5 Negative-Calorie Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

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These foods will fill you up for very few calories
5 Negative-Calorie Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight
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Though claims about negative-calorie foods are exaggerated, eating low-calorie, fiber-rich foods can help you lose weight.

Mushrooms


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

Kale


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Kale is a great choice for healthy eating; it has about 33 calories per cup and its high-fiber content means your body will have to work harder (and burn more calories) to break it down.

Cabbage


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Raw cabbage is crunchy, satisfying, and just 22 calories per cup. Toss it with raw carrots, some vinegar, and your favorite herbs or spices for a slaw-inspired salad.

Pumpkin


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If you’re not eating fresh pumpkin, you should be. It has just 30 calories per cup and you’ll get a serious workout carrying it home from the store and cutting it into oven-ready chunks. Plus, you don’t need to add much to pumpkin to make it delicious; a little salt and cinnamon is all you need to make a quick and healthy snack or side out of your favorite fall gourd once it's cooked.   

Tomatoes


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A small tomato has more than a full gram of fiber and just 16 calories; try cutting tomatoes into wedges and drizzling them with balsamic vinegar, chopped basil, and salt for a delicious and super low-calorie salad.    

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.