Low GI Carbs Best For Waistline

It's a fairly well-established fact that high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets are excellent for losing weight during the first 6 months. Then comes the challenge of keeping 'weight creep' from putting some back on. Exercise can help, as discussed in yesterday's ON Breaking News post. After reviewing scientific literature on the subject, Australian researchers recommend making a shift to low glycemic index (GI) carbohydrates.

GI is a measurement of how fast carbohydrates increase blood sugars. Low GI carbs provide a more gradual rise and dissipation compared to the rapid sugar spikes and crashes associated with high GI foods. Substituting whole grains, fruits, beans and other vegetables for white bread, processed cereals and dishes prepared with refined flour and shortening can promote continued weight loss while positively influencing other health factors. It's certainly easy enough to make the switch to healthier carbs.

The Bigger Picture: As you can see from our last few posts, losing weight and keeping it off can be a very involved process. Right there is the key to success: staying engaged. If you're determined to remain active, go to the gym and eat the right foods in the right quantities, this hard fought battle can be won. You'll also be healthier and fitter for the effort.
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