The idea of weight loss can often conjure up images of cutting out entire food groups, counting calories and skipping meals, but what if I said you could still lose weight without feeling deprived? You could shape up in a few weeks eating three meals and two snacks a day…sounds too good to be true right? But reaching and maintaining a healthy weight doesn’t have to involve endless misery cutting calories and living off juices and soups, it’s as simple as balancing your meals effectively with low-GL foods.
The key is to balance low or medium-GL carbohydrates with protein to keep your blood sugar levels even throughout the day, banishing the energy slump that has you reaching for that 3pm chocolate or caffeine fix. The result – easy and maintainable weight loss, without as much as a hunger pang!
What are low-GL carbohydrates?
Low-GL carbohydrates are those which release their energy slowly, helping you to feel fuller for longer and avoid those crazy sugar highs and subsequent energy slumps.
They’re generally whole foods including grains, vegetables and some fruits. An easy rule to remember is to avoid anything white – sugar, white rice, white bread, white pasta and white flour. These are fast-releasing carbohydrates that will play havoc with your blood sugar.
Eat controlled portions of whole grains like quinoa, brown rice, wholemeal pasta, oats and rye. These are generally denser and take longer to be broken down, helping you to feel fuller for longer. Another plus is they contain more nutrients than their more processed counterparts.
Most vegetables are considered low-GL, but many fruits like bananas and oranges can often be considered high-GL because of their high levels of natural sugars. Berries and apples are among the best fruits you can eat.
Check back tomorrow for more information about the benefits of a low-GL diet, what you can eat on a low-GL diet and how many GL’s you should aim to be eating each day.