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Foods With Lowest Calories

What other foods can you think of that are pretty low in calories and good to have around when cutting? a cup of shredded lettuce is seven cals which is siiiiiiiick (in a good way).

[quote]lorman7 wrote:
What other foods can you think of that are pretty low in calories and good to have around when cutting? a cup of shredded lettuce is seven cals which is siiiiiiiick (in a good way). [/quote]

Why not just swallow air?

I think the point is to get nutrient dense calories within your limits. Lettuce is not up there in that category. Broccoli is a good one. Lots of fiber and loaded in nutrients. I don’t even count it in my food log but eat it and drink water when I get a craving that I don’t have allotment for. I would worry more about the quality and kinds of calories first. But maybe you already have that taken care of.

Celery. You can’t digest the cellulose, so they’re something like 6 calories for a stalk.

Pickles. Just watch the sodium…

And since pickles are low in calories, so are cucumbers.

[quote]lorman7 wrote:
What other foods can you think of that are pretty low in calories and good to have around when cutting? a cup of shredded lettuce is seven cals which is siiiiiiiick (in a good way). [/quote]

Why would you eat a cup of shredded lettuce? What goal would that serve? In am more concerned with the question you asked. Dieting down is one thing, but the goal isn’t to just eat every food that has the lowest calorie count.

Water.

In my case, when I’m cutting, I use low calorie foods as something to get rid of the munchies.

I’m watching TV and they keep running those commercials with chicken and steaks and burgers, etc. A few pickles give me something to eat and doesn’t mess with my calorie count for the day.

[quote]pookie wrote:
In my case, when I’m cutting, I use low calorie foods as something to get rid of the munchies.

I’m watching TV and they keep running those commercials with chicken and steaks and burgers, etc. A few pickles give me something to eat and doesn’t mess with my calorie count for the day.[/quote]

So you’re munching on your own pickle?

[quote]bikemike wrote:
So you’re munching on your own pickle?[/quote]

Yup. Wanna try it?

stupid thread … as the Prof said, the question is bothersome, but …

anything NOT calorically dense. what does that mean? two things:

  1. high in fiber (ie. oats, leafs)
  2. low in fat (ie. lean meat)

note: this information could and probably will be misapplied.

Bastard

[quote]Professor X wrote:
lorman7 wrote:
What other foods can you think of that are pretty low in calories and good to have around when cutting? a cup of shredded lettuce is seven cals which is siiiiiiiick (in a good way).

Why would you eat a cup of shredded lettuce? What goal would that serve? In am more concerned with the question you asked. Dieting down is one thing, but the goal isn’t to just eat every food that has the lowest calorie count.[/quote]

Well-it does keep you full. I think lots of protein salads are a good thing to eat when dieting down. The question does seem a little misguided, however. It’s still important to get quality protein, fat, and carbs when dieting down. And the caloric deficit should not be extreme.

keep assuming people know my situation. Mistake on my part so i’ll explain.

Let’s say I am on a cutting diet and had a poor day with my meal time management. it’s now six oclock at night, I am already up to 1700 cals. I need a meal that won’t get my over my targeted daily intake, but that will also fill me up.

Hopefully I could get some more helpful suggestions.

[quote]lorman7 wrote:
keep assuming people know my situation. Mistake on my part so i’ll explain.

Let’s say I am on a cutting diet and had a poor day with my meal time management. it’s now six oclock at night, I am already up to 1700 cals. I need a meal that won’t get my over my targeted daily intake, but that will also fill me up.

Hopefully I could get some more helpful suggestions.[/quote]

This should not be a common occurance. You should have a plan (including meal options) that you follow and thus won’t end up being screwed at the end of the day by being over - that reminds me of the weight watchers points. People don’t allocate them correctly.

If this truly is an abnormal occurance then it’s no big deal to go a few hundred calories over, I end up doing it once a week anyway when cutting. If I know there is one day that I won’t be able to control myself completely I don’t actually plan in a “cheat meal” I just try to make sure I don’t go over my calroie total more than 1 day a week.

If this happens more frequently (several days a week) you’ve got more problems than trying to find foods that will magically give you everything you want but calories. I eat 100g of spinach with every meal, drink lots of water, and chew gum all the time. This helps prevent me from getting too hungry when cutting. But be aware, you’re supposed to be hungry if drastically cutting. It takes effort. If this is your problem, there’s nothing magical that will make it go away. If you’re having this much trouble maybe you’re not at the right stage to do this type of diet.

[quote]lorman7 wrote:
keep assuming people know my situation. Mistake on my part so i’ll explain.

Let’s say I am on a cutting diet and had a poor day with my meal time management. it’s now six oclock at night, I am already up to 1700 cals. I need a meal that won’t get my over my targeted daily intake, but that will also fill me up.

Hopefully I could get some more helpful suggestions.[/quote]

Peanut shells
Orange rinds
A cup of mineral oil
Toilet paper (Organic)

Boiled cabbage, or any vegetable soup without beans is almost void of calories.
And skinless chicken or fish have suprisingly few calories like 200 for a quarter pound.

How about a lifting program that will induce a humongus epoc and meatbolism spike, thereby reducing the need for a very restricted diet. The guys I know that do this, me included, don’t wory so much about what has the least calories, but usualy what has the most. Body comp isn’t a problem either. The added muscle offsets fat gains, and creats an even higher metabolic demand.
What kind of lifting program are you currently working with?