What is #1starchPerDay?
#1starchPerDay is a rule of thumb – it’s just my recommendation, for easy, healthy, low carb living. A serving is about 120 calories – which is about 1/2 cup cooked grain (like rice or quinoa), 3/4 cup starchy veg (like corn) and beans, or 1 thick slice of bread or medium tortilla, or serving of crackers like in this picture below!
Fruit is separate – I also stick with a serving of fruit per day! I get the majority of the nutrients found in fruit from veggies instead. It is super helpful for keeping my daily calories in check.
The reasoning behind this?
Finding the low carb approach 10 years ago has helped me EASILY lose those last 5 pounds, and keep that weight off for good. The satiety factor is critical here – we’re more satiated on protein & fats than we are on carbohydrates – so it’s SO MUCH EASIER to keep calories in check. AND! A low carb approach is associated with: improved HDL & LDL cholesterol levels, improved blood sugar, decreased tummy fat, and 2-3x more weight loss at first compared to low fat diets
So why 1 starch per day? This way, along with 1 fruit, we can still easily stick with the low carb approach, but ALSO make room for our favorite foods – pizza, pasta, ice cream, dessert! It’s a REALISTIC low carb way of life! More on why low carb is beneficial, HERE.