A new Japanese brand of noodles contains only ten calories in each 200g packet,meaning that they can help you feel full while barely registering on your waistline and helping you stick to your diet.
Made of 96 percent water and containing the Asian ground root konjac,Zero Noodles has flown off the shelves in trials,with advocates claiming that they can reduce the calorie content of a meal by up to 500 and effectively trick their brain into thinking that they have eaten a full meal.
High street health food retailer Holland and Barrett said they sold out within a week when they trialled the high-fibre noodles in selected stores.
Priced at 1.99 pounds per pack,they will now be introduced in 700 stores nationwide.
Nutritionist Laura Lamont,of the brands UK distributors Glow Nutrition,claimed that regularly replacing pasta with Zero Noodles dramatically cuts calorie intake,while the konjac is said to stabilise blood-sugar levels and prevent hunger pangs and over-eating.
However,weight-loss expert Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum warned that other food is required along with the noodles.
Some people will not realise that you need to eat other food with the noodles. Zero noodles contain only ten calories. That is not enough for anybody. You need at least 600 calories a day, Fry said.
If you want to get into shape,this is one of the last diets that I would resort to, Fry added.