|Low Glycemic Diet + Weight Loss Plan |
The glycemic index is a system for classifying carbohydrate-containing foods according to how fast they raise blood-glucose levels inside the body. In simplest terms, foods with a low glycemic value generate small fluctuations in blood glucose and insulin levels. This makes them much more beneficial than foods with a high glycemic value that raise the blood glucose and insulin levels faster.
The glycemic index method classifies carbohydrates according to their effect on blood-glucose instead of according to their chemical structure of either simple (Simple carbohydrates are sugars, like glucose, fructose and lactose.) carbohydrates or complex (Complex carbohydrates are starches and fiber; wholegrain breads, pasta, rice, beans, fruits, and vegetables.) carbohydrates.
BENEFITS OF A LOW GI DIET:
All carbohydrate foods are not created the same and can behave very differently in our bodies.
Diet Blogs: The Fatfighters, running, dieting & blogging
This, the last of our profiles of members of The Fatfighters, showcases two blogs maintained by runners. Each focuses more on running than dieting, though each also touches on food and conversation.
To Be Built Like a Marathon Runner
Over nine years "Ultracycle" shed 52 pounds and blossomed from couch potato to marathon runner. His blog entries are a mix of training and racing posts sprinkled with personal observations.
Ultracycle recently set a new goal. "Yesterday I signed up for Ironman Canada. I''m totally out of shape right now. I was 232.8 pounds when I weighed myself on Friday. I have some hard work ahead of me."
In the comments, Running Jordan said, "Congrats on signing up! Look at all you''ve accomplished so far. I have no doubt in my mind IMC 2007 is an attainable goal for you!"
"Starting Over", another blog entry, brought out the emotional side of Ultracycle.
Common nutrition catchphrases are clarified
We see and hear these nutrition catchphrases all the time, yet we rarely know exactly what they mean. Here are the definitions of a few common terms to guide you along the highway to health.
Daily Values (DVs): You can find the DVs on the Nutrition Facts panel of a food label. They are intended to be a quick reference for the consumer to determine how much of a particular nutrient is included relative to what the Food and Drug Administration has determined to be the average needs of the typical consumer for a single serving size, for example, a Daily Value of 10 percent for fat means one serving provides 10 percent of the daily requirement of fat for that day.
So, for example, if the recommended daily intake of sodium is 2,400 milligrams, and a serving of cereal provides 240 milligrams of sodium, the cereal''s DV for sodium would be 10 percent.
Diet to convene Tuesday to elect new prime minister
The government decided Friday that the Diet, Japan''s parliament, will convene for an extraordinary session next Tuesday to elect a new prime minister.
Under the plans of the ruling coalition, led by the Liberal Democratic Party, the extraordinary session is set to continue for 81 days until Dec. 15.
On the first day of the session, lawmakers will cast a ballot to choose the next prime minister, who will succeed incumbent Junichiro Koizumi.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe, the LDP''s newly elected president, appears certain to be selected as prime minister because of the combined majority of the LDP and its coalition partner, New Komeito, in both chambers of the Diet. (Jiji Press) .
Student a local tie to E. coli?
A University of Virginia student was hospitalized this week with what family members believe was an E. coli infection he contracted after eating a salad made from bagged mixed greens purchased in a local grocery store.
Adam Hermida, 19, a third-year UVa student, said he was hospitalized at the UVa Medical Center late Tuesday after coming down with a severe intestinal ailment earlier in the week. Hermida was released about 24 hours after being treated for dehydration related to the infection.
"It was the worst illness I ever had," Hermida said. "For a day and a half I was lying on the bathroom floor trying to sleep. I couldn''t stand or walk because the pain was so bad. All I wanted to do was make myself comfortable minute by minute. It was awful."
Hermida''s father, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-area orthopedic surgeon, said he talked with doctors at UVa who provided the E.
Dr. Malloy: Disturbing Diet Drug Trends
Patients often tell me that certain medications, that are not diet pills, take away their appetites, but up to now I had seen this only as undesirable side effect . Now a Wall Street Journal report by Elizabeth Bernstein identifies this "off-label" use of these medications as a trend. With 60 percent of the American population being either overweight or obese, many are desperate to lose weight. The diet pills on the market today have not produced the results many were hoping for. Enter the pills not approved for weight loss but having appetite suppression as a side effect. A doctor may prescribe a medication for a purpose other than its FDA approved use but as you will see, some of these drugs have very serious risks. Here are some of the new wave of medications being used as "diet pills." First comes the attention-deficit drugs (ADHD), Adderall and Ritalin, They are powerful stimulants in the amphetamine family.