Over the past decade there has been a steady increase in the popularity of diets such as the Atkins, Dukan and 5:2 Diet.
However obesity rates are still growing, which leads me to believe that very few people actually succeed at these diets.
Perhaps the reason for this high failure rate is that people are unable to control their cravings.
Now there may be a solution in the form of a Japanese noodle called shirataki, a noodle that is low in calories yet can help to fill you up.
But are these noodles a weight loss miracle or is there a catch? Lets find out.
How do these shirataki noodles work?
Shirataki noodles are made from a vegetable called konjac that contains a water-soluble dietary fibre known as glucomannan.
Konjac is a perennial plant found in many parts of China, Japan and Korea.
When consumed the Konjac will absorb water in your stomach and will essentially fill you up without having to eat as much as you would normally.
Obviously by eating less your calorie intake will be lower and weight loss will be the end result.
It is claimed that simply replacing the carbohydrates from your evening with a packet of shirataki noodles could help you to lose around a pound of weight a week. Although obviously this will depend on your current weight and diet.
How to prepare shirataki noodles?
Most shirataki noodle products are packaged ‘wet’ so should be rinsed beforehand to remove the seafood smell.
You should then place the noodles in hot water for around a minute before draining. You can also use a paper towel to remove excess moisture if you prefer.
The noodles can then be added to soup, salad or a pasta sauce. The noodles themselves have very little flavour but will absorb the flavour from the other ingredients used.
Popular shirataki noodle products?
There are numerous products on the market that use Konjac to create noodles, two of the most popular are Zero Noodles and Shirataki Skinny Noodles.
Where to buy shirataki noodles?
There are numerous websites online that sell shirataki noodles, you can even buy Zero Noodles in your local Holland & Barrett high street store if you prefer.
Are shirataki noodles recommended?
If you are struggling with your cravings then these no calorie noodles are certainly an option.
What may put people off however is the slightly fishy smell given off from these noodles, yet there is no need to worry as this is simply the glucomannan that will soon disperse once rinsed with water.
Another issue is the texture and lack of flavour from the noodles. The noodles themselves are quite rubbery, with some describing the texture as a mixture between macaroni and squid.
Once you get used to the texture then shirataki noodles may help you to finally beat those cravings.
An alternative to shirataki noodles
A proven alternative to shirataki noodles is the 5:2 Fast Formula, which is primarily designed for those undertaking the 5:2 Diet. However as it contains konjac then it can certainly help with your cravings.