Can high glycemic foods make me gain weight?

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The glycemic index is a ranking of a food’s ability to contribute glucose to the blood stream. It challenges the assumption that absorption rate is related to the length of the carbohydrate molecule. In other words, it seems that long starch molecules should take longer to digest than short sugar molecules – but this is not always the case. Certain starches actually raise your blood sugar as high as sugars. In fact, there are some starches (highly processed carbohydrates like white flour, white rice, and some others) that raise blood sugar even higher than some sugars. That’s said, the relationship with weight gain is more difficult to establish. Low glycemic foods may contribute to the feeling of satiety (fullness) and may help us eat less. Also high glycemic foods are often highly processed, nutrient poor foods that we don’t really need to eat. Yet another good reason to choose minimally processed whole grains, fruits and vegetables as our carbohydrate sources.

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Dieting For Weight Loss

Losing weight quickly is OK as long as you do it safely, not through a crash diet. You can lose three or more pounds a week by burning more calories than you eat. If you burn an extra 500 calories per day through eating less and i...

ncreasing your physical activity, you can lose about one to two pounds of fat per week. Dietitians recommend a daily minimum of 1,200 calories per day (a 200-pound person might need 1,400 calories). Anything less makes you lose muscle as well as fat, which slows your metabolism. Instead, minimize your intake of starches, added sugars like high fructose corn syrup and animal fat from dairy and meats. Focus on eating fruits and vegetables, soy products, egg whites, skinless poultry breasts, shellfish and fish, nonfat dairy foods and meat that is 95 percent lean. Drink lots of water, don't skip meals, and eat only from a plate while seated at a table.
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