The GI diet is one of the most popular slimming plans in recent years, with lots of high profile celebrity advocates swearing that it helps them maintain their famous figures. But the GI diet doesn't just promote weight loss.
It claims to drastically improve health and wellbeing by working with the body's natural systems to increase metabolism and support energy levels.
Many people who have tried the plan report more sustained energy throughout the day, increased focus, better moods and fewer incidents of illness. So how does the GI diet work? And is it safe?
The GI diet stands for Glycemic Index. The plan works on the principle that some foods, principally ones that are high in carbohydrates or glucose, are rapidly broken down and stored as fat by the insulin in the body. This rapid absorption not only means that you put on weight quickly - it also means that the quick dip in blood sugar that results will have you craving the same high carb, high sugar foods all over again. In order to halt this cycle, the plan advocates eating more foods that are low in glucose and simple carbohydrates, and high in protein and complex carbohydrates. The plan therefore catagorizes foods as having a low, medium or high glycemic index.
Low Glycemic Index foods are listed as oats, barley and rye, fruits and vegetables, oily fish, red meat, eggs, chicken and game among others. The plan advocates eating sensible meals, made up of Low Glycemic Index foods, and Medium Glycemic Index foods in moderation, and even advocates snacking between meals, provided that you choose foods that are slowly absorbed.
There are two different forms of the plan - A One-week quick fix plan that's geared to help you loose 3-4 pounds, and a longer, 28 day plan that is geared at being the start of a new lifestyle, and can help you lose about 10 pounds.
The plan is considered healthy and safe, because it advocates a balanced diet and doesn't require the elimination of food groups. Why not give it a try?