When you’re looking over a list of low carb foods, it’s important to choose things – and combinations of things – that you actually like.
So if you’re looking over the list, and you know you dislike eggs or salmon, don’t force yourself to eat eggs or salmon.
That would be no fun! You can actually eat “junk food” that’s low carb (like hot dogs and diet coke) and still lose weight, so don’t stress over the food list too much in the beginning. Or at least, don’t stress over the foods on the list that you don’t like.
Of course, there are specific foods you want to avoid and specific foods you want to choose from. Here’s a quick list of low carb foods to give you some ideas, along with some resources to find even more detailed lists…
List of Low Carb Foods
Meat & Eggs do not contain carbs, so you can eat as much of these as you like. Beware of processed meats though, which may contain carbs.
My personal favorites are bacon, steak, hamburger meat, tuna, shrimp, crab legs, rotisserie chicken, salmon, pork chops and grilled chicken.
Cheese is very low carb, usually 1 gram per ounce or less, including cream cheese & blue cheese. I love string cheese! 😀
Fat, Butter & Oils contain no carbs so you can use them liberally – including:
- Vegetable Oil
Salad Dressing is fairly low carb, but you want to check your labels and choose wisely. I often use a Caesar dressing for both salads and as a dip, and the one I use is 1 carb per 2 tablespoons.
Vegetables vary, but you want to eat 10-15 net carbs from vegetables every day. Lower carb vegetables include:
- Black Olives
- Iceberg & Romaine Lettuce
Fruit is generally high carb, due to the amount of natural sugar. Fruits lowest in net carbs include strawberries, blackberries & raspberries. It’s best not to add fruit back into your diet until at least the 3rd or 4th week if you are aiming for fast weight loss on a low carb diet.
There are many other things I eat that you won’t normally find on a list of low carb foods. These are more based on personal preferences, and you’ll find your own list of favorites once you get used to shopping low carb. My favorite “extras” include:
- Natural Peanut Butter
- Sugar Free Seedless Blackberry Preserves
- Diet Coke 😀
- Sugar Free Flavored Syrups
- Sour Cream
- Heavy Whipping Cream
- Sugar Free Candy
- Alfredo sauce
You can find many other low carb foods by checking labels and websites.
See: How to Figure Out Net Carbs.
One of the great things about a low carb diet is that it’s so liberating. You can eat a lot of great foods, and as much of those foods as you please. Unlike other diets, you never feel starved or punished. Take a look at the list of low carb foods, both above and at the links below, and choose your favorites & create fun new combinations! 😉
Resources: List of Low Carb Foods Around The Web
- Atkins Acceptable Food List
- USDA National Nutrient Database
- List of Low Carbohydrate Foods
- List of Low Carb Foods and Recipes
I prefer to stick with the basics, and eat as natural as I can. Instead of choosing things like packaged/processed low carb bread or low carb pasta, I would rather simply eat foods that are naturally zero or low carb. Meat and Eggs are my primary staples, and I use low carb vegetables to make fun combinations. Eggs Florentine for example, or an omelet with ham & spinach. Chicken Alfredo with steamed broccoli or asparagus on the side. Etc.
What are your favorite low carb foods?