I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first. Shed pounds while still eating as much as I want? Not possible, I thought. I soon learned that just by making smart food choices my excess baby weight would melt away, as long as they’re low-glycemic foods. Low-glycemic eating is the foundation of many popular fad diets. You really can just cut straight to the tactics they use and start your own personal program.
The glycemic index ranks foods with carbohydrates on a scale of 0-100, 100 being pure glucose which immediately spikes the body’s blood sugar. Foods ranked 55 and below are considered low-glycemic. Originally designed to help type 2 diabetics fine-tune the management of their blood glucose, low-glycemic eating was later adopted by those wishing to drop a few pounds as it appeared to be a side effect for diabetics. Eating this way is not a diet per se; it’s a method where one can still eat from each food group and eat regularly but be mindful of food choices. This raises the question, “well, what happens if I don’t eat this way”?
Your body is not happy when your glucose spikes high and you don’t use the energy. It’s even more upset when it soon after crashes down. Over time, this can make your cells insensitive to glucose and cause problems in many of your body’s systems. In the short term, you may find yourself hungry midday with low energy and a slow metabolism. Your body then craves carbohydrates or sweets to get the sugar rush again. Switching to low-glycemic eating will help stabilize your blood sugar, improve your metabolism, reduce sugar cravings and help shed weight. If you are riding the sugar high-low roller coaster, it really will be advantageous for you to stick with low glycemic foods! Furthermore, weight drops off more easily because your body is using food as fuel the way it should, instead of storing it as fat.
Best of all, plenty of low-glycemic foods are easy to find, and you may even be eating them already, like whole grains, beans and your favorite cheeses. You can even keep using your favorite sweeteners like honey and agave nectar.
Eating low-glycemic foods is sure to be a wonderful way to eat because it is whole-food focused, will help you get connected with other body symptoms that may clear up and is easy to introduce to your family. But your personal program should also include recording the specific foods serve you best and the ones that don’t (i.e., note foods that give you energy, are kind to your digestive system, are really satisfying yet healthy). Consider journaling to explore your emotional attachment to food. Most importantly, stock your fridge and cabinet with low glycemic foods so there is no temptation to cheat.
Eating low glycemic foods is not a fad but a way of life. You can share it with my family and friends who want to have lasting energy, feel great and have a starting point in developing their own plan.