36 Low Carb & High Protein Foods

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When trying to build lean muscle, many people focus all of their efforts on their workout. Though fitness will of course play into the ability to add lean chimuscle to the body, diet plays equally as important of a role. To get the lean muscle that you want, you need to eat a lot of protein—but not all protein is created equally!

Comprehensive list of low carb foods that are high in protein. These foods are essential to building lean muscle.

The 36 foods represented on this list are the very best options. They are low in carbs and high in protein, which makes them some of the best out there. Some you may already be eating and others are worth trying out for a tasty new addition to your eating regimen. Rather than eating the same tired protein every day, try to enjoy what you eat by mixing it up with these foods.

chicken breast

Chicken Breast

Chicken breast is an excellent choice as it’s not only high in protein, but it’s low in fat and calories. It’s lean because it’s white meat, and therefore a good choice. A typical serving size to aim for is a 3 ounce chicken breast, or about the size of your fist. Try grilling or broiling chicken and using herbs and seasoning to add flavor, and then add to salad, soup, or feature as the main entrée. Excellent for building lean muscle, and a tasty main staple to your diet!

Serving size 100 grams, 31 grams of protein, 165calories.

ground turkey

Ground Turkey

Ground turkey is such a versatile and healthy way to enjoy protein. It’s high in protein, low in calories, and can be cooked up and used in just about anything. A typical serving is 3 ounces cooked and you can learn to easily substitute it for ground beef. Add some herbs and you can use it in spaghetti sauce, chili, or make into meatballs or burgers. You will love the flavor and versatility and the fact that it makes for a much leaner protein source than higher calorie alternatives out there.

Serving size 100 grams, 29.9 grams of protein, 157 calories.

pork tenderloin

Pork Tenderloin

Many don’t consider how tasty and protein packed pork can be in the quest to build lean muscle. One of the best types to select is pork tenderloin, and a typical serving size is a 3 ounce piece. It can be easily grilled or broiled for a quick, easy, and healthy cooking method. You can add simple marinades or seasoning to bring out the flavor. It’s leaner than you think and packed with protein, it may become a fixture in your eating regimen.

Serving size 3 oz, 22.2 grams of protein, 122 calories.

lean ground beef

Lean Ground Beef

Yes you can and should enjoy ground beef, but just be sure that you opt for lean cuts. A 90/10 mix incorporates enough fat to give it flavor without the unhealthy calories that you don’t need. Typically you want to aim for a 3 ounce portion which you can enjoy in a variety of different forms. Though you want to be sure not to add too much filler that can contribute to fat and calories, this is a great protein source to turn to once or twice a week.

Serving size 3 oz, 22.6 grams of protein, 182 calories.


steak lean cut

Steak (Lean cut and grass-fed)

Go for a lean cut of steak for a high protein meat. Also make sure your steak is grass-fed to increase your intake of omega 3 fatty acids. Pair your steak with a side of steamed vegetables and brown rice for a well-balanced meal.

Serving size 100 grams, 23.1 grams of protein, 117 calories.



Most people don’t tend to think of lamb in terms of a good protein source, but it really is. Obviously you want to go for leaner cuts and that means boneless in this instance. Trimming away all visible fat always helps, and then you can enjoy a very significant protein source. Though it does contain a bit more calories, you can mix it with healthy fillers like root vegetables and sauces made from scratch to ensure it’s a good solid choice. Don’t make this your primary protein source, but do enjoy it within your eating plan for some enjoyment.

Serving size 3oz, 21 grams of protein, 241 calories.



It may be an acquired taste, but veal can prove to be an excellent protein source. You want to opt for the leaner cuts and in this case that is veal shank, loin, or even chop. The typical serving size for a veal shank is 3 ounces and do keep in mind that the bone is a consideration as well. You get a lower calorie but protein sound option that you can include in your rotation. Even if you have never been a big fan of veal in the past, it’s well worth trying if your focus is on building lean muscle through effective protein blending.

Serving size 3oz, 20.7 grams of protein, 146 calories.



