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Posted by: bubu | 2011-10-06

jelly babies

Hi Doc,

1stly thank o 4 taking yo time in aswering our questions, much appreciated.

i try very hard 2 hv a healthy diet, i go to gym fairly regularly. i find that after eating i want sumthing sweet then i end up eating a packet of jelly babies. what''s de impact of having sweets or chocolates after meals and why does dat happen? i weight 64kg and im starting to gain more weight.

Thankin u in advance.

Bubu

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Dear Bubu
You don't mention your height in metres so that I can calculate your BMI? If you weigh 64 kg and are 1.7 m tall then your BMI would equal 22 which is ideal. Wanting something sweet to eat after meals, is usually a learned habit. There is no physiological reason why you should want to eat something sweet when your blood sugar is high and the serotonin levels in the brain are also high after eating a meal, unless of course you don't eat any carbohydrates? If eating jelly babies or a piece of chocolate do not increase your total daily energy intake above your recommended energy intake then this should not affect your weight, but if you are taking in more energy than you need because of these sweets, then it will cause weight gain. According to the SA Food Tables, jelly type sweets contain 1545 kJ per 100g. Let's say a packet of jelly babies weighs 50g,then you will be increasing your daily energy intake by 773 kJ/day which over days and weeks could lead to weight gain. Try to reduce how many sweets you eat gradually (one less jelly baby every 2 days!) and keep up the good work at the gym.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011-10-06

Dear Bubu
You don't mention your height in metres so that I can calculate your BMI? If you weigh 64 kg and are 1.7 m tall then your BMI would equal 22 which is ideal. Wanting something sweet to eat after meals, is usually a learned habit. There is no physiological reason why you should want to eat something sweet when your blood sugar is high and the serotonin levels in the brain are also high after eating a meal, unless of course you don't eat any carbohydrates? If eating jelly babies or a piece of chocolate do not increase your total daily energy intake above your recommended energy intake then this should not affect your weight, but if you are taking in more energy than you need because of these sweets, then it will cause weight gain. According to the SA Food Tables, jelly type sweets contain 1545 kJ per 100g. Let's say a packet of jelly babies weighs 50g,then you will be increasing your daily energy intake by 773 kJ/day which over days and weeks could lead to weight gain. Try to reduce how many sweets you eat gradually (one less jelly baby every 2 days!) and keep up the good work at the gym.
Best regards
DietDoc

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