Best tips on how to use a glycemic index food list to facilitate your weight loss.
Most books on the Glycemic Index also have a glycemic index list of foods included. But will such a food list really make it easier for you to lose weight?
Understanding the Glycemic Index Listing
Not all foods have been tested for the glycemic index. It’s a relatively expensive procedure, but testing is being done continuously and the glycemic index list of foods gets longer. More and more glycemic index acceptable foods are being added.
When you are about to put together a meal, it’s not enough to know the glycemic index and choose foods with low glycemic index, because the value is given for 50 grams of carbohydrates.
glycemic index food list The same concentration of carbohydrates is not the same for all foods.
50 grams of carbs is a small portion of candy or a huge amount of carrots, probably more than what you would eat at a single meal.
Therefore you also have to consider the Glycemic Load index, which takes into consideration both the Glycemic Index of the food and also its concentration of carbs.
My friend Eddie Mace has some interesting tips about glycemic load on this site.
The Glycemic Load is measured by portion size, so as long as you stick to that portion size, you can check the value in the Glycemic Load food list. If you eat less or more, you have to do some math.
Making Things Easier
I think the best way of using a glycemic index food list is as a compliment to general information on the glycemic index.
You should be getting a general understanding on how to keep your blood sugar levels under control and of what kinds of foods you can eat. You don’t have to become the expert, just know enough so that you can use your knowledge on a day-to-day basis.