Are carbohydrates good or bad for you? Should you eliminate all carbs from your diet? Do”good carbs” really exist?
For years, people have been wondering about carbs and how they affect weight loss. At NutriSystem, we looked into this issue, and based on the most credible scientific research in weight loss and nutrition, concluded that yes,”good” carbs do exist and that they are those which have low values on the Glycemic Index. They actually help you lose weight more effectively.
The Glycemic Index is recognized by the World Health Organization and it measures the quality of carbohydrates and their impact on your blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates that break down slowly, encouraging stable blood sugar levels, a rate well or”low” on the Glycemic Index, versus those that rate higher because they break down too quickly and cause your insulin levels to spike and your body to store fat while also leaving you hungry soon after a meal. It’s the difference between”good” carbs and”bad” carbs.
One can obtain the advantages of both the low-fat diet and the Atkins diet on a low-GI diet.
— Director of Obesity Programs at a major Boston hospital.
Based on this information, they’ve centered the Nutrisystem Advanced Program around these low glycemic, good carbs, plus they’ve added optimal amounts of protein and fiber to their foods. It’s the first prepared foods program that totally integrates low glycemic index carbohydrates into a meal plan that is also low in fat. It’s the best of both worlds—low fat AND good carb—and this unique combination helps support stable blood sugar levels and keep you from feeling hungry while boosting your metabolism.
The Nutrisystem Advanced Program ends the low-carb, no-carb, good/bad-carb debate once and for all, and gives you the ultimate advantage of a balanced, low-glycemic diet. ALL-NEW for 2008! Easier, Healthier. Also now with a unique, heart-healthy ingredient and more crave busting power to tackle hunger. So you can eat what you love, feel full longer, and lose weight. Nutrisystem Advanced, simply their best diet food program ever!
Glycemic Impact Diet
by TK Healey
Have you been hearing a lot about a glycemic diet? What kind of a diet is this and what does it mean? It is a diet with foods low on the glycemic index value. Foods are ranked 1 – 100 based on the effects they have on blood sugar levels. Foods with a low glycemic value will slowly release sugar into the blood. This provides you with a steady supply of energy and a satisfied feeling so that you are not hungry. Thus you should snack less often.
Naturally, food with a high glycemic impact value will do the opposite of low value. The rapid rise in blood sugar can make you feel fatigued and hungry within a short period. Thus eating foods high in GI value can cause you to overeat causing weight gain.
Diets based on the GI value will encourage you to eat foods low in GI and to stay away from foods high in GI value. Most of these GI diets like many other diets will discourage the intake of fatty foods, especially saturated fats. So even if you have a food that is low in GI value but high in fat it should be limited in consumption.
Foods ranked from 0 to 55 on the glycemic index are considered to have a low GI. Some foods that have this rank are broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, and red peppers. These vegetables all have a rank of around 10. Cherries and grapefruits run in the ’20s. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains, lean meat, fish and low-fat dairy are basically low in GI value. Any foods that rank over 70 are considered to have a high GI rank. Some of these foods you would want to stay away from are red-skinned boiled potatoes, corn flakes, dates, bread stuffing, rice cakes, and rice crackers. Foods made from white flour are heavily processed and are usually high GI foods. This is only a small sampling of foods that are low and high in GI value.
What are some popular diets that encourage low GI values? Ann Collins, Nutrisystem, and Ediets all have diet plans that are based on the Glycemic Index. There are many books to help guide you on a low glycemic index diet. The GI diet is claiming to be a simple, healthy way to permanent weight loss without going hungry. There is a saying regarding this diet. If you can follow a traffic light you can follow this diet. Categorizing foods as green, yellow and red.
This GI Diet can actually reduce your risk from heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and other high-risk diseases. If you are concerned about your weight and health you owe it to yourself to invest the time and to look into this diet and discuss it with your doctor.
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