Ever have those days when you feel hungry all day long? Us, too! The good news is there are plenty of healthy foods and meal combinations you can enjoy to help you feel full without breaking your calorie bank. The key is prioritizing the following three components for weight loss: low-calorie protein, water and fiber.

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These foods are nutrient dense, providing all kinds of phytonutrients, yet they are not sources of fat-packing calories. Again, you expend more calories eating them than they deliver to your body.

1. Grapefruit:

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Grapefruit technically isn’t quite a negative-calorie food, but it deserves mention for another reason. For starters, it’s still fairly low in calories, delivering only 74 calories per cup. But the best part is that grapefruit contains naringenin, an antioxidant derived from the bitter flavor of grapefruits, which triggers the liver to break down fat.

2. Celery:

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One stalk of celery contains just 5 calories. Celery is also an excellent source of vitamin C. Celery burns calories in 3 ways. First if you’ve ever eaten celery you know it takes some work to chew. The chewing alone will probably burn a calorie or two. Celery also contains fiber so your body has to work harder to break it down. Lastly, because celery should be eaten raw straight from the refrigerator, it will be cold, and your body will burn stored calories to keep your body temperature normal

3. Cucumber:

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Cucumbers contain so much water in them it’s not surprising that they’re low in calories. That’s why cucumbers make a great adornment to most salads, especially when the salad is full of other low-cal veggies. You can eat until you feel full, while still keeping your total number of calories to a minimum. Combine this sort of eating with a more active lifestyle, and you start to tip the scales in your favor, literally and figuratively.

4. Broccoli:

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Broccoli is a flower top picked before it blooms. It is dense in nutrition, full of beta carotene and an excellent source of fiber. Inexpensive and available all year round. It is full of vitamins B1 and C and has a generous amount of calcium, sulfur and potassium. Surprisingly, forty-five percent of calories in broccoli is protein.

5. Mushrooms:

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Mushrooms make a great low-calorie substitute for meat. Whether you grill them, bake them, or chop them finely and use them to replace ground meat, you’ll probably burn more calories than you actually eat; mushrooms have just 15 calories per cup.

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