Certain carbs like white enriched flour put on weight, not take it off. Restricting carbs to 120 grams per day (the third step to rapid weight loss) works for weight loss and wellness. Just by the way, the 5 steps are listed in this article, step 1 is covered in this post, and step 2 is covered in this post.
Restricting carbs turns out to be fairly easy when you eliminate foods containing white flour - bagels, cookies, white bread, most crackers, cake, white rice, white pasta, etc. They may fill you up and weigh you down, but they contribute no nutritional value.
Add more veggies and beans to your diet. Hummus with cut up veggies is a perfect snack.
My favorite hummus is sabra classic, but you can easily make it yourself.
Stick with grains other than white enriched flour (whole wheat, rye, barley).
Another problem arises if you are gluten sensitive or allergic. If this is the case, certain grains like whole wheat create health issues because they contain gluten. Time to try gluten free foods. If you need to go gluten free, pay attention to the ingredients in the gluten free food, especially sugar content. You really don't want to trade one issue for another.
The carb restriction recommendation is 6 servings per day at about 20 grams a serving. This is the suggestion of Jorge Cruise in the following book:
The Belly Fat Cure: Discover the New Carb Swap System and Lose 4 to 9 lbs. Every Week
Jorge explains how to rid yourself of excess belly fat by reducing carbs and sugar. It works - these are 2 of the 5 steps I followed to drop the final 10 pounds I wanted to lose.