The Glycemic Index Diet is unique because it is based on picking your foods according to the effects these foods have on your blood sugar levels. It was of course first developed as a way to help diabetic patients keep track of the foods they ate and how these foods would affect their blood sugar levels. This resembles calorie counting, and it is based around this the Glycemic Index Diet was developed.
The point of this diet is that some types of carbohydrates raise the blood sugar level very fast and these are the bad carbs. What you want is the carbs that raise blood sugar steadily over a long period of time, because these are the good carbs.
The bad carbs tend to make you feel hungry much sooner, which causes you to snack unnecessarily and more often. The good carbs keep you feeling satisfied for a long period of time, preventing the excessive snacking that often leads to unwanted weight gain.
On the issue of the foods themselves, bad carbs include foods such as white bread, white rice and even refined wheat flour. These foods have a Glycemic Index of 70 and higher.
Foods with a low glycemic index of 55 and under include oats, most fruits, nuts, beans and whole meal foods altogether. There are of course foods that fall in the medium glycemic index range of 56 to 69 such as spaghetti, bananas and even corn on the cob.
Another unique thing about this diet is that it is not only centered on weight loss, but longevity and better health overall.
Research more on this subject here:
- Diabetes.ca: The Glycemic Index
- Mayoclinic.com: Glycemic index diet: What’s behind the claims – Mayo Clinic
- WebMd: Glycemic Index Diet Plan Review, Foods, and More – WebMD