One of the most important aspect of low carb diets is the knowledge and understanding of the glycemic index. If you always wanted to know what the glycemic index has to do with weight loss you've found the right place.
The GI of food is a ranking of individual foods based on the effect they have on blood glucose (sugar) levels.
At the low end of the scale are carbohydrate foods that break down slowly, resulting in a slower increase in blood sugar levels. At the other end of the scale are foods that release glucose into the blood stream quickly.
GI values are based around glucose, which is given an arbitrary value of 100. All other carbohydrates have a number relative to that, faster carbohydrates have numbers higher than 100 and slower carbs have numbers lower than 100.
Glycemic Index is not only useful for controlling the blood sugar for diabetics, but can be also very helpful if you are looking to reduce your weight.
Low GI means lower glucose levels. A low GI diet can help you losing weight and lower the level of blood lipids. Avoiding high GI foods is ideal for weight loss. It might therefore be a good idea to plan your diet around low GI foods. High GI foods are only recommended to recover quick lost carbohydrate stores following exercise.
Switching to low carb diets and starting a low GI diet might be exactly that what you need after your cabbage soup diet week. If you like the following food recommendations this longterm diet might be for you!
Breakfast cereals based on oats, wheat bran and barley are an ideal start to the day - all low GI foods. Change potatoes in the diet for pasta or rice, and use vinegar and lemon juice as alternative dressings.
Here a small overview of healthy GI products:
The Glycemic Index is a too wide subject to cover in completely within these pages. We recommend to get a comprehensive Glycemic Index table and Book.