The Complete Idiot's Guide to Glycemic Index Weight Loss
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The skinny on the glycemic index.
Research has proven that the best way to lose weight is to watch the glycemic load, which is measured by the glycemic index rating of each food. The Complete Idiot?s Guide to Glycemic Index Weight Loss provides readers a solid foundation for understanding how and why a glycemic index diet works and controlling counts, along with activity and stress levels. Also includes recipes and a glycemic index.
? The perfect solution for anyone at risk for Type II diabetes or anyone ready for a change from the low-carb diet
? 64% of adults over the age of 20 in the US are overweight or obese
? Offers information on supplements, basic easy recipes, food lists, and sample meal plans
? A full appendix with glycemic index counts and loads for all sorts of foods
Vegetarians beware! This book has a lot of information that is very helpful. It has some great tips for living a healthier life.
I had to write a review, however, to warn my fellow vegetarians. I was very upset when I got to the paragraph in the book stating that vegetarianism and the GI diet are incompatible. The authors had some very discouraging comments on combining the GI lifestyle with vegetarianism. It seems the authors believe that eating meat is essential to being on a GI weight loss program.
Turns out this is their opinion. There are lots of other books available on the glycemic index that are more accepting and encouraging of vegetarian and vegan diets.
I never would have bought this book if I had known it would advise against being a vegetarian.
So much info, simplified This book has so many extra tidbits of helpful information, beyond the usual GI stuff. It is written so that you can read it in short bursts. Great for anyone pressed for time. It has really helped refine my knowlege of GI eating....more info
momoftoddler this book is very good it definetly is for someone who dosent have a lot of time to read. It reads like an outline. The information in it is very easy to understand and extremely helpful....more info
Valuable weight loss information for the "mature" adult Very readable and useful information for those worrying about being "pre-diabetic"....more info
All you need to know about GI An easy to read, easy to understand guide to eating and living the GI diet way. All you ever needed to know. ...more info
Simple and Complete This book is great for anyone trying to follow a weight loss program based on the glycemic load and glycemic index. It explains what you need to do and why. It explains a lot about how your body works and in simple to understand language. A must read for diabetics....more info
A Must to Understanding Type II Diabetes and Food This book is one of the best sources of information on understanding how food works in your body, especially for those who have Type II Diabetes, or have the history of this disease in their family.
I also bought a copy for my mother, who has Type II Diabetes, and she said it explained more to her than her doctor ever did. Best of all it is easy to undertand and to apply to your life and food choices. She is now on a better path forward for managing her Diabetes. ...more info
explain it so I can understand. Well written. Uses language (not jargon) to explain things in a way useful to the average person educated beyond high school....more info
Educational! This book has good information, but it isn't a page turner! It doesn't flow as easily and freely as some, but the information is good....more info
The Idiot's Guide to Glycemic Index Weightloss I've been doing glycemic index food intake for eight years. I'm 60 yrars old and people are always amazed by how healthy and energetic I am. The glycemic index diet helps buid body muscle and reduce body fat it is as simple as that. Muscle burns calories so once you stick to this way of eating it supports a healthy lifestyle. Muscle also supports the skeletal structure which I think helps reduce back and joint problems.
The dish on sugar! Was diagnosed with Type II last December and after the anger and denial phase, I finally got busy and read everything I could find on diabetes. This book - hands down - was the easiest to understand and completely turned my negative attitude into a 'can do' approach to adapting the principals of GI living. With a sensible progression of information, it gives you the tools and motivates you to take responsibility for your health. My sugars are now within normal range and I've lost over 20 pounds in the last 6 weeks since reading this book. So you could say, this book changed my life!...more info
This book is Awesome!!! I have been trying to lose weight for the last 10 years (since having my children). Every Monday I would start a new diet that would end a few days later with binges and plans to start again next Monday. Recently I bought this book and I am so impressed! I have lost 9 pounds in the last month. I have not starved at all and I have eaten out at restaurants every weekend and I have had treats too. I feel healthy and I now can wear cute clothes again. I have more energy and I am sleeping better too. I also have more confidence in my ability to lose an additional 10 pounds. I have been recommending this book to everyone! ...more info
Speaks to me in my language. This is not the end-all be-all book on GI Weight Loss, but it contains everythig I need to know in language I understand completely. Following the GI eating principals, I've already lost 3 pounds in just 2 days. This will slow later, but I'm pleased to know...it works!
