A starch is a carbohydrate consisting of a large number of glucose units. Starches are great if you are intending on running a marathon, because they can provide sustained energy over a period of time. However, endless hours of sitting behind your desk at work does not a marathon make.
Carbohydrates get a bad wrap, but carbs are not the enemy. All fruit and vegetables are carbs. These are the very foods that you want to load up on to LOSE weight! Fruit and non-starchy vegetables plus lots of water are your very best bet for losing weight and ridding your body of free radicals. They are low-calorie and full of fiber! If you go to a restaurant and see “low carb” option listed by a meal that features lots of vegetables, like broccoli, carrots, onions, and asparagus, you can notify your server that their classification is inaccurate and makes no sense. Starches are carbohydrates, but carbohydrates are not always starches.
Starchy vegetables contain 80-120 calories per half cup serving, compared to 25-calories per half cup serving of non-starchy vegetables.
To lose weight, a good rule of thumb is to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables and an adequate amount of fresh fruit (use the 2:1 rule: two non-starchy veggies per 1 fruit). Eat these foods with every meal and snack.
Limit starchy vegetables to no more than 2-cups per day. Starches include bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, beans (except green beans), peas, and corn.
When you, Lance, and I decide to start training for an endurance bike ride, like the Tour de France, we can eat starchy vegetables to our heart’s content. However, if our workouts just consist of <60-minute bouts of exercise, we don’t need much starch for fuel. If weight loss is your goal, vindicate carbs! Carbs in the form of non-starchy vegetables and fruit are EXCELLENT for weight loss!
Eat plenty of non-starchy vegetables every day, but limit starches to no more than 2-cups.