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Zero Calorie Foods - Negative Calorie Foods

Updated on December 28, 2015
Photos are my own unless otherwise credited. Article copyright 06/24/2008
Photos are my own unless otherwise credited. Article copyright 06/24/2008

Naturally great diet foods.

Although all foods contain calories some foods take so much energy to digest that your body actually burns up the calories from them in the process of consuming them. These are called Zero Calorie Foods.

Still other amazing foods take so much energy to digest that you actually lose weight by eating them. These are known as Negative Calorie Foods.

Substituting more of these into your daily meals to replace higher calorie foods can help you to lose weight.

Zero Calorie Food List

Asparagus, apple, beet, blueberries, broccoli, cranberry, cantaloupe, carrot, celery, chicory, cauliflower, cucumber, dandelion, endive, garden cress, garlic, grapefruit, green bean, honeydew, hot chili peppers, lemon, lime, lettuce, mango, onion, orange, papaya, peach, pineapple, radish, raspberries, spinach, strawberries, tomato, tangerine, turnip, watermelon, and zucchini.

You should not have to eat like a bunny to lose weight. Your body requires a variety of nutritious foods to maintain optimum health.

Bunny rabbits checking out books for information.
Bunny rabbits checking out books for information.
Apples are rich in nutrients and fiber.
Apples are rich in nutrients and fiber.

They are indeed out there.

They are foods that when consumed actually use so much energy being digested that they cause your body to burn enough calories to offset the calories that they contain.

High fiber foods generally take a large amount of energy to digest so it is little surprise that it is mostly specific fruits and vegetables that have managed to make the Zero calorie food or Negative calorie food lists. This makes sense as these foods tend to have a higher fiber count than other foods.

It is the high fiber content within these foods that causes you to lose weight when you consume them. When you dine on these foods you actually burn more calories than you consume. These high fiber foods take your body that much time and energy to digest!

Keep in mind that these foods will make you feel hungrier because your body has to work harder to digest them.

It's why you lose weight on the cabbage soup or grapefruit diet.

Zero calorie diets like The Cabbage Soup Diet or The Grapefruit Diet are based on foods that are difficult to digest. These diets work on the principle of eating foods that burn more calories than they contain.

It can be very difficult to lose weight so sometimes just losing that first few pounds a little faster offers up enough encouragement for a person to continue on in their diet. A quick start diet program can often give a dieter the boost that they need to continue on in a regular weight loss program.

It should be noted though that quick weight loss diets generally do not provide adequate protein / nutrition so are plans that you should not be on for extended periods of time.

The 0 calorie foods can also be very helpful for people who are simply trying to control their weight. You just include a few more of these foods into your daily diet plan to replace higher calorie options. It is amazing how easy it can be to maintain a weight loss.

Include a high quality protein in your diet so you can stay energy rich and muscle strong.

The foods you choose will increase or decrease your diet success.
The foods you choose will increase or decrease your diet success.
Squirrel munching on french fries.
Squirrel munching on french fries. | Source

Research studies show that you will still feel hungry after eating fatty foods.

Why? Because your body does not recognize fat as an immediate food source and it will take the fat and store it for future use instead.

This means you will still feel hungry even though you have just finished eating.

Greasy foods just won't satisfy your cravings as much as non-fatty foods will. So select grilled lean meat or fish over hamburger and if you are eating potatoes choose boiled potatoes over french fries.

Diners also eat less when their food is served on a dark colored plate. It is believed this occurs because the portion size is more visible.

Diet Responsibly. The foods you eat have a tremendous impact on your weight, health, and emotional well being.

Nutrition is a key factor when dieting. Filling foods will help you to stay full longer while protein rich foods will bring you energy and muscle strength.
Nutrition is a key factor when dieting. Filling foods will help you to stay full longer while protein rich foods will bring you energy and muscle strength.

Use zero calorie sauces as flavor enhancers that won't add extra calories to your meal.

When you are dieting your foods does not have to be bland. You can avoid high calorie sauces and still have tongue tingling flavor in your meals by choosing your herbs, seasonings, and sauces with care.

Many taste enhancing sauces have zero or negative calories yet contain a ton of flavor when they are used to season your food. Tabasco pepper sauce, lemon juice, lime juice, and mustard are just a few of the many flavorings that can be sprinkled over food to add zest without calories to an otherwise bland meal.

Add seasonings that won't add extra calories to your meal: Salt, Pepper, Ginger, Dill, Peppermint, and Garlic.

For a spice that will actually cause you to lose weight by increasing your metabolism use Cayenne pepper. It is known for its metabolism boosting abilities and is a healthier choice than the basic black pepper that most people use.

Mix Cayenne pepper into your basic yellow mustard to create a hot tasty mustard sauce that will also serve to increase your weight loss potential.

Salads are low calorie but the flavorings you put on top can turn them into a high calorie food. Keep your dressings light.
Salads are low calorie but the flavorings you put on top can turn them into a high calorie food. Keep your dressings light.

Use sauces and seasonings that won't make you gain weight.

Walden Farms has recently introduced a line of jams, sauces, and salad dressings that are so low in their calorie count that they are classed as zero calorie sauces.

Containing only a trace of calories and made from a special blend of seasonings and spices these low calorie sauces can save you a lot of calories.

All foods are not created equal. Knowledge is power. Be well.

Encyclopedia of Healing Foods
Encyclopedia of Healing Foods

I was 26 years old when I was diagnosed with a rare chronic inflammatory illness. I changed my diet and I changed my life. I am now a firm believer in the power of foods to heal. We are not all designed the same and there is no one diet plan that is appropriate for all.

Onions are a sulfur rich food that helps to cleanse the body of toxins.
Onions are a sulfur rich food that helps to cleanse the body of toxins.

The Cabbage Soup Recipe

3 large onions

2 green peppers

2 large cans of diced tomatoes

5 Carrots

1 bunch of celery

1 bulb of garlic

Half a head of cabbage

1 large can of tomato soup (optional)

Enough water to almost cover the veggies.

Season to taste with your choice of parsley, ginger, cayenne pepper, curry, garlic powder, salt, pepper, or any other of your favorite no calorie spices. Simmer till veggies are tender.

Note: When using this food to lose weight - Cabbage soup should not be the only food you eat for an extended period of time. The soup itself is best used as a diet aide when alternated with days of normal eating patterns. For example: Eat cabbage soup for 2 days. Eat regular meals for 1 day. Eat cabbage soup for 1 day. Eat normal for 3 days. Then repeat the sequence.

Diet responsibly - insure that your body has all the nutrients that it needs.

Are you on a diet?

Are you on a diet?

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Salmon is a low fat maximum protein source perfect for dieting.
Salmon is a low fat maximum protein source perfect for dieting.

Diet Responsibly:

When using 0 calorie foods for dieting DO NOT forget the importance of protein in your diet plan.

Low calorie foods will help you lose weight but you must have proper nutrition to keep you energetic and active.

The ideal way to use these foods to your advantage, is to simply include more of them into your basic living plan, and insure that you consume them on a regular basis.

For quick weight loss or a more rigid diet plan set aside days to incorporate only zero calorie foods into. Eat only zero calorie foods for one or two days a week and then eat your regular foods for the remainder of the week.

This irregular form of dieting will not only help you reduce your weight, but it will also serve to trick your body into not recognizing that it is losing weight, and this may prevent that oh so dreaded 'diet plateau' from occurring.

Beauty shines from the inside. Be Wise - Be Well. Bon appetit!

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Studies show that drinking about 5 cups of green tea per day can help to reduce belly fat. Green tea is chock full of antioxidants as well so enjoy a cup or two every day. Now isn't that a wonderful way to relax at the end of the work


Eat a balanced diet

Consuming protein, fiber, and antioxidant rich food can help to make you feel fuller longer because your body's nutritional needs are being met.

Insure that your body is receiving the required protein and other nutrients that it requires to function properly.

Avoiding fad diets and the yoyo dieting cycle will help increase your odds of a successful weight loss. Diet Responsibly.

Don't Get Carried Away With Your Diet Plan. Keep Your Body Healthy. Diet Responsibly.
Don't Get Carried Away With Your Diet Plan. Keep Your Body Healthy. Diet Responsibly.

Do you diet responsibly?

