Thursday, March 1, 2012

Glycemic Index and Losing Weight...

I am sure most of you have seen The Nutrisystem commercials on tv where they have a celebrity showing you "the before and after" pictures from eating the Nutrisystem foods. Hey, Janet Jackson, Dan Marino, Terry Bradshaw, and so on. Yes, they have definitely lost weight from the Nutrisystem program and foods. The Nutrisystem is based on the Glycemic Index and there is no magic there. But, here is where I have the problem. IT'S ALL PROCESSED FOODS. So, I am going to list for you at the bottom of this post, food links based on the Glycemic Index, so you can lose weight on your own by using the Glycemic Index. Oh, and by eating healthier foods, NOT PROCESSED, and saving you approximately $300 a month that Nutrisystem charges for their foods. Worst case scenario, you eat less processed foods. You know the simple rule of thumb is when you look at a food package and the less ingredients, the less processed that food typically is. Not to mention, if it's a long drawn out word that is seemingly impossible to pronounce, it's probably a man made ingredient and is not the best for the body.

So, what is exactly the Glycemic Index and how does it work? The Glycemic Index (GI) measures how fast and how much a food raises blood glucose (the break down and conversion of carbohydrates into a sugar that is the MAIN SOURCE of fuel for our cells) levels in our body. Foods with a higher Glycemic Index raise blood sugar more rapidly than those with a lower Glycemic Index. Therefore, to lose weight, we look to eat foods with a LOW Glycemic Index (GI) Rating. The "GI Rating" is from 0 to 100. So, LOW GI foods will digest slow, delay hunger, control appetite, absorb slow, and gave a gradual rise in blood sugar and insulin levels. A LOW GI diet is also great for Diabetes Type 1 and 2 patients. NO MORE UP's, DOWN's, and CRASHING, with blood sugar and insulin levels flying out of control. That's how simple it is...

Glycemic Index Definition Link
Glycemic Foods Link
GI Website
Highest GI Foods Link

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