I was curious about this, so I went into SparkPeople's food tracker and plugged in various foods, in amounts of 100 grams each. Just to compare.
Just as I thought... pound for pound (or gram for gram)- the starchy carbs give you MANY more calories than meat or fruit/veggies.
I know there is more to losing weight, eating healthy and clean foods than just calories... but when you look at the numbers, they don't lie. If you truly want to clean up your foods, avoid the processed things- which tend to be mostly carbs/starches. If you truly want to lose weight, eat fewer calories- and it can be done easiest by cutting out all the high-calorie-per-food-weight foods (calorie-dense foods)- such as the starchy carbs. These things really pack a punch- and leaves you hungry for more. Go for the nutrient-dense foods instead- such as many of the fruits & veggies that give you MUCH more nutrition for its weight/calories.
Even meat gives you less calories by food weight than the starchy carbs- but they can keep you feeling full longer. Why keep eating all the empty calories of the carby starchy things??
Because the photo is so tiny- I typed out some of the info, in order from smallest to largest in calorie content.
Per 100g of food= calories:
honeydew melon, 36
cottage cheese, nonfat, 110
whole wheat spaghetti, 124
fresh eggs, 140
Atlantic salmon, 182
beef brisket, 242
french bread, 274
french fries, 342
gouda cheese, 356
chocolate chip cookie, 423
homemade granola cereal, 490
Nabisco Wheat Thins, 517
So for people who think they are going to try losing weight by cutting out cheese (that's a good way) and cutting out meat (not a good way)- but still eating the carby things... bad move!! You'd do better even to have a little cheese and CUT OUT the starchy carbs!
Of course I know that a 100g piece of brisket is going to take up less space than a 100g portion of Wheat Thins- but if you're wanting to "feel full" (stomach volume) why have 100cal of wheat thins when you can have 100cal of zucchini or beef that will keep you full longer?
Think about it:
100cal of Wheat thins might be about 20g of food.
100cal of beef might be about 40g of food.
100cal of zucchini might be about 500g of food.
Which would fill you up more?