What Types of Food Can You Eat on a Low-Carb Diet?


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Low-carb diet foods include most meats, eggs and cheeses, according to Atkins.com. Low-carb dieters can also choose from some vegetables, known as foundation vegetables, in the initial weight-loss phase of the low-carb diet. This phase is known as induction, or Phase 1, on the Atkins plan, and it is the phase that is used for giving the dieter's fat-burning metabolism a kick start.

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What Types of Food Can You Eat on a Low-Carb Diet?
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The core of low-carb dieting is eating protein-rich foods, including meats, notes Atkins.com. Meats allowed on the diet can be baked, boiled, cooked or even fried, and meat should comprise no more than 8 grams of total carbs per day. Dieters can choose from all fish, poultry, beef, pork and shellfish but should limit processed meats, including ham that is cured using sugar, bacon or other processed meats or meats with added nitrates, such as cold cuts.

Eggs are a staple on the low-carb diet and can be eaten fried, hard boiled, scrambled or even deviled. Cheese is also allowed, including Parmesan, goat, blue, cheddar, gouda, Swiss and cream cheese.

Foundation vegetables include squash, bell pepper, green beans, mushrooms, scallions, lettuce and cabbage, among others. A complete list of foundation vegetable and other foods is published on the Atkins website for easy reference.

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