The Glycemic-Load Diet

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A cardiologist's revolutionary weight-loss plan that allows dieters to enjoy good carbs while still losing weight

The glycemic index has been the basis of many popular diets. But it doesn't take into account the serving sizes people actually eat and eliminates too many foods for dieters to stick with it. Now Dr. Robert Thompson's breakthrough program uses the glycemic load--the glycemic index adjusted for serving size--to take the GI a step forward. The glycemic load is a more accurate and effective tool in controlling weight and insulin resistance, allowing dieters to eat more foods while still burning fat, cutting cravings, and speeding up their metabolism. Safe, simple, and scientifically proven, it's the smartest weight-loss plan yet.

Customer Reviews:

  • Awesome Information
    This is an awesome book. Gets right to the point with facts and information I had not found through other research. I have and continue to learn from this book and have applied them in my everyday way of eating and have found my blood sugars are decreasing just as I had hoped for. This is a book I will continue to use and apply. ...more info
  • not a diet, but a new way to look at the food you eat
    Although Dr. Thompson created an easy read and stressed the same points over and over throughout the book, I found the information enlightening. The book explains a theory regarding the relationship between the evolution of insulin resistance and food technology, which was interesting. I reduced my BMI from 28 to 21.6 by following this way of eating. Although the near elimination of simple starches from my diet annoys some and bewilders others, it doesn't bother me, and have kept extra weight off for the past 16 months. For the most part,I follow one basic rule: don't eat anything that has no food value....more info
  • Glycemic Index put to practical application - great 'how to'
    Excellent explanations of glycemic index in foods, but this book takes it to the next step: how quantity and type of food affect the 'load', the glycemic burnden, on the body. Clearly explains why equal glycemic indexs are often very different than the actual gylcemic load.

    Author Thompson is very good about giving us quick, easy ways to spot and avoid the worst glycemic offenders while letting us know what indulgences might not be as harmful as we think. He is very sensible about what we need and what we want and how to reach a healthy and happy nutritional balance.

    A 'must read' for anyone with a family history of diabetes, cardio-vascular problems or any frustrated dieter....more info
  • not five, 6 stars!
    Don't let the title turn you off, though I could've come up with something better: perhaps The Slow-Twitch Shuffle?

    Nonetheless -- I want to give this book 6 stars!

    I am no longer confused about food -- fat, protein, and carbohydrates -- or calories, colesterol, glucose, insulin, starch, refined sugar, how stored fat is gained and lost, the type and amount of exercise most people need, or what causes diabetes.

    A breadth and depth of critical information is presented in a succinct, clear, and fluid writing that will have you breezing through this book in a couple of days, if not in a single day. The last third of the book comprised recipes.

    My wife and I took turns reading chapters of this book aloud so we each didn't have to read it. We began this new way of eating and haven't looked back; it's been three weeks and we feel better already. A friend who hadn't seen me in while said, "are you getting taller?" lol

    Dr. Thompson deservers some kind of award for writing this book.
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  • Glycemic Load As Important As Glycemic Index
    Now that the media has jumped off the low-carb bandwagon and has resorted to bashing it to no end, they are desperately looking for another diet plan to embrace. What's interesting is that most of these "new" diet plans are nothing more than just an advanced look at the low-carb lifestyle.

    From the glycemic index to the glycemic load of foods, it can all be very confusing. That's where Dr. Rob Thompson's "The Glycemic Load Diet" book comes into play.

    Dr. Thompson, a board-certified cardiologist for nearly three decades and author of "The New Low Carb Way Of Life", believes that too many of the diet books focus heavily on the glycemic index while all but ignoring the glycemic load.

    The glycemic load does more than look at what is in the foods you eat, but also in the serving size that it comes in. As Dr. Thompson puts it, "Low carb dieting suddenly becomes a pleasure" when you take into account the glycemic load.

    "The Glycemic Load Diet" does something very important for any effective and permanent weight loss plan -- the book encourages exercise at least every other day that will not harm your body and will keep your insulin levels stablized and ultimately get you slim and trim. Too many other diet plans out there brag about not needing any exercise, but that is a sure-fire way to sabotage your weight loss plan.

    The crux of "The Glycemic Load Diet" is around hormonal imbalance and how it causes people to crave foods they just don't need to eat. Dr. Thompson identifies what those "toxic" foods are that cause the cravings (HINT: sugar, white flour, starchy and processed foods -- sound familiar anyone?) and shows you how to eliminate those foods forever so the cravings go away.

    "The Glycemic Load Diet" is divided into three distinct parts focusing on various aspects of your plan for success: Understanding Insulin Resistance, The Glycemic Load Diet And The Slow-Twitch Muscle Activation Plan (very interesting concept!), and Proven Strategies To Balance Your Metabolism And Stay On Track.

    While what you read about in "The Glycemic Load Diet" is certainly friendly to people who are livin' la vida low-carb, Dr. Thompson believes the science behind insulin resistance has moved beyond what Dr. Robert C. Atkins has previously written about. That's why he believes people should pay attention to the glycemic load.

