Q: I have just started taking antidepressants and my appetite has increased. I’m also trying to lose weight. I eat well during the day, but in the afternoon and evening I get very hungry and crave fatty foods. How can I stay on track with my weight loss even though I’m on anti-depressants?
Marie-Louise, via email
A: HFG dietitian Zoe Wilson replies:
To avoid feeling hungry in the afternoon, you need to focus on what you’re eating throughout the day. Look at the amount of protein, low-GI carbohydrates and fibre you have at each meal. Research has shown that these three elements will keep you feeling fuller for longer (and help ward off late-in-the-day binges). At every meal, make sure you have some lean protein (meat, fish, legumes or reduced-fat dairy), low-GI carbohydrates (wholegrain bread, pasta, porridge or sweet potato) and lots of high-fibre vegies filling at least half your plate. When snacking, apply the same principle – try low-fat yoghurt or cheese and wholegrain crackers as they have protein, carbs and are low GI.