Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Permanent Weight Loss Plan?

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Could This Really Be a Permanent Weight Loss Plan?

What follows here is an effective weight management system.  Let’s not even call it a diet.  A diet implies you follow rules for a certain period of time, then resume your normal eating patterns, hoping and praying that the weight won’t come back.

A weight management system works for you now and in the future.  By mastering this unique way of classifying foods, you can not only lose weight right now, but also keep it off for the rest of your life.

In the process, you can improve your health and even lengthen your life by reducing the risks of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and a host of degenerative diseases associated with excess weight.

The system is called the glycemic index (GI), and has often been called the “missing link” in the dieting dilemma. Originally developed for patients suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, it recently became clear that it could help anyone manage their weight and prevent diabetes before it becomes a permanent problem.

The glycemic index evaluates foods according to how quickly the body converts the carbohydrates in the foods into glucose, or blood sugar.  Foods that are low on the glycemic index create a slow, moderate rise in your blood sugar that is optimal for energy efficiency.

As an individual trying to lose weight, you want to choose low GI foods, which lead to lower insulin levels following your meals.  This will help keep your hunger at bay and help you feel full longer.  Additionally, the slower the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose, the more efficiently your body can dissolve fat and convert it into energy.  It’s a win-win situation!

In contrast, foods high on the glycemic index cause your insulin levels to spike following meals, and then crash several hours later.  At this point you feel hungry and exhausted.  Who isn’t familiar with that 3 p.m. sugar crash?

The rollercoaster ride of insulin surges from high GI foods can eventually lead to insulin resistance, which is just a few steps away from full-blown diabetes.

But more on that later.

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