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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.


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List of Low Calorie Foods

1 Water
A glass of water
Club soda, diet cola, and green tea also have 0 calories.

See the complete ranking of beverages low in calories.
2 Salad Greens (Watercress)
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

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3 Soup Broth
Bowl of broth
4 Vegetables (Mushrooms)
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

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5 Fruits (Strawberries)
Strawberries

More Fruits Low in Calories

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

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6 Vegetable Soup
Vegetable Soup
7 Whole Grain Toast
Whole Wheat Bread
8 Cod
A cod fillet

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

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9 Eggs
Eggs
10 Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
Cottage Cheese

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.
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