Food Facts

One Good Way to Lose Weight

December 7, 2016

There has been much talk in health circles regarding the benefits of eating low glycemic carbohydrates, what are low glycemic carbohydrates and why are they better then their higher glycemic cousin and how you can use this information to shed some pounds?


The Glycemic Index (GI) ranks carbohydrates according to the extent that the carbohydrate raises the blood sugar after eating. Higher GI foods like white bread are more easily broken down and absorbed by the body compared to lower GI foods such as green beans. When high GI carbohydrates break down quickly, there is a spike in the blood sugar level within an hour of consuming and then a drastic fall. This is a reason why there is a drop in energy levels after a heavy meal filled with rice or refined carbs, the infamous FOOD COMA.


Unlike high GI foods, low GI carbohydrates cause insulin to be released gradually by the body. Insulin is a hormone that regulates how your body uses the energy from the carbohydrates that you consumed. It tells your body to use the current energy from the available carbohydrate, however, any surplus energy that is not expended is stored in your fats, muscles and liver.


Low GI foods allow insulin to convert energy slowly and allows your body to expend it at a reasonable pace and consume it fully with little or no surplus energy. Compare this with high GI foods, where there is a sudden rush of energy caused by the spike in insulin and your body is unable to utilize this energy in a short span of time. Your body has little choice but to store the energy in your fats, muscle and liver. Your muscle and liver use the energy to power your body. The energy in fats will only be used once the energy in your liver and muscles have been depleted. This is why consuming refined sugars (High GI) causes weight gain.


Low GI foods take longer to be digested by your system and have the tendency to make you feel fuller for longer and keeps your energy level maintained through out the day. This also helps curb unnecessary snacking.


Try cutting out high GI foods from your diet for five days, you should be able to notice a change in your body. However, as everyone is built a little different, this diet may be more effective for some.