Average Weight Loss: Varies, 1-2 lbs. per week
Type of Diet: Low-glycemic
About The Diet
All carbohydrates have a glycemic index (GI). The GI of a food is a numerical value that you can use to determine how fast carbohydrates-containing foods will raise your blood sugar. The higher the GI on a food, the faster it is converted to glucose and enters the blood stream.
GI values in foods are often considered by people who need to watch their blood sugars (i.e. people with diabetes, insulin resistance, or who suffer from hypoglycemia.)
Foods that have a low GI enter the blood stream more slowly and are generally considered better for you, however, a food that is high in fat can have a lower GI and still be unhealthy. Cooking and how fresh fruit and vegetables are also can affect the GI of a particular food. For example, boiling noodles increases the GI value and overripe fruit has a higher GI value than fruit that is still in its peak.
How foods are processed also affects GI, for example, apples have a lower GI index than apple juice because the fiber has been removed and the juices broken down into sugar.
- Lowers risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- It can help suppress hunger
Following a low-glycemic diet can be a balanced way to manage your weight, but be sure to check with your doctor before starting a diet and exercise program to make sure this is a safe diet for you.
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The Glycemic-Load Diet: A powerful new program for losing weight and reversing insulin resistance
By Rob Thompson
The glycemic index has been the basis of many popular diets. But it doesn’t take into account the serving sizes people actually eat and eliminates too many foods for dieters to stick with it. Now Dr. Robert Thompson’s breakthrough program uses the glycemic load–the glycemic index adjusted for serving size–to take the GI a step forward. The glycemic load is a more accurate and effective tool in controlling weight and insulin resistance, allowing dieters to eat more foods while still burning fat, cutting cravings, and speeding up their metabolism. Safe, simple, and scientifically proven, it’s the smartest weight-loss plan yet.