MealKitt, who specialise in portion control, explained to Express.co.uk that those trying to lose weight are better off keeping carbs as part of their diet.
All dieters should do is make sure they are eating the right type. They explained: “Most of us think that in order to lose weight and maintain a healthy diet we should be cutting out carbs, or at least minimising the amount we consume.
“However this isn’t always the case; carbohydrates come in many forms and some can be essential for our wellbeing.
“Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy as they are broken down into glucose before being absorbed into the blood stream. Moreover carbohydrates that are high in fibre will bulk up your meals and help you feel full.”
Weight loss: Don’t quit carbs to lose weight, just make sure you are eating the right ones
As well as eating the right type of carbohydrate, it is important to monitor portions, as it is all too easy to overfill a plate.
MealKitt advised: “Evidence shows that around a 12 – 16 per cent increase in an average daily calorie intake among adults in the UK is due to larger portion sizes and tableware.
“If you’re not sure what a standard portion should be, then try using a kitchen tool such as MealKitt (www.mealkitt.com, £39.99) designed to help you with weight management and calorie control, ensuring you stay on the right track.”
These are the carb swaps all dieters should be aware of according to the portion control experts:
Weight loss: White pasta isn’t the best idea, but thin noodles are advised
Weight loss: Bread is not banned, just choose a low carb option
Many of us wouldn’t dream of having pasta or noodles when sticking to a healthy diet, however if you choose the right one then you can indulge without the guilt.
The Good Option: 100g white pasta, uncooked contains: 356 calories. 75g carbohydrates and 13g protein
The Better Option: 100g wholegrain pasta, uncooked contains 343 calories, 67g carbohydrate and 11g protein
The Best Option: 100g thin noodles contains 128 calories, 5.5g carbohydrates and 9g protein
Weight loss: Rice cakes are often thought of as a healthy snack, but plain white rice is better
Sandwiches don’t have to be off the lunch menu, even if you are trying to shed the pounds
Sandwiches don’t have to be off the lunch menu, even if you are trying to shed the pounds. Opting for bread that is more nutritionally dense will help you curb the cravings and leave you fuller for longer.
The Good Option: Three slices brown seeded organic bread contains 280 calories, 42g carbohydrate and 10g protein
The Better Option: Three slices white bread contains 253 calories, 48g carbohydrate and 9g protein
The Best Option: Three slices low carb bread contains 234 calories, 27g carbohydrate and 16g protein
A staple in Asian cuisine, choose the best type so you can make your own ‘fakeaway’ at home.
The Good Option: 100g rice cakes contains 368 calories, 78g carbohydrates and 8g protein
The Better Option: 100g brown rice contains 164 calories, 31g carbohydrates and 3.7g protein
The Best Option: 100g white rice contains 153 calories, 30g carbohydrates and 3.3g protein
Weight loss: Popular British staple baked beans are the best type to eat
Weight loss: Swap white potato for squash to avoid a carb overload
As well as being a good, slow releasing carbohydrate beans also have high levels of protein making them especially perfect for vegetarians or vegans who don’t get protein from animal products.
The Good Option: 100g kidney beans contains 127 calories, 22g carbohydrate and 9g protein
The Better Option: 100g lentils contains 82 calories, 10g carbohydrates and 6g protein
The Best Option: 100g baked beans in tomato sauce contains 78 calories, 12g carbohydrates and 4.7g protein
These are arguably the most versatile type of carbohydrate; whether you have them baked or boiled make sure you’re choosing the best one.
The Good Option: 100g white potato contains 70calories, 16g carbohydrates and 1.7g protein
The Better Option: 100g sweet potato contains 86 calories, 20g carbohydrates, 1.6g protein
The Best Option: 100g squash contains 39 calories, 8.3g carbohydrates and 1.1g protein