Ham can be a good protein source, but you do need to be mindful of serving size. If you are diligent about the slice size then you can enjoy a significant protein allotment without a lot of calories. The thing to keep in mind with ham is that the sodium can be high and so whenever possible, try to get a lower sodium type. Chopped up and tossed with vegetables, this can be a satisfying protein and a nice change of pace from the usual sources you consume. Try ham once in awhile and just keep an eye on your portion size for best results.

Serving size 100 grams, 16.6 grams of protein, 163 calories.



Though this hasn’t been a recognizable or mainstream source of protein, it has recently been getting a lot of attention. You can enjoy some significant protein with this cut of meat while keeping the calories very low. You will find bison featured on many forward thinking restaurant menus with good reason. If you prepare in a healthy way such as ground with vegetables or even a lean cut, then you can really enjoy your protein in a whole new way. You can expect this to replace fattier alternatives as it becomes such a recognized form of protein.

Serving size 3 oz, 21.6 grams of protein, 152 calories.



Salmon is considered one of the super foods and that has much to do with its good fat concentration or Omega-3 fatty acids. You get a lot of nutrients from this particular fish and it is also packed with protein. Lower in calories, this is a great choice and should be a regular fixture on your eating plan. You can broil this or even grill it quite simply and with just lemon and dill you have a tasty, healthy, and protein filled meal that is substantial and sure to become a recurring menu item for you.

Serving size 3 oz, 18.8 grams of protein, 175 calories.



Tuna is something that you probably grew up with, but out of a can. While there’s nothing wrong with that form of tuna, fresh tuna either broiled or baked is a nice fresh alternative. It’s packed with protein and also has a healthy dose of Omega-3 fatty acids which means good fat as well. So though you can opt for canned tuna on the run, fresh tuna is a tasty and healthy option to feature in your eating plan. You will love the taste and just how good it is for you.

Serving size 3 oz, 21.7 grams of protein, 98.6 calories.



This is one of the mildest fish and therefore a great introductory one if you are testing this form of protein. Tilapia is a flaky fish that is mild and takes on the taste of whatever you cook it with. You will enjoy it broiled, grilled, or baked, and it’s an excellent protein source. This is one of the lowest calorie fish or protein options out there and so it tends to be a favored choice on many healthy eating plans. Experiment with a variety of vegetables and all you need is a touch of lemon juice and some herbs for a great meal.

Serving size 100 grams, 26.1 grams of protein, 128 calories



Cod is not only a nice mild fish but it also happens to be an excellent protein source as well. You will find that you can enjoy a typical 3 ounce serving as part of your regular eating plan. It’s best either broiled or baked with a touch of lemon juice for a nice twist. Be careful when ordering it out that it doesn’t come breaded or fried as you defeat the point of healthy eating. Cod makes an excellent addition to your seafood menu with a nice protein concentration.

Serving size 3 oz, 19.4 grams of protein, 89.3 calories.



Crab is a nice protein option but you do have to be careful of a couple of things. First and foremost always go for the real thing and not imitation when adding to a protein filled menu. Secondly the measurements here are for baked, broiled, or boiled crab legs which are the healthiest and preferred cooking methods. Be cautious when ordering out not to get it fried or coated in butter as so many enjoy. If you want a healthy protein option then follow these guidelines and enjoy this once in awhile.

Serving size 3 ounce, flaked, 20.2 grams of protein, 97.8 calories.



Shrimp can be part of your healthy eating regimen if you are diligent about the way that you enjoy it. These measurements are for 3 ounces of cooked shrimp, either boiled, broiled, or steamed. Be careful of the size of the shrimp as larger varieties mean more calories. Be careful when ordering out that it’s not fried, coated in butter or even fried. Also be cautious not to dip into sauces that can tack on the calories as well. If you eat shrimp in a natural form like this, you will get all of the good stuff and leave out the calories that you don’t need.

