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7 High-Protein Low-Carb Foods You Should Have 

Peanuts are a rich source of protein
Peanuts are a rich source of protein
Modified 08 Dec 2018, 23:15 IST
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Eating less is not the only way to achieve weight loss as one could achieve the same by switching from a regular diet to a ketogenic diet.

The keto diet pushes the body into a state of ketosis where the body burns fat instead of carbohydrates to generate energy, thereby helping an individual to accelerate their weight loss. To achieve this state, one must starve the body of carbohydrates and supply it with fat and protein.

Ideally, for a liberal keto diet, 60% of the food must contain fat, 35% must contain protein while the rest should include carbohydrates. Meaning, one should have foods that are rich sources of fat and protein but do not contain huge quantities of carbohydrates.

Without further ado, let us look closer at the seven high-protein low-carb foods that you must include in your keto diet program to build lean muscle and promote weight loss.

Note: The keto diet does not agree with everyone, and people facing discomfort must opt out immediately and visit a doctor at the earliest.

#1 Spinach

Benefits: Spinach contains loads of antioxidants that along with protecting the body from free radicals, also reduce the risk of a slew of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and other cardiovascular ailments.

Nutrients: 100 grams of raw spinach provides around 24 calories of energy, 3 grams of protein and negligible quantities of fat and carbohydrates. Spinach is a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K, along with vital minerals including Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Manganese, and Iron.

#2 Peanuts


Benefits: One of the most important benefits of having peanuts on a regular basis is that it helps in maintaining cardiovascular health. Also, the presence of antioxidants prevents cell damage from free radicals to improve the immune system.

Nutrients: 100 grams of peanuts contain 570 calories of energy, 60 grams of carbohydrates, 50 grams of fat and 26 grams of protein. They are also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals including Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, and vitamins B3, B9 and E.

#3 Lentils

Benefits: Lentils are very effective in controlling diabetes, improving digestion and regulating blood pressure. Furthermore, being a rich source of amino acids and protein, this food is ideal for muscle building and recovery.

Nutrients: 100 grams of raw lentils provide around 350 calories of energy, 26 grams of protein and 60 grams of carbohydrates, out of which 31 grams are made of dietary fibre. Additionally, they contain good amounts of Potassium, Magnesium, and Iron, along with vitamins B6 and C.

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