With obesity in North America reaching record proportions, it is no wonder that everyone is looking for a place to turn. From low fat to low carb, the weight loss industry has exploded; but how is the average consumer to know which diet plans actually get results? Is there really a plan out there that can work for almost anyone?
There is a reason that the diets promoting a low glycemic index (GI) have been the most popular in recent years. Put simply: they get results, and the results speak for themselves.
So, you've been to the doctor, you've stepped on the scale, or something else has happened and now you've decided to try a low glycemic diet. That's great! Now what? There are only about a hundred different variations on the low glycemic diet for you to choose from, so deciding which one is right for you should be a snap! Actually, it's easier than it looks.
Low GI diets can generally be categorized into a few major competitors:
eDiets.com offers many of the most popular diet plans in a simple online-diet plan format. When you join eDiets.com you get access to a customized meal and grocery shopping list planner that helps you eat the foods you want while sticking to the plan you've chosen. Online support and fitness plans are also top of the line. eDiets.com is a perfect fit if you know "what" diet you want to follow but would like all the planning and motivational support that comes with an online diet plan.
eDiets.com currently offers a variety of low glycemic index diet plans and diabetic diets, including Atkins, Glycemic Impact, Hypoglycemic/Low-Sugar, and the Living with Diabetes Plan.
This low GI phenomenon that swept the nation has proven effective for many people. Restricting carbohydrates, such as sugar, white bread, rice, and flour, the Atkins program emphasizes consumption of all meats, fish, poultry, and eggs, as well as whole, unprocessed foods with a low glycemic impact.
The program works in four phases: Induction, Weight Loss, Pre-Maintenance, and Lifetime Maintenance, with specific plans for each one to reduce glycemic impact in your diet. As with many programs, Atkins restricts many high carbohydrate foods in the beginning and adds them in as you come closer to, and finally meet, your goal.
Not unlike Atkins, the South Beach Diet is based on the glycemic index, and rates foods based on their glycemic load. In contrast to Atkins, however, The South Beach diet puts an emphasis on good carbs versus bad carbs, giving hope to those who are not thrilled with the idea of giving up bread for months (or, in some cases, years!) at a time.
The South Beach diet utilizes the low glycemic index through three separate phases, appropriately named Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3. Although there are still restrictions on the types of carbohydrates you can consume to obtain and maintain your new body, the premise of this program is that you do not have to completely give up carbs to still gain the advantages of a low glycemic index diet.
A cousin to The South Beach Diet, NutriSystem also emphasizes good and bad carbohydrates; however, there is one huge difference: NutriSystem allows you access to the low GI benefits without having to put forth quite as much work. Pre-packaged meal plans are not for everyone, but for those looking to take off the weight without taking on much responsibility, and who don't mind paying for a month's worth of food in advance, it could be the way to go. With NutriSystem, you utilize their pre-packaged foods alongside fresh grocery store items such as fruits and vegetables. This means you might be able to partake of several food options that are unavailable with the other plans, while still maintaining your low glycemic index diet.
A number of "niche" diets - not supported by major marketing budgets or publishing houses have come online over the years and many people have had great success with these. These diets tend to emphasize unique and specific approaches that have worked for the author(s); i.e. they are less generalized and are not geared to appeal to the mass market. However the specific nature of these diets may be the perfect fit for you and I urge you to investigate them. Don't be put off by lack of "flashiness" as most low gi diets (big budget or small) are all grounded in the same solid principles. What's important is to choose one that fits your personality and your lifestyle.
Embarking on a weight loss journey can be a scary and overwhelming task, but it is much easier when you have the confidence that your program will work and help you reach your goal. Research suggests that low glycemic index diets show a consistent pattern of success with longer lasting results. Whether you are new to dieting or feel as though you have tried it all, a low glycemic index diet might just be the ticket you need to finally feel that weight lifted from your shoulders...literally.
***Always consult your doctor before beginning any weight loss or exercise plan.
What low gi diets or diet plans have you tried? What did you like about them? What did you hate? Did you try any of the diets in our Ultimate List of Low Glycemic Diet Plans? Share your thoughts about them here. No-holds barred!
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Easy GI Diet by Helen Foster
The menu plans in this book helped my husband loose 9 kilos (20lbs) and control his blood sugar levels. It contains good information on the Glycemic …
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Only "diet" I have ever tried - and it is working wonderfully for me! I am Hypoglycemic, and Usana has allowed me to maintain my Glycemic Index at a very …
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Low GI diet
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The G.I. diet by R. Gallop Not rated yet
If your can read a stop sign you can do this diet. Foods are broken down into Green (very low gi) , Yellow (mid range) and red (eat very little of only …
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I lost 20 pounds in the first 6 weeks without even thinking about it. I had not even started an exercise program during that time. The weight just fell …
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It is a great diet and it worked well for me until I developed diverticulitis from going too fast on the whole grains, nuts and seeds. I have now been …