The 10 Best Low Calorie Foods for Weight Loss

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The 10 Best Low Calorie Foods for Weight Loss

For those looking to lose weight, including low-calorie foods in your diet is an essential step. This article provides you with a list of healthy, low-calorie foods to incorporate.

Low-calorie foods include water, tea, salad greens, soup broth, mushrooms, strawberries, vegetable soup, whole grain toast, cod, eggs, and low-fat cottage cheese. An average woman on a weight-loss diet should aim to eat between 1500-1800 calories per day, depending on how active they are. Men will require approximately 500 calories more.

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

List of Low Calorie Foods

A glass of water1 Water
Calories per 8oz CupCalories per 100g
0 calories0 calories

Club soda, herbal and green teas also have 0 calories. Green tea has also been shown in studies to aid fat loss.

See the complete ranking of beverages low in calories.

Watercress2 Salad Greens (Watercress)
Calories per CupCalories per 100g
4 calories11 calories

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 broth3 Broth
Calories per CupCalories per 100g
11 calories5 calories
White Button Mushrooms4 Vegetables (Mushrooms)
Calories per CupCalories per 100g
15 calories22 calories

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.

Strawberries5 Fruits (Strawberries)
Calories per CupCalories per 100g
53 calories32 calories

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 Soup6 Vegetable Soup
Calories per CupCalories per 100g
67 calories28 calories
Whole Wheat Bread7 Whole Grain Toast
Calories per SliceCalories per 100g
69 calories288 calories
A cod fillet8 Cod
Calories per 3oz FilletCalories per 100g
71 calories84 calories

More Seafood 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.

Eggs9 Eggs
Calories in 1 Large EggCalories per 100g
78 calories155 calories
Cottage Cheese10 Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
Calories per OzCalories per 100g
81 calories72 calories

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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About the Data

Data for the curated food lists comes from the USDA Food Data Central Repository.

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About Nutrient Targets

Setting targets can provide a guide to healthy eating.

Some of the most popular targets include:
  • Daily Value (%DV) - The daily value (%DV) is a general guideline for consumption that will prevent deficiency of a nutrient in most people. The %DV refers to the percentage of an amount that's found in a single serving of a food. It also accounts for absorption factors. It is set by the U.S. FDA.
  • Recommended Dietary Allowance (%RDA) - The RDA sets an average daily dietary intake level that is sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97.5 percent) healthy individuals. It's more specific than the daily value, and varies by age and gender. The RDA is set by the US National Instutites of Health.
  • Reference Dietary Intake (%RDI) -The reference dietary intake is similar to the recommended daily allowance, and is specific to age and gender. The RDI for amino acids is set by the U.N. World Health Organization.
  • Adequate Intake (%AI) - This value is primarily used in reference to omega-3 and omega-6 fats. The Adequate Intake is also set by the U.S. Institute of Medicine. Because there is less evidence to determine the ideal targets for consumption of these nutrients, the specific amount is considered to be less reliable. Using the term Adequate Intake, rather than one of the other terms, helps to emphasize that the ideal intake has not yet been scientifically determined.

See the Guide to Recommended Daily Intakes for more information.

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Data Sources and References

  1. U.S. Agricultural Research Service Food Data Central
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