The Glycemic Index Diet

One of the best diets around is one that is based on the Glycemic Index (GI). This is a system that essentially ranks foods by how they impact your levels of blood sugar. Those foods which have a "low glycemic index" (less than 55) produce a constant, gradual rise in blood sugar which is

What is the Glycemic Index?

The Glycemic Index–or GI, for short–is a system that ranks foods by how they affect your levels of blood sugar. Low-GI foods (less than 55) produce a gradual rise in blood sugar that’s easy on the body. Foods between 55 and 70 are intermediate-GI foods. These types of foods are easy on the body .

Foods which have a range of 55 to 70 are considered to be intermediate GI foods. These are considered to be tolerable for the body. On the other hand, those foods which exceed the glycemic index range of 70 will help spike up the blood sugar levels as well as the insulin levels. This is essentially considered to unfavorable and an immediate health threat.

There have been several studies which conclude that keeping the blood sugar levels low appear to hold off heart disease as well as Type 2 diabetes. Monitoring your blood sugar level and keeping it on a low will also help you avoid the serious effects of diabetes. It will also curb one’s appetite which, in turn, will help one to lose weight. Another plus factor is that keeping your blood sugar levels in check will help you become even more energetic.

Some people think that it is quite hard to follow the Glycemic Index diet but it is not really that difficult to comprehend, much less put into practice. A general guideline is that you should be able to include at least one (1) low-GI food each mealtime or snack time. 

No one’s suggesting you eliminate all high-GI foods, but you can use this guide to work toward more intermediate- and low-GI choices–with the exceptions noted below. So far, there’s no fixed rule as to the number of GI points that you are "allowed" at each meal. You must remember to eat sparingly those foods which have low or intermediate-GI foods such as candy bars.

These types of foods are high in empty calories and if you eat too much of these things, you’ll eventually won’t leave enough room for those essential nutrients and ultimately gain weight. Some examples of these are ice cream, table sugar, M&M’s Peanut, potato chips, low-fat ice cream, chocolate bars and Mars Snickers bar.

On the other hand, you shouldn’t avoid those high-glycemic foods which are quite nutritious and provide you with low-calories. Examples of such foods are watermelon, cheerios, total ceral, rice cakes, baked potato and parsnips.

Just stick to this types of foods and you will be able to eventually pull down your blood sugar levels and eventually lose weight. It won’t come overnight but sooner or later, those who will avoid those foods that are not nutritious and will eat those which are, will definitely feel and see the results.