The Low GI Diet and Weight Loss
Those that advocate the Low GI Diet claim that such a method is a truly lifestyle changing diet which helps a person to lose weight, increase energy levels and possibly have other health related benefits related to the heart.
In the first instance GI stand for glycaemic index, foods which are low in GI consequently are those which do not break down quickly into blood sugars. GI is measured on a scale of 1-100 with 100 representing a high GI. In reality any food indexed at 70 or above is considered to have a high GI.
If considering a low GI based diet then there are many staple food which an individual will find themselves having to give up including, potatoes, bread and processed forms of cereal.
Surprisingly, a lot of foods which are high in natural sugars are not excluded from a low GI based diets, an apple for instance has a GI rating of just 36 while this drops to just 18 for cherries.
As such, diets low in GI are not necessarily low carb diets, rather carbohydrates are divided into the two major groups based upon how much blood sugar they release. Those which release a large amount of bloody sugar are excluded, whilst those releasing less blood sugar remain in the diet.
On the whole, low GI diets are viewed in a fairly positive light and may be seen as a lifestyle option for dieting. However, initial adaptation to the diet can be challenging, if only because a lot of staple foods such as bread and potatoes are excluded which many have been used to eating in large quantities over a long period of time.