Serving size 3 oz, 17.8 grams of protein, 84.1 calories.

hard boiled egg

Hard Boiled Egg

It may seem like a less significant source of protein when compared, but hard boiled eggs are a great addition to the menu. They are easy to prepare and convenient to grab on the go. Hard boiled is a great way to go as you don’t add anything and increase the calories, but you can also try poached or soft boiled if you prefer. Eggs are an excellent high protein food that really helps you to build lean muscle with fewer calories and fat than other options. A great way to start the day! Serving size 1 egg, 6.3 grams of protein, 77.5 calories.



There’s a reason that almonds make just about every healthy food list. Not only are they packed with protein, but they are loaded with good fats which we know as Omega-3 fatty acids. They are satisfying with a good fiber content and make for an excellent snack. The one thing to keep in mind with almonds and all nuts is serving size. This is based on 1 ounce and you need to be sure to monitor and not eat these mindlessly for best benefits.

Serving size 1 oz, 6 grams of protein, 161 calories.



Though nuts tend to be a great protein snack, some are better than others. Walnuts also make top of the list for the same reason, mainly the concentration of good fat. You may find that these are slightly higher in calories but they introduce a good protein source. You may wish to add them to a meal or top a salad to get the crunch and the nutrients that walnuts contain. All the while you are adding an excellent protein source to your diet.

Serving size 1 oz, 4.3 grams of protein, 183 calories.



There’s a reason that you need to be diligent about your portion size when it comes to nuts. Though pistachios make a great protein choice, they are like the other nuts a bit higher in calories. Do be diligent about the serving size, but don’t hold back from enjoying them. They are satisfying with the delicious taste, high fiber, and good protein concentration and therefore make a good sound choice.

Serving size 1 oz, 6 grams of protein, 160 calories.

cashew butter

Cashew Butter

In a day when peanut allergies are forcing us to find good alternatives, cashew butter is top of the list. You can opt for an ounce of cashews or enjoy the delicious peanut butter substitute of cashew butter. Here you see that just a little cashew butter goes a long way and really makes a nice addition to a meal. Spread on whole grain bread or enjoy with an apple for a great protein source that tastes delicious as well. Serving size 1 Tablespoon, 2.8 grams of protein, 93.9 calories.

pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

Though these were once a seasonal treat, they have become part of the mainstream based on their health benefits. Pumpkin seeds are now found featured at health food stores and boast a great healthy makeup. Though they are a bit higher in fat, the key is to focus on portion to get the most out of them. You will enjoy the crunch and all the while consume a high protein snack that really adds great value.

Serving size 1 oz, 5.2 grams of protein, 125 calories.

sunflower seeds

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds make a great topping or addition to a meal. You can top a salad with them or feature them in a bowl of oatmeal. You can add them to a trail mix or simply grab a handful on the go. As with many nuts and seeds the serving size is important. If you are focused on that then you can enjoy a great source of protein.

Serving size 1 oz, 5.8 grams of protein, 164 calories.

peanut butter

Peanut Butter

It tastes so good that it’s hard to contain yourself from not overeating it, but you need to keep it within reason. You may find slight variance amongst the types such as crunchy or creamy, and salted or unsalted, but above all this is a sound protein investment. You will learn to make this part of a healthy snack in the proper amount and truly enjoy peanut butter the way that it was intended to be consumed.

Serving size 2 Tablespoons, 8 grams of protein, 188 calories.



Alone it doesn’t look or taste like much, but when you add tofu to other foods it really soaks up the flavor. When you see that just 100 grams of firm tofu has this much protein and is this low in calories, it’s no wonder that more and more people are turning to it. This is great not only for vegetarians, but also for a simple non-meat addition to your healthy eating regimen. Once you learn how to cook with it you will love what tofu can do for you and find a place for it on your rotation.

Serving size 100 grams, 8.2 grams of protein, 70 calories.



We hear more and more about edamame, and there’s good reason for that. These cooked and mature soybeans are not only delicious when roasted with a little salt, but they are really good for you. They have become mainstream since they are low calorie and yet loaded with protein. Try them alone or as part of a stir fry or even salad. Though you may not have tried them yet, you will quickly learn to make these a main feature.

