List Of Low Carb Foods

Low carb proteins

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This is not an all-inclusive list and is geared more towards the induction phase (or phase 1) of a keto or low carb diet of about 20g of carb per day. 12-15 grams of these carbs should ideally come from vegetables. Aim for 3 meals a day with two small snacks, eating every 3-4 hours or so.



While all fish are acceptable low carb foods, here are the more recommended varieties you should consume a few times a week.


There are no net carbs in poultry. Here are just a few to choose from.


Although shellfish does not contain any net carbs, oysters and mussels are higher in carbs so limit to about 4 ounces per day.


Meat is an excellent, no net carb source of protein. One serving equals approximately 4-6 ounces.

*Avoid added nitrates and added sugar, (especially present in bacon, ham and processed deli meats), as this will increase carb counts.


Enjoy any style of eggs and feel free to get creative!

Healthy Fats

Fats and Oils:

Consuming a healthy amount of fat is an important part of any low carb or keto diet.

A few important notes:

While there are no carbs in these products, the recommended daily intake for added fats is 2-4 tablespoons daily. Do not allow any oils to reach overly high temperatures when cooking, and use olive oil for sautéing only. Walnut or sesame oils are great to dress cooked veggies or salad, but not for cooking.

Acceptable Sweeteners

Limit your sugar substitutes to no more than three packets a day. One packet equals 1 gram of net carbs. Some popular options include:

Acceptable Beverages

Pay close attention to what you drink, as beverages are often a major source of hidden sugars and therefore, carbs. It is important to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day, especially when beginning a low carb or keto diet. Drinking enough fluid aids in weight loss and is essential to good health.


Keep in mind that cheese does contain carbs, about 1 gram per ounce, so limit your intake.


Nutrient-dense, high-fiber vegetables are a must on a low carb or keto diet. Aim for 12-15g of net carbs from vegetables per day and measure salad vegetables raw.

Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices are a great way to enhance the flavor of your food. There should not be any added sugars.

Salad Dressings

Read labels carefully if buying commercially prepared dressings, or even better…make your own! We’ll be including recipes soon 🙂

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