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      tdove 8 years ago

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      This is interesting. I need a lot of calories just to maintain my weight though.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow, so much information & so well put together & laid out - I'll be back !

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      SteveWilliams 8 years ago

      A really great lens. I've actually been trying to put on weight for a while now and your site's probably done the reverse of what it does for others and has told me some foods not to eat. A great lens and really well put together. Thanks so much for taking the time.

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      ladyred129 8 years ago

      wow - what a beautiful and colorful lens... Great info as well..

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      packman57 8 years ago

      Great Lens! Laid out well and very informative. The Cabbage soup looks really good. Making me hungry. Good Job

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      roysumit 8 years ago

      Interesting article on the subject. I am crazy about less calorie foods, but zero and negative; wow! I can't wait for. Surely I am going to give it a try. Thanks for this great and informative lens. 5 * to you.

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      Great lens with great info. 5* for you.

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      ChefL96 8 years ago

      Excellent information for dieters and health conscious individuals. The content and extremely thorough and laid out wonderfully.

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      I've heard about negative calorie foods, I really need to get around to introducing more of them into my diet! This is a nice, informative lens which I am happy to accept into The Cooks Cafe group!

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      rydigga 8 years ago


      This is a gret lens. The sensibility aspect is so important. I also find the tip on seasoning with spices to be helpful, they promote a satiated feeling and have aided me in my strict dieting phase in the past. Thanks for sharing. 5*


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      WOW! all that zero calorie information is outstanding. Especially, the benefits of herbal tea.

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      negative calories sounds too good to be true!

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      I used to drink a lot of green tea but i stopped. I think I'll start again. Thanks for all the great tips. Awesome lens. Thanks for joining my group too at

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      I used to drink a lot of green tea but i stopped. I think I'll start again. Thanks for all the great tips. Awesome lens. Thanks for joining my group too at

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      Great stuff..very informative.thanks!

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      ElizabethT 8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing such a great lens. I have several of the foods listed in my fridge and am going to try eating more of them each day.

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      Excellent information for dieters. The content and extremely thorough and laid out wonderfully.

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      great lens...excellent info...5****

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      Genesis Davies 8 years ago from Guatemala

      Great information, I didn`t realize there were so many negative calorie foods out there! 5*s!

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      Great Lens! I lens rolled it to mine! 5*****

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      fattolose 8 years ago

      So much information on teas, i should start taking my green tea again. You are right with the importance of fibre.. i know quite a few friends who have problem visiting the washroom due to lack of fibre. So fibre is good both for dieting and healthy bowel. If you need to lose weight visit me at

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      RawFoodDieter 8 years ago

      It took a lot of work to create a lens with so much information about a specific topic. Congrats.

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      linda145d 8 years ago

      WOW......I was looking for a cabbage soup recipe. I'm trying to do WeightWatchers

      on-line but having problems following it.

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      ADirectSource4gifts 8 years ago

      Love this lens! I have favorited so I can come back. I didn't know that eating tomatoes and celery resulted in negative calories! I will eat more of them! :)

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      CarterJ 8 years ago

      That was a great lens. I knew about celery, but never really thought much about other foods. Thanks.

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      FitSteph 8 years ago

      Wow what a great blog! If anyone is looking for an easy online place to count calories This is one of my favorite health & fitness sites. It lets you track food, workouts, and calories!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      very useful information for a healthier life, should be more of these pages, because people mostly food sub, there is something on this topic on my site in the category of Japanese quail and their eggs very healthy. I've not always all come and write in English but soon I will write in English language and they will all be able to understand

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      moskit 8 years ago

      What can I say? above.

      A well laid out lens with useful info.

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      HenryE LM 8 years ago

      Neat ideas! Thanks for the tips.

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      Wondeful lens with extremely valuable information. You have great squidoo powers. I met you on Link Referral. Hope you will visit my lens about emotional healing. Sincerely: Gary Eby, author and therapist. Way more than 5 star approach to wieght control. Thank you.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great Lens! I have read about negative calorie foods before, but have never really paid a lot of attention to them. It's just another reason to get someone to eat their vegetables! Also thanks for visiting my lens and thanks for the kind words.

      Best of luck to you

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      Lorelei Cohen 8 years ago from Canada

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      Good luck to you Linda in both your weight loss and your adventure here at Squidoo. Squidoo is really a great place to promote your thoughts, ideas and talents. Welcome to the pond!


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      anonymous 8 years ago

      interesting page!

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      carny 8 years ago

      Very interesting, I had no idea some foods are actually "negative calorie" foods! Wait, does that mean you will die if you only eat tomatoes and nothing else? Weird.

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      Lorelei Cohen 8 years ago from Canada

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      I think that you would be one mighty skinny little dude for sure....

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great info! I need to eat more of these negative calorie foods! lol

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      Great lens! Great info!

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      Liz Mackay 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lots of helpful advice

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      dustytoes 8 years ago

      I eat lots of those "negative calorie foods" but I think I must eat way more of the plus calorie ones!! I am not wasting away...LOL Good advice to be a responsible eater. Starving yourself never works. Lensrolling and 5 stars...I loved it!

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      Clairwil LM 8 years ago

      A few of my favourites are on the zero list. Time to get munching! *****

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      You have a very nice content! Great!

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      JoleneBelmain 7 years ago

      Very well done


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      LivingLifeHealingCenter 7 years ago

      Excellent article with so much to consider. This sounds like something that will work for me. Thanks for sharing this information with style! This is a *5!*



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      poutine 7 years ago

      Excellent content and very well laid out.

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      andreaberrios lm 7 years ago

      Very good and useful information here. I always wondered which food were "zero calories" foods. Thanks for sharing! 5*

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I have to admit that the cabbage soup diet didn't work for me - I love soup too much LOL! I would eat 3 or more large bowls at a time. I love veggies, and going on a mostly vegetarian diet has really helped me to lose weight. Very good lens, 5*****

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I've tried something very similar to that cabbage soup recipe, and it works well for me. Curbs my appetite, so I don't eat too much of things that are FAR from zero-calorie foods.

      Very interesting, well-done lens.

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      dianagungwibowo 7 years ago

      i will research some idea in here... can i ask you if i've some questions? yep.. thanks for visit my lens.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      What a great lens. Great to know about the zero and negative calorie foods. Thanks for the info.

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      gia combs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

      Angel blessings!

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

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      Feel free to ask if you have questions - also visit the forums for help. There is a link to the forums at the foot of squidoo lenses.

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      I was just headed out to the grocery store and ran across this lens on RedGage. This is just the encouragement I needed this morning as I look for more ways to offer delicious low calorie meals.

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      Carol Goss 7 years ago

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      Funnyface LM 7 years ago

      Very informative and great looking site 5 stars without question

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      thanx for the useful info u ave here!!!!

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      mrgvintage 7 years ago

      Great information for everyone who is interested in healthy foods. Would love you to drop by my Squidoo lens and let me know how you like it. Do enjoy the vintage jewelry!

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      mockingbird999 7 years ago

      Interesting stuff about the negative cal foods. I may have to start eating more of them.

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      Jen Maskill 7 years ago

      Excellent advice here Thank you so much :)

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      Samantha Devereux 7 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Great Lens!

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      You have excellent advice on here and I think this negative calorie diet method makes a lot of sense, is practical/economical, is very appealing, and is bound to really work in the long run. *blessed by an angel*

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      JoleneBelmain 7 years ago

      I love the pepe salt and pepper shakers

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      It is nice to know that people are trying to lose weight in a healthy way.Dieting or starvation is bad for body.Healthy food can keep person happy and fit.

      Advance Weight Loss Tips

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      WritingforYourW 7 years ago

      I'm not surprised by celery and broccoli (who'd want to eat them without ranch or PB anyway? :P) but didn't expect the fruits on there. Pineapple is pretty high calorie, I think. Cool that you can eat it without regrets.

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for the great information. 5* lens!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      This is so useful I am printing it and putting it on my fridge! Thanks. I will tweet about it too.

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      lakern26 lm 7 years ago

      There is a lot of useful information here. Very helpful for anyone trying to lose a few pounds as well those who want to maintain a healthy diet. Excellent resource - fived, faved, and fanned!

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      LadyFlashman 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Really helpful and interesting info, I know I will come back to this for reference! 5 stars, favourited and lensrolled to my Easter egg lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is well put together and great information that I think is important.

