Losing weight involves doing one of two things: consuming less calories or burning more calories.Counting calories is a major part of any successful weight loss program. In fact, it’s been said that as much as 80 percent of successful weight loss involves reducing caloric intake. To prove this point, let’s assume you eat the proper number of calories each day to maintain your weight. Then, you add a 100-calorie apple to your diet each day during the month. Within a month’s time, you will have added a pound to your waistline.
No food is calorie free, so the term “zero calories” is a little misleading. However, there are several foods with next-to-zero calories that can help you reduce your daily caloric intake. To help ensure you are consuming the right amount of necessary calories needed to get or keep your body at a healthy weight, here are ten “zero” calorie foods that will fill your tummy yet still help you lose weight.
Take a look at some of those foods.
One cup of sliced cucumber contains just 16 calories. Cucumber which is sprinkled with a little pepper or salt, or sunk in apple cider vinegar is the perfect snack for you.
A large leaf of raw cabbage has only 4 calories and is considered a super food. Cabbage is rich in fiber and studies have shown that it can be effective in preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Raw carrots are rich in Vitamin A and are loaded full of antioxidants which fight disease,are a great crunch-satisfying, stress-reducing snack. A medium-sized carrot has around 30 calories.
Celery stalks are also an excellent snack and an excellent addition to salads, stir fry recipes or soups. Two big celery stalks have only around 15 calories, and since they are rich in water, they hydrate the body as well.
Mushroom is an adaptable food and just like celery it can be combined withsoups, salads, stir fry recipes or consumed in raw form. A slice of raw mushroom has a single calorie.
Asparagus is rich in potassium, a combination of protein, fiber and folate .Lightly cooked asparagus can be added to any meal, and has only 1 calorie intwo-inch spear.
Kale is anexcellent addition to any salad, and excellent for consuming as a snack during the day. It is rich in Vitamins A and C.A cup of raw sliced kale has 34 calories. Be sure to include this vegetable in your diet.
Fresh sugar snap pea is more of a dessert than a veggie. A half cup of this has only 30 calories and it is perfect as addition in salads and as a snack.
Cauliflower is one more delicious vegetable that can be used as a snack. One cauliflower floret has only 3 calories.
A tomato of medium size contains about 25 calories and it is also a great addition to sandwiches or salad.
By consuming these low-calories foods, you are making sure that you are providing your body with the daily nutritional supply of veggies and at the same time you consume fewer calories.