Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Glycemic Index: A Magic Weight Loss Solution or a Soap Bubble Ready to Burst?


Glycemic index ranks different carbohydrate foods depending on their potential to raise blood glucose levels.

The ranking is on a scale from 0 to 100.Higher the Glycemic index, higher is the particular carbohydrates ability to effect a spike(rise) in blood glucose levels.

Low-GI foods, by virtue of their slow digestion and absorption, produce gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels, and have benefits for health.

Low GI diets have been shown to improve both glucose and lipid levels in people with diabetes (type 1 and type 2).

This is as far as it goes about the use of glycemic index for weight loss.

Popular diet books like the south beach diet are founded on the premise that the spike in blood glucose levels leads to more hunger and subsequent weight gain, whereas the foods with low GI have a tendency to delay the haunger or lower appetite, leading to weight loss, which is too simplistic, but ,not quite supported by scientific evidence.

Read this excerpt taken from WebMD:Experts Take On the Glycemic Index

It sounds like a magic formula for dieters --but experts have long been saying there's no such thing. "If you don't have peaks and valleys in your glucose level then hunger should be kept at bay," says Kathleen Zellman, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (ADA). "However, it's not that simple. It's also affected by meal size, whether there's any fat in the meal, and overall health status."

"Glycemic index looks at individual foods -- not how that food might interact with another," says Connie Diekman, RD, an ADA spokesperson in St. Louis, Missouri. "If you eat a high glycemic index food with a protein, for example, it might be absorbed more slowly. ... That's the hang-up with glycemic index. Very few people will sit down and eat one high glycemic index food and then another. It's meals that we eat."

Michael Jensen, MD, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., says it's never been proven that high insulin levels -- which result when a high glycemic index food is eaten -- mean increased hunger. "When [you] work with patients who get real hungry between meals, you have to try a couple of different things. I'm not sure if it's glycemic index, the bulk of food, the content of food that gives [the sense of fullness] ... I also have them consider adding protein and modest amounts of fat to decrease overeating between meals."

All the researchers are unanimous in that, it's the fiber content of the diet that is more important for controlling diabetes and weight gain than the Glycemic Index.Read the exerpts of a new research document from WebMD,....

New research shows that when it comes to type 2 diabetes, not all carbohydrates are created equal. Tufts University researchers report that eating whole-grain foods, especially fiber-rich cereals, appears to improve insulin sensitivity and lower the risk of the metabolic syndrome.

Whole-grain foods have already been found to help protect against heart disease and certain cancers, and the newly published study is one of several that indicates there is a protective role for whole grains against a constellation of major risk factors that lead to metabolic syndrome -- a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and the development of type 2 diabetes.

"Unless you're a diabetic, glycemic index may not be all that important," says Jack Alhadeff, PhD, professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. , who adds that since most of us eat a variety of foods in a meal, the accuracy of the index can be questionable.

But what about the notion that glucose from high-index foods is more likely to be stored as fat?

"The scientific literature is very clear that eating carbohydrates that are embedded in plant cellulose -- complex carbohydrates -- is always better," says Nagi Kumar, PhD, director of clinical nutrition at the Moffitt Cancer Center and professor of human nutrition at the University of South Florida in Tampa. "But the reasons it is better are not because it somehow lessens or alters fat storage."

All this leads one to conclude that the importance of fiber is far more that Glycemic index for dieters. The weight loss programs like many low carb diets and the popular south beach diet are only trying to exploit the limited scientific data on Glycemic Index to sell their diet wares.

A diet rich in fibre has many advantages like:

Fiber can help you avoid overeating. It has been found that fiber can bind with cholesterol in the digestive tract, thus lowering blood cholesterol.

Another important point about fiber-rich foods is that they tend to be loaded with phytochemicals that appear to have anticancer functions,along with these benefits and its role in weight maintenance, fiber helps prevent the following:

Constipation Hemorrhoids Appendicitis Diverticulosis -- an intestinal disease where pockets, which can become infected, develop in the intestinal lining.

A diet program which recommends fiber rich foods and is loaded with healthy and natural weight loss alternatives to the foods recommended by the fad diets is the only alternative to safe and sure weight loss.

