A few weeks ago I noticed that the number on the scale wasn’t moving quite as consistently as it had been. Up until that point I was averaging 2 pounds of weight loss a week; some weeks more. Feeling frustrated I sat down with my trainer, Alfred and talked about ways to amp up my workout. One of the first questions he asked was what had I been eating and had I changed anything in my diet. It was at that point Alfred explained to me the importance of checking the glycemic index of foods, meaning just because it’s a fresh fruit or vegetable doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best choice.
The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly blood glucose levels (i.e., blood sugar) rise after eating a particular type of food. Glucose (the defining standard) has a glycemic index of 100. The effects that different foods have on blood glucose levels vary considerably. The glycemic index estimates how much each gram of available carbohydrate (total carbohydrate minus fiber) in a food raises a person’s blood glucose level following consumption of the food, relative to consumption of pure glucose. Alfred explained to me that the fruit smoothie I was making for breakfast each morning was really not the best choice. While it was healthier than the corn dogs I was used to eating the fruits I had chosen had a high glycemic index which can slow down the weight loss. Switching to whole grain cereals, scrambled eggs, turkey bacon and other high protein low index numbers has not only kept my breakfast from being boring and predictable but has helped me get back on track with an average of 2 pounds per week.
After viewing the glycemic index of many of the foods I was eating I realized that some of my choices were not as good as others. For example, a banana has a glycemic index of 55 cherries are at 22. Taking time to view the glycemic index chart has allowed me to make the best possible choices to improve my overall health and maximize my weight loss.
Making the decision to work with Alfred has proved to be another positive step in the journey to becoming healthy. Not only am I learning to use muscles I didn’t even know I had but I am learning to fuel my body in the best most efficient way possible. By focusing on the glycemic index of foods and choosing those with a lower number I am ensuring the best possible results I can have.
I encourage you to either click on the link below or search for a glycemic index that will guide you as you choose the best possible foods for your body. Once in a while it is okay to choose carrots over broccoli; it’s still a healthy choice. Once in a while you will eat something that is not the best choice. The goal is to live an overall healthy lifestyle that will allow your body to function at its best. It’s been 125 days since my journey began. I’ve lost 53 pounds and feel wonderful. Using food as fuel for our bodies is a key element to getting healthier and living life to its fullest. Taking note of the glycemic index will play a big part in your overall health and allow you enjoy living life in the body you are meant to live in.
Check out Glycemic Index (GI) Food Chart