A List of No-Carbohydrate Foods


With the popularity of low carbohydrate diets, many people are looking for an easy way to count carbs and lose weight fast. No-carbohydrate foods are limited in number and high in fat. According to the No Carbs Food Diet, the philosophy is that no carbs will help you lose weight by allowing your body to burn up stored fat in your stomach, hips and buttocks.

Do your primary grocery shopping at the butcher shop.
Do your primary grocery shopping at the butcher shop.


Naturally-occurring meat, poultry and game have no carbohydrates. Buy your meat directly from a butcher, or buy organic meat that has not been packaged. Packaged meats are often preserved using salt and sugar, which adds carbs. Also avoid processed meats, such as sausage and hotdogs, and cured meats, Examples are bacon and ham. Naturally-occurring chicken, beef, pork, lamb and veal, as well as more exotic meats like venison and ostrich, have no carbohydrates. Organ meats such as tongue, liver and kidneys have no carbohydrates as well. If you are unsure about prepackaged meats, read the label.

Butcher cutting meat
Butcher cutting meat (Image: stevenmayatt/iStock/Getty Images)


Naturally-occurring seafood has no carbohydrates and is an option lower in fat than meat. All fishes, such as salmon, halibut, tilapia, trout and squid, are included here, as well as shellfish like shrimp, crab, lobster and mussels. And, don't forget catfish.

Grilled salmon with lemons and herbs on wood board
Grilled salmon with lemons and herbs on wood board (Image: Brent Hofacker/iStock/Getty Images)

Eggs and Diary

Eggs are the only animal byproduct that contain no carbohydrates, but they are high in cholesterol. If cholesterol is a concern, stick to eating the egg whites, because most of the cholesterol is stored in the yolk. Naturally-occurring milk is composed of simple sugars, or simple carbohydrates. All other diary products such as cheese, cream and ice cream are made of milk and consequently contain carbohydrates.

Brown eggs and jug of milk
Brown eggs and jug of milk (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Seasonings and Oils

Oils have no carbohydrates and can be used to cook your no-carb foods. You can use vegetable, olive, safflower, coconut, avocado, canola or grapeseed oil. Animal fats such as lard and fish oil have no carbohydrates. Salt and many spices, such as paprika, mustard powder and saffron have no carbohydrates and can add flavor to foods. Most herbs, much like vegetables, contain small amounts of carbohydrates.

Bowl of olive oil with olives
Bowl of olive oil with olives (Image: barol16/iStock/Getty Images)


Beverages such as water, coffee and tea contain no carbohydrates. Sweetening them with sugar adds carbohydrates, however. Artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes contain trace amounts of carbohydrates. Distilled alcohol also contains no carbohydrates.

Young man drinking glass of water
Young man drinking glass of water (Image: Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images)

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