Foods to avoid on the PoundforPound diet

These foods are high in carbohydrates and will stop you losing weight.
Don’t eat them
if you want to lose weight.


Bread  - all types (Except Hi-Lo bread low carb from Sainsburys, or similar)







Most root vegetables (contain starch which is carbohyrdate, there are some exceptions)


Fruit (except some berries eg blueberries, strawberries, raspberries).

Bananas are particularly bad

Fruit juice

Soft drinks which contain sugar - diet sodas are allowed


Cakes, biscuits or any sweet or sugary foods


Jam, honey etc

Not too much milk – small amount okay. A dash in tea and coffee is allowed, but don't drink it by the glass. Milk (unlike cream)  contains lactose which is a type of sugar. Lactose free milk has lower carbs so is an alternative. Or use cream in coffee instead.

Crisps and all snacks (see snack ideas for alternatives)

Ready meals

Processed food in general including things like tinned soup, baked beans etc.

Flour is bad, but you can use a small amount to make a sauce if you want to.

Margarine - Use butter instead

If the above seems like a huge limitation, don't worry:

Here is the list of recommended foods to eat on the PoundforPoundDiet

Here are some delicious recipes using the allowed low carb foods

If you want to lose weight, then you must not exceed 35 Net Carbs per day.
See How to work out Net Carbs of a food item.

For non-packaged food items, such as vegetables, fruits, meat etc use our
Easy Carb Counter page. You can spot the bad guys, because they are in Red.