The GI Diet – Less Hungry, More Weight Loss

We all want a diet that is going to help us to lose weight in the fastest time possible, and this is something that the GI Diet promises to help us do.

There have been many mixed reviews about the GI Diet, although it has definitely been shown to help people lose weight when it is followed to the letter.

Before you start on a fairly complex diet, however, it makes sense to first understand what you are trying to achieve.

What is the GI Diet?

The GI Diet is one that focuses on eating foods that contain a low GI number. The term GI actually stands for Glycemic Index – this figure helps to determine what certain foods have as an impact on your blood sugar count after you have eaten them.

If you constantly eat foods that are considered to have a high GI number, your blood sugar is raised quickly and then slumps, whereas, foods with a low GI number have a more positive impact on the blood sugar count, releasing the sugars slowly and over a much longer period of time, avoiding the slump.

Are there any disadvantages to eating high GI foods?

Of course, you want to be sure that you are not negatively affecting your body when you go on any diet plan.  Instead you should be focusing on the positive side of things, which is why crash diets are such a bad idea.

The thing is, high GI indexed foods are actually very bad for you in the long term, making this diet great if you want to avoid them.

Firstly, high GI foods give your body an initial sugar “buzz”, which normally happens very shortly after you have eaten them. This “buzz” will only last for a very short period of time and once it wears off, you will be left feeling as if you have no energy and generally “blah!” You will also want to eat more of the high GI indexed foods once you go through the “Blah” phase, which is why you pig out on sugary foods and therefore put on weight.

Next to the binging of sugary foods, you have another issue on your hands! The body will use the fast released sugar energy as opposed to fat in your body, so when you eat high GI foods, you are quite nicely storing up your fat like a bear going into hibernation.

This is also why you put on weight!

So what does the GI Diet do?

Now for the interesting part – by focusing on foods that have a low GI index, you can be sure that your body has the sugars it needs, released at a slow rate over a longer period of time.

You will not feel the need to crave because technically, you will constantly be on the “sugar high”.  In turn, you will snack less, be less inclined to want to eat bad foods and your body will want to start working on burning off the fat, rather than becoming confused by the quick releasing sugars that high GI foods have.

What foods CAN I eat?

Low GI foods are foods that have a GI count of 55 or less. Between 56 and 69, you are on a medium GI count, and any more than 70, you should probably just avoid them.

Low GI foods include:

  • Peaches, cherries, pears, grapes, strawberries, prunes
  • Whole-wheat pasta, sweet potatoes, spaghetti, instant noodles, new potatoes
  • Milk, custard, yoghurt

High GI foods include:

  • White bread, French baguettes, bagels
  • Dates, watermelon
  • White rice, mashed potatoes, French fries
  • Cornflakes
  • Pumpkins, parsnips (The latter has a GI count of 97!)