      5 Stars and I will lensroll and feature this on Everyday Health Ledger.

      I got some great tips from you once again, thank you!


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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      I am always surprised while doing research on one topic, with how much information I pick up that is important on another, it never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for stopping by :)

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Very useful information. Thanks

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you Tipi

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      Demaw 7 years ago

      Great news, most of the foods you list are already a part of my diet. I will try that cayenne and mustard sauce also.

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      That always helps :)

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      jolou 7 years ago

      This is so helpful for those wanting to lose weight, or just live healthier. You are right that we need to include protein as well. Glad to know there are so many negative calorie foods. I didn't think there was much more than carrots and celery before.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      thanks for the tips. the cabbage soup actually looks delicious.

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      BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      I love this lens. So many good negative calorie foods I actually like. Thanks for the info.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is so interesting, it's given me a real boost to eat healthier and not to give up with losing those few extra inches for summer!

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      tcinvestor 7 years ago

      Anyone promoting better health for others gets a thumbs up from me. Nice lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great article, and wonderful information.

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      suny51 6 years ago

      nice read, informative

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      poutine 6 years ago

      I didn't know that there were so many "good" zero calorie foods.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very interesting ideas. I have been trying to eat more apples and am so glad that you reminded me.

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      bechand 6 years ago

      hmm - never thought of negative calorie foods - Thanks for sharing them ! I kept the list !

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      Winter52 LM 6 years ago

      A great list to work into your meal plan for the day... snacks are always the hardest. I like the idea that some foods actually burn more calories that they contain!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I knew there was a reason I liked apples so much!

      Thanks for sharing,


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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great reasons to eat more fruits and veggies. If only chocolate cake were negative calories, too... Nice work on this helpful lens.

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      SuperZoe LM 6 years ago

      Very informative and helpful! I wish cupcakes were zero calories too, I would eat them all day long... ; - )

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      This is a fabulously informative lens! I am so glad you gave me an actual list of the zero calorie foods. So many of them I eat regularly simply because I like them, but now I see a definite added benefit. Thanks!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @Sylvestermouse: I had heard of zero calorie foods and my curiosity is what made me do the research for this article. Glad you found it helpful :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @SuperZoe LM: ....and shortbread cookies, and nanaimo bars, and oh so many more of my absolute favorites too. Lol...thank you for stopping by.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      When I get the munchies I am going to visit your lens again!;)) Great info and thank you!:)

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      I knew that celery was on the list, but wasn't sure about anything else. Thanks for the list!

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      Ann-Marie LM 6 years ago

      This is good news for people like me, who like strawberries and tomatoes for example. The bad news is that I like a little cream with the strawberries and a little mayonnaise or salad dressing with the salads! But thanks for the excellent list and for the encouragement to keep trying.

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      This was a fabulous lens, I enjoyed it thoroughly, I learned a thing or three as well. And got some great ideas for my own lenses. thank you very much for the lens and for the blessing on my lens. I really appreciate it.

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      rachsue lm 6 years ago

      Thank you sharing such an informative lens. I had no idea that some food took more calories to digest then the amount of calories it has!! I must admit, I am not one of the most healthiest eaters out there, but now with the information on this page, I can actually enjoy some foods and maybe lose some weight at the same time.

      Have a great day!!

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      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      What a great information! I added it to my favorite lenses. Thank you!

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      What a great article lensrolling to my eating healthy lens. It's nice to see article about dieting responsibility and not just any fad diets which can be very harmful.

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      Olek LM 6 years ago

      Will eat more of vegetables now for sure :)

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      JimH 6 years ago

      Really interesting ... this should help me drop a few pounds.

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      wintersquidoo 6 years ago

      Thanks for the list!

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      Charlystoybox 6 years ago

      Awesome lense! I should add these to the top of my shooping come the candy bars:)

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      Bambi Watson 6 years ago

      Lots of really helpful info here! :)

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      scar4 6 years ago

      I have most of the zero calorie foods you listed before, why can't I lose some weight either?

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      dessertlover 6 years ago

      Very interesting and helpful information! Thank you for sharing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Negative Calorie foods!! Who would have thought it. It makes sense and this is great information to have for anyone like myself that needs to lose a few pounds. Thanks

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      Tempus 6 years ago

      Hey now I found the perfect calorie diet: 2 Cups of Tea (0 calories) 10Tomatoes (10 x -35 = minus 350 calories) and a juicy piece of chocolate cake (300 calories). And I've still got 50 calories to play with. Christmas Dinner here I come!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I like the way you think and this is informative and balanced.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Very entertaining and informative lens. Great job.

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      Wish I could print out that list of zero calories stuff and put it on top of my shopping bag.

      I have lensrolled this to my lens about Getting into the swimsuit =)=)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lense! I've never heard about Zero Calorie Foods before. Thanks for giving me knowledge :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This one get Two Thumbs Way Up and a Hurrah for this Squid Share!!!

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      DallasNicole LM 6 years ago

      Lens very helpful! Like!

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      BelindaBlevins 6 years ago

      This lens is very helpful. Thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This has been great help and I just want to say thank you for showing me that I can still eat good tasting foods and LOSE WEIGHT!! =) I am so grateful!

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      Sojourn 6 years ago

      My father has been overweight for years. He finally went to a hypnotherapist who also recommended an eating plan for my dad that incorporates negative calorie foods. It was the first I'd heard of them. He's since lost almost 50 pounds and he swears by using these foods to round out his meals and snacks. Excellent overview! When he mentioned them to me I tried to find some information online and didn't find as much as I'd hoped until I tripped across your lens. Thanks!

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      YsisHb 6 years ago

      Your information seems very useful. I hope that when I start dieting( of these days) it will work for me too.

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      Wonderful nutritional information here. Thank you for sharing.

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      legangles 6 years ago

      Hey great lens like eeverrrrrryone else i had heard about the celery negative calories so was intrested to learn about the other negative veg. the only question i have is i assume the veg calories are for raw vegetables

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      These are great zero calorie food destined to keep you healthy in 2011. Cheers !!!

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I'll be back to copy your cabbage soup recipe. It sounds delicious and I'm willing to try any foods that will help me slim the waistline. Thanks so much!

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      Sue Dixon 6 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Yesterday (Jan 3rd) was the first day of my 2011 healthy eating campaign. All tips gratefully received! Need to lose 7lb after Christmas excess.

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      MissyBrown LM 6 years ago

      Great information! It will really come in handy for those who are dieting.

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      Glenn619 6 years ago

      I love reading nutritional lenses and was happy to come across yours which shares some good nutritional facts.

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      jennikitten lm 6 years ago

      Fab lens, I'm favouriting it!

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      I should certainly go for more fruits and veggies. Now you given me even more of a reason. Nice lens.

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      MorningBlessings 6 years ago

      Great lens...several years ago I had a thyroid problem and gained a lot of weight. Once that was all hammered out, and I could lose weight my Dr. told me that calorie counting was the only way that was eaily sustained and...after my experience (s) I would say he was dead on....

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      Excellent, well-thought out and useful lens. As a broccoli fan, I'll lensroll this to my recipe and China study lenses. I also have an Obesity article posted on SEEKyt, and I'll post a link. This is extremely worthwhile information, and the more people who see it, the better. Thanks.

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      nebby 6 years ago from USA

      What I like about negative calorie foods is not just the fact that you can burn more calories during the digestion process then they actually have but when you look at the list you'll notice that they all highly packed nutritional foods also.

      By eating these foods, you don't just control your weight but you get healthier in the process. These food should be on everyone's list.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      This is a great lens. Now I know why some people whom I see eating their heads off never get fat. Featured this on Holiday Cooking.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Think I'll try some cabbage soups - since it's 30 below here in Denver. Brrrrrr Great lens for anyone needing to burn more calaries.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      I seriously love the idea of food using more calories to digest than I gain from eating it. I love tomatoes but not a real broccoli fan. I may have to learn to like it though. :)

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      Wendy Henderson 6 years ago from PA

      Great Tips!

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      Ummmmmm, very interesting. Thanks for the information and thanks for sharing this. I love tomatoes and broccoli, always have. I learned something new here today.

