Glycemic Index: A ranking of carbohydrate-containing foods, based on the food’s effect on blood glucose compared with a standard reference food.  The higher the glycemic index, the faster the rise in blood glucose levels (i.e., pure sugar is fast). The lower the glycemic index, the slower the impact on blood glucose (sugar) levels.

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Low Carbohydrate Lifestyle Plans

  1. Ketogenic Plans – (40 grams of carbohydrate or less per day). True, low-carb diets induce a fat burning state Dr. Atkins referred to as “benign dietary ketosis.”
  2. Non-Ketogenic PlansIncludes both Carbohydrate Controlled Plans and Reduced Carbohydrate Plans neither of which induce benign dietary ketosis.

The glycemic action of food simply refers to how fast and how profound the effect a food is on your blood glucose levels.  The GI index is still widely debated but there is little doubt to those who check their blood glucose that some foods do have a greater impact on blood glucose that others.

You may wish to begin by reading about the low glycemic index in “How A Glycemic Index is Calculated“ before reviewing specific plans.