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GI diet

For the past five years the GI Diet has been gaining more and more adherents world wide. What is unusual about this diet meal plan is that it is frequently recommended by doctors, dieticians and nutritionists.

The GI Diet is based on the Glycaemic Index, which ranks all carbohydrates from zero to 100 depending on the rate at which they raise blood glucose levels.

A diet plan review reveals that while Low GI foods break down slowly and thus raise blood sugar at a steady rate to sustain energy and help you feel full longer, High GI foods flood the body with sugar fast - this means you soon feel hungry again.

Pros : GI diet

  • Effective for gradual, sustained weight loss
  • A successful dietary approach for treating obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure
  • This diet meal plan promotes a reduced intake of refined carbs and sugary foods, and an increase in healthy carbs - fruits, vegetables and beans
  • Good quality fats, lean protein and low fat dairy foods are also included in the diet.

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Publications : GI diet

Favoured by Hollywood stars such as Jennifer Aniston and J Lo, the GI Diet can help you lose weight safely.

The book includes four diet plans, each of which feature a variety of recipes: 14-day GI genius plan; 14-day GI vegetarian plan; GI galvanizer plan; GI for life plan.

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Example recipes : GI diet

Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits

  • 2 cups large flake oats
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/3 cup wheat bran
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup shelled unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp sugar substitute
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp grated orange rind
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1 tub (750 g) non-fat, fruit flavoured yogurt with sweetener
  • 2 cups chopped fresh fruit or berries

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Verdict : GI diet

One of the few diets that is regularly endorsed by health professionals, the GI diet follows sound nutritional principles to help you lose weight and improve your health.

This is a plan that will help you lose weight, and keep it off permanently.