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      Oh, almost forgot -- 5 stars and thumbs up, I love the lens.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thanks for the wonderful tips! I've been on a search for better nutrition and diet. I'll add this to my health journal to remind myself what to eat. =D

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      YsisHb 6 years ago

      Thank you for the precious information. The way you present it is very beautiful and it makes me feel that it is very easy to lose weight (?). I have experienced what you said about greasy foods. It is almost as being addicted.

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      Angel_Lou 6 years ago

      Never heard of anything like this. I would really need to use some of the negative calory foods:)

      Nice job!

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      LauraMarie LM 6 years ago

      I need to start eating more zero calorie foods!! I eat way to many calories in the form of chocolates

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      Brian Stephens 6 years ago from France

      I eat all these, probably why I am so skinny!! Just wondering how many calories you burn when you drink a bottle of red wine, could be the Achilles heel in my dietary activities :-). Great Lens

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 6 years ago from FL

      Had to stop back and give this lens a little cupid kiss.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @Terry Boroff: You have no idea how much this means to me. Have a wonderful Valentine's day.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @Angel_Lou: Me too. My terror is cheezies. I think they put something addictive in them grrr.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is really very useful as we try to cut back now that we are aging. Like the way this lens flows. Enjoyed reading it.

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      noxid25 6 years ago

      A really great lens! Some really good information and I will passing this along to some friends who will be interested in knowing more this. A favourite! :)

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      viscri8 6 years ago

      This is a real great lens with real information and an honest well meant sharing of them. Kepp well and sharing. It was a pleasure to read.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Oh you have done a beautiful job with this. I usually avoid seemingly 'strict' dietary type lenses, however you have balanced this with due emphasis on protein intake and other essential nutrients. Broccoli being one of THE healthiest, for sure.

      I'd like to offer up some research study results (since I have genetically high cholesterol - called 'familial hypercholesterolemia') and have stayed abreast of some lesser published results. Cholesterol is about 85% manufactured by our livers and is an essential building block for our cells. We can reduce it (the bad kind, LDL or low-density lipoprotein) by (at best) only 10-15% by dietary measures alone. The 'good kind' of cholesterol is HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is raised by exercise. Many, many people still believe that cholesterol levels in egg yolk are to be avoided, however, more damaging are hydrogenated oils (vegetable or any kind, really), as found in margarine or potato chips (to name just two). A Kansas State University study revealed that the lecithin in egg yolks reduces the absorption of cholesterol present in egg yolk (in the intestines of rats). But I must also point out the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (1998) showed that lecithin had no effect on levels of blood cholesterol (in a double blind study). Bottom line, the worst culprits are deep-fried foods (there is a by-product of deep frying which results in oxidised fat that could stimulate synthesis of cholesterol in the liver and small intestine (a study, I must emphasize done on pigs, source Br J Nutr. 2007 May;97(5):872-82). Having the the egg yolk is not as damaging as previously believed and (as you pointed out) most of the nutrients are within the yolk. I also read that the yolk should be 'soft' (I have soft boiled eggs, enough to cook the white but keep the yolk soft). Even one whole egg a day has been found to not have any dire effect on overall cholesterol numbers (a study still requiring a meta-analysis to replicate these results). In theory, it would be worse for one to cook an egg white omelette in a pan laden with margarine than to have a soft boiled egg.

      Great lens, I will be adding it to your feature on my Squidoo people with a good heart lens. Take Good Care, Rose Oh and congrats on the well-deserved purple star too!

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      ScrappyDoo 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! I will definitely keep these items on my mind next time I visit the grocery store-looking to drop a couple pounds. Definitely going to do the Cayenne pepper for the salads. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      This is another great lens you have Ladymermaid. Great info.

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      I'll have to post your lens on The Squidvertiser lens. It's too good not to. :)

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      Great lens and nice article on calorie cycling. WW has something called the Wendy Plan that is similar and it does work.

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      MagnoliaTree 6 years ago

      Thanks so much! Some great information here that really caught my attention.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      a job well done. and thanks

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      mydietsolutions 6 years ago

      good stuff

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      Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

      First of all, I love the tea pots. I'm about to have a better look at them. I do wish that it was easier to fully explore a lens without having to leave it if you happen to want to comment and/or like the lens. Very frustrating.

      (I know, I know -- open in new tab!)

      In the meantime, I was going to ask whether or not it is possible to simply eat as much of the zero or negative calorie foods as you want, not just as filler, but because you happen to enjoy them? I want to lose weight, but that's not what's at issue here -- I've found that I'm hungry a lot more often than I used to be, and some of the foods listed are among my favorites.

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      Love the lens, always looking out for great information such as you have posted, will certainly be reading this lens in depth and visit often, cheers for sharing

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      Apples are zero calorie! That makes me happy because fresh apples are my favorite snack.

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      Judy Martin 6 years ago from Mississippi

      Loved this information, thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Kiss Me, I'm Irish! Lucky Leprechaun Blessings by a Squidoo Angel

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      Yes indeed a fab lens with information for us all, especially me :-)

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      careermom 6 years ago

      Love this lens. Makes me want to hit a farmers market. : )

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      i love healthy living! nothing beats a freshly harvested broccoli! cheers

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great article... I loved the information on Negative Calories, I never knew that. I try to live healthy and exercise everyday. I will recommend this article to a couple people I know will benefit from it.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      I like almost all the zero calorie foods and that was before I knew they were good for us. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

      Wow! I loved all the information here!! Thank you!

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      I love tea and drink lots of it!

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      Dawn Michael 6 years ago from Thousand Oaks

      I loved the lens great information and I had no idea that all of those foods are o calorie when the body consumes them.

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      Tamara Kajari 6 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      I enjoyed this lens and its colors. I love salty and "fatty" food and try to avoid it as much as possible, but luckily I LOVE vegetable and fruits and try to teach my kids to accept more raw or just boiled vegetables (or fruits). Thanks for great tips :) Lensrolled it to my Mediterranean Foods lens and my Apple Fruit for Health and Happiness lens.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @Tamara14: Me too. Dieting and maintaining weight is difficult so having foods we can consume which are zero or negative calorie really helps.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @jackieb99: Me too and it has 0 calories which is nice :)

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      I love the way you put together your lenses! I'm learning a lot just by viewing the stuff you've written. And, with all the fruit and veggies I eat, I should think I'd be thinnah! I'm going to bookmark this page so I can come back to it when I get the munchies.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I bookmarked this page!, there is tons of good info here that I need to come back again and again!, keep the good work :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i enjoy that you have so many examples. so i have a variety . I am gluten free so it is hard in general to eat healthy & cut out the food I am intolerant to .

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      Nice information! Thanks for sharing this :)

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      Sue 6 years ago from Norwich, UK

      I knew about celery having negative calories.

      But I have another morbid bit of information that I feel the urge to share :-)

      Did you know that when we die we now take longer to decompose because of the

      amount of preservatives we eat in our food.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @sueling3: Oh my but that is hilarious. I had no Thank you so much for swinging by my zero calorie food lens and giving me a nice big chuckle.

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      momsfunny 6 years ago

      This is a nice lens. Very informative most especially for those health conscious people.

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      FitnessTom 6 years ago

      0 and negative calorie foods are excellent for weight loss. Low carb, high fiber foods are by far the best. Nice lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a great website to go to if you're looking for a way to help your mind, body, and well being.

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      DaveHiggsVis 6 years ago

      Great lens! Tons of info, and a decent balance with the money-making components.

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Thank you! That is the first time I have actually seen a zero calorie list all in one place. I have been dieting since the New Year, so that is really helpful to me. and yes, I do drink my 6 cups of oolong tea every day! (or most days anyway).

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      WebIsFun 6 years ago

      Every bit of help is appreciated :)

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I think I need to visit this page for breakfast , lunch and dinner ! You make zero calorie foods look absolutely satiating. And that's just looking at the page -:)

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      We buy bags of spinach and cram it down with everything. You'd be surprised how filling it is!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is an excellent lens it shows the extensive research into your topic I have already lensrolled you and would be checking out your other pieces of work..keep it up

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Fabulous lens! I printed out the list of zero calorie foods for future use!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @CruiseReady: Celery seems to be a very hard to digest food, plus being comprised of a lot of water it is easy to see how it made the negative - zero calorie list.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @phoenix arizona f: Lol...I tricked my grandkids into eating spinach by putting out a variety of dips for them to dip their leaves into. Thank you so much for stopping by my negative calorie lens.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @Joan4: Now that my health is improving again I too am looking to shed a few of the pounds acquired while I was not feeling well. Best wishes and thank you for stopping by my 0 calorie food lens.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      There is so much great information here! I've heard of zero calorie and negative calorie foods, but didn't know exactly what that meant. It does make sense. Certainly our highly processed boxed foods and goodies are not zero calories! And unfortunately we "inherited" a number of chips and snack bags from leftovers at a picnic, and I've been munching away....and it shows on the scales. Back to my broccoli!

