad to see this cabbage soup recipe; I do love cabbage. I eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables daily, but this is the first time I've heard of negative calorie food. Love it! :)

pjsart on October 28, 2013:

I make cabbage soup about once a month and eat it for a week. I add chopped chicken breast to mine. Nice lens...thanks.

Erin Mellor from Europe on October 27, 2013:

I enjoy veggies and fruits, but when I'm tired and feel under time pressure it's too easy to grab something processed instead.

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on October 15, 2013:

I need to keep more of the item on the list here and ready to eat because it is so easy to grab a cookie.

SavioC on October 14, 2013:

Yes I maintain a healthy eating habit that's more of veggies. Its very important to take care of oneself. So eat healthy , do exercises. Stay healthy & happy.

Yes I have heard a lot about Grapefruit lately . Not yer tried it though. Thank You.

chardonnay1313 on September 14, 2013:

A lot of people need to start to take responsibility for their actions for the foods that they eat because they let taste dictate a lot of the things that they eat. Good Lens.

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on September 09, 2013:

Fortunately, I've never had to diet. However, I'm always aware of good food choices and try to make sure we have plenty of vegetables on our plates!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on August 11, 2013:

I never realized that there were so many 0 calorie food before. The great thing is that I eat everything on that list.

anonymous on May 14, 2013:

I was pleased to see that most of the foods on your list of negative calorie - zero calorie foods are foods that I love.

anonymous on April 20, 2013:

Are dried mango, pineapple, apple, etc. also on this list?

geosum on April 11, 2013:

I get lots of veggies and zero calorie foods. Great lens.

In the past I've tried the cabbage soup diet and a number of other plans. Didn't change my lifestyle and regained most of what I had lost. Now having good success with a low-calorie & high protein diet. Lost 80 lbs in 8 months.

TapIn2U on April 08, 2013:

I've got to include these foods on my list. Sundae ;-)

ErikAlexander LM on March 20, 2013:

I never thought a food could actually take more calories to digest than what it gives you. Very cool! I'm trying to lose 20 pounds within a few months so this is a cool find. Great lens, bookmarked.

Lee from Derbyshire, UK on March 05, 2013:

Really useful lens - will seriously consider adding these to my diet

anonymous on March 05, 2013:

I had no idea about zero calorie foods. Learn something new every day. Great lens.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on February 27, 2013:

@MelanieMurphyMyer: Hi I would think the standard food rules would apply. I would keep it no longer than 5 days in the refrigerator. I would think that it would freeze although I have never frozen any. I freeze my homemade pea soup, as well as my cabbage rolls, so I would think the cabbage soup should freeze as well. Let me know how it goes.

MelanieMurphyMyer on February 27, 2013:

Thanks for this page! Right now I have my first big pot of your cabbage soup recipe simmering on the stove. How long will it keep in the fridge, and can some of it be frozen? Thanks!

Carpenter76 on February 27, 2013:

Have to try this tips :) love brocoli :D brocoli diet hmmmmm

JimMcD on February 11, 2013:

I am fortunate enough to have a tangerine tree and an orange tree so am always eating lots of great fruit.

Green beans are another of my favorite foods

Thanks for this lens

bossypants on February 10, 2013:

I am so pleased to see that some of my favorite foods are on the zero calorie list! I'm not a fan of cabbage (except in creamy cole slaw -- which I'm guessing isn't a zero calorie food!), so I make a vegetable soup where I slightly puree the cabbage. It thickens the soup and I don't have to come across the chunks.

Thanks for this inspiration to eat the right foods for good health!

mwiener on January 30, 2013:

Another lens that provides valuable information.

TedWritesStuff on January 29, 2013:

Have just commenced my new year diet (always crazy to try to start on Jan 1!) and zero calorie foods are high on my list, though I just can't eat celery.. no matter what! But there re so many foods that missing one is no big deal. I add fish to get my protein fix. Great lens.

Gardener Don on January 25, 2013:

I see some of my favorite fruit made the list - mango's, pineapples. Too bad they're so high in sugar content though - tough of us diabetics!

Brian Stephens from France on January 25, 2013:

I need some of these for my fasting days when I am only allowed 600 calories, you don't know any alcohol that zero calories by any chance? :-) No I didn't think so, doh!

