Weight Loss Program & Diet Plans

Recipes & Articles

30 Day Weight Loss Guaranteed

Low GI foods
Weight loss nutrition
Thursday, 28 February 2008
Rate This Article:    Diet PlanDiet PlanDiet PlanDiet PlanDiet Plan
Get Your Free Low GI Diet Meal Plan >> Click here

Low GI Cooking                        Low GI  Diet & Books                GI Food List & Values  

What is the Glycemic Index?

The glycemic index (GI) ranks carbohydrate foods according to their effect on blood glucose levels (Brand Miller): High GI foods are absorbed quickly and cause a rapid rise in blood glucose levels. Low GI foods are broken down gradually over time and keep blood glucose levels more stable.

Benefits of Low GI foods:
Stable blood glucose levels, resulting in improved energy levels and reduced cravings for sugar and sweet foods
Keeps you full for longer, reducing total daily kilojoule intake
Improved blood glucose control for people with diabetes
Research shows that a low GI diet can help to improve blood lipid profile
Active people can use a combination of high and low GI foods to ensure optimal energy stores for exercise performance
A range of low GI foods provide important vitamins, minerals and fibre

Low GI Foods

  • Oats e.g. porridge or natural muesli
  • Multi-grain bread
  • Pasta
  • Low-fat milk and yoghurt
  • Most fruit
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet potato
  • Legumes

High GI Foods

  • White bread
  • Rice-based crackers
  • White rice
  • Wheat-based breakfast biscuits
  • Glucose
  • Jelly lollies
  • White Potato
Carbohydrates are found in many of the foods we eat each day and are an important consideration for weight loss.  Low GI foods are a great source of carbohydrates when trying to lose weight as the slow release of energy will help increase satiety levels.
It is important to remember that although low GI carbohydrates are a preferred choice, this does not mean you can eat as much as you like! A mistake that many people make is replacing fat in the diet with carbohydrates, often in unlimited and excessive volumes. Eating too much of any nutrient, including carbohydrates, can lead to over consumption of kilojoules and this will prevent body fat break down and result in subsequent body fat gain. Portion sizes should be appropriate for activity level and individual energy requirements. A reduction in carbohydrate intake or total calorie intake may be warranted in many situations, however severe restriction of carbohydrate has a number of negative consequences. 

If you want to get started on a Low GI Diet, browse through out Low GI cookbooks and diets >> Click here

Get Your Free Low GI Diet Meal Plan >> Click here


Share this Article   What is this?



Gender Female Male  
We value your privacy. 100% secure.

Weight Loss Tour

  User Comments

Australian Lifestyle & Fitness Information Guide

alfitness.com.au is an online weight loss program dedicated to weight loss, diet, weight loss programs, calorie counters, BMI calculators and topics related to lifestyle and fitness development. At alfitness.com.au tailored meal plans and exercise programs are suggested based on your specific weight loss goals. They are designed just for you!

Subscribe today and become an exclusive alfitness member! Your membership will give you unlimited access to an interactive diet and exercise planner, nutritionist and personal trainer support, an online calorie counter (food calorie counter & exercise calorie counter), tracking tools, etc. Your membership also includes groundbreaking diet updates, not found on any other weight loss, lifestyle and fitness site. Every diet, fitness plan or weight loss secret will be revealed! Our quest is to help our members lose weight, set up diet plans & weight loss programs, and present an easy-to-use calorie counter and BMI calculator. With our support you will feel good about yourself again!

The purpose of alfitness.com.au is to help online members
  • 1. Take the guesswork out of weight loss with our unique, easy-to-follow weight loss programs.
  • 2. Lose weight through a combination of a healthy diet and a fitness program.
  • 3. Keep motivated while losing weight – we will support you every step of the way.
  • 4. Understand calorie counters, how to use food calorie counters and take advantage of exercise calorie counters.
  • 5. Search through an assortment of flexible diet plans and put together a customized diet plan that is perfect just for you.
  • 6. Join simple, effective and user-friendly scientifically researched online weight loss programs.
  • 7. Use a simple online BMI calculator to determine their Body Mass Index.
  • 8. Calculate their BMI and explain what the results indicate.
  • 9. Stay fit and fabulous. Our fitness plans and fitness programs are adapted to your weight loss goals, your level of fitness and lifestyle, and will target your specific problem areas.