Serving size 1 cup, 16.9 grams of protein, 189 calories.

chick peas

Chick Peas

They are versatile and perhaps that’s what makes so many people love them. Chick peas or garbanzo beans don’t have a strong bean taste, but offer plenty of the same benefits. High in fiber, low in fat and calories, and yet loaded with protein, these make for a great addition to soup or even roasted on their own. You will love the taste and get hooked on them, finding new ways to utilize them all the time.

Serving size 100 grams, 14.5 grams of protein, 269 calories.

black beans

Black Beans

You will be amazed at how satisfied you feel after eating a meal that uses black beans. Though they are slightly higher in calories, the protein and fiber component will help you to feel full long after the meal is through. They are a great protein source and so there are a growing number of recipes calling for these little gems. If you don’t want the calorie count then just lessen the serving size to a half cup instead.

Serving size 1 cup, 15.2 grams of protein, 227 calories.



Hummus makes a great spread or dip with whole grain crackers. It can easily be used as a healthier condiment on sandwiches or just to enjoy as a quick snack. It has a nice taste and therefore makes a great protein source. You want to be careful not to overindulge as the calories can add up, but you will find some great uses for this very popular dip in your eating plan.

Serving size 1 Tablespoons, 1.2 grams of protein, 24.9 calories.

protein powder

Whey Protein Powder

You will obviously mix protein powder either with milk or into a drink or meal, but standing alone you see why this is a very popular addition. To boost the protein content of just about anything, protein powder is a no brainer. You can simply mix with ice and fruit for a great post workout meal or find other uses for it. Protein powder is a good idea if you are trying to build lean muscle and focusing on your diet in the process.

Serving size 1 ounce, 19.7 grams of protein, 98.6 calories.

Beef Liver

In addition to being high in protein, beef liver is a good source of several key nutrients. A 100 gram serving provides you with 20.4 grams of protein for only 135 calories. Plus, it has 338% of your daily recommended value of vitamin A and 922% of your DV of vitamin B12.

Serving size 100 grams, 20.4 grams of protein, 135 calories.



Quinoa isn’t exactly low-carb, but it’s a true super food. You are hearing more about quinoa as a whole grain, high fiber, protein packed alternative to traditional potatoes or rice. It has a nice texture, mixes well with meals, and adds some significant protein per serving. Try experimenting it and you are sure to find some great ways to make it into your meal plan. Quinoa has quickly become the protein powerhouse that you are sure to enjoy.

Serving size 1 cup, 8.1 grams of protein, 222 calories.

cottage cheese

Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese has long been known as a diet food, but it’s an excellent choice for building lean muscle. It’s low in calories but very high in protein per serving and so it should be a main focus in your eating plan. You can use it as a nice dip, enjoy it with fruit for breakfast, or make it a main part of any meal or snack. There are endless limits to how you can incorporate cottage cheese into your eating plan.

Serving size 4 oz, 14 grams of protein, 81.4 calories.

greek yogurt

Greek Yogurt

This is no regular yogurt and due to the high protein concentration, this is becoming a main fixture on many eating plans. You may get slightly more calories with Greek yogurt than other types, but the protein concentration can’t be beat. This makes for an excellent snack or meal. Find a type that you like and then put it on rotation for an amazing addition.

Serving size 100 grams, 10.6 grams of protein, 58.8 calories.



Not all cheese is the same, and so the information here is for a slice of Swiss cheese. You do want to pay attention to the type of cheese you pick as well as strongly focus on the serving size. Sure cheese can be higher in fat and calories, but a little bit will do you good for protein consumption. Enjoy a slice of cheese here or there or add to a meal for a nice protein boost once in awhile.

Serving size 1 slice, 7 grams of protein, 113 calories.

flax seeds

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds are another entry that consistently make the best food lists. They are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids which means they are a good fat. They also happen to be a good protein source and have a nice texture. You can add them to a soup or salad, or just blend them in with a smoothie. They taste good and give you some great protein in the process.

