Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Here we go!!

Ok so i'm blogging a diet plan,.. I have tried many a diets in my life, from Atkins diet, Slim fast, low fat, low carbs, smoothy diet, special K, Rosemary Conley. The list goes on... I am now going to follow the GI Diet, i have tried it before (it does work) and i'm going to do it again. By blogging my diet, i will have a daily online record of my food consumption

I am not going to pretend that i'm an expert because i'm not.. This diet is for me and anyone else who wishes to follow. I guess i should just advise that if you are going to follow this diet, please consult your GP first...I will not be held responsible for anyone else other than myself...

Well here it goes...the boring bits.. Have to start somewhere eh..

What is the GI Diet?

GI stands for Glycemic Index and is a measure of the impact of food on your blood sugar. Foods with a high GI tend to quickly raise your body's blood sugar levels, by contrast foods with a low GI will raise them more slowly and over a longer period.
Eating lots of high GI foods has two disadvantages:
1) The rush of energy given by high GI foods does not last and is soon followed by an energy lull. So you get hungry and want to eat more.
2) After eating high GI foods you will have a lot of readily available energy in your blood. Your body will use this energy first rather then other stores of energy like body fat. This makes it harder to loose weight.

How can the GI Diet help weight loss?

By eating meals that have a low GI you will feel less hungry. This means that rather then controlling your cravings for food by will-power alone your are controlling them by satisfying your body. On the GI diet your desire to snack or over eat should be greatly reduced, therefore by eating fewer calories you can control your weight.

What does the GI diet look like?

People on the GI diet will tend to eat meals that consist of foods with low GI and will be encouraged to avoid high GI foods. However mixing low GI foods with high GI foods lowers the GI of the whole meal, this can make it much less restrictive than other diets. Low GI does not always mean low fat, so it is advisable to watch the fat content in your meals.

What foods can't I eat?

On the GI diet there are no foods that you can't eat but the secret is eating more low GI foods than high GI foods.
The main thing is not to over-eat and the purpose of the GI diet is to help you achieve that. It is important that you watch the portion sizes of your meals and try to keep them down.

A list of Low GI foods

Food GI
Roasted and salted peanuts 14
Low-fat yoghurt with sweetener 14
Cherries 22
Grapefruit 25
Pearl barley 25
Red lentils 26
Whole milk 27
Dried apricots 31
Butter beans 31
Fettucine pasta 32
Skimmed milk 32
Low-fat fruit yoghurt 33
Wholemeal spaghetti 37
Apples 38
Pears 38
Tomato soup, canned 38
Apple juice, unsweetened 40
Noodles 40
White spaghetti 41
All Bran 42
Chick peas, canned 42
Peaches 42
Porridge made with water 42
Lentil soup 44
Oranges 44
Macaroni 45
Green grapes 46
Orange juice 46
Peas 48
Baked beans in tomato sauce 48
Carrots, boiled 49
Milk chocolate 49
Kiwi fruit 52
Stoneground wholemeal bread 53
Crisps 54
Special K 54
Banana 55
Raw oatbran 55
Sweetcorn 55


  1. Good luck love. Keep up the blogging. I did it for about 'a whole week' :-) xxx

  2. Thanks Mel.. Hoping to keep it - more for myself than anything :-)