The G.I. Diet

19 05 2010

I picked up this book on Amazon after hearing some great reviews, its almost identical to the diet my doctor recommended and I like that it comes with 140 “green” recipe ideas.  This diet is based on the glycemic index, and focuses on the difference between good carbs and bad carbs as well as keeping your blood sugar at a healthy level to avoid sugar highs and lows.  Almost everyone I know that has used this method has lost an average of 2lbs per week and have reported increased energy, clearer skin and elevated moods.  Whats nice about this “diet” is that its not a diet in the traditional sense, from what I’ve seen so far you don’t have to feel like you’re depriving yourself.  In fact the author himself only sticks to the “diet” 90% of the time indulging in the little things, a square of chocolate, some wine, etc so that you don’t feel like your missing out.  These indulgences can be expanded upon further once your reach your goal and go into the maintenance phase that you can continue for the rest of your life.

Pretty much every food you can imagine is listed under one of three categories:   red, yellow or green.  Green foods which include most fresh fruits and vegetables, lean cuts of meat, almonds, etc are unlimited (within reason).  Yellow foods like cheese, mayonnaise, fruits higher in sugar (like pineapple, apricots, melons), dark chocolate, etc should be limited and avoided initially to maximize weight loss potential.  Red foods like alcohol, refried beans, pate, soft drinks, bacon, etc need to be avoided/strictly limited during the weight loss phase, but can be re-introduced in small doses once you enter maintenance.

The carbs that you should look for are ones with at least 5g of fiber, and you should avoid “white” over processed items in favor of whole grains.

I’m only about a quarter of the way into the book, but I’ll keep you guys updated 🙂

If you want to check it out for yourself pick up “Living the GI Diet” by Rick Gallop

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