Serving size 1 Tablespoon, 1.3 grams of protein, 37.4 calories.



This is a soy food unlike any other. It is newer to certain parts of the world, but has been around for centuries in some cultures. This is made from fermented soybeans and formed into a patty. It has a taste all its own and therefore stands out from other soybean foods such as tofu. It is well worth a try for a non-meat but high protein option that you can enjoy as part of your eating plan.

Serving size 1oz, 5.2 grams of protein, 54 calories.

Building lean muscle comes through exercise and proper diet. Though you may not have realized that diet played such a key role in this, now you see what some of the best foods to eat are. Protein is a major element in building lean muscle tissue, and when combined with proper exercise, will really help you to get results.

Though you may have felt limited with your protein options before, you now see that there are more foods than you realized. These 36 foods represent the very best low carb protein sources and form a diverse and truly tasty eating ritual. Get creative, find new ways of implementing them, and enjoy the delicious taste that these healthy and protein packed foods can offer to your diet and your muscle building regimen.

You may also like our list of the best iron rich foods for vegetarians and super foods.

Users Comments:

  • Jeff

    I’ve been working out 2 hours a day, 6 days a week for the past 12 months and even though I’ve lost 30 pounds, I’m not seeing much muscle build up. I wasn’t eating unhealthy, but I didn’t really change my diet to something healthier either. I believe my body would probably look twice as better if I paid closer attention to my diet instead of just pumping iron. I’ll get started with the these 36 foods and hopefully I’ll get a lot more from my workout sessions from now on.

    • Jason

      You’re not seeing much muscle build because your still eating low carb. Low carb is a good method to shed the fat, not build muscle. To build the muscle you must start to increase carbs especially focusing on high glycemic carbs.

      • Bob

        That’s not true. If you feel that you lack energy on workout days then adding carbs can help you maximise your muscle growth but if you can do the same amount of work without the carbs then the extra protein and fats will be of more use. Carbs are to do with energy rather than building muscle.

    • Garry

      You’re doing too much working out IMO. 2 hours a day, 6 days a week? That’s allowing very little recovery AND doing 2 hours likely means the quality of the workout isn’t so great.

      On the workout: The best part of a workout is usually the first 30 minutes, this is where you’re really energetic and get the most benefit. Often, we need to do more than that to finish up, maybe up to an hour or so, but 2 hours is way too long – try to look at how you can hit all the muscle groups you want in a shorter workout schedule. Either introduce some compounds, up the intensity and lower the rep ranges/sets or reduce the rest times.

      On rest: Your muscle growth actually doesn’t come from the workout, it comes from the recovery afterwards. The workout breaks down the muscles, forcing the body to repair them. It also adapts to the damage and thus builds them back stronger, which is how we grow muscle. If you’re not allowing your body enough recovery time then you’re not going to see much in the way of results.

      • Dr Krishnan

        That was one very good piece of advice for the idiots…….new to this bodybuilding and was doin exactly jeff was doin without seeing the desired results that my hardwork deserved……

    • craig

      building muscle is 25% training and 75% nutrition. to build lean muscle your protein intake should be 1g of protein to 1lb of body weight. (so a 200lb man should consume 200g of protein daily at least) hope this helps.

    • Jacob

      Mix it up make sure it’s not just lifting cardio and stretching is key to ensure your body is working properly and allowing proper development of muscle.

    • Sue Hookom

      The reason you aren’t seeing results from your workout is because you need to let your muscles rest and repair for a day between workouts. You method keeps them in a state of breakdown. Also drink protein powder mixed with skim milk. The best is ‘Just Whey’

    • stu

      You need more rest days imo. You (re)build muscle while resting. Try adding an extra rest day or 2.

    • noone

      Working out too long has never been good. 40 to 1h15min is definitely enough.

    • Bobby

      Jeff, I am late to this, but wanted to see how your workouts and results (expectations) were coming?

