The Glycemic-Index Diet is a pretty straightforward diet in that it only deals with ranking the carbohydrates in foods. Basically, there are three categories of carbohydrates and the Glycemic-Index Diet breaks them down as “low-GI” being 55 carbs and under, “medium-GI” being 56 to 69 carbs, and “high-GI” being 70 carbs or more.
Participants on the Glycemic-Index Diet will eat primarily from the low-GI category while eating some of the medium-GI foods, but only dabbling in the high-GI foods. While this sounds easy, there is a drawback as only foods containing carbs get ranked, which leaves participants to decide for themselves how much meat, fish, and poultry they want to eat as none of them are assigned GI numbers.
Their claim is that you will be able to lose weight, and cut back on your risk of type 2 diabetes all at one time.* Doesn't that apply to most diets that call for healthier eating though? Some people feel that this diet can be somewhat misleading due to some junk foods having a low GI count, so what gives?
Do Dieters Lose Weight on the Glycemic-Index Diet?
The Glycemic-Index Diet has gained a lot of momentum lately with popular diets such as the Nutrisystem Diet, basing their program on the rules of the Glycemic-Index Diet, but weight loss with any Glycemic-Index Diet is limited. Short term seems to be good, but no better than most diets and the long term success for weight loss has thus far not proven to be very good at all. There are different controversial studies that show the amount of low GI foods you eat will not guarantee weight loss in any way, shape or form.
One reader* of the book, “The GI Diet” said, “I am sure this book is helpful to for some but it wasn't for me. There is a lot of information in this book and for a lot of reasons it is good to know the glycemic index of foods but this is not something I can work my life around.”
Etta *said, “I find that this is too restrictive. I think since the book is a little older, the first time I read it, the cover came off & I wasn't even through reading it through the first time. I will use an app on my phone instead. The seller didn't have any control over the cover coming off; that's due to where the book was put together.”
Is the Glycemic-Index Diet Easy to Follow?
The Glycemic-Index Diet is not easy to follow unless you want to pay large amounts of money for a program that offers pre-packaged foods. However, to go at it alone, it is nothing short of difficult.
The main problem is that not all foods have a GI ranking. So, you might want to have a certain snack, but have no idea if you should or not. To add to the confusion, there are some foods that you would think to be good for your body that will have a high GI number and then there are foods that you would think to be bad for your body that carry a low GI number. So, the perfect mix is nearly impossible. In addition, good luck figuring out the right amount of meat to eat on a daily basis as meats carry no GI numbers. Overall, the system for following the diet is rather flawed, which makes execution and completion very difficult for someone to follow.
The Glycemic-Index Diet is a simple diet in theory, but in theory alone. Once you dive into the actual mechanics of the diet it quickly becomes evident that it creates a whole lot of confusion and the results that can be expected are likely not worth the hassle or the confusion that will come on a daily basis while on the Glycemic-Index Diet.
Again, the only way to avoid the confusion is by spending a lot of money. This means either buying a program that has pre-packaged foods or finding and buying meal plans designed to complement the Glycemic-Index Diet lifestyle.
*Please keep in mind that with any diet or weight loss program, individual results will vary
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