The GI diet was originally set to help diabetics manage their weight. Diabetics have to have diets which can prevent blood sugar levels from varying excessively. So analysts invented a method to evaluate how a specific food has an effect on blood glucose. The Glycemic Index rates carb foods by giving them a number ranging from 0 to 100. The number signifies the rate at which the food raises blood sugar levels during its absorption. The more elevated the rate is, the faster glucose is taken up.
A food is considered to have an elevated GI value if its rate is 70 or more. A GI value of 56-69 is considered medium and any foods lower than 55 are considered a low Glycemic Index food. Foods with a low GI value are best as they digest more naturally and help provide a steady supply of energy over the course of several hours, making you feel full longer.
But the main problem with the Glycemic Index is that there is no definite number set for each food available. There are numerous websites that provide rates for a particular food, but the figures provided are pretty much far-flung from one another. It is never clear where the numbers come from.
Another criticism of the GI diet is that the measurement does not reflect the actual way foods are eaten. People do not eat individual foods one at a time, especially in the unusually large amounts used in research. The effect of the whole meal is more important than the GI of each individual food in the meal. Fats and protein decelerates absorption of food. The GI diet doesn’t consider that, neither does it take the variations in everyone’s absorption of food or diverse ways in preparing meals.
For all the effort a GI diet requires, there is little apparent pay-off in terms of improved weight control. The Glycemic Index diet has not been shown to affect weight loss, despite the belief that controlling blood sugar will control appetite and insulin, and therefore control food intake and fat storage.
But still, many health experts agree that the Glycemic Index diet, if followed correctly, can be a great way to weight loss success, especially for those who struggle with conventional low calorie diets or dieters who have trouble controlling their appetite.
The GI diet is similar to the low carb diet but it is not as strict, and targets the types of carbohydrates rather than the quantity of carbohydrates for each meal. There is a concentration as well on the right phasing of the two fundamental kinds of food; those rich in carbohydrates and those rich in protein. The knowledge following the phasing and kinds of food renders the GI diet plan as an effective means of losing stored fat carefully but rapidly.
This diet is a good choice for everyone who needs to maintain stable blood sugar levels, or who has weight problems, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, PCOS, and wants to lose weight as fast as achievable.
Although it’s more of a way of eating as opposed to a diet, ever more people today follow the GI way to achieve their weight reduction objectives..