    • Bob

      You can’t build muscle while restricting calories. Simply won’t happen. With proper weight training you can keep most but not all of the musculature you currently have while cutting fat. If you are doing only cardio you will lose significant amounts of muscle along with the fat. Do some research on how natural body builders do their cuts. It’s almost a science unto itself. Don’t bother looking into professional bodybuilders since they use vast amounts of drugs. A balanced approach with weight training and some cardio along with excellent nutrition is the way to go.

    • brittany

      Although attending to your diet will surely aid in the gaining of muscle, the real solution is in the workout routine. You shouldn’t be working out six days a week for a simple reason: Your muscles need time to heal. You should wait at least two days in between weight training. Also, the release of lactic acid throughout your body is much more effective if given ample time to burn the fat cells in your body. Trust me, this is a tried and true method to building muscle faster.

    • Jscott

      Also you need to let your muscles rest. You can overwork them which will limit the rebuilding and repairing phase.

    • Chax

      Eat more saturated fat!


    Baby~ low carb and high protein diet is my kind of diet xD It’s going to be tough to keep up with this diet if I have to stay away from bread and rice, but compared to other diets, it looks a lot easier and tastier. I signed up for one year membership at a local gym yesterday, so by the end of the year I’m going to look like an MMA champ while still eating delicious stuffs. I’m down for that baby~

  • Olivia

    Eating low carb and high protein foods is very important when you’re putting on muscle or even when you’re trying to lose weight. The problem is these foods taste like paper after a while, because there are only so many ways you can cook them. I was wrong though, because there are apparently so many other ways that you can cook low carb and high protein foods. There are also other low carb foods that I never knew before, so this is a very pleasant surprise.

  • YourTrueFitnessHome

    I have to say awesome job putting this together and all the write ups under each food idea, wow. I’m definitely going to share this with my readers and tell them to check this out. And to Jeff above … Losing 30 lbs is a great accomplishment, you should be very proud. But if you’re working out two hours a day and not seeing results, well something is off big time. Sounds like you might want to change up your workout routine, or seek out a personal trainer to help you in this area.

    • Live Peachy


      I agree with you, Jeff should probably see a personal trainer AND a nutritionist to accomplish his goals. That’s an awful lot of work to be doing and having nothing to show for it!


  • Crystal

    I greatly appreciate the detailed food list. I’m thankful there are people like you. was just wondering, since I’m always cooking for 3 little girls and a husband, are you available for a house call? Lol, have a wonderful day

  • Maureen

    THANKS for this. After seeing a nutrisionist over the weekend, she mentioned i need to start consuming 140 grs. of protein a day. Was lost for ideas, so this helps tremendously.

    • christinarmcloughlin@gmail.com

      that seems like an huge amount – I am a vegetarian so I would find that very difficult!

    • warren

      Your body cant breakdown that much protein in a day. You sho uld look up a scale which will take your body weight, age and energy burned through out your day and it will tell you a mpre proper rate. From what I know, you can only absorb 20 to 30 grams about every 6 hours, activity pending.

      • Aaron

        Which is actually untrue yet again. Lies come from uneducated assumptions. A human body can absorb and deplete up to 200 g a day. Depending on the validation of your actual cardio and muscle physique and weather or not one truly “pumps as much iron” as people say.

        While I’m doing p90X it is based that I consume 107 g of protein a day and that’s with doing only one video. I’ve been doing two a day and still only consume 107 but even that’s a hard number to achieve. In supplement for breakfast they provide there is an automatic 50g of protein.

        Like I said Maureen, do you but don’t let others who have no clue of their uncanny ability to be open minded put you down.

        Try you Best, Forget the Rest.


    Dear all
    i am 28 yrs old,male
    my blood uric acid is 7.85
    can i take high protein,plz give a solution

  • milt

    whose fist? my girl friends is half the size of mine, she’s 5’4″, I’m 6’2″, my son is 6’6″ as his is half again the size of mine.
    which fist is 30z? what the heck kinda lead is that? probably use a scale, yes? probably lead people to using a scale? Or maybe size-wise, everyone needs a piece the size of their fist and it sure won’t be 3 oz each?

