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7 Foods That Contain Almost Zero Calories & Are A Good Addition To Everyday Meals

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I am sure that you're aware of the fact that your body needs the energy to digest the food that you eat. Therefore, your body burns calories while it makes an effort to digest it. So, wouldn't it make more sense to consume more 'calorie-less' foods if your target is to lose fat and weight? After all, the more calorie deficit you create, the more reason you give your body to utilize all the stored fat reserves in the body. 

Though there isn't any food item that has zero calories as such, there are certain food items that have less number of calories than what your body needs to burn. Following is the list of such food items:

1) Beets

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Easily available at your nearby vegetable market, beets serve as a very good option to be taken as a part of a salad or to prepare them as cooked vegetables. Beets have only 55 calories per cup of around 130 grams. A cup of beets is enough to douse your hunger pangs for some time, while hardly adding anything to your calorie intake for the day.

2) Carrots

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Available in two colors, orange and red, carrots have only 50 calories in a serving of about 120 grams. A one-cup serving of carrots also fulfills your daily requirement of vitamin A by more than a hundred percent. Carrots can also be used as part of regular green salads or could be cooked with other vegetables.

3) Cucumbers

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This vegetable is consumed on a large scale in urban as well as rural areas, due to its easy availability and low pricing. Since they are mostly water, a single serving of cucumber gives you only 10 calories from 50 grams of cucumber. You can use them as a side dish with your other food items to increase the satiety index of the food, while keeping your calorie intake in check.

4) Iceberg Lettuce

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A standard for every Caesar salad, lettuce is one of the healthiest calorie-less food items. It is rich in vitamin A, K and also has good folate content in it. A single bowl serving of around 70 grams of lettuce has only 10 calories. Lettuce can easily be added to salads and sandwiches and offers great taste too.

5) Mushrooms

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A meat substitute for vegetarians, mushrooms can be cooked in various delicious ways. A cup of 70 grams of a serving of mushrooms gives you only 15 calories. Its easy availability also makes it a good choice for diet conscious people.

6) Zucchini

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Another low-calorie vegetable that's commonly used in soups and salads; Zucchini has only 15 calories in one serving of 120 grams. It can also be used in preparing sandwiches to enhance the flavor or can be added in chicken Caesar or veg Caesar salads.

7) Spinach

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Spinach has a good amount of Vitamin K, A and folate and is also high in protein than the majority of the green vegetables out there. Two cups of serving of spinach weighing around 100 grams have only about 25 calories. Spinach can be cooked with cottage cheese as part of gravy dishes or can be consumed in the form of soups.

Make sure that you follow a structured diet along with the above food items in your daily diet regime. This should be complemented with a good workout program at least 5 days a week so see better results.

Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.

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