The Low G.I Healthy Eating Plan

It’s been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. This Low G.I. Healthy Eating Plan is a lifestyle choice, not a diet.

The word ‘diet’ most often than not, implies that a period of time will be adhered to. The problem with this is that when the time period is up often the weight is put straight back on.

Regul8 advocates that making new food choices will enable you to form new food habits. Changing the way you look at food will enable you to change the way you look at losing weight.

What is Low G.I.?

A low glycemic index (G.I.), can lead to successful long-term weight loss, a reduction in body fat and the risk factors linked with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. G.I. is a term used to describe how food affects blood glucose. This program is not a ‘no-carb diet’; it is about choosing the right carbohydrates, for example complex instead of simple or refined.

The Low G.I. Eating Plan works on the principals of reducing your carbohydrate intake for the first month. The first two weeks are the most strict, in order to kick start the system.

This includes:
  • No bread
  • No rice
  • No pasta
  • No sugar – including lollies, cakes or sweets. There are also many hidden sugars in sauces, flavourings and dressings.

Although this may sound rather grim, it really isn't and here are a few tips that will help you on the low G.I journey to better health:

  • The key to eating more is exercising more.
  • Moderation is the key.
  • Use the rule of 80/20; eat well 80% of the time, allowing for a treat 20% of the time.
  • Never skip breakfast.
  • Eat a LOW G.I. snack every two hours.
  • Try to not go longer than four hours without eating.
  • Be organised and pre-plan what you are going to eat – this way you will be less tempted to ‘grab’ something unhealthy.
  • Drink a lot of water – between two to three litres per day.
  • Fresh is always best – where possible eat fresh food.
  • You can eat endless amounts of fat burning soups and substitute a meal with a health shake.
  • It is amazingly empowering to have the support of a dedicated, motivated and inspirational therapist or trainer.
  • If you break your diet at any time – don’t just throw it all in – get straight back on the horse and keep going.
  • However, the most important rule is to be kind to yourself!