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Diet Express provides a healthy weight loss programme based around eating low GI and adding fun exercises to suit YOU
The Glycemic Index (GI) is a rating that determines the speed at which carbohydrates are broken down into sugar (glucose) and absorbed into the blood stream and directly affects your blood sugar level. Sugar is set at 100 and all foods are indexed against that number.
In short, foods that are digested quickly have a high GI and foods that are digested slowly have a low GI
Carbohydrates with a high GI, such as cornflakes, will cause blood sugar (glucose) levels to rise quickly and fall quickly causing cravings and low energy. On the other hand with a low GI food, such as porridge, your body’s blood sugar (glucose) level will rise more slowly and keep your energy level at a much steadier pace, and make you feel fuller for longer. As a result, you will eat less without going hungry and rid yourself of those afternoon sweet cravings!
Low GI foods:
Keep you fuller for longer, so you eat less
Increase energy level
Are lower in calories
Have a significant impact on your ability to lose weight
High GI foods:
Deliver the sugar rush followed by a slump in energy
Make you feel hungry more often
Never allow you to feel satisfied
Create a vicious cycle of binge eating
This all sounds very complicated, but at Diet Express we have made it easy for you by using the Traffic Light System which takes away the hard work of deciding what you should and shouldn’t eat.
UNDERSTANDING SUGAR RUSHES
Sugar rushes are short lived because of a critical enzyme called insulin. Insulin’s role is to take sugar from the bloodstream and store it for the immediate use in the muscles, or as fat. The higher the sugar spike, the more insulin is released and the quicker the sugar is drained from your bloodstream, leaving you with a sugar low. This is the point you start looking for your next sugar fix. That is why you are hungry shortly after you’ve eaten. That’s why you tend to eat more on a high GI diet.
Here are some simple suggested foods to eat when you make the switch to a low GI diet easy:
Eat breakfast cereal based on oats, bran and barley
Eat breads with whole wheat, stone-ground flour and sour dough
Eat new boiled potatoes instead of baked potatoes
Eat basmati or brown rice
Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables
HOME EXERCISE PROGRAMME:
Diet Express recommends 20-30 minutes of exercise 5-7 days a week. Start with 10 minutes and soon you’ll be ready for more. For a huge selection of home exercise videos try our NEW Eureka Fit online exercise videos for a fantastic selection of professional exercise classes suitable for all levels of ability.
Weight loss will only occur if the body is getting enough food. If you try to starve yourself your body will send messages to the brain that you are in starvation mode and instantly you will start to store fat – this is the body’s natural survival instinct.
How to calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index)…
BMI is a good way of assessing body fat levels for the average person and is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height. BMI is a fairly reliable indicator of body fat for most people and is an inexpensive and easy-to-perform way of checking out weight categories that may lead to health problems.