    Dr. Thompson contends that people who reduce their glycemic load will not only lose weight, but will also lose their desire for starchy and sugary carbohydrates which cause spikes in your blood glucose and ultimately weight gain. However, he contends that "sugar can be your ally" in weight loss because it can stimulate your tastebuds. I don't think so! Sugar is very addictive and can lead some people who cannot control their urge to eat more and more of it to go overboard. With all due respect to Dr. Thompson, that part of his diet is not very wise.

    Finally, "The Glycemic Load Diet" discusses fat, cholesterol, and other factors in keeping your metabolism in check for permanent weight control. Of course, Dr. Thompson shares a few of his favorite recipes to get you off on the right foot to begin this new way of eating. There's even a glycemic load food chart in the back of the book so you can follow your progress in your lifestyle change.

    In the end, Dr. Thompson says it may not be your fault if you are overweight because of your family history of insulin resistance. But he did say "The Glycemic Load Diet" is "something you CAN do" to change that now.

    If you've tried every other low-carb diet plan and none of them made sense, then perhaps the glycemic load concept will be just what you need to lose weight and get healthy. I'm sure Dr. Thompson would agree with me that there is hope for you as long as you apply sound scientific research to your life. That's what "The Glycemic Load Diet" is all about....more info
  • What a great resource! Love it!
    I'm insulin resistant and the books I read about insulin resistance & the glycemic index (different from glycemic load) years ago never mentioned slow twitch muscles or starch. I've been "slow twitch" walking every other day and I'm at about 80% on my food choices. I lost two pounds in the first week. I plan to increase my frequency of walking and become completely starch, pop & refined carb free! This book has provided a lot of answers for me in the food/mood/craving/weight gain connection. I'm back today to buy one for my mom who is diabetic. I highlighted the entire book on the first read and intend to start reading it again tomorrow - it's been a godsend in keeping me on track because it explains really well WHY carbs, starches and slow twitch muscles work the way they do. The recipes weren't really for me, but I would not hesitate to suggest this book for the rest of it's content. It's made me feel like I have control again. Love it!! ...more info
  • Great Book
    This book is very easy to read. It has some great information on the background of how we have gotten to the high rate of diabetes and obesity. The diet itself is very basic and easy to follow; not to metion, very scientifically based. I have and will continue to recommend this book to my patients. ...more info
  • Finally, a way of eating for life
    I've read this book 5 times, cover to cover. No other book makes so much sense, no other way of eating made me feel so good. I have been a fan of Dr. Atkins since 1972 and thought his diet was the only one that would work for me.

    Dr. Thompson gives Dr. Atkins his well-deserved credit, but uses further research into insulin resistance to create a way of eating that incorporates fruits, most vegetables and nuts from the first day to the end of your life. All you want. No counting of anything. Did you get that? NO COUNTING OF ANYTHING.
    And you can eat chocolate and sugar in small quatities, and after a meal. I thought I could never eat my beloved chocolate covered almonds again. Now I eat two or three every night.

    I feel free. I don't have to worry about where I go to eat. I don't have to spend time feeling guilty about my every little mis-step and how it will set me back a week. I don't worry that carbs snuck out of the potatoes into the juice of that wonderful pot roast! I don't measure portions diligently and more precisely than a scientist measuring his chemicals.

