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Glycemic Gourmet Newsletter, May 2007 -- The Skinny on Weight Control
April 29, 2007

Glycemic Gourmet Newsletter - May 2007

In This Issue...

  1. The Skinny on Weight Control
  2. New Low Glycemic Recipes
  3. New Foods Added to Low GI Food Lists
  4. Web Poll Results - Why I'm Interested in the Glycemic Index...
  5. Questions and Visitor Feedback

The Skinny on Weight Control

Anyone who has ever faced an ugly number on the scale knows that, when it comes to weight, either you’re in control… or you’re not. There are so many factors that go into losing weight and keeping it off that sometimes the task can seem a bit daunting. After all, it seemed effortless for the weight to come piling on, so why can’t it be effortless to shake some of it off?

Although slimming down will never be easy, approaching weight control with a healthy attitude and a few basic reminders can certainly tip the scales in your favor.

Pick your plan

In order to be successful with weight control, you have to have a plan. Don’t just trust yourself to make better choices – you would have made them already if you didn’t need a little help.

Take your time, do some research, talk to your doctor, and pick a plan. There are many great diets out there for you to take advantage of, some more effective than others. Be sure to take all of your health factors into consideration before settling on a program, and make sure you are choosing something that you can commit to without question.

Commitment is a key ingredient to your successful weight control.

Drink it up

With all the weight loss plans out there, one thing remains consistent: you must get in your water. Not only does your body need water to prevent dehydration, but it actually poses several huge benefits to your weight loss.

Many experts believe that people should be drinking half of their weight in ounces of water. So, for example, a 140 pound woman should consume 70 ounces of water per day, which is just over the 64 ounces recommended by most weight loss programs.

Drinking water is not only good for your body, but it can leave you with a sense of fullness during a meal and help you maintain control over your weight. You might feel like you’re swimming, but if you’re going to swim wouldn’t you rather feel comfortable in your bathing suit?

Move your body

There’s no denying it – exercise is a must for weight control. Whether you hit the gym, enroll in a karate class, or simply go for a walk, moving your body is the best way to enhance your dieting program and step up your weight loss.

One thing to keep in mind while exercising is that you need to mix things up. In the same way that you would get bored if you had to read the same book every day, your body gets bored when you do the same exercises on a consistent basis.

Even if you’re just going on a walk, try to vary your walking route or take weights with you on occasion. Do strength training one day and cardio training the next. Your body will love you for it, and you will reap the rewards in your pants’ size!

At the end of the day, all the weight control tips and tricks in the book won’t help you if you don’t believe you can do it. Take control of your weight – own it. Don’t let it own you.


New Low Glycemic Recipes

"I was recently diagnosed with hypoglycemia and was put on a low GI diet. I LOVE your recipes. I've been to the bookstore and looked at their low GI recipe books and there's nothing in them that I want to eat! You're my only resource right now for finding "normal" food recipes." - L. Greene, FL

15 new low glycemic recipes have been added for your cooking pleasure! Check them out here: Low Glycemic Recipes


New Foods Added to Low GI Food Lists

Dairy Products:
Sour Cream (light or reduced-fat): GI = 50*
Sour Cream (fat-free): GI = 23*
Sour Cream (regular): GI = 51*

Condiments:
Cider Vinegar: GI = 0*

0 - Little carbohydrate; GI approximately zero
* - Estimated based on similar foods


Web Poll Results

This month, the Glycemic Gourmet asked its visitors:

I'm most interested in the Glycemic Index for...

  • Weight Loss
  • Diabetic Control
  • Healthier Eating
  • Sport Nutrition
  • Scientific Research
  • Other

Overwhelmingly, weight-loss was the number one reason for interest in the glycemic index with 63% of the vote, followed by Diabetic Control at 19% and Healthier Eating at 15%. Rounding out the results at 4% were the athletes among us interested in low GI / slow-carb eating for Sport Nutrition.


Questions and Visitor Feedback

Bonnie from Welland, ON asks:

Q: I have been looking at your site for several days now. I understand your rating system but am wondering what the 'good' daily total for would be for males and females. Could you let me know?

A: Daily totals in terms of the "amount" of food you should eat would be based on your individual goal, whether it is weight loss, gain, maintenance, or other. To measure the amount of food you should eat on a daily basis you should still consider the total number of calories consumed and adjust those to suit your goals.

The GI scale helps you decide between good calories (slow carbs) and bad calories (high sugar/starch). The lower the GI value, the slower the carbs.

Eating low GI foods will help you sustain your dieting goals because they tend to leave you feeling satisfied for longer - therefore you will tend not to overeat. You will also most likely find that you'll tend to burn fat faster and easier due to the affect low GI foods have on your blood sugar / insulin levels.

If you're looking for an overall dieting "program" based on low GI principles, I would highly recommend "The GI Diet" by Rick Gallop. He was past President of the Heart and Stroke foundation of Ontario.

* And as always, if you are diabetic or have another blood glucose / insulin related condition, please seek the advice of your doctor before beginning any dietary program.


Yours in good health,

John and Connie Somerton
GlycemicGourmet.com
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