Ask an expert

03 Aug 2007

Craving sweet things
I am on Sure Slim and lost around 20 kg's - I still need to loos about 15 kg's. I also use antidepressants (Deprovac?) for a chemical imbalance of serotonin. I have constant, uncontrolable cravings for something sweet.

This is not helping with the weight loss! I (mentally) always feel better once I had something sweet. The cravings occur throughout the day (no specific times).
Answer 406 views

01 Jan 0001

Dear Snoopi
Congratulations for losing those 20 kg - you are a ***star***! Because you have a serotonin imbalance you will crave sweet and carbohydrate foods. Carbohydrates increase the serotonin levels in the brain. The SureSlim diet is too low in carbs for your condition, so I would recommend that you rather have at least 1 portion of carbs with a low glycaemic index (GI) with early meal to prevent these serotonin-dependent cravings. Click on Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and read the articles on the GI. Low-fat, high-fibre, low-GI carbs will not cause weight gain. If you find you are struggling to work out a low-GI diet then please see a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area).
Best regards
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
33% - 9380 votes
67% - 19432 votes