The Glycemic Impact Diet

 

The Glycemic Impact diet is an unorthodox diet, which works according to the glycemic index – a ranking system showing how certain carbohydrates affect blood glucose levels. Put simply, consuming foods that have a high glycemic index causes blood glucose and insulin levels to peak and valley, thus causing cravings and overeating, whereas the blood glucose and insulin levels of those who consume foods with a low glycemic index do not vary so much. This kind of diet is preferable, because it does not create the urge to overeat, and reduces the risk to develop diseases, such as diabetes.

Basic Ideas

The idea behind this diet is quite simple. In the glycemic index foods are ranked on a scale 0-100, with 70-100 being a high GI rating, 56-69 being average, and anything below 55 being low GI. The diet also considers the amount of carbohydrates in foods, or in their terminology, the glycemic load in foods.

This kind of diet is great for those with diabetes, as well as those, who eat too much sweets, and those who lack energy.

The Glycemic Impact diet is maintained by eDiets, where you can find a personalized meal and fitness plan, as well as recipes, dietician and community support.

Exercise Component

The Glycemic Impact diet does not have a fitness plan, other than whatever is suggested by eDiets.
Food

The diet requires that you make your own meals; there are five meals a day, consisting of 40% low GI carbohydrates (grains, pasta, vegetables, legumes, fruit, etc.), 30% healthy fats (fish, nuts, etc.), and 30% lean proteins (chicken, some beef and pork, fish, etc.).

The variety of food that can be used for the Glycemic Impact diet is wide, therefore this is a great idea for anyone who has the time to make his own meals.

Practicality

Once you figure out how the site works, and complete your diet and fitness assessments, the site does most of the work for you. There is a learning curve to the glycemic load, what to eat and learning new recipes, but over time that will become easier. Diet and fitness plans are assigned, and meal plans provided. A dietician and personal trainer are available, as are live chats and forums to answer specific questions.


 

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