Managing Weight And Minimizing Risk

What is a Glycemic Index Diet?

  1.     The glycemic index calculates the impact different foods have on    

      your blood sugar.

  1.     The highest number is 100, and it goes down from there.

  2.     The lower the number, the longer it stays in your body to prevent a    

      sugar high and subsequent crash.

  1.     Even with the glycemic index, you still need to use common sense.    

      A candy bar has a low glycemic index but carrots have a high one.    

      It’s pretty easy to realize carrots are the better choice.

The Glycemic Load Diet

  1.    The glycemic load diet is considered a well-rounded diet.

  2.    It looks at the overall glycemic index, not just individual foods.

  3.    It focuses on a reduction of white rice, bread or pastas and an

     increase in whole grains, fruits and veggies.

  1.    Low-glycemic foods that are good choices for a healthy diet include    

     vegetables, fruits, whole grain pastas, low-fat ice cream and, once

     in a while, some candy bars.

  1.    Eating low glycemic index foods is the basis for many popular diets.     

     You you and your doctor or health provider can come up with a plan    

     that is realistic, healthy, safe, and meets your nutritional needs.


Do You Need To Lose Weight?

To lose weight you have to burn more calories than you consume. 

The health risks of being obese are real. If you are more than 65 pounds heavier than your ideal weight, you fall into this category. For most people who are obese, the health risks are not only serious, but can also develop into life-threatening (or fatal) conditions.

According to current studies from the U.S. Center For Disease Control (CDC), if you are significantly overweight or obese (Body Mass Index of 35 or higher), you are more likely than people of normal weight to:

Health Risks Related To Obesity

Good News About Losing Weight

According to current medical research, many health and medical complications related to obesity become less severe - or even reverse - after successful  weight loss, weight maintenance and increased physical activity.

source:  Veterans Administration

State rankings for obesity are based on average obesity percentages during 2006, 2007 and 2008.

  1.   Increase you physical activity.

•  Change your eating habits. Eat fewer high-fat, high carbohydrate meals and snacks; eat more fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables.

•  Don’t drink sugar sweetened beverages, and minimize the amount of alcohol you drink.

•  Reduce the amount of pre-packaged, processed and fast foods you eat.

•  Decrease couch time and TV viewing; increase your daily activity and exercise.


Obesity is a life-long struggle that is difficult to cure - but obesity - and its complications - can be prevented.

According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), Americans have become “obesogenic” (tending to become obese).  This health condition is characterized by environments that promote:

From 1980 through 2004 obesity among adults doubled.  Today, about two-thirds of U.S. adults are obese or overweight.

Current statistics indicate that:

  1. increased food intake

  2. non-healthful foods and beverages

  3. increased physical inactivity

  1. 33% of U.S. adults are overweight (BMI 25.0 - 29.9)

  2. 34% are obese (BMI 30.0 or over)

  3.    6% are extremely obese (BMI 40.0 or over)

Your Body Mass Index is the percentage of body weight to height. Determine your BMI by using the Body Mass Index Chart                             at the bottom of this page.

  1. Have a stroke

  2. Be infertile (both males and females)

  3. Suffer from depression

  4. Have back problems

  5. Snore

  6. Suffer other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea

  7. Develop specific cancers - breast, cervix, ovarian, prostate

  8. Twice as likely to develop arthritis

  9. Almost four times as likely to develop diabetes

  10. Six times more likely to have disease of the gallbladder

  11. Almost six times more likely to develop hypertension

Only 15% Of People Who Are Obese

Correctly Assess Themselves As Being Obese.

When Obese Adults Don’t See Themselves As Obese

  1.   They have no strong reason to change their daily eating and exercise habits

  2.   By carrying the extra weight, their bodies have to work harder to function properly (if, in fact it can)

  3.   They pass on their unhealthy eating behaviors to their children and other family members.

  4.   They don’t pay full attention to public health messages about the health and cost consequences of being obese.

  5.   They delay making healthy lifestyle changes until a medical crisis or emergency forces them to.

  6.   The unhealthy extra pounds of fat make it more complicated to treat medical problems, more dangerous to perform surgery, and more difficult to recover from surgery and other procedures. 


Use this Body Mass Index chart to determine if your weight is healthy in relation to your height.

While Americans have reduced health risk factors such as high cholesterol, hypertension and cigarette smoking, obesity as a health risk factor has risen dramatically since the late 1970s.

Some foods require your body to burn more calories processing them through your digestive system than the actual calorie content of the food itself. This results in your body burning up excessive stored fat!

Eating foods that are low on the Glycemic Index can help you eat healthy and lose unwanted weight.

The Glycemic Index For Foods

Obesity is A Growing Health Risk

Obesity, when ignored and left untreated, becomes a silent killer.

Normal Weight            Overweight                     Obese                   Severely Obese            Morbidly Obese

BMI 18.5 - 24.9           BMI 25 - 29.9               BMI 30 - 34.9               BMI 35 - 39.0                 BMI 40 - 40+

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