What is a Zero Calorie Food?

Eating a variety of raw or slightly cooked veggies and fabulous fruits can boost your body’s fat-burning ability substantially, especially if they are “zero calorie” foods.

It does not mean that there are no natural sugars or fructose in them (or no calories); it simply means that the particular food requires your body to spend more energy (calories) on processing and digesting it than the food itself contains; in other words, the thermic effect is greater than its food energy content.

The following list of zero calorie fruits and vegetables may surprise you:


  • Zucchini, Turnips, Spinach, Radish, Onion, Lettuce
  • Green beans, Garlic, Garden cress, Endive, Cucumber
  • Hot chili peppers, Dandelion, Celery, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Carrot
  • Green cabbage, Broccoli, Beets, Asparagus


  • Watermelon, Tomato, Tangerines, Strawberries
  • Raspberries, Pineapple, Papaya, Peaches
  • Oranges, Mango, Honey dew melons, Grape fruit
  • Cranberry, Cantaloupe, Blueberry, Apples

So, enjoy some delicious fruits and vegetables and let them do the work for you!  When these foods are used in addition to a healthy and balanced diet, you will feel the difference – and your body will thank you for it!


  1. Diane on August 14, 2012 at 9:39 am

    The listed zero calorie foods must relate to P-4 would someone in the know please address this? 65 pounds and still counting!
    Thank you,

    • carolensminger on August 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Very good choices for Dr. Simeons P3 and P4. This a great list of great choices for weight management for life. 

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  3. Claudia on June 26, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I went out on a limb today and bought beets with the greens attached. I remember them being pickled from when I was a child and how much I used to hate them.

    Do you have any recipes out there for beets or beet greens?

  4. Dasha on November 8, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Is there any food were not suppose to eat on phase 2

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