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      Stopped by for more of your great ideas. Off to Weight Watchers tomorrow so making your cabbage soup today. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

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      ShellB 6 years ago

      I love negative calorie foods!

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great, well-balanced information! I like everything on the zero-calorie list and I really love cabbage soup, though I've never used it specifically to lose weight. My mother does the cabbage soup diet once a year or so, though, and swears by it.

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      beckwong 6 years ago

      I am going to try these foods!

      Hopefully can burn my fatsssssssssssssssss :P

      thanks for sharing :)

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I wish we could still favourite lenses! This one is so helpful to a tellytubby like me :D

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      too bad we can't favorite lenses anymore because your lens has become a favorite of mine. Great information... :)

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      Srena44 6 years ago

      really wonderful lense, made ââyou a single work, thank you to share this information with us.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @beckwong: Lol...I just wish that I did not like cheezies so much because they definitely do not fall into the zero calorie food category ;)

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      This is a treasure trove of great information. I have learned so much. I always love to eat healthy in the summer with all of the fresh yummy right out of the garden is wonderful to find out so many of my favorite foods are "negative calories". Thanks for a great and exciting read.

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      bikerchickie 6 years ago

      I love veggies, and you've just given me another reason to eat plenty of them. Thanks for the informative lens!

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      I love most veggies and currently on a diet. I have been buying water chestnuts to add to my egg batter in the morning. It help because it gives me the crunch that's hard to find. Nice lens.

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      AigulErali 6 years ago

      I learned a lot from your lens! Thumbs up.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      A lot of sensible information here. THANK YOU!

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      ForestBear LM 6 years ago

      This is a great lens, thank you for sharing!

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      Great lens, I love the indoor herb gardens!

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      WayneDave LM 6 years ago

      Some really great information there. I have, until recently, struggled with eating my greens, but now broccoli is one of my favourite foods to eat!

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      Fiona 6 years ago from South Africa

      Glad pineapples are on the list - they're my favorites

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      Fiona 6 years ago from South Africa

      Glad pineapples are on the list, they're my favorites

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow I love this page!! I am book-marking the link! Such useful information!

      Thank-you so much :-)

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      FitnessMan3123 6 years ago

      Thanks for that information! I had no idea about this. Really thank you!

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      Sana139 6 years ago

      Wow!very good lens.Thanks for the many information which I didn't know before.

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      I'm on with this! Need some negative calories and everything is so healthy.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice selection

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Gah, it just sucks that my walks only burn 250 cal so I'm here looking how to have a lower calorie life. Just one chocolate bar means an hour or more of walking just to reverse eating it. And losing one pound of fat means burning 3500 calories. I can now see why it is so tempting to just not eat but from a cellular biology standpoint, I know my body needs the vitamins and minerals to live. But I love when food tastes good. This is not going to be easy.

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      NickT84 6 years ago

      Very useful information!

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      Rajkumarsingh 6 years ago

      Very informative lens..

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      TopTenLists 6 years ago

      Very well crafted Lens and excellent information

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      jm72writes 5 years ago

      This is a great, informative lens.

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      anaamhussain 5 years ago

      Really helpful info. Thanx a ton! I am making that soup today! what better way to lose weight. I can puree the fruits together in a blender to form a drink. That won't change the negative calorie effect would it?

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      comfort_walk_in_tubs 5 years ago

      Perfect. Just another informative source to lower my sugar intake.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      So interesting! I'll have to keep this in mind.

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      mydietsolutions 5 years ago

      great lense girl

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      seoacrossworld 5 years ago

      love this lens.....

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      seoacrossworld 5 years ago

      love this lens.....

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      cocktailsexaminer 5 years ago

      I've always wondered about zero calorie foods, thanks for the great info!

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      TheHealthGuy LM 5 years ago from U.S.A.

      I thought I was fairly knowledgeable but this lens taught me something new! I knew that high fiber foods, especially fruits and veggies were absolutely great for the body since they are low in fat, calories (which is important when wanting to lose weight cuz it is simply common sense that one needs to burn more calories than one consumes in order to lose weight), high in phytonutirents such as polyphenols, anthocyandins and so forth but - I didn't know about the zero calorie/negative calorie thing. Thanks, and I can see why this lens is rated so highly and was awarded the purple star. Great info - great "eyeball."

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      GrowWear 5 years ago

      Well, well. The word has always been that veggies are good for you, but had never learned that it takes more calories to digest some kinds than they even come with!

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      alexsimring 5 years ago

      Never thought of taking into account the calories required to digest food, but it's a great point.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Very nicely done and great resource. Blessed! :)

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      BuddyShearer 5 years ago

      Awesome, now can you make it Carb free as well? Great info btw.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The information was very helpful, I am looking forward to adding some of your diet tips into my diet for life. Many thanks.

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Angel Blessings! Please add your lens on the Not Zazzle Lens plexo on

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Blessed by a Squidoo angel ;)

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      jello28 lm 5 years ago

      i definitely agree that eating vegetables is really good for your health, but personally i do not like to eat vegetables..

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Great lens.. as I mentioned on another one of your lenses I copied off the cabbage soup recipe.. looks yummy!

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      jbhumbug 5 years ago

      great lens thanks.

      I agree about protein being important, i need a lot for a muscle illness.

      all the best

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      NeilTryAthlete 5 years ago

      Good information in this lens! Especially the importance of getting enough protein. Not only is it essential for its nutrition, but it should be combined with carbs to slow down their absorption into the body and storage in fat cells. Just remember to eat enough calories per day though! Dieting makes you fat, because simply reducing 'calories in' generally leads - almost calorie for calorie - to a drop in basal metabolic rate. Later on, when you get bored with the diet and switch back to fatty foods, the BMR rarely returns to its previous higher level. So you put on weight very quickly - the dreaded yo-yo!

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Truly great lens concerning zero calorie foods! Love it!

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      Wendy Leanne 5 years ago from Texas

      What a great read. I can't believe I've never read this lens before. I learned so much here today. I'm trying hard to lose the last 17 pounds of my leftover baby fat and I just may reach my goal weight now after reading your lens. Thanks!


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      franstan lm 5 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel trying to lose weight

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      I am lovin it.....

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      vauldine 5 years ago

      Yes! I surely will. I am a nurse and never thought of foods in this way.Maybe a nutritionist would. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rankography 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for the helpful tips.

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      DogWatchColumbus 5 years ago

      Interesting read. Thanks for the good information.

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      shaw-alexander 5 years ago

      Its like you read my mind!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Lots of great ideas and information. But I got hungry looking at it.

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      mattyrobinson 5 years ago

      I knew about celery, but I had no idea that things like tomatoes were negative calorie foods. Guess you learn something new every day.

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      whoisbid lm 5 years ago

      Yeh. That tomato info was great

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      monika1111 5 years ago

      Great lens and a lots of information ..very helpful .

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      RazzbarryBreeze 5 years ago

      Great Lens. I found lots of awesome info in here!!!

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great tips on zero calorie foods. I know a lot of people who have lost weight eating cabbage soup. I wish my hubby enjoyed more zero calorie fruits and veggies. He finally is eating a bit of cantaloupe this year so next may be trying cabbage. Well...I can only hope. :)

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      gamecheathub 5 years ago

      Very cool lens with new dishes for me to try. Thanks for making it.

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      MelissaRodgz 5 years ago

      Wow I didn't know about zero calories foods until I read this. Very helpful too know. Thanks for the recipes as well.

