No matter how long you have been trying to lose weight, you will probably have come across a myriad of diet programs and supplements claiming to be the revolution in weight loss.
Whilst it can be said with confidence that most of these claims are really just not true, the Low GI Diet program is one to deliver what it promises, and it is a very healthy and nutritious diet too.
The Glycemic Index (GI) is a way to distinguish how different carbohydrates affect your blood glucose levels. It is a tool to help you choose the right carbohydrates – the ones that break down slowly, releasing glucose only gradually into the bloodstream. Because they can keep you feeling fuller for longer, help you with your weight loss and to maintain a healthy weight, and also provide you with consistent energy during the day.
Low GI Foods are based on the GI ranking, which is a scale from 0 – 100 that reflects how fast the carbohydrates in foods get absorbed into the bloodstream. For best weight loss and health results you should always choose low GI foods when eating – and they have a GI of 55 or less.
Some foods actually have labels on it that show they are low GI, or even have the GI ranking displayed on them. But if you really want to get into the healthy low GI lifestyle, you should also educate yourself on what foods are low GI so you can always choose with confidence when you go on your next shopping trip!
Here is a short list of some of the foods that have a GI of 55 or less and therefore will help you with weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight:
Low GI Carbohydrates:
Soya bread, rye bread, bran, traditional porridge oats (great breakfast with a banana and honey), all types of grains, durum wheat pasta (yes! The key is portion control!), noodles (glass, cellophane), new potatoes (unfortunately most potatoes contain a lot of starch and are therefore to be avoided)
Low GI Fruits and Vegetables:
Here generally most fruit and vegetables fall in the low GI category, with these exceptions: canned fruit in syrup, fruit juice, starchy root vegetables (beetroot, parsnip, swedes, pumpkins, squash) – you can still eat these, but moderation is the key.
Low GI Protein:
Beans and Pulses, milk, cheese, yogurt, nuts and seeds (yes, you can eat some peanut butter!), and of course all pure protein foods like all meats and fish.
There are lots and lots of great meals you can put together with all the low GI foods that are available, and another great side effect of eating low GI foods will be that within a short time of sticking to low GI meals you will notice that your food cravings will disappear. This has to do with the slow consistent release of glucose into the bloodstream.
So there is nothing holding you back from losing those kilos and starting a healthier lifestyle!
Category: Low GI Diet