  • Macky Pintado

    Very informative! Great!

  • Toni

    I weigh 93 lbs. & desperately need to put on some pounds. I was recently cooking from weight watchers recipes for my family. My boyfriend needed to lose the weight & signed up to be in the program. My mother wanted to lose some weight also but I needed the opposite. Try preparing meals to combine all our needs. Not so easy. I just recently have been told that I have an increased risk for diabetes if I continue with my sweets. I am a sweet & salt gal. I have been doing a lot of reading on all different diets. I love to cook from recipes. I must focus on bringing my sugar levels down. I have had a few scary moments in the last few days with dizziness & my body just being terribly off whack. So glad to see this information on this page. It gave me hope, & now on with the new journey. We can all benefit from this. I need to simplify my life & find the time to enjoy myself & my loved ones. Thank you so much for some greatly needed knowledge. Let the learning begin. I’m excited. Toni, the hungry one

  • Daniel abraham

    Am 17 yrs old n am fat but not obese and i also hav pot belly…n i hav engaged in skipping n jogging,n also reducing ma food intake so i wanna ask for more heathier ways of burining out fat

    • Charles

      Google your BMR and find out the amount of calories your body needs for a day while doing nothing at all. Then create a daily calorie deficit by consuming fewer calories than your body can use that day. Get rid of the sweet drinks and junk food pretty much altogether, change your diet to high protein and low calorie/carb foods (incorporate a protein powder if practicable). These foods can burn up to twice as many calories. You will lose pounds steadily (1-2 lbs./week) and healthily without reducing much muscle mass. Good luck and God bless.

  • Deborah Johnson

    Hi I am a diabetic so as I am 50 pounds overweight, I walk 4 days out of each week. and use the exercise machines sometimes I am now trying to up the protein while lowering the carbs, have never tried the Protein Powder, but I will purchase this and incorporate it into my diet. Trying to lose at least (1-2lbs./week).. Thanks for everyone as I read more comments I learn a great deal.

  • Janet Vanderbilt

    Do you have a 30 day meal plan that I could follow? Thank you.

  • dd

    Love how half of these are meat. Times never do change do they.

  • Simply Shredded

    This is huge list. Amazingly written post with great knowledge.
    Also, I love all the fish i.e Tilapia, Tuna and Salmon. One thing I would like to add here is Soy Chunks. You can get 50 grams of protein in 100 grams. Its highly rich in protein and are tasty too. 🙂

  • 9feelscook

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  • Maria

    I am trying to loose a lot of weight. My Dr told me to find foods high in protein. This was very informative. I can plan my meals now. Wish me luck.

  • Stacy

    I am severely diabetic, like on the brink of a coma bad. I am to eat low carb, high protein and meats. Any suggestions?

    • peter

      My wife died due to complications of diabetes so I suggest most strongly that you should take your situation very seriously. She was what I would call a Carboholic….too much sugar, bread etc. Get on the high protein diet and you will soon see the results. Good luck.

    • Ashley

      Hi Stacy,
      Not sure what type you are, but severe diabetic isn’t really accurate. You’re either diabetic or you’re not, perhaps you are just experiencing complications from not caring for it. If you have been diagnosed Type 1 you need to see a health care physician ASPA to get put on an insulin regimen. If you’ve been diagnosed Type 2 you need to see a physician and dietician to be put on a nutrition plan.

  • Debra

    I’m allergic to dairy products and seafood but I need to lose weight and I am looking for suggestions for the protein diet. I appreciate any ideas.