WhatsTheBuzz LM on January 14, 2013:

Real inspiring. Now I have to implement what I have read. Great lens...

anonymous on December 05, 2012:

even though i love a lot of veggies I ruin it by smothering them in butter or cheese and salt, but there is nothing better than a shaker of salt and a just picked tomato on a hot summer afternoon. Nice information Lady Mermaid.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on December 04, 2012:

@Titia: Me too girl. I have a terrible sweet tooth for bakery items. Fortunately I also love apples, broccoli, and cauliflower which all fall onto the 0 calorie negative calorie food list.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on December 04, 2012:

@sunny saib: Zero calorie foods - negative calorie foods really is an interesting topic. I love apples so I am glad that they are on this diet food list.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on November 22, 2012:

@psychegr: When one knows the science behind how our body and mind process the foods we eat it can really help our overall fitness. The problem though with 0 calorie foods is that they will make you hungrier because your body is working hard to digest them.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on November 22, 2012:

@Wendy Leanne: Thank you sweetie. I have been consuming my share of zero calorie foods this past week in the form of apples and broccoli. I love both of these 0 calorie foods and apples are so very healthy - well broccoli too I guess lol. Thank you for stopping by.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on November 12, 2012:

@CristianStan: Apples are one of my favorite zero calorie foods too. Apples are also great for detoxing your body as well - they help to remove metal poisoning from the body.

CristianStan on November 11, 2012:

I was glad when I saw apple's on the list! They are my second favorite fruit!

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on November 09, 2012:

@anonymous: Broccoli and Cauliflower are my favorite veggies but a nice crisp apple takes my heart every time when it comes to foods that are great diet foods.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on November 08, 2012:

@rewops: Vegetables are often for low calorie, high nutrition, and high fiber. I have really become aware of the better quality meats and tend to include them more into my diet plan now. I eat beef very rarely now. My favorite 0 calorie foods are apples and cauliflower.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on November 08, 2012:

@kopox: If we know the most filling foods, the zero calorie foods, and how our body views these foods when we consume them, then we really could create the perfect diet plan.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on November 08, 2012:

@eightieschild: Congratulations on your successful diet plan. Be forewarned on the cabbage soup, like most of the other zero calorie foods, it will make you feel hungrier. I like cauliflower because it can replace potatoes and tastes very similar to them when mashed but it is also a very filling food.

eightieschild on October 20, 2012:

had no idea that there was such a thing as negative calorie food. I've been on a diet recently and have managed to lose 4 stone in around six months, so am always interested to hear about other die tops. Will try the cabbage soup I think.

kopox on October 19, 2012:

never know that these kind of foods does exist before reading your lens

anonymous on October 18, 2012:

I sure do, I prefer veggies over fruit!

Wendy Leanne from Texas on September 29, 2012:

I stopped by to give this lens another blessing just because I like it that much! =)

rewops on September 26, 2012:

Since increasing my vegetable and fiber intake, and reducing meat by half, I have lost 80 pounds.

psychegr on September 13, 2012:

Nice lens on zero callorie food! Valuable and true information

sunny saib on September 07, 2012:

I didn't even know the concept of negative calorie foods till now. Great lens. Very informative and attractively done. :)

Titia Geertman from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on September 01, 2012:

WOW I really need to visit your lenses a lot more than I did. Zero calories is just what I need LOL

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on September 01, 2012:

Veggies are so good for us and help us to feel healthier when we eat enough of them.

This is a great lens with very helpful information. Thanks!

Stacy Birch on September 01, 2012:

Doesn't everyone eat more veggies on a diet? About constipation, eating too much fiber is not good either. If you never eat fiber or are dieting and eat way more than the 25 to 35 you should be in taking, you can get backed up for a bit, at until your body gets used too the diet.

crstnblue on September 01, 2012:

Liked your great lens previously, now got wings and returned to bless it, too! :)

maryLuu on August 28, 2012:

Yes and no... it depends on the diet type...

bender2003 on August 27, 2012:

I like your in depth informations about 0 calorie foods. As an asian food lover

0 calorie foods reminds me two well known Japanese food: Tofu and konyaku with soy sauce a good option for diet menus.


RebeccaE on August 27, 2012:

this is a great lens, and I love how you stress you need to eat well and stay healthy

DesignSpace on August 26, 2012:

This was really informative! Thanks!

Rose Jones on August 24, 2012:

Back to review this awesome lens - and send it on to google plus and twitter.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on August 22, 2012:

@baseballchris46: Ha ha! Nope and I am not sure how that one skipped being a 0 calorie food. Rats huh?

anonymous on August 22, 2012:

This is exactly how I'm SUPPOSED to be eating... especially avoiding nightshade veggies with my particular health issues... thank you for the great lens, it's very motivating - and I'm definitely going to try that cabbage soup recipes, it looks delicious!

