A low carb, high protein diet, more commonly referred to as the Atkins diet, centers on eating a diet high in protein, but low in carbohydrates to lose weight 1. Meats, nuts, eggs and some dairy products are high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
All non-processed meats including seafood are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Also, eat mussels and oysters sparingly as they contain more carbohydrates than other meats and seafood.
Dairy products are also high in protein, but low in carbohydrates. Be mindful, however, that all cheese have some carbohydrate content. Enjoy milk, yogurt, soft cheeses such as:
- ice creams
- cottage cheese
Like meats and dairy, eggs are high in protein and low in carbohydrate. Try eating scrambled eggs, eggs over easy, hard boiled eggs, poached eggs and deviled eggs.
Most legumes, including beans, lentils and soy products are high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
Nuts and Seeds
Tree nuts, peanuts and seeds are low in carbohydrates and high in protein.
Salad vegetables are also low in carbohydrate. However, they are also low in protein. Nevertheless, salad vegetables are still an important source of dietary fiber and can help add diversity to your low carbohydrate, high protein diet.
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