Weight loss can be achieved fast by cutting back on sugars and starches, studies have shown.
Research found this diet plan to be far more effective than a low fat diet.
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Children’s Hospital Medical Centre pitted a very low carbohydrate diet and a calorie-restricted low fat diet against one another.
They found that the latter was far more effective.
Scientists wrote: “A very low carbohydrate diet is more effective than a low fat diet for short-term weight loss and, over 6 months, is not associated with deleterious effects on important cardiovascular risk factors in healthy women.”
A graph from the study showed that in on week they lost 10 lbs.
In six weeks they has lost an impressive 18 lbs, or 1st 2 lbs.
This is down to the fact that eating less sugars and status, or carbs, lowered insulin.
Insulin is the hormone responsible for storing fat in the body.
So what are starchy foods? The NHS categorises starchy foods as “potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and cereals.”
It said: “Where you can, choose wholegrain varieties, and eat potatoes with their skins on for more fibre.”
Another simple secret to weight loss involves drinking water before you eat.
Drinking water half an hour before they ate helped almost half of people tested to lose weight over three months.
The incredible study, carried out by the Department of Human Nutrition, at Virginia Tech University, made the findings.
A group of 48 overweight or obese adults were tested over a 12 week period.
They were split into two, and each group ate a low-calorie diet, but one paired their food with 500 ml water prior to each daily meal.