Our expert says:
Dear Feeling Peckish
I don't know where the idea originated that carbohydrates are so fattening because they only contribute 4 cal per gram compared to 9 cal a gram for fat. So if you cut down on FAT instead of carbs you will lose weight and not experience all these cravings. Try eating an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss' , ‘The right approach' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), and combine the diet with your exercise. Appetite suppressants are a no-no because as you have experienced they can cause such dreadful side-effects, including addiction and dependence. So leave them alone and use a sensible diet and your exercise to lose that weight.
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