GI Diet

The one with foods that are measured according to an index
Monday , 02 May 2011
GI Diet
Kylie Minogue

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WHAT’S INVOLVED: GI stands for Glycaemic Index, which basically is a measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. This diet focuses on foods with a low-GI as they raise blood sugar levels slowly, meaning you don’t get hungry, or tired, as quickly. So, it’s a big no to those choco treats and crispy snacks - they might give you an instant boost, but will only make you crash moments later. This diet is designed to stop you from over-eating as you get fuller by eating low-GI foods such as whole grains, healthy proteins and fats. With bad eating habits curbed, weight-loss is prompted.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • A Glycaemic Index book to help you establish the GI content of your food
  • Kitchen scales to help weigh out your food portions.

VERDICT: GI diets are quite controversial as the index is said to vary according to cooking methods and ripeness of food. For example, a blackened banana will have a higher GI than a newly-ripe banana. However, if approached correctly the diet is said to be healthier on the body since low GI foods generally aren’t processed or made from white flour, so it’s friendlier on the digestive system. Ryan Penny, Clinical Nutritionist and Conditioning Coach for The Wellness Brothers, offers his advice:The GI diet is principally a very good approach to combating the blood sugar and insulin problems that are common place in today’s sugar-sweet world. The way in which these foods were tested to establish their Glycaemic Index is where the biggest criticism of this approach comes in. There was no attention given to the actual quantities of each food as they would typically be eaten in a meal. As a result it is wholly possible to eat a low-GI food (good) in a way that is ‘bad’ for you and a high-GI food (bad) that is good for you. This distortion can, for the most part, be corrected by following through the next level of GI, which is Glycaemic Load (GL). Overall this is a good approach that simply needs some adjusting to make it a genuinely effective way of eating.”

Have you tried this diet? If so, let us know what you think in the comment box below.

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