Note: I realize that some of these foods aren’t 100% lacking in carbs – but I consider under 1g net carbs per serving to be almost as good as zero. If this idea doesn’t fit with your way of eating, please disregard this list. Please check nutritional data labels on food before purchasing.
All these foods do not naturally contain carbohydrates, apart from those in the vegetable list which contains between 0 and 1g net carb per serving. For meats and seafood, the key is to go for unprocessed food. As soon as someone processes it (think ham, bacon, jerky, burgers) there is a higher chance that they have also added some carbs!
- Organ meats
- Pork rinds (an exception to the processed rule!)
- Most types of cheese
- Heavy cream (very very low carbs)
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Sunflower oil
- Sesame oil
- Avocado oil
- Safflower oil
- Corn oil
- Peanut oil
Vegetables (most contain between 0 and 1g net carb per serving):
- Leafy greens (lettuce, arugula, spinach, swiss chard, kale, turnip greens, bok choy etc)
- Fresh herbs
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Chicory family (endive, escarole, radicchio)
- Vinegar (NOT balsamic)
- Mustard (avoid honey varieties)
- Many types of hot sauce
- Regular (full fat) mayonnaise
- Tea (no milk or sugar)
- Coffee (no milk or sugar)
- Diet soda
- Herbal tea
- Drink mix powders (eg Crystal Light)
And as an extra bonus, here are some zero carb recipes:
- Pepperoni Chips
- Homemade Chipotle Beef Jerky
- Parmesan Crisps
- Zero Carb Gummy Candies
- Lettuce Steak Wraps
- Italian Baked Chicken Thighs
- Pork Rind Crusted Bacon
- Potted Crab
- BBQ Pork Rinds
And don’t forget about Shirataki Noodles!!
Six Tips for Eating Zero Carb
1) Eat only from the animal kingdom. Meat, eggs, and dairy. No carbs.
2) Stay full. Eat meat/eggs/dairy until you are full and you won’t be as tempted to eat other things.
3) Eat enough fat. Fat will keep you full and will you give you plenty of energy.
4) Avoid all sweet tastes. It will be the quickest way to kill the cravings that you may have for sweets.
5) Drink water when you’re thirsty. Seltzer waters, unsweetened tea, and unsweetened coffee work for plenty of zero carbs, as well. Each individual has to determine for themselves what works best. But regular water will definitely work for everyone, every time. And I have found no benefit to forcing down gallons of water each day. Just drink if you’re thirsty. And stop when you’re not.
6) No need to count calories. Eat when you’re hungry. Stop eating when you’re not.
And if you’re only interested in reducing (not eliminating) the sugar and carbs in your diet, that’s great, too! Any little bit of sugar that you can keep out of your diet is a win! But, eating a zero-carb diet is the quickest way to eliminate your sugar cravings, give you the energy that needs, and help you to lose weight.