Can you picture yourself in a zero carb world where you can eat all the food you like without stressing about how much carbs you’re ingesting? It almost sounds too good to be true. If you’re on a low carb diet it would be the perfect world for you, imagine the possibilities!
However, even though we do not live in such a world you can adapt the world around you into a low or zero carb one because there is a huge list of low carb foods to choose from. The zero carbs ones are a bit more difficult to find but they do exist and you can still choose from a variety of +100 meals which satisfy your daily needs.
Using the No Carb Foods List
Truth to be told, the only foods that contains zero carbs are fats, while meat and seafood contains only trace amounts. The foods we’ve listed below contain very minor amounts of net carbs and are so close to zero that they are dubbed no carbs foods by most low carbers.
The list with “almost zero” carb foods contains a slightly higher amount of carbs but a single serving is still under 1 net carb.
You just need to be careful and count your servings because even trace amounts can pile up.
Tips for Going Zero Carb
So you’ve made the decision, low carbs is your choice, what next? We’ve got three easy tips which wil make it easier for you to make the transition to a zero carb diet.
- Give yourself a few days to prepare.
Check your fridge and cabinets. Move any higher carb foods to the side and fill the space with your favorite no carb foods. Go to the grocery and stock up on zero carb foods!
- Focus on what you ARE allowed to eat.
Even though you’re switching on zero carb foods, that doesn’t mean that your days of enjoying food have ended. There are plenty of delicious zero carb foods to choose from and learning this will eliminate the feeling of deprivation.
- Have fun. Try new things.
Now that you’ve started a no carb diet you’re probably cooking more which means you can try out different recipes and enjoy new flavors. Have fun while cooking and make it a positive experience.
No Carb Food Labels
You should be careful with this because many food labels will say that an item contains zero carbs but the truth may be far from it. According to the labelling laws if a food has less than one gram of carbs the food companies are allowed to print zero grams on their labels, and they usually do. Sugar substitutes, cheeses, eggs and spices are just some of the most common examples. So if you want to be extra careful count these items as 0.5 net carbs per serving.
List of No Carb Foods
You can find below a list of foods which have zero carbs according to the National Nutrient Database published by the US Department of Agriculture. Zero Carb Meat
The majority of natural meats has zero carbs and is high in protein and vitamins. Packaged, cured and processed meats (sausage, hot dogs, deli meat, bacon, etc.) have some carbs because of added flavoring, preservatives or starchy binders. Mind the labels.
Zero carb natural meats:
- Fowl (turkey, chicken, duck, goose, hen, quail)
- Organ Meats (brains, tongue, liver, heart, kidneys)
- Game Meats (venison, bison, ostrich, caribou, elk)
- Exotic Meats (such as ostrich and emu)
Zero Carb Seafood
Fresh (unprocessed) seafood is zero carb:
Zero Carb Dairy
- Whipped Cream (check each label)
- Heavy Cream (check each label)
It’s possible to find zero carb cheese, particularly hard cheese. Most cheese is low carb, ranging from 0 to .5 net carbs per ounce (complete list below).
Zero Carb Seasoning
Adding some flavor to zero carb foods makes things much easier and luckily for you there is a variety of low carb spices to choose from. There are eight which even speed up the fat burning process.
- Salt and Pepper
- Ground Cinnamon
- Most Hot Sauces
- Pre-mixed Seasonings (check the label)
- Yellow Mustard
- Dill weed
- Zero Carb Oils and Fats
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- MCT oil
- Avocado oil
- Fish oil
- Animal Fats (including lard)
- Butter (particularly grass-fed)
Less healthy, yet zero carb oils:
- Mayonnaise (check each label)
- Vegetable Shortening
- Canola oil
- Peanut oil
- Sesame oil
Zero Carb Beverages
- Sparkling Water
- Club Soda
- Diet Soda (be careful with the artificial sweetener)
Zero Carb Sweeteners
Aspartame, sucralose, saccharine and stevia are advertised as no carb sugar substitutes. However, the powder and granular ones usually contain trace amounts of carbohydrate fillers. Don’t overdo it!
Note: Artificial sweeteners can affect insulin the same way sugar does, so watch your progress, use sparingly and with caution.
Zero Carb Alcohol
Alcohol should always be used with caution. The body burns alcohol before it burns fat for energy so you’ll start burning fat only after you’ve finished burning the alcohol. Alcohol knocks some low carbers out of ketosis for several days after drinking alcohol. Every person’s metabolism is different so be careful, monitor your progress and shuffle things up if you have to.
- Rum (unflavored)
- Vodka (unflavored)
(Almost) Zero Carb Foods
This list is even bigger and it opens up your horizons without setting you back. One serving of each of these items is under 1 net carbs so measure the portions carefully and plan your carbs intake rationally.
Almost Zero Carb Fruits and Veggies
Many of the leafy green vegetables (spinach, lettuce, celery, kale, turnip greens) are great choices for going zero carb. Although commonly thought of as vegetables, avocados are fruit, almost zero carb and a source of healthy fat. Raspberries are high in fiber and are great to sprinkle over a salad or top with whipped cream.
Serving size: 1/2 cup
- Spinach .2
- Parsley .4
- Avocado .5
- Radish .5
- Lettuce .25
- Bok Choy .7
- Celery .8
Serving size: 1/4 cup
- Mushrooms .5
- Garlic (1/2 clove) .5
- Pokeberry Shoots .5
- Cabbage .5
- Asparagus (3 pieces) .6
- Coconut .5
- Yellow Squash .7
- Raspberries .7
- Cauliflower .7
- Broccoli .8
- Cucumber .9
Almost Zero Carb Dairy
- Eggs .2 to .7 (depending on the type)
Almost Zero Carb Cheese
You can choose from a variety of unprocessed cheeses with no added flavors or ingredients. They include 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 Fat Secret, Popular Cheeses. Check each label.
Serving size: 1 oz. = 1″ cube = ¼ cup grated (approx..)
- Asiago .9
- Blue .6
- Brie .1
- Camembert .1
- Cheddar .3
- Colby .7
- Edam .4
- Fontina .4
- Goats .6
- Gouda .6
- Gruyère .1
- Havarti .7
- Mexican Blend Cheese .5
- Monterey .1
- Mozzarella .6
- Muenster .3
- Neufchatel .1 to .8
- Parmesan .9
- Provolone .6
- Ricotta .8