Keep these low-calorie foods nearby to reach your weight-loss goals. They will help you stay healthy and fit.

Bell Pepper

How much? 1 slice, raw

Studies show these fiery little peppers can help you torch fat faster. Plus, the folate and vitamin B6 found in these flavour-filled vegetables can reduce swelling in arteries, helping to reduce your risk of heart disease.

Strawberry

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How much? 1 strawberry

They add tons of flavour for very few calories, the mark of all the best foods for weight loss.

Spinach

How much? 1 cup, fresh

Spinach is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and folate, which help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Aim for 1 cup fresh spinach or 1/2 cup cooked per day.

 Broccoli

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How much? 1 floret

You know broccoli is healthy—it’s low in calories and loaded with calcium. Another reason to love the fibrous veggie? It helps fight cancer!

Cucumber

How much? 1 cup, diced

A cucumber is about 90 percent water, making it an ideal snack for when you’re trying to slim down. It’s also the perfect ingredient for refreshing summer side dishes like this Sicilian Orange-Cucumber Salad.

Mushrooms

How much? 1 cup, raw

Mushrooms are not only low in calories, but their meaty texture and potent flavour fill you up fast.

Lemon

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How much? 1 lemon

Lemons deliver some surprising health benefits. Studies show that the scent of lemon oil can actually create a greater sense of concentration, while increasing alertness. Lemons also contain pectin, a soluble fiber that has been shown to help with weight loss—so add some lemon to your water to feel fuller and prevent between-meal munchies.

Cabbage

How much? 1 cup

Cabbage is an excellent food for weight loss. For maximum rewards, cook your cabbage by steaming. Research shows that steamed cabbage retains more cancer-fighting enzymes than raw or microwave versions.

Egg White

How much? 1 egg white

The debate about the health benefits of eggs has raged on for years. However, one thing is fact: One egg white has just 20 calories. And with the amount of protein it provides, it’s a great way fuel up on the road to weight loss.

Okra

How much? 1 cup

Called “lady fingers” for their shape and size, this veggie also produces a substance called “mucilage,” which is beneficial to digestion. The substance binds with toxic acid that the liver releases into the digestive system, helping to eliminate it from the body.

 Apple

How much? 1/2 apple

We all know the old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but is it really true? Science says, yes! According to research from Florida State University, apples are truly a “miracle fruit” that lower cholesterol to fight heart disease, the No. 1 killer of men and women.

Watermelon

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How much? 1 cup, cubed

Watermelon will fill you up without excess calories due to its high water content. It’s also great for satisfying sweet cravings without guilt.

 

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