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Glycemic index

Using the glycemic index as a way to determine your food choices is a smart idea if your goal is weight loss.

Choosing foods that are lower on the glycemic index means that they will be digested slower and thus create a greater feeling of satiety. Those who suffer from drastic increases in blood sugar levels will really appreciate this guideline because it will make managing this symptom a great deal easier.

The glycemic index is a way of ranking carbohydrate-containing foods on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent in which they raise the levels of sugar in the blood. The food choices that are listed as high will raise the levels the quickest whereas those considered low will not.

Those who consume diets that are focused on low foods will also see the benefits of decreased risk of diabetes, coronary heart disease and obesity. Appetite control will be better as well helping to really ease the dieting process.

Another important consideration however is the called the 'load' of the foods and this takes into consideration how much of them you are eating. Obviously if you consume a small amount of 'high' foods it is not going to be as bad as if you consumed a very large quantity. Furthermore, combining 'high' foods with other low foods, particularly meat and healthy fats will slow their digestion as well, making their effect on blood sugar levels less noticeable.