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      RedHotDesign 5 years ago

      This is really a great lens- what a brilliant source of information. Thanks for sharing, love negative calorie foods idea!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow!! I learned so much in your lens.. Thanks a lot for sharing...very helpful indeed...Keep up the good work...GODSPEED!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent site very informative Thanx

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      adamfrench 5 years ago

      This is a beautiful built lens, time to start my herb garden

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      ruben77 5 years ago

      thanks for the examples of zero clorie foods. will give it a try.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, I knew there were such a thing as zero calorie foods, but I didn't realize there are as many as they are. I am going to refer to this again, as I struggle to keep my weight constant and I think I can use some of these to bulk up on my regular food and lessen the intake of the not-so-healthy foods.

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      Mermaiden 5 years ago

      thank you so much for sharing all this info! i'm obsessed with my calorie and carb intake. i really enjoyed learning about all the foods that can help burn carlories. i'm definitely bookmarking this page so i can try to increase these types of foods in my diet. super-squidlike!

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      ultimapalabra 5 years ago

      Interesting! I eat a lot, much more than other women, but I am thin. So maybe I eat negative calories without knowing ,-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, especially apples! Thanks for a VERY informative lens :)

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      Well this is good timing as for once I actually care what I eat. thanks for the food choices of zero and negative calories...didn't know that :)

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      jenokson 5 years ago

      I had heard the terms "zero calorie foods" and "negative calorie foods" before but never gave them a thought. Great serendipity to find this lense. Thanks for the information! :)

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      wetravel4less 5 years ago

      your lens is amazing. you've done a good job combining everythign so well. i love it. so far one of my favorite

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I had no idea there were such things as zero calories food. Too bad cream and cheese not on the list :)

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I had no idea there were such things as zero calories food. Too bad cream and cheese not on the list :)

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love the idea of zero calorie foods! :D

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing all this information! Meats and fats are also a seemingly (same as these) zero calorie (almost) way to go.. but not combined with carbs! Blessed!!!!

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      Anderotin 5 years ago

      Have a list of products with zero-calorie is a godsend for me.

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      viscri8 5 years ago

      I'll try to sort myself with this list -- most of the items are may favorites anyway, so it sould not be easy. Thanks for sharing the list of zero calorie foods /negative calorie foods list.

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      Debbie 5 years ago from England

      I'm ''éating healthy'' at the moment and I do eat a lot of vegetables as I know bread and potatoes bloat me out. Lots of good tips here. Thank you! Blessed by a Squid Angel ;)

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Thanks for the reminder about eating more veggies.. sheeze they are so yummy I don't know why I don't eat them more often.

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      MaartjeJepsen 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! I have heard about negative calorie foods but I thought it is a myth...

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      Northwestphotos 5 years ago

      I have a suggestion for the cabbage soup recipe. I always add a few tablespoons of lemon juice to my big pot of soup at the end of cooking. It adds a nice zing to the soup and tastes great!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I follow a low gi diet for two weeks a month,i find this helps to control weight and reduce food cravings, this works for me after losing around 120 lbs on a low gi diet of protein one day and vegetables and fruit the other

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      athena2011 5 years ago

      I try to eat healthily but unfortunately I have a sweet tooth so often falter there. Luckily I'm not overweight as a result though. This is a great lens. Voted Thumbs Up.

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      ernieplotter 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! I didn´t know these facts. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you an your loved ones!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I've only dieted once and that didn't work out so well. I prefer to maintain healthy eating habits, with a focus on lots of whole, organic fresh fruits and vegetables, as much as possible. Unfortunately, as I age, I tend to have a BIG sweet tooth, something that wasn't a problem when I was younger. : /

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      SplashPro 5 years ago

      Great info. I did not know there were foods that burned more calories than the amount they contained. Will definitely try these diets. Thanks for sharing, Great Lens!!!

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      awakeningwellness 5 years ago

      I am a vegetarian so I eat tons of most of the foods on this list, it's nice to know that in addition to be such healthy foods they are also zero calorie foods!

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      dc64 lm 5 years ago

      How interesting, I've never heard of this before. It's amazing how foods in their natural state are so good for you, yet companies continue to tamper with them.

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      I didn't know that I did until I read this lens but yes I eat a lot of zero calorie foods and love them. You also helped me get back to a healthy diet. Thank you.

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      opheliakeith lm 5 years ago

      Great tips for healthy living.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      excellent information, really informative - pinned it so I can refer back to it (especially the list you put together of zero calorie foods)

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Absolutely, mainly fruit. Veggies are the cornerstone of my diet plan.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Wonderful information here. Great lens. Now I have a little proof to show my doubting S/O that negative calories are for real!! Thank you :)

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      girlwiththeumbr 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great info about negative calorie foods! Awesome lens!

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      athena2011 5 years ago

      Thankfully I eat a lot of what's on your list of negative or zero calorie foods. I was happy to read that. Totally enjoyed this very informative lens and gave it a squidlike.

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      This was something that really made me curious to know how you could have a zero calorie food. I understand the concept now, and would like to thank you for sharing this. See you around the galaxy...

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      limited279 5 years ago

      onderful lens, I knew that celory was but had no clue that tomatoes and all these other foods were, thanks!

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      mary lighthouse15 5 years ago

      Very informative. I am into diet now and I found this very helpful a great deal. Thanks for sharing.

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      DelightfulDanie 5 years ago

      Woah. This is amazing. :0

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      raghav4u 5 years ago

      very super lens and show your hard work. Every information you provided here is worth reading and useful for healthy diet.

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      did dany 5 years ago

      Very useful review. I like that you also underlined the importance of zero calorie sauces and flavor enhancers in general, that would otherwise make useless any negative calorie diet...

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Back to bless this lens. I'm heading to Key West for 6 weeks and hope to eat only healthy fish, veggies and fruit. I'd love to come back 10 lbs lighter and, with your choices here, I should be able to do that. Blessed!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Now you're seriously talking!!! If I am going to look at the positive of something, it would be the negative of calories. Love it!

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      bjslapidary 5 years ago

      Lots of great info here. Going to try the cabbage soup.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Terrific lens! I'm glad you published a list of 0-cal foods and also the suggestions for flavoring/seasoning.

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      Very interesting! I can see I need to be more educated about foods, especially zero calorie foods! Who'da thunk?

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      ottoblotto 5 years ago

      Food for thought! A very well done lens!

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      Miran74 5 years ago

      Great lens! I try to consume as much as possible raw vegetables and fruits and my body and brains like it! :)

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      bwet 5 years ago

      interesting to know that there's such thing as zero calorie foods :) eating tomatoes is a great start

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      bechand 5 years ago

      I love this lens - we are always dieting ! I have wings now - so I came back - and got a trophy :O) - 100th blessing :O) - Squidoo is funny, I do not have my Monet-like icon here ... I have another lensmasters blobs ... Oh well - angel dust for you anyway !

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      Bananamonkeys 5 years ago

      @dc64 lm: Great tips for my dieting plan. Interesting!

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      TrueGhostTales 5 years ago

      Negative calorie foods. What a delightful idea -- eat and lose weight :)

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Wow! Interesting lens and so informative. Yahoo for Zero Calorie foods

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      Back to visit this one and leave a blessing!

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      shahedashaikh 5 years ago

      Yes i do.But informative lens on which food is zero calories and how it impacts your body.

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      I consume a lot of 0 foods period. especially when the garnden is growing. I knew most the the veggys but some of the fruits really surprised me.

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      xphiltre 5 years ago

      I only knew about celery, didn't know that there are so many food that are -ve calories! Definitely going to eat more of them to help with my diet!

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      drinkbiogif 5 years ago

      This is awesome. Not only do a lot of these foods give you a caloric deficit but they also use more volume on your stomach than other foods with the same calorie count

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      fish-oil-expert 5 years ago

      Ugh cabbage soup sounds gross. :)

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      viscri8 5 years ago

      Blessed the topic of food -- and the lensmaster that wrote about! Zero calorie food is good to remember around the Easter period, especially after the fasting is over and the chocolate bunnies are getting eaten.

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      This is a Keeper! One stop shopping for our health! Thank you for working so hard! Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens, there is so much good info here!!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What positively awesome nutritional information! Thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      CharleneDavies 5 years ago

      Excellent Lens. Audrey Eyton's revolutionary F-Plan Diet launched in 1982 was based essentially on zero calorie foods. The premise was that certain high fibre foods pass virtually undigested through the body and therefore (whilst helping to fill you up) don't have any significant calorific value. This basic principle still holds true in certain other diets today like GI and GL diets.

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      cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      Apparently. Wow. Amazing!

