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WHAT IS LOW GI EATING?

If you have tried diets before and found that they do not work over the long term (your weight creeps back up when you finish the diet), my advice is to forget about diets and focus instead on building new eating habits based on LOW GI EATING.

What is Low GI eating?

In very simple terms, the Glycemic index and the Glycemic load are ways to measure the effect food has on our blood glucose levels and the rise and fall of insulin in our bodies. When we begin to have a basic understanding of how our bodies respond to eating Low, Moderate, and High Glycemic foods, then we can make food choices that will support us in attaining our ideal body size.

The Glycemic Index (GI) measures how quickly foods that contain carbohydrates raise your blood glucose level. The GI is measured by taking a person’s blood glucose levels at regular intervals. Foods like cooked white potatoes have a high GI because they raise blood glucose at almost the same rate as eating pure sugar. Foods like raw broccoli have a low GI because it takes a long time for those carbohydrates to increase blood glucose levels. When we eat high GI foods, our bodies respond by releasing insulin, the hormone that transports glucose to your cells.

Here’s why this is so important: Our bodies are in fact designed to use glucose as our fuel. When we eat low GI foods, this fuel is absorbed at a gradual pace, allowing our body to burn this fuel as we need it. On the other hand when we eat high GI foods, they are converted to glucose very rapidly, which will often trigger a release of too much insulin into the blood, otherwise known as an insulin reaction.

During an insulin reaction, the body is cleared of glucose, causing an energy crash. This usually causes cravings for more fast acting high GI carbohydrates. In addition, when too much glucose is in the blood – the excess is stored as fat. This negative cycle is common in our western society where high GI foods are the norm – I am sure you have experienced it. This cycle is the foundation for being overweight and/or being obese. In order to achieve healthy blood glucose levels, learn the difference between low, moderate and high Glycemic foods. Once you have this awareness begin to eliminate the high GI foods from your diet and replace them with low and moderate GI foods whenever possible. For example, replace potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, sugar with low GI alternatives (for example, basmati rice instead of jasmine rice).

Want more information on low GI foods? Go to www.glycemicindex.com for a list of foods and their GI. You will also find some great low GI recipes at http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/collections/low+gi

Put yourself on the road to health and vitality – with low GI eating.

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January 28, 2009 at 5:08 am Leave a comment


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