In order to lose weight in a healthy way, one needs to understand the meanings behind the glycemic index of food and the glycemic load of your diet. Carbohydrates used to be described quite simply as being simple or complex, based on the size and branching of the carbohydrates molecule. One of the simplest carbohydrates was glucose, the simple sugar that all carbohydrates are broken down into the body.
It turns out that an easier way to classify carbohydrates is to determine the glycemic index of the carbohydrate food in question. Higher indexed foods cause higher and faster increases in the insulin level of the body-not a healthy thing to have happen.
In order to lose weight healthfully, you have to determine the glycemic index of the food in question. To do this, you have to feed a test food to subjects that offer a fifty gram load of carbohydrates. Blood samples of the body's glucose level are figured out before the meal and after eating for at least the next few hours. The alteration in blood glucose over time is made into a curve on a graph. The index becomes the area under the curve and is divided by the index of a control food. This amount is multiplied by a hundred to get a percentage. Baked potatoes for example have a glycemic index of 76 when compared to drinking pure glucose.
You can also compare the glycemic index as related to eating white bread, which gives a slightly higher number. High index foods cause a faster and higher rise in glucose levels in the body as compared to low index foodstuffs. They cause insulin to raise faster, which takes the glucose taken in by the body and stores it as fat. It's hard to have the ability to lose weight in a healthy way when all of the sugar is stored as fat. The glycemic load is a different calculation which takes into account the amount of food that is ateen. You basically take the glycemic index of all the foods you are eating in the meal and multiplying each number by the gram quantity of food and then dividing the whole thing by a hundred. This is a way of describing the index and the total quantity of food consumed together.
The total demand for insulin is higher after a high glycemic load meal than it is after a low glycemic load meal. This is especially hard for type II diabetics who suffer from insulin resistance and have a hard time losing weight healthfully. The cells of the body become resistant to the high glucose count and the individual has a high blood sugar, signaling diabetes. It is known that high glycemic index foods and a high glycemic load are associated with the risk of coming down with type II diabetes. Studies have shown this over and over again in both men and women. Foods especially high in refined sugars were at the greatest risk of developing type II diabetes.
Type II diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease and is directly associated with the glycemic load of your diet. High index foods are associated with high triglycerides and lower HDL cholesterol levels-both risk factors for heart disease. High glycemic loads are also related to having higher levels of C-reactive protein, which is an inflammatory marker seen elevated in heart disease.
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