MANAGING YOUR BLOOD SUGAR

WITH A LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX DIET

Manage Blood Sugar By Eating Foods

Lower On The Glycemic Index


Eating foods that are good for you can be tricky, especially when you’re trying to manage your blood sugar level, manage your weight and get on the road to a healthier lifestyle.


Every food you eat has a glycemic index, which tells you how rapidly that particular food causes your blood sugar to rise. The glycemic index analyzes the impact food has on your blood sugar. The highest number is 100, and it goes down from there. The lower the number, the longer it stays in your body to prevent the sugar high and subsequent crash.


Low-glycemic foods that are good choices for a healthy diet include veggies, fruits, whole grain pastas, low-fat ice cream and, occasionally, some candy bars. Eating low glycemic index foods is the basis for many popular diets.  You can also use the index to  come up with a meal plan that is realistic, safe, healthy and meets all your energy and nutritional needs. 


If you do need to lose weight, the Glycemic Index (GI) for foods can be very helpful  in your meal planning.


It’s common knowledge that in order to lose weight you have to “burn” more calories than you consume. When your body to uses more calories to digest food than the actual calorie content of the food itself, it results in your body burning up excessive stored fat from your body.  Using the Glycemic Index For Foods to plan your meals and snacks can help you eat better, manage your blood sugar levels and lose weight - all at once. 


While a glycemic diet can be followed safely, it’s always a good idea to check with your physician before beginning any program that may bring drastic changes to your eating habits.
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What is a Glycemic Index Diet?


Glycemic index diets have you look at the impact your food has on your blood sugar.  Eating lower number GI foods helps you feel full longer and helps prevent roller coaster sugar highs and crashes that lead to more eating.


Low-glycemic foods that are good choices for a healthy diet  include veggies, fruits, whole grain pastas, low-fat ice cream and, occasionally, even some candy bars.


Eating low glycemic index foods is the basis of many popular diets.  Using the Glycemic Index For Foods as a guide, you can tailor healthy meals to your own tastes and still meet all your energy and nutritional needs.



Many Diets Focus On Low Glycemic Index Foods


  1. The Low Glycemic Index Diet targets the lower glycemic foods, and asks that you eat only those types. If you were on this diet, you may not be able to eat carrots. This diet can be fairly restrictive, so please check with your doctor to be sure you are getting the proper nutrition.


  1. The Glycemic Impact Diet takes the glycemic index diet a step further. It looks at the whole food picture. Take the carrots, for example. In other diets, you could not eat them because they were too high on the glycemic index. This diet says it takes more carrots than a typical person would consume in a setting to raise insulin levels significantly, so in this diet, they are permitted.


  1. The Glycemic Load Diet is a more sophisticated and well-rounded diet that looks at the overall glycemic index, not just individual foods. The focus is on a reduction of white rice, bread or pastas and an increase in whole grains, fruits and veggies.


Along with using the glycemic index to help manage your blood sugar,  you still need to use common sense in food choices.

    For example, a candy bar has a low glycemic index; carrots have    

    a high GI. It’s pretty easy to realize that carrots are a much better    

    (and more nutritious) choice for a quick snack.
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