The ranking system known as the Glycemic Index, also known as the GI Diet, has evolved from a simple ranking system to a full fledged diet plan offered by several of the largest weight loss services in the world. So why do we care about the digestion of food and its impact on insulin & blood sugar? Low glycemic index foods (view our low GI food list here) promote a slow to moderate rise in blood sugar and insulin as they're digested. Because of this, appetite is reduced and you even encourage the body to dissolve body fat.
Principle benefits of the GI Diet include:
- reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and general obesity
- increased energy & improved metabolism
- weight loss
- control or moderate blood sugar & insulin levels
- sensible approach to the carbohydrate debate
Foods with a high glycemic index by contrast do the exact opposite – they create a sudden and immediate spike in blood sugar & insulin followed by a sharp 'crash'. This rapid digestion & spike / crash of blood sugar creates havoc in your system – it actually
encourages hunger & can increase your bodies tendency to convert calories into body fat. The insulin your body produces to counteract the spike in blood sugar from high GI foods also reduce your ability to burn calories!
Eating high GI foods = higher insulin levels = burn fewer calories. Instead, build your meal plans and nutrition around responsible choices and low-moderate GI foods. Much more than a ranking system, the Glycemic Index Diet has evolved to become a flexible approach to permanent weight loss.
While you'll find listings for 'scores' and 'rankings' of foods – this isn't an overwhelming or intimidating approach to health. You won't need to be counting every calorie or watching mystery 'points' like you do on other plans. Instead what you'll adopt is a lifestyle approach to following and managing your GI diet. You'll learn the principals of good carbs vs. bad carbs, preferred food combinations, and shed light on
a responsible plan that can help you lose weight, improve energy levels, and control your cravings.
I've been following a low glycemic food plan for five years, and the results and health benefits have been impressive. Much more than a means to lose weight, the real benefit to me has been in my vitality and energy levels, as my metabolism and digestion is no longer swaying back and forth struggling to process foods and flooding my system with insulin to moderate blood sugar levels (and no, I'm not diabetic or pre-diabetic).
If you're looking for a flashy, overnight quick weight loss plan this isn't it (though you will likely experience a noticable weight loss) – this is a wellness program and approach to whole health and nutrition that can improve your whole approach to food, energy, illness, and cardiovascular health. Educate yourself and be sure to study food types and selections.