The glycemic index classifies carbohydrate-containing foods according to their potential to raise your blood sugar level. Foods with a high glycemic index value tend to raise your blood sugar faster and higher than do foods with a lower value.Maria Collazo-Clavell, M.D.
It’s funny since I’ve been a trainer I’ve noticed all of these different types of diets. What is the most common thing between each of them? They all had their fifteen minutes of fame and everyone ended back where they started. Growing up and going to grade school they taught about eating right and eating healthy. I never once heard of a teacher recommend Twinkies or a pop for lunch or snack. So why is it now we see so many people consuming for meals junk?
That is something I have scratched my head on for 12 years. USA Today reported that by 2030 our obesity as a population will be at 42%. Out of that 42% they have said half will be over 100 pounds obese. Now my last nutrition post spoke on your metabolism. The argument people will have is “I have a slow metabolism.”
I see a few important factors that everyone should follow if they are looking for first, having more energy and second, starting to loose weight and keeping it off. As with any process if we learn how to incorporate things in our lives the more likely we are able to follow them on an every day aspects.
When deciding what to eat, ask where does it stand on the glycemic index? Now this only a guide line but there are so many advantages on following the glycemic index rather than just eating anything. It helps to regulate the blood sugar and that alone will give you a better overall feeling of being healthy.
It can be difficult to follow a glycemic index diet on your own. For one thing, most foods aren’t ranked by glycemic index. Packaged foods don’t generally list their GI ranking on the label, and it can be hard to estimate what it might be. Still, basic principles of the glycemic index diet may help you better manage and control your blood sugar:
- Choose high-fiber foods, such as whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables.
- Choose fresh or raw foods over canned or processed foods.
If you have diabetes, the glycemic index diet is just one tool to consider when determining your diet. If you’re interested in learning more, talk to a registered dietitian. He or she can help you make changes in your diet. as mentioned by Maria Collazo-Clavell, M.D.