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on August 21, 2012:

Hi great info and tip on zero calorie food. Yes I do eat more vegetables and fruit when I try to loose weight. Blessed and added to my lens Squid Angel flinnie

anonymous on August 10, 2012:

I have been eating these particular range of foods more and more for the past 3 months now. I was not aware of the mechanics which you have explained here. Thanks for sharing.

JoshK47 on August 02, 2012:

Definitely a great way to enhance one's diet - eat snacks of this nature, while still eating good (but still healthy!) sized meals, and you'll be set with some exercise. :)

TamarWrites on July 27, 2012:

I eat a lot of vegetables and fruits normally, as do my kids. Great lens-I learned a lot!

Wedding Mom on July 25, 2012:

I eat a lot of vegetables.

anonymous on July 17, 2012:

so many wonderful foods on this list!!! i will eat more of these with my meals!

AnimalHouse on July 16, 2012:

I try to eat more vegetables.

writerkath on July 15, 2012:

Excellent list! I like your cabbage soup recipe too! :) Great job!

baseballchris46 on July 12, 2012:

oh man...deep dish pizza didn't make the list of zero calorie foods. I was sure it would. :p I never realized that that many food were zero calories or negative calories. I knew celery was but that's the only one. I like the zero calorie sauces as well because I feel like a meal is only as good as the flavors it gives off and the spices you put on it.

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 08, 2012:

Thanks for this list. I am currently weight watching and I am pleased to discover that I am already eating quite a few of the foods on your list. I'll eat more of them from now on.

Tetradica on July 07, 2012:

If only I didn't add so many unhealthy things on top of my zero calorie foods ;)

SteveKaye on July 04, 2012:

This is great information. I'll share that I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables - food that are on this list. Thank you for publishing this lens.

AfroMuscle on July 04, 2012:

Wow, great stuff. This is new to me and I'll be changing my diet to loosely follow this. Thanks.

GregKuhn on July 01, 2012:

I love this lens, Ladymermaid! In my lens I talk about how important it is to feel good about the food we eat in order to lose unwanted weight. How can anyone not feel good about eating zero-calorie food? You've good us all a great service here. Thank you!

robertzimmerman2 on July 01, 2012:

It depends on the diet my wife puts "us" on! Very interesting Lens, I'll show it to her.

OliviaDaughter LM on June 30, 2012:

Wonderful lens, I need all the help I can get in the area of healthy eating.

Mary Stuart on June 28, 2012:

I am really happy to see a lot of my favorite fruits and vegetables on your negative calories food list. Your lens is a great inspiration to eat healthier!

anonymous on June 25, 2012:

No, because I didn't know about zero calorie foods, but now that I do, I will.

chas65 on June 25, 2012:

Love many of the foods on the list. Now to concentrate on them more. Thanks for this informative lens.

andrew69 on June 16, 2012:

Well I do, and didn't know it till now

CyberTech LM on June 16, 2012:

I will NOW!!!

Camden1 on June 13, 2012:

I didn't know that there were so many zero calorie foods - I thought celery was the only one!

WriterJanis2 on June 12, 2012:

Excellent info. I enjoyed learning about negative calorie foods. Blessed!

whats4dinner on June 06, 2012:

Great lens with a lot of good advice. I consume a lot of fruits and vegetables.

golfspice on June 04, 2012:

Good advice, tips and recommendations - I don't dislike veggies, but know I should eat more fruit and veg.

Brian Stephens from France on May 23, 2012:

Hmmm! did you write this lens for me? Well if you didn't you should have, I could do with all of these in my diet. lol.

Sweety39 on May 22, 2012:

Very neat how a person can "eat their way skinny" by choosing foods that take more calories to burn than what you consume eating them.

Michey LM on May 20, 2012:

This is a very interesting theory I read in a long time - "eating foods that burn more calories than they contain". You r lens is full of great info Thanks. I'll try the cabbage soup.

Millionairemomma on May 17, 2012:

I eat loads of veggies. This lens was great!

jawdropfilms on May 15, 2012:

Great lens. I didn't know how many zero calorie foods were out there!

JennySui on May 15, 2012:

Great lens! I didn't know that there are so many zero calorie foods before reading this lens.

Fay Favored from USA on May 14, 2012:

Glad to see some some of these I already eat. I need to do better. Oatmeal is something I try to eat several times a week, and not in cookies either :)

darciefrench lm on May 13, 2012:

I was a yo yo dieter all my life - now I do things like eat kale fresh off the patio plant, I go to the nearest local produce place and buy fresh fruit and veggies every other day in small amounts for variety. It's a lifestyle change and this lens is an awesome resource. Thanks for sharing the good word :)

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