“Stop before you fill up!”

You must have probably heard and followed this golden diet mantra countless times. But it becomes annoying to always feel dissatisfied at the end of a meal. Wouldn’t it be nice, sometimes, to fill yourself up until you can’t eat anymore, that too without feeling guilty?

If you snack on ‘zero-calorie’ or ‘negative-calorie’ foods, you can. They are foods that contain few calories, but such a small number that the energy expended in eating or digesting them nullifies the calories consumed.

So, go ahead and binge:

#1 Celery

Nutrients per serving

One cup of chopped celery contains:

  • Calories: 14
  • Protein: less than 1 gram
  • Fat: less than 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates: 3 grams
  • Fiber: 1.6 grams
  • Sugar: 1 gram

About 75% of ajwain stick is water and the rest is fiber which helps to keep you feeling full for longer.

A serving of 100 grams contains only 16 calories and provides a good dose of vitamins C, A and K as well as antioxidants. So, enjoy celery sticks with salt water or have a fat-free dip to go with them.

#2 Cucumber

nutritional benefits of cucumber

One medium unpeeled, raw cucumber contains the following:

  • Calories: 30
  • Total Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbs: 6 grams
  • Protein: 3 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Vitamin C: 10% of the Recommended Daily Value (DV)
  • Vitamin K: 57% of the DV
  • Magnesium: 9% of the DV
  • Potassium: DV . 12% of
  • Manganese: DV . 9% of

With just 16 calories in a 100 g serving, cucumber is one of the best snacks for weight watchers. It works well in salads, cold soups or even as a smoothie.

Cucumber is 95% water and hence is one of the most hydrating foods, perfect for hot summer days. It also contains an anti-inflammatory flavonol called ‘fisetin’ which plays an important role in brain health.

#3 Mushrooms

nutritional content

confirmatory an amount of NutrientReliable Source in 1 cup mushrooms recommended daily intakeTrusted Source
Energy (calories) 21.1 1,600–3,200
Protein (g) 3.0 46-56
Carbohydrates (g) 3.1, including 1.9 grams of sugar 130
Calcium (mg) 2.9 1,000-1,300
Iron (mg) 0.5 8-18
Magnesium (mg) 8.6 310-420
Phosphorus (mg) 82.6 700-1,250
Potassium (mg) 305 4,700
Sodium (mg) 4.8 2,300
Zinc (mg) 0.5 8-11
Copper (mcg) 305 890-900
Selenium (mcg) 8.9 55
Vitamin C (mg) 2.0 65-90
Vitamin D (mg) 0.2 15
Folate (mcg DFE) 16.3 400
Choline (mg) 16.6 400-550
Niacin (mg) 3.5 14-16

Be it stir-fry, pizza topping or soup, mushrooms bring life to any dish. The best part: One cup of mushrooms has just 15 calories.

They contain sufficient amount of vitamin D which helps in the absorption of calcium in that pizza cheese. They’re also full of B vitamins that improve mood and provide an energy boost that lasts for hours.

#4 Cabbage

Cabbage Nutrition Facts

  • calories: 22
  • thick: 0.1g
  • sodium: 16mg
  • Carbohydrate: 5.2g
  • fiber: 2.2g
  • sugar: 2.9g
  • protein: 1.1g
  • potassium: 151mg
  • folate: 38.3mcg
  • Vitamin K: 67.6 mcg

Whether you have it as a vegetable or in soup, you can rest assured that the cabbage has hardly given you any extra calories – a 100-gram portion contains 25 calories.

Bonus: The leafy green contains essential vitamins, folate, manganese and also boasts anti-cancer properties.

#5 Zucchini

rich in nutrients

Provides one cup (223 grams) of cooked zucchini (reliable source,

  • Calories: 17
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • thick: less than 1 gram
  • Carbs: 3 grams
  • Sugar: 1 gram
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Vitamin A: 40% of Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
  • Manganese: 16% of the RDI
  • vitamin C: 14% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 13% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 10% of RDI
  • Vitamin K: 9% of the RDI
  • Folate: 8% of the RDI
  • copper: 8% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 7% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B6: 7% of the RDI
  • Thiamine: 5% of RDI

Load your pasta with zucchini slices to cut the fat portion fast.

This 100-gram portion, which looks like a cucumber, has barely 17 calories. Zucchini has a high content of omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, niacin and various essential vitamins.

#6 Spinach


One cup of raw spinach contains (reliable source,

  • 7 calories
  • 0.86 grams protein
  • 29.7 mg calcium
  • 0.81 grams iron
  • 24 mg magnesium
  • 167 mg potassium
  • 141 micrograms (mcg) vitamin A
  • 58 mcg folate

Popeye had made a smart choice. This leafy green is both nutritious and filling.

newest Research Spinach has been found to contain a compound, thylakoid, that can slow down the digestion of fats, reducing appetite and food cravings, especially in men. Thylakoids also trigger the release of satiety hormones so that you feel a sense of satiety after your meal.

#7 Tomato

Tomato Nutrition Facts ,reliable source,

  • calories: 16
  • thick, 0.2g
  • sodium, 5mg
  • Carbohydrate, 3.5g
  • fiber, 1.1g
  • sugar, 2.4g
  • protein: 0.8g
  • vitamin C: 12.5mg
  • Vitamin K: 7.2 mcg

This savory treat is considered one of the ‘healthiest foods available’ and contains just 17 calories per 100 grams. Tomatoes contain lycopene which may help prevent cancer and heart disease. The next time you feel hungry, try a bruschetta made with whole wheat toast and lots of tomatoes.

#8 Watermelon

nutrition Facts

The nutrients in 2/3 cup (100 grams) of raw watermelon are (reliable source,

  • Calories: 30
  • Water: 91%
  • Protein: 0.6 g
  • Carbs: 7.6 grams
  • Sugar: 6.2 grams
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • thick: 0.2 g

This is one sweet dish that you can enjoy without any worries as it contains only 30 calories per 100 grams. Apart from its refreshing taste, watermelon also contains antioxidants and boosts metabolism.

#9 Papaya

Papaya Nutrition Facts ,reliable source,

  • calories: 62
  • thick: 0.4g
  • sodium: 11.6mg
  • Carbohydrate: 16g
  • fiber: 2.5g
  • sugar: 11g
  • protein: 0.7g
  • Vitamin A: 68.2 mcg
  • vitamin C: 88.3 mg

Papayas contain more calories than the other foods on this list – 43 per 100 g serving – but are so full that you will undoubtedly eat less during your next meal.

The delicious fruit is rich in anti-oxidants including vitamin C and beta-cryptoxanthin that reduce the risk of polyarthritis, a condition that affects multiple joints at once.

#10 Green Tea

Finish off your low-calorie meal by enjoying a cup of green tea. The zero-calorie drink has a thermogenic effect – it elevates body temperature, improves metabolic rate and helps burn calories faster. Plus, it’s loaded with antioxidants.

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