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The 10 Best Low Calorie Foods for Weight Loss

Written by Daisy Whitbread, MScN
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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.


List of Low Calorie Foods

A glass of water

#1: Water

Calories per 8oz CupCalories per 100g
0 calories0 calories
Source: Nutrition Facts for Tap Water
Club soda, diet cola, and green tea also have 0 calories.

See the complete ranking of beverages low in calories.
Watercress

#2: Salad Greens (Watercress)

Calories per CupCalories per 100g
4 calories11 calories
Source: Nutrition Facts for Watercress

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.
Bowl of broth

#3: Soup Broth

Calories per CupCalories per 100g
11 calories5 calories
Source: Nutrition Facts for Vegetable Broth
White Button Mushrooms

#4: Vegetables (Mushrooms)

Calories per CupCalories per 100g
15 calories22 calories
Source: Nutrition Facts for White Button Mushrooms

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.
Strawberries

#5: Fruits (Strawberries)

Calories per CupCalories per 100g
53 calories32 calories
Source: Nutrition Facts for Strawberries

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.
Vegetable Soup

#6: Vegetable Soup

Calories per CupCalories per 100g
67 calories28 calories
Source: Nutrition Facts for Vegetable Soup
Whole Wheat Bread

#7: Whole Grain Toast

Calories per SliceCalories per 100g
69 calories288 calories
Source: Nutrition Facts for Multi-grain Toast
A cod fillet

#8: Cod

Calories per 3oz FilletCalories per 100g
71 calories84 calories
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Cod

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.
Eggs

#9: Eggs

Calories in 1 Large EggCalories per 100g
78 calories155 calories
Source: Nutrition Facts for Hard Boiled Eggs
Cottage Cheese

#10: Low-Fat Cottage Cheese

Calories per OzCalories per 100g
81 calories72 calories
Source: Nutrition Facts for Lowfat Cottage Cheese (1%)

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.

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Data Sources and References

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