Monday, May 21, 2012

Low Carb Food List

In general, I do not recommend using a low carb diet long term. Not only is it unhealthy because our body needs carbohydrates, but it will ultimately lead to feeling deprived and you will likely end up gaining the weight you lose back or even more. However, when used in addition to a more healthy and sensible plan, low carb meals thrown in 2-3 times a week, can really boost your weight loss efforts. Eat low carb meals about 3 hours apart from carbs.

I also don't recommend counting carbs. I think that's a bit obsessive and is likely to cause you to burn out. It's a better idea to eat foods that are low carb for a meal or two and just limit carbs in general.

Your weight loss plan needs to be something you can live with for the rest of your life. If you can't live without cake for the rest of your life, it needs to be included in your weight loss plan. The goal of this blog is to teach you how weight loss works, so you can use that knowledge to eat better, without deprivation, to lose weight.


Low carb foods in a nut shell would be meat, cheese, eggs, fats, veggies, and some condiments. Here are some more specific (but not all inclusive) examples:

Meat, cheese, eggs, fats:

Butter
Cheese
Cream
Eggs
Fish
Mayo
Meat
Oil
Poultry
Sour cream

Veggies:

Alfalfa seeds
Asparagus
*Avocado
Bean sprouts
Broccoli
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Celery
Cucumber
Eggplant
Green beans
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Onions
Peppers
Radishes
Spinach
Tomato
Zucchini

Other:

*Bran (wheat, oat, etc)
Coffee
Dill pickles
*Flax
Mustard
Tartar sauce
Lemon juice
Salad dressing (most)
Seasonings
Sugar free Jell-o
Tea
Vinegar


Limit:

Eat in limited amounts when eating low carb meals:
BBQ sauce
Brazil nuts
Catsup
Lemons
Macadamia
Tahini
Walnuts

Not so low exclusions:

Corn
Potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Winter squashes
Liver
Milk
Nuts
Tofu

*Their carbs are mostly unusable due to their fiber content.

What are carbs?

Another Low Carb Food List

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