Blame it all on the late Dr. Atkins and his idea that eliminating carbohydrates from your diet may be the best way to help others lose weight. Most weight loss experts say the diet will work although not for the reasons the late doctor claim it would. The key to most diets or any weight loss plan is generally eating less or increasing your level of physical activity. Commercials have been claiming you can return to eating carbohydrates again through a new science they call the glycemic index.
Commercials for the diet product Nutrisystem proudly proclaim that carbs are no longer off limits due to an “amazing new scientific breakthrough,” thathb separates good carbs from bad carbs. In a 30 second commercial they cannot give more than a very brief overview. For those who wonder exactly what it is, I have done a little research and will try to break it down at least so I can understand it. It may not help you to lose weight, but switching over to foods with a low glycermc index score can help increase the amount of energy in your diet. The Atkins diet will of course do the same thing but it does it by entirely eliminating parts of the diet that contain nutrients necessary for good health.
Using the index can be a special benefit to diabetics because they can learn how likely a particular food is to increase the amount of sugar in the blood. The number is obtained by giving volunteers specific foods after a controlled fast. Nutritiondata.com defines the glycemic index as: “The Glycemic Index is a numerical Index that ranks carbohydrates based on their rate of glycemic response (i.e. their conversion to glucose within the human body). Glycemic Index uses a scale of 0 to 100, with higher values given to foods that cause the most rapid rise in blood sugar. Pure glucose serves as a reference point, and is given a Glycemic Index (GI) of 100.”
Foods with a high number on this scale are more rapidly assimilated to glucose in the body. Increased energy may be a temporary result, but as anyone who has children knows it can make the person consuming vast quantities of sweets sleep more easily once you come down from the high.
Weight loss gurus may be disappointed by the real science of the article, but truth can be stretched when you are marketing a product.. People suffering from diabetes are the most likely to benefit from eating lower GI foods.. Anyone else switching your diet to concentrate more on the lower glycemic index foods rather than switching back and fourth between meals that are low and high on the scale can boost energy and improve health overall according to the glycemicindex.com web site. Since food labels to not usually track the GI of the carbohydrates in foods, this also contains a nifty list for those who choose to implement this diet.