Well written, solid coverage..you will come away understanding the basic principals of GI eating, and what to eat when in order to create the weight loss you're seeking. It offers some recipes, but also information enough to create your own so you're not dependant on certain recipes.
Will definitely hand this off to anyone looking to understand the GI basics in "everyman's" lingo.
As I get further along in this, I'm sure I'll want something more comprehensive, and what's even better...this book has some great recommendations for more in-depth study/understanding, complete with pros/cons, etc...so you know what you're getting before you spend the money. Very impressed....more info
Best Diet I Have Ever Tried I heard about this diet from a co-worker. He lost 25 pounds before his wedding last year, so when I decided enough was enough with my weight, I looked for information online. This book is easy reading and very informative. It explains how certain foods effect the insulin levels in your body. The idea is keeping insulin level throughout the day. The diet doesn't really restrict any foods except sugar. This is one of the easiest diets I have ever tried and the GREAT part is, I do not have cravings or hunger pains. So far, I have lost 23 pounds in 6 weeks with moderate exercise 3-4 times a week. ...more info
Complexities... The Complete Idiot's Guide to Glycemic Index Weight Loss seems to take the long way home on it's explanations.
If you're looking for absolutely every detail of everything about the subject, this might be the guide for you.
If, instead, you were looking for some concise information, easily digestible, I'd keep on with my search.
It felt, to me, as if the Guide gave too much information, and that if I really was a 'Complete Idiot' in need of a simple explanation I would've been boggled down in the first few paragraphs. As it was, I simply lost patience with the load of information, feeling it was more like a textbook.
I think it would be more appropriately named, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Glycemic Index, Plus all the Details the Nutritionists know, In Addition to..."
I have found two books on the subject which were more along the concise and cogent lines I require. "The Good Carb Diet Plan", by Helen Foster, which is the most abbreviated, with simplified information, good-looking and very digestible, and "The New Glucose Revolution Life Plan", by Jennie Brand-Miller and Kay Foster-Powell. The second provides alot of information, but didn't try to convince me that it was a guide suitable for a "complete idiot"....more info
Saved My Life and Helped Me Lose 9 lbs. in 8 Days! I've had Type II Diabetes for about 2 years. I *thought* it was under control. In fact, my testing showed about 6 months ago everything was normal. So, I discontinued my medicine. MISTAKE! 10 days ago my blood sugar skyrocketed to over 300 and medication wasn't taking it down. I had to do some fast damage control and this was one of 3 books I bought. IT IS FANTASTIC - just like all the 5 star reviews have said.
While I got the book for health reasons - part of which is to lose weight - it is ideal for anyone who wants to feel better and drop some pounds. I have lost 9 lbs. in 8 days. I've had no sugar (soda, sweets, etc.) and have selected only the low GI carbs. I FEEL GREAT! I no longer have the afternoon slumps, I sleep better, and I'm eating more food than ever before.
Honestly, it's not that hard to follow. The author gives you lists of foods and explains everything. I was fascinated by the 'free foods' as well as why acidic foods work with sugar levels. It's just full of great information - non of which I've ever found on the internet or elsewhere.
Now...if you think you cannot tear yourself away from anything sweet, read the book. You can eat sweets (like dark chocolate) as long as you limit the quantity/volume based upon the glycemic load. Honestly, once you haven't eaten sugar for even a few days and you get over the withdrawal, the minute you eat/drink something with sugar in it, you'll be shocked at how sweet it is. Plus, your cravings for carbs stops. I know: I didn't believe it either but now I want to scream it from the rooftops. Now, if you really really really have to have sugar, search for some low GI desserts. (I bought a cookbook that waffles and pancake recipes for breakfast, as well as some wonderful desserts.)
