The GI diet
Popular diet plans assessed
With a wide choice of diets out there to help with weight loss, choosing the right diet plan is not an easy task. Here we put the GI diet under the microscope so you can decide whether it is the right diet to aid your weight loss.
The theory about the GI diet
The Glycaemic Index (GI) ranks a carbohydrate food according to how quickly it causes a rise in the blood sugar level. Low GI foods help you to feel fuller for longer so help you to control your body weight, research has also suggested that GI diets have a good effect on health i.e. blood fat levels, blood glucose levels and the level of insulin in the blood is more regulated.
Our opinion on the GI diet — marked out of 10.
|Good for health||8|
|Ease to follow||8|
Overall verdict on the GI diet
Low GI diets help you to lose weight as long as they provide diet and exercise information that allows you to eat fewer calories than you need. The advice is a very close version of standard healthy eating advice.
Pros of the GI diet
- A healthy plan that may be maintained in the long term, one of the more sustainable diet plans
- You are unlikely to feel hungry when following a GI plan
- You are unlikely to need supplements to complement your nutritional intake on this plan
Cons of the GI diet
- You still have to watch portion sizes with this diet as it could be easy to over-consume even low GI foods
- You will have to watch the amount of sugar and white bread you eat, say goodbye to hot, sweet tea and toast!
Alcohol — allowed.
Suitable for vegetarians — yes.
Suitable for vegans — yes, it is a very good plan for vegans.
Suitable for coeliacs — yes.
Need to buy specialist foods — no.
Restaurant friendly — yes.
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