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      jmatts1 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this helpful nutrition information

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      mrkensworld 5 years ago

      It is the only way that I can lose weight . Thanks for the great lens and reminding us on the importance of keeping proteins while on our quest to lose weight.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Oh, I like the idea of this! Great information and blessed!

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      WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

      ...operative words here, "when you diet"; eating right is a habit, so is eating wrong. Great lens.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      A brilliant lens with great material, information and sensible warnings. Blessings. Am off to trim the celery!

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      Kiwisoutback 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'm trying to consume more zero/negative calorie veggies right now, and it has worked. I'd like to keep it beyond the "dieting" phase. You mentioned reducing sugar levels, and that's a great idea that's often overlooked in favor of "reduced calorie" or "low fat" foods. Sugar is like a drug and does need to be watched closely. Nice work here!

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I never knew there were so many 0 calorie foods!

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I never thought of these as zero calorie, though I know they are great foods to have when keeping the weight. Nice to know this. Thanks.

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      avigarret 5 years ago

      Amazingly practical lens, thank you for sharing your expertise, can't wait to try to apply some of these diets.

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      Eleanor Candy 5 years ago from Australia

      Great informative lens with tips to help anyone trying to lose weight or keep in shape. I had no idea that there were so many zero calorie foods.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Came back to bless this very informative lens.

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      IDo2 5 years ago

      very informative lens! thanks :)

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      puppyprints 5 years ago

      great info - the only 0 food I knew of before was I know there are lots more!

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Very interesting and informative. i rarely give thought to zero calorie foods, so you've turned my thoughts in a new direction.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      I wrote an article about zero calorie foods if I remember correctly about five or six years ago. I won't go into details, but here is simple logic: if something has zero calories, can it be called food at the same time?

      There was also example of drinking very cold water. With energy used to warm it to body temperature you certainly use much more than you get in energy equation. But you also get serious health risk if you drink too much cold water.

      My point is: don't exaggerate in any kind of diet. It is great to know what kind of food gives you vitamins and minerals and not so many calories 8or even zero calories), but the base of healthy living is still the same: eat healthy food, eat everything in moderate amounts and have regular workout.


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      icansurpriseu lm 5 years ago

      Oats which is rich in Fiber can be included too.. Great Lens...

      Ladymermaid you did a great job creating this lens..

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      fdurham 5 years ago

      Great article. I don't believe in diets but in making healthy food choices, which includes grass fed meats and dairy. We need healthy fats. I stay away from anything unnatural, like margarine, canola oil, refined sugar, etc. All foods in their natural state are good for us in moderation.

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      lesnavich 5 years ago

      Great lens! I like to think I am pretty knowledgeable about nutrition but picked up some new tips here. Way to go!

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Not just when I diet, but as my normal lifestyle. But I've struggled with the sugar habit and came here for encouragement as I'm now really seriously cutting back on my sugar... doing good so far! Thanks to your lens for more ideas!!! :)

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      I was a yo yo dieter all my life - now I do things like eat kale fresh off the patio plant, I go to the nearest local produce place and buy fresh fruit and veggies every other day in small amounts for variety. It's a lifestyle change and this lens is an awesome resource. Thanks for sharing the good word :)

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Glad to see some some of these I already eat. I need to do better. Oatmeal is something I try to eat several times a week, and not in cookies either :)

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      Great lens! I didn't know that there are so many zero calorie foods before reading this lens.

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      jawdropfilms 5 years ago

      Great lens. I didn't know how many zero calorie foods were out there!

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      I eat loads of veggies. This lens was great!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      This is a very interesting theory I read in a long time - "eating foods that burn more calories than they contain". You r lens is full of great info Thanks. I'll try the cabbage soup.

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      Sweety39 5 years ago

      Very neat how a person can "eat their way skinny" by choosing foods that take more calories to burn than what you consume eating them.

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      Brian Stephens 5 years ago from France

      Hmmm! did you write this lens for me? Well if you didn't you should have, I could do with all of these in my diet. lol.

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Excellent advice! I do follow the zero calorie diet for 1 or 2 days out of a week. It really helps control my weight. Angel Blessings**

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      golfspice 5 years ago

      Good advice, tips and recommendations - I don't dislike veggies, but know I should eat more fruit and veg.

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      Great lens with a lot of good advice. I consume a lot of fruits and vegetables.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Excellent info. I enjoyed learning about negative calorie foods. Blessed!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I didn't know that there were so many zero calorie foods - I thought celery was the only one!

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      CyberTech LM 5 years ago

      I will NOW!!!

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      andrew69 5 years ago

      Well I do, and didn't know it till now

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Love many of the foods on the list. Now to concentrate on them more. Thanks for this informative lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      No, because I didn't know about zero calorie foods, but now that I do, I will.

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      I am really happy to see a lot of my favorite fruits and vegetables on your negative calories food list. Your lens is a great inspiration to eat healthier!

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens, I need all the help I can get in the area of healthy eating.

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      It depends on the diet my wife puts "us" on! Very interesting Lens, I'll show it to her.

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      GregKuhn 5 years ago

      I love this lens, Ladymermaid! In my lens I talk about how important it is to feel good about the food we eat in order to lose unwanted weight. How can anyone not feel good about eating zero-calorie food? You've good us all a great service here. Thank you!

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      AfroMuscle 5 years ago

      Wow, great stuff. This is new to me and I'll be changing my diet to loosely follow this. Thanks.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      This is great information. I'll share that I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables - food that are on this list. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      Tetradica 5 years ago

      If only I didn't add so many unhealthy things on top of my zero calorie foods ;)

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Thanks for this list. I am currently weight watching and I am pleased to discover that I am already eating quite a few of the foods on your list. I'll eat more of them from now on.

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      baseballchris46 5 years ago

      oh man...deep dish pizza didn't make the list of zero calorie foods. I was sure it would. :p I never realized that that many food were zero calories or negative calories. I knew celery was but that's the only one. I like the zero calorie sauces as well because I feel like a meal is only as good as the flavors it gives off and the spices you put on it.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Excellent list! I like your cabbage soup recipe too! :) Great job!

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      I try to eat more vegetables.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      so many wonderful foods on this list!!! i will eat more of these with my meals!

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      Wedding Mom 4 years ago

      I eat a lot of vegetables.

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      TamarWrites 4 years ago

      I eat a lot of vegetables and fruits normally, as do my kids. Great lens-I learned a lot!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Definitely a great way to enhance one's diet - eat snacks of this nature, while still eating good (but still healthy!) sized meals, and you'll be set with some exercise. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been eating these particular range of foods more and more for the past 3 months now. I was not aware of the mechanics which you have explained here. Thanks for sharing.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi great info and tip on zero calorie food. Yes I do eat more vegetables and fruit when I try to loose weight. Blessed and added to my lens Squid Angel flinnie

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is exactly how I'm SUPPOSED to be eating... especially avoiding nightshade veggies with my particular health issues... thank you for the great lens, it's very motivating - and I'm definitely going to try that cabbage soup recipes, it looks delicious!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @baseballchris46: Ha ha! Nope and I am not sure how that one skipped being a 0 calorie food. Rats huh?

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Back to review this awesome lens - and send it on to google plus and twitter.

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      DesignSpace 4 years ago

      This was really informative! Thanks!

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      RebeccaE 4 years ago

      this is a great lens, and I love how you stress you need to eat well and stay healthy

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      bender2003 4 years ago

      I like your in depth informations about 0 calorie foods. As an asian food lover

      0 calorie foods reminds me two well known Japanese food: Tofu and konyaku with soy sauce a good option for diet menus.


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      maryLuu 4 years ago

      Yes and no... it depends on the diet type...

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Liked your great lens previously, now got wings and returned to bless it, too! :)

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      Stacy Birch 4 years ago

      Doesn't everyone eat more veggies on a diet? About constipation, eating too much fiber is not good either. If you never eat fiber or are dieting and eat way more than the 25 to 35 you should be in taking, you can get backed up for a bit, at until your body gets used too the diet.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      Veggies are so good for us and help us to feel healthier when we eat enough of them.

      This is a great lens with very helpful information. Thanks!

