The NHS website explains how breakfast cereals are usually branded to be healthy but are very high in sugar.
They say: “Swapping a bowl of sugary breakfast cereal for plain cereal could cut out 70g of sugar (up to 22 sugar cubes) from your diet over a week.”
For example swapping a bowl of cereal for porridge oats is a great way to pack nutrients and vitamins into your diet early in the morning.
If you usually add sugar to your porridge, try adding a few chopped apricots, or a sliced of mashed banana instead. You could also try out adding some raisins which add a sweet taste.
Foods and drinks packed with sugar tend to be referred to as empty calories because they provide very little nutrition for the body as well as completely lacking in protein, a nutrient essential for weight loss because it promotes feelings of fullness.
This means you will often feel hungry after consuming junk food which will lead to overeating and weight gain.
Sugars also naturally occur in foods like fruit, vegetables and milk but the NHS says we do not need to cut down on these types of sugars as they are naturally occurring and very healthy for us.
Simply making small changes toward a healthier lifestyle can see slimmers drop the pounds in a matter of weeks.
However dieters must cut sugar out of their diet gradually if they are looking for long-term weight gain because completely cutting out sugar quickly could lead to cravings and bounce back eating habits.
The website says: “If you’re not ready to give up your favourite flavours, you could start by having less. Instead of two biscuits in one sitting, try having one. If your snack has two bars, have one and share the other, or save it for another day.”