The zero carb foods are more limited, but still there is a huge list of low carb foods. There are over 100 choices for rich satisfying meals.
Using the No Carb Foods List
Technically, the fats are the only food that are completely zero carb. The meat and the seafood also contain trace amounts. The food that is on this list have very minor amounts of net carbs – fractions of a gram. most low carbers consider them ‘no carb foods’ because these foods are so close to zero.
The “almost” zero carb foods are a bit higher, but a single serving from the list is still under 1 net carb.
You should track your servings. Trace amounts of carbs add up.
Tips for Going Zero Carb
If you have decided to go low. Then there are three easy tips that will help you with starting a zero carb diet.
- Give yourself a few days to prepare.
You need to check your fridge and cabinets. You need to move all the higher carb foods to the side and you should fill the space with your favorite no carb foods.
You need to plan a zero carb grocery trip and stock up!
- Focus on what you ARE allowed to eat.
You should know that the zero carb foods are savory and delicious. You are not going to feel like you’re depriving yourself.
- Have fun. Try new things.
If you are going to eat foods with no carbs, you will start to cook more often. You should have some fun with your food, while you’re cooking. Cooking it is a good way to build positive associations.
No Carb Food Labels
Many food labels list foods as having zero carbs. If the food has less than one gram of carbs, the labeling laws is allowing the food companies to print “zero grams” on the label.
Common examples of this situation are the sugar substitutes, cheeses, eggs and spices. If you are extra cautious, you can count them as .5 net carbs per serving.
List of No Carb Foods
Now, we are going to present you foods that have zero carbs. This list is based on the National Nutrient Database published by the US Department of Agriculture.
Zero Carb Meat
Most of the natural meats have zero carbs and they are high in protein and vitamins. Packaged, cured and processed meats (sausage, hot dogs, deli meat, bacon, etc.) have some carbs because they have added flavoring, preservatives or starchy binders. You should always check the labels.
These natural meats have no carbs:
Fowl (turkey, duck, chicken, quail, goose, hen)
Game Meats (ostrich, venison, caribou, bison, elk) Organ Meats (brains, liver, tongue, heart, kidneys)
Exotic Meats (such as ostrich and emu)
Zero Carb Seafood
Fresh (unprocessed) seafood is zero carb:
Zero Carb Dairy
Heavy Cream (check each label)
Whipped Cream (check each label)
You can find zero carb cheese, particularly the hard cheese. Most of the cheese is low carb, ranging from 0 to .5 net carbs per ounce (complete list below).
Zero Carb Seasoning
Flavoring zero carb foods makes them much more palatable. There are over 60 low carb spices and eight of them can even speed up the fat loss.
Salt and Pepper
Most Hot Sauces
Pre-mixed Seasonings (check the label)
Zero Carb Oils and Fats
Butter (particularly grass-fed)
Animal Fats (including lard)
Less healthy, yet zero carb oils:
Mayonnaise (check each label)
Zero Carb Beverages
Diet Soda (watch the artificial sweetener)
Zero Carb Sweeteners
Aspartame, sucralose, saccharine and stevia are advertised as no carb sugar substitutes. But the powder and granular ones usually are containing trace amounts of carbohydrate fillers.
It only takes a little to go a long way. Use a sprinkle.
Note: The artificial sweeteners can affect the insulin in the same way that sugar does, so you should watch your progress, use sparingly and with caution.
Zero Carb Alcohol
You should always use alcohol with caution. Your body is burning alcohol before it’s burning the fat for fuel. Your body will return to burning fat when you have metabolized all the alcohol. Alcohol knocks some low carbers out of ketosis for several days after drinking alcohol. Everyone is different, so you should watch your progress and adjust if necessary.
(Almost) Zero Carb Foods
This list of almost zero carb foods is expanding your options without compromising your plan. A single serving of these foods contains less than 1 net carb. You need to try to measure carefully and spread your extra carbs throughout the day.
Almost Zero Carb Fruits and Veggies
Many of the leafy green vegetables (spinach, lettuce, celery, kale, turnip greens) are great choices if you’re going with zero carb diet. Although commonly thought of as vegetables, avocados are fruit, almost zero carb and a source of healthy fat. Raspberries are high in fiber and they are great to sprinkle over a salad or top with whipped cream.
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Bok Choy .7
Serving size: 1/4 cup
Garlic (1/2 clove) .5
Pokeberry Shoots .5
Asparagus (3 pieces) .6
Yellow Squash .7
Almost Zero Carb Dairy
Eggs are so versatile: fried, scrambled, omelets, quiche, boiled, deviled and of course – egg salad.
- Eggs .2 to .7 (check the carton)
Eggs are almost zero carb, ranging from .2 to 1 net carb per egg. Organic, free-range, cage-free, etc. eggs have larger yolks, which makes them lower in carbs. You need to check each carton.
Almost Zero Carb Cheese
The most natural, unprocessed cheese has no added flavors or ingredients. This cheese includes 0 to 1 net carb per serving. Hard cheeses will be the lowest; softer, creamy cheeses will be the highest.
The following cheeses and net carb amounts are from FatSecret, Popular Cheeses. You need to check each label.
Serving size: 1 oz = 1″ cube = ¼ cup grated (approx..)
Mexican Blend Cheese .5
Neufchatel .1 to .8