Knowing how many calories you put in your body is important, but if you are eating cookies all day long you are still not going to accomplish the figure you are looking for. It also is not only about what you eat; if you are eating 3,000 calories a day of healthy food you are still going to gain weight. The glycemic index takes into account exactly which healthy foods you should be eating. Basically, the GI is a carbohydrate scale which ranks different foods based on how much they raise your blood sugar levels. You want to try and stick with low glycemic foods as much as possible. The less fluctuation you have in blood sugar levels the better. When you eat a starchy carbohydrate or sugary food, this stimulates and insulin release which makes your blood sugar spike then fall soon after which is the “crash” feeling.
“Low GI diets have been shown to improve both glucose and lipid levels in people with diabetes (type 1 and type 2). They have benefits for weight control because they help control appetite and delay hunger. Low GI diets also reduce insulin levels and insulin resistance” (“University of Sydney”). Paying attention to what foods you put in your body and how it breaks them down is just as important as counting the calories of each one. It actually makes counting the calories less stressful because once you get a good idea of how much you should eat in a day you don’t really have to worry about the calories because you are eating healthy foods!
Having a cheat day/meal is a necessity and if you don’t do it, you will go crazy! When I have a craving for something sweet, especially before bed, half an apple and natural peanut butter usually does the trick! Finding alternatives to sugar is really easy if you look in the right spots. My favorite is Stevia In The Raw that comes in a box, but I have recently discovered it in liquid form with vanilla flavoring! You can put it in anything. I found it at Raleys and Whole Foods.
Comment below and let me know your thoughts on the benefits of the glycemic index!