Reducing your starch and sugar intake may help you to lose weight.

Consider cutting down on these (starch and sugar) types of foods as they are generally high in calories. If you have large portions of them daily or tend to overindulge in them too often, you could easily find yourself piling on the weight!

Remember that our body gets its energy either by burning carbohydrates or fats. If there are no more carbohydrates to burn, your body will begin to feed off your stored fat reserves. Over time, you may see a drop in your weight.

Sugary and starchy foods

Sugary foods that are often consumed and can lead to weight gain include cakes, biscuits, sweets, chocolates and other confectionery. Common starchy foods include potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, cereals and oats.

Consult a professional

Always consult a dietitian if you require assistance in putting a meal or snack plan together. In addition, you should always check with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet, especially if you are under medication or suffer from any medical condition that has an effect on your diet.

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