22 Very Low-Calorie Foods That Can Help You Reduce Weight Faster

22 Very Low-Calorie Foods That Can Help You Reduce Weight Faster

Obesity is a major cause of deadly diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer. Many surveys estimate that the rate of obesity in the United States is highest in the world. Obesity has affected more than 93 million US adults in 2015-16, according to CDC.

The main reason for obesity your eating habit. Eating junk foods, sugar, foods high in calories can make you overweight. Junk food surely looks tasty but these foods have very negative impacts on your health.

Eating low-calorie foods is one of the best diet option to curb extra calories from your diet. In this article, we have enlisted 22 very low-calorie foods, aka low-calorie superfoods, that would help you keep your weight under control.

What are Low-calorie Foods?

You surely need calories in your body to function and stay fit.

Low-calorie foods help you in losing weight as they satisfy your hunger without adding extra pounds to your body. Losing weight is equal to losing calories in your body.

Having low-calorie foods in your daily diet may also reduce your energy. The below-listed fruits and veggies are full of vitamins, fibers, antioxidants and other vital nutrients that will make you feel fuller even on the low-calorie diet.

1. Tea

Green tea

When it comes to starting a healthy lifestyle, let’s start our day with a healthy cup of tea. Teas, especially green, black or chamomile tea are high in antioxidant and help your body boost energy.

Green tea is well-known for its weight loss properties. Green tea increases metabolism and helps your body burn calories more efficiently. Tea is rich in polyphenols that protect body cells from diseases like cancer.

You should start consuming tea from today to keep your body fit, clean and energized.

Calories in a cup of Green TeaZero

2. Tomatoes

Tomato tea

Now, you might think that you regularly consume tomatoes as ketchup, but are still overweight. Ketchup generally fall under the category of the processed foods, and that’s why you shouldn’t eat ketchup on a daily basis.

Instead, you should add raw tomatoes in your daily diet. You can eat raw tomatoes with salads, soups or dishes. Tomatoes are rich in vitamins and fiber and make a healthy addition to your weight loss diet.

Tomatoes are considered a primary dietary source of antioxidants and have many health benefits apart from losing weight. It is an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin C.

Calories in a small whole Tomato: 16

3. Lemons and Limes


Dietitians often say, a lemon a day keeps all the fats away. Citrus fruits are known for their detoxifying properties. Lemons are especially rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber.

Drinking lemon water in the morning has a huge number of benefits to your body. Squeeze some lemon in hot water and drink it every morning to shed those extra calories and keep your weight in check.

Calories in per 100 grams of Lemon: 29

4. Berries

Mulberry Extract

Berries are super tasty and super-rich fruits. Berries like raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries are a great source of anti-inflammatories.

These tiny berries are power boosters to your energy; they also prevent you from heart cancer. You should add berries to your healthy oatmeal, smoothies or wash and eat them raw.

Calories in 100 grams Berries: 57

5. Spinach


The greener the vegetable, the better it is. No food is as green as Spinach. This super-food has all the disease-fighting antioxidants rich in iron, fat-soluble vitamins, and folic acid.

Make spinach soups; add them to your salads or even cook easy spinach recipes to satisfy your taste buds.
Calories in 100 gms of Spinach: 23.18

6. Apple


An apple a day keeps doctors away. We’ve grown up listening to this line. Well, it is considered one of the wealthiest fruits as they are very nutritious.

They are delicious and good for diabetic people too. Apples can help your digestion system to work smoother which also aids in weight loss.

Calories in 100 grams of Apple: 52

7. Asparagus


You get Asparagus in three colors green, white and purple. We suggest you eat the purple asparagus, as it has many beneficial elements which can prevent heart disease.

It is rich in folate and vitamin K. You can add Asparagus to your food like pasta, salad or even cook it with olive oil and eat it.

Calories: 20/100 grams

8. Broccoli


Broccoli has to be on our best low-calorie superfoods for its excellent components and rich in many nutrients. It is known as one of the best green vegetables which can prevent you from cancer diseases and reduce cholesterol levels in your body.

Broccoli is high in fiber and has good carb properties. Hence, it also helps in digestion. It is an excellent vegetable for weight loss as you can add it your salads, food and even soups.

Calories: 34/100 grams

9. Cabbage


Cabbage is also one of the main vegetable used during a Keto diet. For those who don’t know, Keto diet is the most trending diet followed by many people for weight loss. Cabbage has some excellent properties to shred those kilos easily.

You can add cabbage in your salads, tasty recipes like Chinese food or Indian food. You can even add some salt, chili flakes or pepper and eat it raw to satisfy your hunger. Cabbage has one of the least calories levels in the list.

Calories: 25/100 grams

10. Celery


When it comes to least calorie foods, Celery has to come up on our list. Celery can be eaten anytime as it has high water content. You can eat celery raw and also include in any salads.

It brings many digestive benefits and also helps in reducing blood pressure. We suggest you intake celery daily, as the main elements are fiber and water.

