When you first begin a diet, it can be difficult to find foods low in calories that you can snack on–especially when you’re used to snacking on junk food all day. While these lower calorie foods may not be as tasty as unhealthier alternatives, they serve well to quench your hunger pangs while you’re waiting for your stomach to shrink.
Give it time, and you won’t be getting as hungry as often. If you must have junk food, do so in moderation. For example, dark chocolate is a nice treat because it is high in antioxidants. Challenge yourself to only eat one or two squares slowly, savoring every morsel. Popsicles are a good sweet treat that is low in calories especially in the summer.
Here are 20 foods under 50 calories per serving. Eat all you want!
- Celery – 5 calories per stalk (Your body actually burns 50 calories to digest one stalk of celery, bonus!)
- Unsweetened Green Tea – 0 calories (Drinking two to four cups per day can even help you burn up to 50 calories!)
- Watercress – Great on a sandwich and one whole pound is only 53 calories
The Almighty Spinach
- Spinach – Only 100 calories per 15 cups! (Spinach really does make you big and strong. It has a hormone that speeds muscle repair, healing muscles up after a workout. This allows you to build more muscle on top of that muscle sooner!)
- Kiwi – 40 calories per fruit (And more than your daily recommended dosage of Vitamin C!)
- Bell Pepper – 30 calories a piece (Again, more vitamin C than oranges and only 1/2 the calories)
- Bok Choy – 5 calories per cup
- Mushrooms – 2 calories a piece
- Water – 0 calories of course (Drink 2 liters when you first wake up, before you eat anything and you’ll feel fuller all day)
- Chewing Gum – 5 calories per stick (You burn 5 calories for every hour of chewing gum)
- Radishes – 19 calories per cup
- Star Fruit – 28 calories per fruit – (That’s less than just 2 jolly ranchers! And just as sweet)
- Asparagus – 27 calories per cup
- Plums – 30 calories per fruit
- Broccoli – 30 calories per cup (Your body burns 80 calories to digest broccoli, plus you can get 3 times the amount of protein in just one stalk of broccoli as in an ounce of chicken)
Pineberry – A rare cousin to the strawberry that tastes like a pineapple-flavored strawberry! Sold in boutiques in the UK.
- Strawberries – 49 calories for one cup of slices
- Popcorn – 30 calories per cup (without butter and salt)
- Stevia Artificial Sweetener – 0 calories per packet (Aspartame-free, and derived from the Stevia leaf, a sweet liquorice-like tasting plant)
- Tomatoes – 26 calories a piece (The body burns 60 calories to digest one tomato!)
- Watermelon – 46 calories per cup
- Carrot – 30 calories a piece
The best way to eat most of these foods is raw–especially with the ones your body expends more calories to digest. The more foods are changed from their natural state, the more enzymes they lose. If you must cook them, use Pam instead of oil or butter. To give these foods some flavor, add dried herbs and stay away from salt.
For a diet to work, you have to make a complete lifestyle change and stick to it. That doesn’t mean being denied all of your favorite foods, it means realizing people should only indulge seldomly. You wouldn’t give a child nothing but junk food all the time. Instead you would teach them that some foods are bad, and should only be consumed sometimes. The same goes for us!