A low carb food list is esssential for certain diets. All diets involve either eating certain foods in moderation or cutting things out entirely. With a low carbohydrate diet, this means cutting out net carbohydrate – or foods which have carbohydrates without high fibre or sugar alcohol levels to compensate.
While it is possible to work out these figures for yourself, it is not practical on a daily basis. To help we have created a low carb food list for you: namely, a comprehensive list of foods and their carbohydrate content, while below are some examples of the low carb food you can enjoy.
At first you might find yourself occasionally checking a food for its carb content – we have a list of the vast majority of common foodstuffs. Rest assured that knowing what to eat will soon become second nature as you build a varied, exciting and healthy diet. Yes, there will be things you now buy in moderation but isn't that already the case? Other foodstuffs – meat, cheese, dairy, fish, poultry, vegetables, fruit, berries and more will be the basis of a wonderful shopping trolley.
The first phase of Atkins is the most prescriptive but it is also the phase where weight loss occurs most quickly. During this phase the dieter can eat all fish, shellfish, poultry, beef, pork and lamb with the exception of breaded products, those with added fillers or sugars or cured bacon. But that's a huge range of building blocks for any meal right there.
Eggs are fine – cooked however you want while most vegetarian meat substitutes such as tofu, soya and Quorn, although always chose the unbreaded products. Some veggie burgers are even OK. Aged and firm cheeses can be eaten as can the foundation vegetables – a list that excludes most starchy veg. As with all food types, in depth details available with our comprehensive carb counter
Fancy something to enliven your meal? Salad dressings, with some exceptions are on the low-carb food list, as are the majority of condiments. Wash it down with a tea or coffee perhaps as they're low carb drinks. In this first phase there are a number of foods to avoid – lentils, kidney beans and other legumes, fruit juices except lemon and lime, grains, starchy vegetables and alcohol. But all these can be added back, in moderation, as the dieter progresses.
In phase two of a diet such as Atkins – and don't forget phase one only tends to last a couple of weeks - carbohydrates are added back at a rate of five net grams per week. This means nuts and berries and fruits return to the regular menu. Fresh cheeses and legumes can be added as part of phase two adding yet more variety to the diet and opening up a whole new range of potential meals – don't forget there are many recipes on this site.
Some vegetables and fruit juices are now OK and if you fancy something a bit different why not add in Atkins baking products...
Phase three, in effect the final phase in which the diet changes as we approach the stability of the fourth and final phase, sees carbs added at a rate of 10 net grams per week for as long as weight continues to slowly fall towards the dieter's target. More and more fruit comes on to the menu, perfect for snacks although the need to snack is greatly reduced with a non-carb heavy diet greatly reducing hunger pangs between meals.
Starchy vegetables are added in this phase, again in moderation and incrementally and also grains – couscous, oatmeal, brown and wild rice and, in phase four, Atkins' penne can be added. You might be pleased to know that alcohol is also back on the menu; in moderation!
But there are far too many foods to list in one page – take some time to familiarise yourself with the full food list which includes the net carbohydrate rate; and that of foods you should avoid so you can see just how high their carb count is – 32g for one white pita, that's 10 days of carbs in phase one without any filling!
To help you along we've got an interactive recipe finder; with something for every time and every phase . What's stopping you from getting started.