What foods should I avoid on a LCHF diet?

A LCHF diet restricts intake of foods and drinks high in carbohydrates.

Moderate LCHF diets will allow more freedom with carbohydrate choices.  Importantly Ketogenic diets usually require strict carbohydrate restriction, to reach and maintain ketosis.  Dr Paul Mason explains the difference between low carb and keto diets in his LCDU presentation.

The number of carbs consumed per day and the foods that are restricted vary, tailored to the individual.


LCHF foods to avoid

Our list of food and drinks to consider eliminating or reducing on a LCHF diet:

  • Grains and starches: Breads, baked goods, rice, pasta, cereals, noodles, biscuits, etc.
  • Sugary drinks: Cordials, soda, fizzy drinks, juice, sweet tea, milkshakes, smoothies, sports drinks.
  • Sweeteners: Sugar, honey, agave, maple syrup, malt, fructose corn syrup, dextrose etc.
  • Starchy vegetables: Potatoes, parsnip, sweet potatoes, winter squash, beets, lentils, legumes.
  • Alcoholic beverages: Beer, cider, cocktails, mixers and wines are often high in carbohydrates.
  • Low-fat and diet items: Items labeled “diet,” “low-fat” or “light” are often high in sugar.
  • Highly processed foods: fast food, chips, sauces,
  • Fruits: Tropical fruits contain high levels of fructose: Mango, Bananas, Apples, Oranges, etc.
  • Sugary foods: Cakes, confectionary, buns, biscuits, cereals, ice creams, desserts.

See our resources on restricting carbohydrates to lose and maintain weight loss.