  • Nicole

    Hello there
    Well I was wondering if u could kindly give me some advice – now I’m female 41 weight 12st and height is 5.2 now I’m over weight by about 3 stone and am really struggling I’ve tried everything and can’t loose weight!
    So my friend suggested for a few weeks that I do a high protein low carb diet she sed this is what I should do on a daily basis for about 2 weeks to shed at least 10lb – can u advise me as to weither it’s right or wrong! Diet examples as follows
    Mon- sun 6x small meals
    8am – 2 egg omelette with mushroom peppers
    10am banana or apple
    12pm 85g chicken 40g rice and kale
    2pm 85g chicken 40g rice and kale
    4pm 85g chicken 40g rice and kale
    6pm 85g chicken 40g rice and kale

    If I’m still hungry at 7pm I’ll eat the last one but sometimes just have a 0% yogurt

    So you get an idea of food the amount im eating daily I t’s roughly 2 chicken breasts about 200g cooked rice half large bag kale

    Into 5x portions excl breakfast
    Is 85g cooked chicken
    40g cooked rice

    Am I doing it right is this ok and healthy… More importantly will u lose weight … That’s my aim on a short term basis

    Please reply asap

    • Kiki

      Everything youre doing is correct but the rice. White rice is high in sugar, stick to brown rice or none at all. Ive lost 10 pounds on LCHD and i do eat every two hours on the clock, but i DO NOT eat potatoes, rice, bread, or pasta. These are carb killers. Opt for broccoli, caemelized onions, ertc so youre at least getting fiber.

  • Dwayne Beavers

    I’ve just recently had to leave my job because of health problems with my legs and now more sedatery and I’m gaining weight easier and can’t do what I did before to lose the weight and I don’t want to gain what I lost before and I need to get the weight off to help with pain relief in my legs and mobility.

  • Ely

    Am I wrong or do some of these foods have a fairly high carb content? Black beans, peanut butter, almonds, etc. All have a pretty high ratio of carbs to protein. Black beans in particular look to have a 3 to 1 ratio of carbs to protein. Maybe I’m looking at the wrong black beans.

    • Sasha Ricci

      While this list is informative—it’s lacking the explanation that if one only eats black beans, it’s an INCOMPLETE protein and must be adequately paired, for example, with brown rice. The meats alone are COMPLETE proteins. The rest need to be paired. Yes, very high carbs with beans/rice/yogurt…and they all need to be balanced.

  • Ravi

    Hi guys, Its really good to c u all and mutually helping each other. Now I would like to add a point here. Let’s leave about nonveg protein sources. How about vegans, even though u mentioned lots of veg sources of protein, but according to studies proteins from plants are incomplete and they are not a quality one and gets poorly absorbed by body.

  • high bp

    This is listed as a high protein low carb list of foods but none of the nutritional info has carb info only calories. I am new at this and trying to learn.

  • John

    I am 6’6″ tall. I weigh 251lbs. I go to the gym and workout 5 days a week. I try and eat healthy everyday. I make sure I get my protein, veggies and fruit. I know building muscle weighs more than fat, but somehow I have manged to gain weight. My body fat is 25.91% I haven’t really been doing any cardio for the fear I would lose the muscle that I’ve gained. Does anyone have any suggestions how I can keep my gains but lose the body fat. Thanks.

  • kmwa

    Thanks for the useful information. We don’t get much bison here in Australia, I wonder if I can substitute it with kangaroo?
    Now seriously, there’s an error for Protein Powder.
    It says “Serving size 1 scoop, 6 grams of protein, 107 calories.”
    It should say “Serving size 1 scoop, 27 grams of protein, 107 Calories.”
    The best (and most expensive) protein powder is Whey Protein Isolate which is 87% protein and virtually zero carbs.
    A cheaper alternative is Whey Protein Concentrate which is 75% protein and has a few carbs (sugars) in it.
    Both are good, but as I struggle to keep my weight under 63kg, and I can afford it, I use WPI.

  • angela

    i wanna follow these suggestions

  • Jord

    Guys, Please. To lose weight all you need to do is eat less calories than your body needs, there is no magic trick. Of course if you want to look better then you will need to lower your carbs but not so low that you have no energy to get through the day, pick up a dumbbell, and train harder if you want those muscles to show. But to lose weight without doing nothing at all? Eat less than is needed to sustain your current body weight… Try a 2000 calorie diet if you are 210lbs, a 2500 calorie diet if you are about 300lbs, or a 1500 calorie diet if you can go through the day on very little carbs (you will feel extremely lethargic).

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