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Zero Calorie Foods - Negative Calorie Foods

Updated on February 13, 2018
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Mother of two girls & grandmother to 6. Writing is my hobby, my work, my play, & my passion. I have enjoyed writing online since March 2007.


Naturally Ideal 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.

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 largely fruits and vegetables that have managed to make the Zero calorie or Negative calorie food lists. This makes sense as these items 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.

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.

Include High Quality Protein in Your Diet Plan


Principles Such as the Cabbage Soup and Grapefruit Diet Use

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.

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.

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.

Studies Suggest that You Will Still Feel Hungry After Consuming 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.

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. | Source

Sauces and Other Flavor Enhancers Add Extra Calories

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.

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. | Source

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Studies Show That Catechins In Green Tea May Help You Lose Belly Fat

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.

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!

© 2008 Lorelei Cohen

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      Catherine Giordano 3 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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      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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      Kathryn Grace 4 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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      Lorelei Cohen 4 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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      Lorelei Cohen 4 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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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

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

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      JustineKnott 4 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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      Lorelei Cohen 4 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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      PadmashriSriram 4 years ago

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

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      Jogalog 4 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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      Pam Irie 4 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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      pjsart 4 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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      Erin Mellor 4 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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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 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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      SavioC 4 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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      chardonnay1313 4 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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      Treasures By Brenda 4 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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      Susan Zutautas 4 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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      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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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      geosum 5 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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      TapIn2U 5 years ago

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

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      ErikAlexander LM 5 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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      Lee 5 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 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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      MelanieMurphyMyer 5 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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      Carpenter76 5 years ago

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

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      JimMcD 5 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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      bossypants 5 years ago

      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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      mwiener 5 years ago

      Another lens that provides valuable information.

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      TedWritesStuff 5 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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      Gardener Don 5 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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      Brian Stephens 5 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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      WhatsTheBuzz LM 5 years ago

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

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      Cynthia Davis 5 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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      anonymous 5 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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      Lorelei Cohen 5 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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      Lorelei Cohen 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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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      CristianStan 5 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 5 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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      Lorelei Cohen 5 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 5 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 5 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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      eightieschild 5 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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      kopox 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I sure do, I prefer veggies over fruit!

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      Wendy Leanne 5 years ago from Texas

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

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      rewops 5 years ago

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

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      psychegr 5 years ago

      Nice lens on zero callorie food! Valuable and true information

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      sunny saib 5 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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      Titia Geertman 5 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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      sheilamarie78 5 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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      Stacy Birch 5 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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      crstnblue 5 years ago

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

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      maryLuu 5 years ago

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

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      bender2003 5 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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      RebeccaE 5 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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      DesignSpace 5 years ago

      This was really informative! Thanks!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

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

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 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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      anonymous 5 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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      Gloria Freeman 5 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 5 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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      JoshK47 5 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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      TamarWrites 5 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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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      I eat a lot of 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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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      I try to eat more vegetables.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

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

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      andrew69 5 years ago

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

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      CyberTech LM 5 years ago

      I will NOW!!!

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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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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

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

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      I eat loads of veggies. This lens was great!

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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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      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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      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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      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 :)