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      WOW I really need to visit your lenses a lot more than I did. Zero calories is just what I need LOL

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      sunny saib 4 years ago

      I didn't even know the concept of negative calorie foods till now. Great lens. Very informative and attractively done. :)

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      psychegr 4 years ago

      Nice lens on zero callorie food! Valuable and true information

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      rewops 4 years ago

      Since increasing my vegetable and fiber intake, and reducing meat by half, I have lost 80 pounds.

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      Wendy Leanne 4 years ago from Texas

      I stopped by to give this lens another blessing just because I like it that much! =)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I sure do, I prefer veggies over fruit!

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      kopox 4 years ago

      never know that these kind of foods does exist before reading your lens

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      eightieschild 4 years ago

      had no idea that there was such a thing as negative calorie food. I've been on a diet recently and have managed to lose 4 stone in around six months, so am always interested to hear about other die tops. Will try the cabbage soup I think.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @eightieschild: Congratulations on your successful diet plan. Be forewarned on the cabbage soup, like most of the other zero calorie foods, it will make you feel hungrier. I like cauliflower because it can replace potatoes and tastes very similar to them when mashed but it is also a very filling food.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @kopox: If we know the most filling foods, the zero calorie foods, and how our body views these foods when we consume them, then we really could create the perfect diet plan.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @rewops: Vegetables are often for low calorie, high nutrition, and high fiber. I have really become aware of the better quality meats and tend to include them more into my diet plan now. I eat beef very rarely now. My favorite 0 calorie foods are apples and cauliflower.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Broccoli and Cauliflower are my favorite veggies but a nice crisp apple takes my heart every time when it comes to foods that are great diet foods.

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      I was glad when I saw apple's on the list! They are my second favorite fruit!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @CristianStan: Apples are one of my favorite zero calorie foods too. Apples are also great for detoxing your body as well - they help to remove metal poisoning from the body.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Wendy Leanne: Thank you sweetie. I have been consuming my share of zero calorie foods this past week in the form of apples and broccoli. I love both of these 0 calorie foods and apples are so very healthy - well broccoli too I guess lol. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @psychegr: When one knows the science behind how our body and mind process the foods we eat it can really help our overall fitness. The problem though with 0 calorie foods is that they will make you hungrier because your body is working hard to digest them.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @sunny saib: Zero calorie foods - negative calorie foods really is an interesting topic. I love apples so I am glad that they are on this diet food list.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Titia: Me too girl. I have a terrible sweet tooth for bakery items. Fortunately I also love apples, broccoli, and cauliflower which all fall onto the 0 calorie negative calorie food list.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      even though i love a lot of veggies I ruin it by smothering them in butter or cheese and salt, but there is nothing better than a shaker of salt and a just picked tomato on a hot summer afternoon. Nice information Lady Mermaid.

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      Cynthia Davis 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I'll be starting off the New Year right by trying to eat better in 2013. This lens will be probably be seeing me quite often, especially when I need encouragement to eat better.

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      WhatsTheBuzz LM 4 years ago

      Real inspiring. Now I have to implement what I have read. Great lens...

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      I need some of these for my fasting days when I am only allowed 600 calories, you don't know any alcohol that zero calories by any chance? :-) No I didn't think so, doh!

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      I see some of my favorite fruit made the list - mango's, pineapples. Too bad they're so high in sugar content though - tough of us diabetics!

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      Have just commenced my new year diet (always crazy to try to start on Jan 1!) and zero calorie foods are high on my list, though I just can't eat celery.. no matter what! But there re so many foods that missing one is no big deal. I add fish to get my protein fix. Great lens.

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      mwiener 4 years ago

      Another lens that provides valuable information.

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      bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I am so pleased to see that some of my favorite foods are on the zero calorie list! I'm not a fan of cabbage (except in creamy cole slaw -- which I'm guessing isn't a zero calorie food!), so I make a vegetable soup where I slightly puree the cabbage. It thickens the soup and I don't have to come across the chunks.

      Thanks for this inspiration to eat the right foods for good health!

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      JimMcD 4 years ago

      I am fortunate enough to have a tangerine tree and an orange tree so am always eating lots of great fruit.

      Green beans are another of my favorite foods

      Thanks for this lens

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      Carpenter76 4 years ago

      Have to try this tips :) love brocoli :D brocoli diet hmmmmm

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      MelanieMurphyMyer 4 years ago

      Thanks for this page! Right now I have my first big pot of your cabbage soup recipe simmering on the stove. How long will it keep in the fridge, and can some of it be frozen? Thanks!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @MelanieMurphyMyer: Hi I would think the standard food rules would apply. I would keep it no longer than 5 days in the refrigerator. I would think that it would freeze although I have never frozen any. I freeze my homemade pea soup, as well as my cabbage rolls, so I would think the cabbage soup should freeze as well. Let me know how it goes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had no idea about zero calorie foods. Learn something new every day. Great lens.

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      Lee 4 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Really useful lens - will seriously consider adding these to my diet

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      ErikAlexander LM 4 years ago

      I never thought a food could actually take more calories to digest than what it gives you. Very cool! I'm trying to lose 20 pounds within a few months so this is a cool find. Great lens, bookmarked.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      I've got to include these foods on my list. Sundae ;-)

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      geosum 4 years ago

      I get lots of veggies and zero calorie foods. Great lens.

      In the past I've tried the cabbage soup diet and a number of other plans. Didn't change my lifestyle and regained most of what I had lost. Now having good success with a low-calorie & high protein diet. Lost 80 lbs in 8 months.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Are dried mango, pineapple, apple, etc. also on this list?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was pleased to see that most of the foods on your list of negative calorie - zero calorie foods are foods that I love.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I never realized that there were so many 0 calorie food before. The great thing is that I eat everything on that list.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      Fortunately, I've never had to diet. However, I'm always aware of good food choices and try to make sure we have plenty of vegetables on our plates!

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      chardonnay1313 3 years ago

      A lot of people need to start to take responsibility for their actions for the foods that they eat because they let taste dictate a lot of the things that they eat. Good Lens.

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      SavioC 3 years ago

      Yes I maintain a healthy eating habit that's more of veggies. Its very important to take care of oneself. So eat healthy , do exercises. Stay healthy & happy.

      Yes I have heard a lot about Grapefruit lately . Not yer tried it though. Thank You.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      I need to keep more of the item on the list here and ready to eat because it is so easy to grab a cookie.

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      Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

      I enjoy veggies and fruits, but when I'm tired and feel under time pressure it's too easy to grab something processed instead.

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      pjsart 3 years ago

      I make cabbage soup about once a month and eat it for a week. I add chopped chicken breast to mine. Nice lens...thanks.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'm glad to see this cabbage soup recipe; I do love cabbage. I eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables daily, but this is the first time I've heard of negative calorie food. Love it! :)

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      Jogalog 3 years ago

      I like to eat healthily but I almost never diet. It's definitely a good idea to fill up on veggies and foods that take longer to digest to help lose weight.

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      PadmashriSriram 3 years ago

      Wow! I had little idea on this but your lens is way too descriptive and nice.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @Jogalog: I can remember when I was younger I think I was almost always dieting. Now I just try to eat healthy. I am older and quite happy to carry a few extra pounds on my frame.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @Pam Irie: I used to make cabbage soup quite often when I was younger. I come from Ukrainian - Scottish heritage so borsht was a part of my mothers cooking but I prefer the cabbage over the beat soup.

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      JustineKnott 3 years ago

      Very educational, thank you! I did not realise some of the foods you listed were low or zero calories.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Very interesting and well done lens! Thanks for sharing it.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @Merrci: Thank you. What I really found fascinating was the concept of the cycling diet. In it you trick your body into not noticing that it is on a diet so that you can avoid the diet plateau. I found that very interesting. There are so many little tricks one can use in the battle of the bulge.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @PadmashriSriram: I include a lot of juices in my diet plan. Generally have at least one meal that is a smoothie. It is a nice way to get the vegetables and fruits in.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for another highly informative lens. I knew that celery was a negative calorie food, but I did not know about all those other zero-calorie and negative-calorie foods. I'm definitely going to be researching those for more information. Thank you for teaching me something today.

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      Niktravelfit 3 years ago

      Nice lens and lots of good info. I love eating an apple a day and now I do even more.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I read this just in time for the New Year's resolutions. I found your information very helpful. You included some things I did not know about. I only need to lose 10 pounds, so using your advice plus exercise should get me there.

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