The glycemic index (GI) ranks carbohydate foods according to their effect on blood glucose levels. Choosing foods with a low GI can help you with your weight loss efforts, as they keep you feeling full for longer, work to stabilise your energy levels, and help your body to burn fat most efficiently. Here are some of the top low GI foods to add to your diet plan...
Many of us are familiar with the slogan: “You are what you eat.” It can’t be forgotten as it is thrown at you almost every time you consider a diet or lifestyle change.
Although those 5 simple words seem rather harmless on their own, together they do represent a powerful statement. They could be considered valuable advice, or maybe even a warning that we should pay attention to the foods we put into your body.
People struggling with their weight or those considering a
diet, often have a misconception about the foods that they can and cannot eat.
Dieting not necessarily means giving up your favourite foods, and living on
salads or soup, but rather adjusting to a healthier meal plan and making more
informed decisions when picking out cooking ingredients.
Many diets will use alternatives in their recipes so their
followers can still eat the foods they love. They will also use a few tricks to
make the transition easier and help increase weight loss. For instance, using
non-stick frying pans reduces the need for cooking oil, and steaming vegetables
instead of boiling them will increase their nutritional value, thus keeping you
Many of us often wonder how many calories we actually need to
survive the day. The answer is simple, as all we need to do is calculate our
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and multiply the result by a factor that best
represents our usual Physical Activity Level (PAL).
You have a choice of equations and online calculators to
determine your personal BMR. One of the mathematical formulas is known as the
“Harris Benedict equation,” and can be very useful in determining the number of
calories you burn daily as your body attends to its simplest, automatic
Everyone deserves a break from our daily routine and work to unwind and relax. Often, however, a break in routine can leave us less focused and our eating patterns and exercise routine out of wack. You can still make good choices while away and still enjoy your holiday.
The weekend, for many, represents a break from routine. You have extra time! Not spare time to eat more or lounge around more, but to focus on your health! This is your perfect opportunity to fit in some exercise, plan your weekly menus and stock up on good wholesome foods for the week and relax.
Hypno-dieting could well become the weight loss craze of the 2009. It involves no restrictive eating, rigorous exercise plans or any planning. Sound too good to be true? Well lets have a look at how it works.
Hypno-dieting has been brought to the fore by UK hypnotherapist Susan Hepburn, who claims to have a 98% success rate, including celebrities such as Geri Halliwell and Lily Allen. Hepburn claims that she “doesn’t like diets. They mess you up. What I do isn’t a diet”. Her methods work in a subconscious way and maintains that “if you want to exercise or make healthy choices, I simply put that into your subconscious mind: I make you believe you can do it."
Preparation is the key to losing weight so you never get caught out without having healthy food options by your side. This will reduce the chances of you popping into fast food chains, Deli’s or Cafes for a ‘quick bite to eat’, or give in to the office vending machine, that could cost you hundreds of calories. So by planning ahead for you lunches and snacks will encourage you to stick to your new healthy eating plan less likely just to grab ‘anything’ to fill the hole. It is not a difficult task to prepare lunch, but it requires you to establish a new routine and do some preparation. Something your body and bank account will be grateful for.