Calories: 6.01/100 grams

11. Cucumber


We all use cucumbers in our salads or even use it to pamper our skin. Cucumber is another water-based vegetable which is high in water content and low in calories.

It is also shallow in cholesterol, sodium, and fats with a refreshing taste. Eating cucumber on a daily basis can keep you hydrated, help in weight loss and balance your blood sugar levels.

Calories: 15.54/100 gram

12. Onions


Onion is a versatile vegetable which is almost used in every recipe in our kitchen. There are red, white and yellow onions which might taste different but has the same nutrition levels with fewer amounts of calories.

Onions have beneficial properties to reduce the risk of obesity and cancer. If you are consuming onions daily in your healthy diet plans, you are inevitably going to lose those extra pounds from your body.

Calories: 40/100 grams

13. Watermelon


Well, some delicious fruits have equal to zero calories and can be eaten all day. One of them is Watermelon which has over 90% of water content.

It doesn’t only helps in weight loss, but also controls blood pressure levels, digestion, hydration, and inflammation. It is rich with various vitamins and minerals which you need in your daily life.

Calories: 30/100 grams

14. Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are also known as mini cabbages. You can either eat them raw or cook them with any other vegetable. Let’s see some of the beneficial properties of Brussels sprouts-

  • Highly rich in vitamin K
  • Helps in reducing inflammation
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • High in fiber
  • Reduces the risk of diabetes and heart disease
  • Promotes healthy digestion and weight loss
  • Consuming Brussels sprouts can do wonders to your body

Calories: 43/100 grams

15. Beetroots


Beetroots are called as one of the best superfoods to balance blood pressure levels. It also detoxifies your body with its high folate components.

Beetroots are rich in vitamin C and other efficient minerals. You can eat raw beets or even cook them, make smoothies or even make juices. Although it is high in sugar level, it is low in calories and is fat-free.

Calories: 43/100 grams

16. Lettuce

Have you ever heard about eating and burning calories? Well, tasty lettuce can do the work for you. Consuming raw lettuce is one of the best ways to lose weight and fill your stomach.

There are different colors and varieties of lettuce in the market including iceberg, crisphead, romaine and other such. It is a versatile vegetable too.

However, you can’t consider lettuce to be a portion of good food if you add them to heavy fattening creams.

Calories: 15/100 grams

17. Peppers

Love to add those colorful peppers to your favorite recipes. Bell peppers are best antioxidants and rich in vitamins. You can eat bell peppers raw or cooked as they are rich in vitamin C and are mainly composed of water (92%).

They are available in yellow, red and green color and have slight taste difference but similar nutritional values.

Calories: 20/100 grams

18. Carrots

Carrot is highly abundant in vitamins and fiber and is delicious to taste. Carrots are considered a great food to cure or enhance your eyesight.

Apart from that, carrots also play a significant role in weight loss by giving you all the nutrients that you require to be healthy. Carrots are a rich source of vitamin A and fiber.

You can add carrots to your salads, make carrots soup or juice or even eat them raw.

Calories: 41/100 grams

19. Mushrooms

Shiitake mushroom

Now you have a reason to love mushrooms as they are deficient in calories and have high energy values. It contains a high amount of antioxidants and vitamins and fiber.

You can choose from different types of mushrooms like Portobello, shiitake or white button to suit your taste buds. You can add these mushrooms to almost everything from a salad to an omelet.

Calories: 22/100 grams

20. Papaya

Papaya is a delicious fruit packed with excellent nutrition values including high sources of Vitamin A, C, and potassium. To all those have cholesterol problems, papaya can be your best friend to cure them.

It has properties like papain, an enzyme that helps in digestion and evidently in weight loss as well. You can undoubtedly add papaya to your fruit salads or diet plan to get the best results.

Calories: 42.78/ 100 grams

21. Garlic


Garlic is of course not a single food to eat, but it can be used as a spice or an ingredient in your daily healthy diet plan. Garlic is a strongly flavored vegetable which has a lot of anti-bacterial properties.

It is also used to cure many diseases from ancient times. You should consume 3-5 cloves of garlic daily. Here’s why-

  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Controls blood pressure
  • Rich source of vitamins C and B6
  • Cures chronic diseases

Garlic is highly nutritious but has low calories levels and surely helps you in the process of weight-loss with adding some flavors to your diet.

22. Coffee

You’ll have to skip your favorite milk coffee with sugar and replace it with black coffee. Black coffee is an excellent drink for weight loss, and gym trainers strongly recommend it.

Caffeine in black coffee boosts your energy and also cuts down your hunger. A cup of black coffee in morning speeds up your metabolism and burns fat.

We suggest you avoid drinking black coffee late night as the caffeine in it might disturb your sleeping schedule.

Calories: Zero!

Well, if you are searching for fewer calorie foods, you should always opt for natural fruits and vegetables. Go to the supermarket and store these superfoods in your fridge and start a healthy diet plan. Now!

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Dr. David Cummings, MD

David Cummings, MD, is a medical reviewer and editor at Daily Health Cures. David received his medical degree from the University of Illinois.