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Posted: 21 Jan 2008, 18:08
Hello Everyone.
I've never had to diet in the past.The fact that I had to start using HRT at an early age added 3 stone to me!The only diet that worked for me was the Atkins where I managed to lose nealy 2 stone but recently I feel I need a healthier option & would really like to try the Gi but I haven't a clue where to start.Do you measure food out? What foods can & can't you have? How do you work out the GI amount of food? All the books I've looked at just give me a GI food index but it doesn't tell me how much I should be eating. Sorry to sound so thick but I just don't know where to start & I would be so grateful for any help & advice.
Many thanks in anticipation!

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Posted: 22 Jan 2008, 03:40
Hi, the GI diet is more of a guide on making sensible food choices. You stick to foods with a lower GI, and stop eating when your just full. It's not a hard diet to follow because you have a huge amount of choice and you can have many different foods in moderation.

If you need more of a guide on how much and which foods to eat, then the GL (Glycemic Load) diet may be a better one for you. It works on the same principals with the Glycemic Index, but is strict on the level of carbs/ sugar you can eat, and provides more meal plans to follow. Check it out!

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Posted: 22 Jan 2008, 06:15
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Start with a glycemic load allotment of 60 to 75 per day.
GL = carbs X glycemic index divided by 100.
Making sure to spread this out over the course of a day. You might have 15 at each meal and three snacks of about 10 each.
If you don't want to calculate the glycemic load, you can count carbs. To start, allow 30 grams of low-glycemic carbohydrates per meal and 10 to 30 grams of low-glycemic carbohydrates for snacks. Eat three meals and two to three snacks. Eat only low-glycemic carbohydrates. The total grams of carbohydrates for the entire day with meals and snacks should be less than 150. Some people may need to keep their carb total between 90 to 120 to lose weight.
A highly active woman or a male may need to eat a glycemic load of between 100 to 150 to give them plenty of energy.
A person with a lower % of body fat can eat a higher allotment than a person with a high % of body fat.

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Posted: 23 Jan 2008, 18:36
Hello again.
Many thanks to both of you for simplifiy that for me. I guess I just needed someone to point me in the right direction. Every GI diet book I've read has told me something different, can't believe how much they differ. After doing Atkins and living on 20-50grms of carbs a day I think I'm gonna like this much better!!!
Thanks again.

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