    This book is probably the most important I will ever read in my life.
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  • this book changed my life
    I read glycemic load diet 3 months ago and gave up all kinds of starch and have never felt better in my whole life. I don't get hypo-glycemic reactions unless I have a lot of fruit or I get into raisins. My best bet is to eat protein with veggies and stay away from fruit other than a moderate amount of berries. If I over do nuts, I will gain weight. I lost about 7 pounds and am still losing. It took a while to fine tune it, but I will never go back to eating any sort of starch or grain again. I realize that I am physically intolerant of these types of foods. Thomas explained the toxicity part of starch the best out of all the books out there on GI diets. I have bought 5 of his books for my family and friends....more info
  • It Works!!
    I've lost weight many times and gained it back. I've had Type 2 Diabetes since 1965. Last year I found myself at a high of 265 pounds, with blood sugars in the mid 300's most of the time. I was taking more than 100 units of insulin a day, and still could not get my sugars down. Also, taking that much insulin meant there was no chance I could lose weight. On this program my insulin dose dropped dramatically, and I've lost 40 pounds. I'm astonished and delighted. I follow the food plan guidelines pretty faithfully and exercise 30 minutes about 5 days a week. My blood pressure has had a nice drop too. I would have thought that this diet would be more difficult to stay with than it is. I don't crave the forbidden white food groups, sugar, flour, rice and potatoes, nearly as much as I expected to. The foods allowed are so many and so varied that I seldom feel deprived of foods I must avoid. Once you understand the principles of the diet it's easy to find recipes that meet the requirements. Though I bought the Glycemic Load Cookbook and cook from it, I also use recipes from other sources. I also recommend buying The Glycemic Load Counter, which has a more extensive GL value list than The Glycemic Load Diet book does. These book have been worth every penny. I'm so glad that I found them....more info
  • glucose loading diet
    The book is just repackage of all the info of carb counting diet. I would keep to the South Beach or the Carbohydrate diet programs....more info
  • It Works!!!
    Having metabolic syndrome, I bought several books about this and sent everything back accept the Glycemic-Load Diet. I am an avid reader and want to know the science before I can accept something. It is ALL HERE! Dr. Thompson explains it all clearly and in such an interesting way. I cannot believe how easy it is and how fast it works. My daughter is forensic scientist and was very impressed with it. This is already changing my life. I have been losing and gaining the same five pounds for the last six months. Now I know why. Now I am on top of it. Finally. Thank you, Dr. Thompson....more info
  • A Lifestyle Change In Eating
    I was so impressed with this book, I purchased a number of them and gave them out as gifts. What an awakening. It was easy to read and follow. This book has changed our whole lifestyle. Thank's to Dr. Thompson for writing this book. ...more info
  • A lighthouse of wisdom above a medical sea of nonsense
    While there are now many books out on the so-called glycemic index (GI), most of these pretty much miss the point that the low-GI approach to eating, while better than the usual, is still inadequate. By itself, relying on only the glycemic index misses some important issues in postprandial responses to various carbs. What really counts, regarding the postprandial state, is the glycemic LOAD of one's carbs. Dr. Thompson has done his research homework and explains the scientific rationale for the GL approach to controlling postprandial insulin spikes, and does so probably better than anyone else I've read. That's why readers here are so enthusiastic about the book. They should be; the low-GL approach to (lifelong) eating not only produces good results in terms of blood sugar, it balances some of the blandness of a purely low-carb approach to eating. Although a strict low-carb diet is probably optimal for reducing insulin resistance, many carb-conscious folks might prefer a less-strict diet that allows more variety for including things like fruit and legumes, but who are afraid to do so. Probably the best part, though, is that if you choose your food choices wisely (i.e., limit the portions of carbs that spike your postprandial blood sugar- that means taking it easy even on carb-dense legumes and fruit, although these aren't necessarily disallowed), you don't need to reduce your overall calorie intake. There's no need to go hungry eating this way. In fact, severe calorie-restricted "diets" don't work long-term anyway; they quickly send the body into a self-protecting starvation-survival mode that makes it almost impossible to lose weight long-term...Eating heartily-but correctly- while still taking the weight off is a novel concept to many but it has been proven in the research.

    But let's talk a minute about the critics of the GI/GL approach to carbs. This, surprisingly, includes a majority of the medical profession, many of whom are still 30 years behind the research. In fact, one could (quite accurately, unfortunately) go so far as to say that if someone wanted real advice on what to eat and nutrition in general, the last place they should probably go is their family doctor. That one nutrition course they had in med school 35 years ago, if they had any at all, unfortunately isn't enough. It gets worse. As one on-target cardiologist prominent on the web remarks, whose name I won't give here, if you want to increase your chances of getting diabetes, just follow the ridiculous carb advice still given by the American Diabetes Association; and if you want to increase your chances of getting heart attacks, just follow the current dietary advice of the AHA. These drug-company-dominated groups aren't exactly following the Hippocratic Oath very well ("first, do no harm"), but then again, it's hard to give up perks like free fancy hotels, fine dining, and other extravagant perks enjoyed by MDs attending seminars given by the big drug companies...But I'll leave that soapbox alone.

    The low-GL approach to eating (no, not a temporary "diet") is the middle road between extreme low-carb and extreme low-fat advice, and it's a reasonable way for most people to go unless one has a severe insulin-resistance condition. Since adult-onset diabetes and metabolic syndrome are reaching epidemic proportions nowadays, and the medical community is helpless to lessen the tide with a pure drug-oriented approach, folks need to pay close attention to what they eat. Pretty much everybody has decreased ability to handle dietary sugars as we age throughout life; it's one of the unavoidable physiological negatives of getting older. Hence, the low-GL way of life not only makes sense for the insulin-resistant folks, it makes sense for everyone. The only thing I would add here to Dr. Thompson's book is that one can tweak this plan in various ways he doesn't mention much of. Various supplements can be helpful, and some pleasant food items like a glass of red wine daily with lunch or dinner can boost one's insulin sensitivity (alcohol is glossed over in the book). Oh well. Next edition, I expect this cardiologist to include a section praising the virtues of raising a glass or two, or a low-carb other books fellow cardiologists have written. I call this latter approach a "Napa-valley Diet", one, because I'm fond of the area and the local culture, and two, because that Napa valley wine-olive-oil-healthy-food mentality seems to combine a lot of good ideas for enjoyable living. Cheers!

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  • So Far, So Good
    It sounds great. I'll come back and let you know how it works in November, when my next blood test is scheduled....more info


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