What is low carbohydrate diet?

Low Carbohydrate Diet

What should you do before starting a low-carbohydrate diet?

Talk to your doctor before you try any diet. This is even more important if you have health problems like kidney disease, heart disease, or diabetes. Your doctor may suggest that you meet with a registered dietitian. A dietitian can help you make an eating plan that works for you.

What is a low-carbohydrate diet?

A low-carbohydrate (or "low-carb") diet limits foods and drinks that have carbohydrates. This includes grains, fruits, milk and yogurt, and starchy vegetables like potatoes, beans, and corn. It also avoids foods and drinks that have added sugar. Instead, low-carb diets include foods that are high in protein and fat.

Why might you follow a low-carbohydrate diet?

Low-carb diets may be used for a variety of reasons, such as for weight loss. People who have diabetes may use a low-carb diet to help manage their blood sugar levels.

What foods are low in carbohydrate?

The foods you eat contain nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. Carbohydrate is a nutrient. Your body needs the right amount to stay healthy and work as it should. You can use the list below to help you make choices about which foods to eat.

Some foods that are lower in carbohydrate include:

Dairy and dairy alternatives

  • Cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Nut milk (unsweetened)
  • Soy milk (unsweetened)
  • Yogurt (Greek, plain)


  • Avocado
  • Olives

Meats and other protein foods

  • Almonds
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Cod
  • Eggs
  • Halibut
  • Peanut butter and other nut butters
  • Pistachios
  • Pork
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Tofu
  • Trout
  • Tuna
  • Turkey
  • Walnuts


  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Green beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers
  • Salad greens
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes

Work with your doctor to find out how much of this nutrient you need. Depending on your health, you may need more or less of it in your diet.

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