I started researching the Glycemic Index or GI after seeing a Natural Path to aid in weight management. I currently eat clean which means I eat almost everything without preservatives. I buy Organic when possible but until recently found I can eat even better, and by doing so, hopefully losing weight in the process.
"The Glycemic Index (GI) is one the best tools for understanding foods and how they can effect you. It measures how quickly foods breakdown into sugar in your bloodstream. High Glycemic foods turn into blood sugar [or glucose] very quickly. Starchy foods like potatoes are a good example. Potatoes have such a high GI rating; its almost the same as eating table sugar".
Many Diabetics are familiar with the Glycemic Index, but if you do not have Diabetes, the GI can still be of great help. The following information is written through the lens of Clean Eating.
As you can see on the chart to the left, foods that are lower on the GI scale tend to be more steady in how the body breaks down the glucose, where as if you tend to eat high GI foods you get high energy for the moment then crash later, which can lead to making more bad food choices.
You can experiment with yourself, one day eat whatever and journal how you feel, when you have your highs and lows. Write down what foods you are craving, and when you feel the lack of energy.
Then the next day do the opposite. Start your day with low GI foods and also take note of how you feel and your energy levels. Personally I make much better eating choices throughout the day.
"The glycemic index is a useful guide for choosing healthy foods. But it shouldn't be the only one. The amount of carbohydrate you take in matters too. Spaghetti, for example, has a low glycemic index (42). But eat a huge plate of it and your blood sugar will head into the stratosphere. And "not all foods with a low glycemic index are health foods," cautions Dr. Hu. A Snickers bar has a GI of 43; Coca Cola one of 63. Both deliver little more than sugar".
Good Advice, don't you think?
This blog post has opened my eyes even more, I have been juicing, eating clean, working out but no weight loss. That is why my Natural Path suggested learning about the Glycemic Index. I was eating too many "clean foods" with high GI rankings like oranges, dried fruit, melons, carrots, corn, rice ect. It's not like I will never eat these foods again, but I do believe knowledge is power, and I now know what foods I should avoid.
I hope this post was informative and will give you another tool in your
Staying Fit Journey.