The 10 Best Low Calorie Foods for Weight Loss

The 10 Best Low Calorie Foods for Weight Loss

For those looking to lose weight eating fewer calories is an essential step.

This article provides you with a list of low-calorie foods to incorporate in your diet. These foods should be eaten without added sugars, fats, and salt.

Low-calorie foods include water, tea, salad greens, soup broth, mushrooms, strawberries, vegetable soup, whole grain toast, cod, eggs, and low-fat cottage cheese. People on a weight-loss diet should aim to eat between 1500-1800 calories per day, depending on how active they are.

Below are 10 low-calorie foods, for more see the full ranking of all foods low in calories.


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List of Low Calorie Foods

A glass of water 1 Water
  • 0 calories per 8oz cup
  • 0 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Club soda, diet cola, and green tea also have 0 calories.

See the complete ranking of beverages low in calories.

Nutrition Facts for Tap Water.
Watercress 2 Salad Greens (Watercress)
  • 4 calories per cup
  • 11 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)

More Salad Greens Low in Calories

-5 calories per cup of arugula
-5 calories per cup of lettuce
-16 calories in a cup of cucumber

See the list of low calorie vegetables.

Nutrition Facts for Watercress.
Bowl of broth 3 Soup Broth
  • 11 calories per cup
  • 5 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
White Button Mushrooms 4 Vegetables (Mushrooms)
  • 15 calories per cup
  • 22 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)

More Vegetables Low in Calories

-19 calories per cup of radishes
-35 calories per cup of eggplant
-40 calories per cup of asparagus

See the list of low calorie vegetables.

Nutrition Facts for White Button Mushrooms.
Strawberries 5 Fruits (Strawberries)
  • 53 calories per cup
  • 32 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)

More Fruits Low in Calories

-60 calories per cup of peaches
-60 calories per cup of cantaloupe
-62 calories per cup of grapes

See the list of low calorie fruits.

Nutrition Facts for Strawberries.
Vegetable Soup 6 Vegetable Soup
  • 67 calories per cup
  • 28 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Whole Wheat Bread 7 Whole Grain Toast
  • 69 calories per slice
  • 288 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
A cod fillet 8 Cod
  • 71 calories per 3oz fillet
  • 84 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)

More Fish Low in Calories

-94 calories in 3oz of scallops
-98 calories in a cup of blue crab
-101 calories in 3oz of shrimp

See all fish low in calories.

Nutrition Facts for Cooked Cod.
Eggs 9 Eggs
  • 78 calories in 1 large egg
  • 155 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Cottage Cheese 10 Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
  • 81 calories per oz
  • 72 calories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)

More Cheese Low in Calories

-19 calories in 1 tablespoon of cream cheese
-44 calories in 1oz of non-fat cheddar
-72 calories in 1oz of low-fat mozzarella

See all dairy foods low in calories.

Nutrition Facts for Lowfat Cottage Cheese (1%).
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Data Sources and References

  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.

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