You can get more cutting edge fat burning secrets in my Free 5day email ecourse by subscribing to my newsletter at: www.eweightlosstips.com

Rajesh Shetty
Expert in weight loss principles of Ayurveda Medical Scienceand Author of the Best selling book,"Proven weight loss secrets revealed".


MORE RESOURCES:

W*USA 9

Correction: Weight Loss-Balloon Story
ABC News
Patients actually regained about one-third of their lost weight. A corrected version of the story is below: FDA approves stomach-filling balloon for weight loss. FDA approves medical balloon to treat obesity by filling up stomach. By MATTHEW PERRONE.
FDA Approves 'Belly Balloon' Weight Loss DeviceWebMD
FDA approves balloon weight loss deviceW*USA 9

all 131 news articles »


abc7news.com

New surgery aids weight loss by transmitting signal to brain
abc7news.com
The excessive weight Adams gained during the past 15 years, as well as its health implications, forced her to explore weight-loss surgery options. She opted for the new route, and became the first person in the Tri-State area to undergo the VBloc Therapy.

and more »


Washington Free Beacon

Feds Spend $2.6 Million on Weight Loss Program for Truckers
Washington Free Beacon
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent more than $2.6 million giving truckers weight tips, including motivational phone calls while they drive. Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) is conducting the study, which claims truck drivers ...

and more »


Latinos Health

Why the most popular rule of weight loss is completely wrong
Washington Post (blog)
The much bigger mistake Wishnofsky made was misunderstanding how our bodies react to weight loss. As soon as we start cutting calories from our diet, the number of calories our body expends begins to fall. "It literally starts happening on the first ...
Biggest Weight Loss Rule is a MythLatinos Health

all 7 news articles »


Marisa's 75-Pound Weight Loss: 'Do Not Lose Weight for Anyone but Yourself'
Yahoo Health
I did all of the research on weight loss, food, and recipes on my own. A few of my nutrition practices included: cutting out all white carbohydrates and sugar, eating lots of protein (like egg whites) and vegetables, and filling up on fiber. I drank ...



13newsnow.com

Making Your Mark: Army Strong" weight loss wonder
13newsnow.com
Making Your Mark: Army Strong" weight loss wonder. Suffolk -- What do you do at 4 am? Since December, 19 year-old Taisha Hawks has gotten up, and has gone running. Then comes the rest of the day. Loading… Post to Facebook. Making Your Mark: Army ...



WKBW-TV

'My organs were shutting down:' Investigating agency booking weight loss ...
WKBW-TV
SAN DIEGO - The Team 10 investigative team in San Diego has learned new information about a weight loss doctor accused of injuring people and the agency that continues to send patients to him. Dozens of people from all across the country told Team 10 ...
'My organs were shutting down:' 10News investigates agency booking weight loss ...kjrh.com

all 3 news articles »


2015 OPTIFAST® "New You" Weight Loss Winners Revealed
PR Newswire (press release)
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Nestle Health Science today recognized three extraordinary individuals who succeeded in their journey to healthier, happier lives. The winners of the sixth annual OPTIFAST® "New You" weight loss ...

and more »


Heavy.com

Rachel Paul, 'Extreme Weight Loss' 2015: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Heavy.com
Rachel Paul is a participant on the 2015 season of Extreme Weight Loss. Read on for our 5 Fast Facts on Paul and her episode below. 1. Rachel Paul Is A Former UCLA Cheerleader. Rachel Paul, Rachel Extreme Weight Loss, Extreme Weight Loss 2015, ...
Santa Monica Woman To Star On ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" Episode TonightSanta Monica Mirror
Tragedy Strikes Ex-College Cheerleader on 'Extreme Weight Loss'Yahoo News
'Extreme Weight Loss' Ex-Cheerleader Choreographs Dance For Ne-Yo2paragraphs.com
SheKnows.com
all 14 news articles »


WOODTV.com

The key to lasting weight loss
WOODTV.com
The Weight Management Program uses a team approach to achieve long-term weight loss. Physicians, psychologists, nutritionists, and athletic trainers work together with the patient for a full spectrum of services. Many of the participants have reduced ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.