I have already sent this book to a friend who has been told to lose 30 lbs. by her doctor. I take the book with me everywhere - even the store. I highly recommend it...for the content, the manner in which it's conveyed, and upbeat style.
informative The weight loss book is quite informative as to how & why this way of eating should work. I did find the holiday eating to be a bit restrictive, but to each his own. How many people will bring their own food in a baggie? Overall it is good....more info
GREAT BOOK!! This book is a great help. I have learned so much and am not finished reading it yet. I am down about six pounds so far and have not been hungry or had the "chocolate and sweet cravings"....more info
Diet I like this book, and would and have recomend it. I wish it had a better list of the index. I downloaded the one suggested, and paid for it.....It was not helpful at all! ...more info
How to do nurti-system on the cheap... I was spending loads on nutrisystem which it's big claim it that it's low glycemic, so you don't get hungry and have energy. I like the concept, but was tired of pre-packaged foods, so I bought this. I definitely learned stuff I didn't know, such as acidic foods slowing down digestion, whether pasta is bad or not, which breads to eat and the dish on sweetners (I use Stevia now, never heard of it before). I try to follow low-glycemic concepts along w/ a reduced calorie diet for weight loss. It gets four stars b/c there was a lot to the book that wasn't helpful, but the good stuff makes it worth it!...more info
Best Glycemic book out! This book has helped me better than any other diet books I've read. I am now at my right body weight and feel great!
the complete idiots guide to glycemic index i really enjoyed reading this book and thought it was very informative and thought prevoking. i would recomend it to others for weight loss and over all health....more info
Good Information This book provides good, supported information regarding the effect of carbohydrates on blood glucose levels. It is a valuable tool in planning a diet that supports health and promotes weight control for those of us who are prone to hyperglycemia and metabolic syndrome....more info
Very Informative, Easy to Read Even if you're not going on the diet, the information in this book will be very useful to you. It will probably at least influence the way you eat and solve the mystery as to why you get so hungry after you eat certain foods....more info
Helpful! A lot of what is in this guide is common sense but a lot is really helpful. I am a little stumped by the idea of eating a lot of veggies for breakfast but I'm figuring that out... ...more info
Great Book! This book is great! Tons of information if you are wanting to learn more about the Glycemic Index Diet and reviews on other books on the subject. It really helped me figure out how to make healthier choices....more info
The Complete Idiot's Guide to GI Weight Loss This is an informative book. So far I have not had much success loosing weight and it has been 3 weeks. I am probably not following the rules....more info
Some Suggestions Impossible to Follow This book, while it gave some advice that was useful (news about acid foods and cinnamon), overall it was quite complicated - and actually took me off the track I had been on through another, easier to follow method of being on a low glycemic diet. Some advice to reduce stress by moving into more urban areas to avoid traffic confrontations were a bit extreme. It makes better sense that living in a less stressful home life to be a better benefit in managing our stress than just the travel time it takes to get back and forth to work. Found much information of little use - and found other books to be much more helpful with an easier path to follow.Living the G.I. (Glycemic Index) Diet...more info
Not for Vegetarians Like a previous reviewer, I was not impressed with the authors' views about vegetarians using the GI program. I actually felt they wrote with contempt about vegetarians and vegetarian products, even suggesting that soy was somehow harmful (do the Japanese know about this?).
The book was reasonably useful with information about the GI system but I will not be purchasing it (I borrowed it from the library) because of their anti-vegetarian sentiments. There are many other books out there about the GI system which would suit me better.
One other thing - (this may have been fixed with a second printing) the editing of this book was dreadful. Many of the boxes with helpful hints dropped words at the end. ...more info
Do your Own Thing This is a great book for setting up your own eating plan without using fad diets. Even people who aren't dieting can use this to establish better eating habits....more info