If you are on a low carbohydrate diet, you will find this list of no carb foods very useful. As you would expect, no carb foods are great for low carb dieters and it is good to know all of them.
Many people who are new to low carb dieting make the mistake of thinking that carbohydrates are only found in foods like pasta, bread, etc – the starchy foods that make up the ‘carbohydrate’ level of the food pyramid. But this not true at all.
The truth is that all foods that come from plants contain some level of carbohydrates. It may be very low, as in lettuce which is less than 2% carbohydrate, but there is always some. There is also a small amount of carbohydrate in some animal foods, including eggs, milk and its products and organ meats such as liver and kidneys.
So here is a list of no carb foods for your reference:
- MEAT: beef, lamb, pork, rabbit, venison, bison, kangaroo, reindeer
- POULTRY: chicken, turkey, duck, goose, quail, pigeon, ostrich, emu, guineafowl
- FISH: tuna, salmon, trout, bream, pollock, cod, haddock, plaice, mackerel, mullet, seabass
- SEAFOOD: crab, shrimp
- FATS: cooking oils, butter
All of the these no carb foods must be in their pure form, not prepared with any sauce, coating or other added ingredients. For example, chicken has no carbs if you roast it without anything added, but chicken nuggets have a ton of carbs in the coating. There may also be carbs in processed meats like ham and sausages.
No carb foods can be eaten in unlimited quantities on the Atkins diet, but keep in mind that many other low carb plans restrict the amount of fats that you can eat, especially saturated fats. Therefore, you might not be able to eat a lot of butter on your diet plan, for example.
That may seem counterintuitive, but it is important to understand that all diet plans are carefully calculated to help you lose weight within their own boundaries. You cannot mix and match them. So although the Atkins diet allows you to eat all the butter you want, you are more limited in the amounts of other foods, such as beans. Check the details for the plan that you are following to be sure that you do not jeopardize your weight loss.
When you are on a low carb diet, or in fact any diet plan, you are likely to become bored if you keep eating the same things every day. Keep changing your meal plan and you are much more likely to escape cravings and stay on track. A good way to do this is to be sure of all of the low carb foods that you can eat, and look for plenty of recipes for each one.
So keep the list of no carb foods where you will see it often, and try all of them. Even if you think there is something on the list that you do not like, you can probably find a way of preparing it that will make it delicious for you. Try combining it with your favorite vegetables, for example. Then you will increase the variety in your diet, helping you to satisfy your nutritional requirements as well as avoiding boredom. That is a great use of no carb foods.