Why The Glycemic Index Diet Can Make You Fat
If You Aren't Careful
Although the glycemic index diet might be good to use, it should always be used in conjunction with other types of eating.
Let me explain.
As you'll realize as you read through my website, I don't believe in "diets". I believe in a sort of hybrid diet which puts certain aspects of each "diet" into one.
If you follow one specific diet, you're either going to lose muscle tissue along with the fat, not have any success at all, have some type of major nutrition deficiency, or a combination of the 3.
Before I explain why following this diet by itself can make you fat, let me explain what it is.
The Glycemic Index Diet Summarized
The basis of this diet is that each food you eat is based on a scale of 0-100. The diet is based on the affect one particular food has on the rise in blood sugar in your body.
If you don't know how blood sugar corresponds with losing weight - it's simply this. The higher your blood sugar "spikes" the less your body can burn and the fatter you get.
Foods that are low on the GI chart (0-55) are considered the foods that you should eat most of the time. These are the foods that cause a steady but slow increase in blood sugar levels - which allows your body to burn it off.
Foods that are considered medium range from about 56-69, spike it a little faster than low GI foods.
What you want to watch out for is high GI foods. These are foods with 70+ GI, and you should avoid them as much as you possibly can.
There are many glycemic index tables available for you to see what foods are what. I would recommend printing one out and studying it.
Maybe you can highlight some of the foods you eat the most and see what you can change to make it better.
For example, if you eat a lot of instant white rice you'll do yourself a huge favor by switching to long grain, Uncle Ben's (I'm not sure why Uncle Ben's is so low), or even barley.
I suggest you take a look through the list and see what foods you can switch out for lower GI foods.
Anyway, let's get on to the good part shall we?
How The Glycemic Index Diet Can Make You Fat!
When I say "glycemic index diet" I'm referring to the diet that some people are suggesting that you follow without following any other type of nutrition program.
So how can it make you fat?
Well, if you look at a glycemic index chart you'll find that virtually all pasta is under 50 which would make it a low glycemic index food.
According to some people, that means you can just eat a bunch of it because it won't raise your blood sugar levels.
That's complete madness!
As we all know, pasta is loaded with calories. It's one of the major foods that bodybuilders eat when trying to GAIN weight.
Here's another great example - potato chips. They only score a GI of 54 which makes them a "good" food to eat - right?
Obviously, that's a no-no. If you eat potato chips and pasta all day, I can guarantee you - you're going to gain a lot of weight.
My point is this. Although the glycemic index scale might be a good reference as to what foods you should eat, it should not be the main choice in how you choose your foods to eat.
There are many other variables that lead to weight loss.
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