There are several weight loss programs that include referencing a Glycemic Index to select foods for your diet. It has been proven time after time that high GI foods are the #1 culprit when it comes to weight gain. When choosing a weight loss program, make sure its diet either refers to the GI or at least follows it closely in its dietary suggestions.
For those who don’t know what a GI is I’ve explained it here quick and simple.
Have you ever heard of the Glycemic Index? Or asked yourself “Let me part of clouds of questions and confusions about the Glycemic index once and for all.
What it is
The glycemic index or GI is a system for ranking carbs according to their effect on our blood sugar levels. Some carbs have a greater effect on our blood sugar levels then others. Low GI carbohydrates will create a gradual release of sugar into the blood stream. High GI foods flood the blood stream suddenly. This sudden flooding results in a varsity of health problems and creates undesirable eating habits. Selecting low GI carbohydrates is a great way to limit your risk of heart diseases and Type 2 diabetes. But for us whats important is that its a tool to curb food cravings. This helps us lose weight!
How Does the Glycemic Index Work
Each food is given a GI rating based on how it effects your blood sugar levels. The lower the rating, the better. Any food with a rating of 55 or less is considered to have a “Low” GI. Foods with a rating of 56-69 have a medium GI. Any foods rated 70+ are considered high GI. As a general rule low GI foods are best. You can buy a convenient food guide for your home or use those available online to find out a foods rating.
A Few Examples
Low GI – Boiled Barley has a GI of 25
Medium GI – Dried fruit has a GI of 60
High GI – pancakes have a GI of 80