Our expert says:
I am personally not in favour of any diet that requires individuals to cut out whole nutrient groups. In general it is not bread or other carbohydrates that cause weight gain (carbs provide 16 kJ per gram), but the fats we add to them like butter, mayonnaise, cream, fatty meats, spreads, etc (fat provides 37 kJ per gram). It is certainly not wrong to eat bread. If you have such an urge to eat bread or other carbs after 16h00, then this probably indicates that you are not eating sufficient high-fibre, low-GI carbs during the day. An inadequate carb intake can lead to low serotonin levels in the brain which in turn can trigger cravings for foods like bread, sweets, chocolate, etc. By eating a low-fat, low-GI diet with a reduced energy content you should be able to lose weight successfully and not suffer from cravings or carb overloading in the late afternoon. Because it is quite a tricky diet to get used to, I would recommend that you consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area), to guide you through the initial stages. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. This is the diet that is being featured in Huisgenoot/You as a 'new' miracle diet, but it has been around for a long time and it works.
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