There’s been a lot of talk about the glycemic index diet and how so many people have been able to make it work for them. It’s safe to say it represents a revolution in the weight loss world. But how does it actually work?
Fundamentally, the glycemic index diet focus is one avoiding spikes in your blood sugar (glucose) levels. When your blood sugar spikes, it causes corresponding rapid release or spike in your insulin levels.
One of insulin’s job is to stabilize your blood sugar levels. It does that by transporting and depositing excess blood sugar as fat. When ever your sugar levels spike, your body responds by converting the excess to fat. The good news secret is that the same level of sugar if released over a longer period of time would not stimulate as much insulin and little of none would be converted to fat.
The glycemic index of food is a way to rank different foods according to the effect they have on our blood sugar levels. This is especially important in regards to carbohydrates.
All carbohydrates will cause some increase in your blood glucose level. Scientists call this the glycemic response. The actual impact is affected by a number of factors, including the amount of food eaten, the type of carbohydrates, the method used to prepare the food, as well as the degree of processing, to name just a few factors.
Since the slower your body processes food, the slower your blood sugar builds. The slower your blood sugar builds the slower the insulin is released. That in turn ultimately controls the degree to which the food you eat gets deposited as fat, or is burned as energy for your body’s many functions.
When applied to weight management this means that you want to focus your diet by eating foods that raise your blood sugar level slowly.
There are several reasons for this. First, these foods – many of which you’ll discover are high in fiber – will just keep you feeling fuller for a longer period of time. You will also discover that beyond fiber, foods with protein take longer to digest and even an appropriate amount of fat can be beneficial to a low glycemic index diet.
That’s one of the reasons these diets are so successful. Not only does the science work, but foods that were shunned in other diets that lead to cravings and hunger pangs can often be integrated into a glycemic index diet.
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