You Can Eat as Much of These 9 Low-Cal Foods as You Want, Says a Nutritionist

Let's get one thing straight: There's no such thing as a zero-calorie food that you can munch on with abandon, but there are a few very low-calorie options that come close. According to nutritionist Lisa Young, PhD, RD, CDN, these foods tend to be either non-starchy fruits or vegetables. She argues that these foods contain so few calories and so many nutrients that no matter how many portions you eat, it shouldn't noticeably impact your weight.

Young tells Insider that these foods are are the ideal snacks to reach for when you're trying to get in shape. Why? They're mostly made up of water, are low in calories, and contain fiber, which can help make you feel fuller for longer. Plus, they're packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and other vital nutrients needed in a balanced diet.

This is exactly what a nutritionist snacks on when she's trying to get in shape: