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A New Paradigm for Eating Foods With a Low Glycemic Impact


Mar 6, 2008

What is the secret of effective weight management? When a person develops type 2 diabetes, this is a critical question. Losing weight is one of the most successful ways of dealing with this disorder. This is the challenge that I faced when I diagnosed as diabetic about 15 years ago. 


At first I tried low-carbohydrate dieting, but was unable to endure the severe food restrictions. Then I opted for a combination of eating foods with a lower glycemic index and a lower energy density. The glycemic index measures how rapidly carbohydrate foods are digested and metabolized into blood sugar.


A related concept is the glycemic load, which applies the glycemic index to specific serving sizes. Energy density is a measurement of calories per gram of food. By eating foods with a lower energy density, we increase the weight volume of foods for the same calorie level. Applying these principles along with regular exercise allowed me to lose nearly 80 pounds.


After a period of time, I began to wonder if the glycemic index and energy density principles could be combined into a single measuring tool.  Analyzing the challenge, I developed a concept that I called “glycemic density.” It is a measurement that corresponds to the glycemic load in a gram of food. By making selections with a lower glycemic density, we increase the weight volume of foods for the same glycemic load.


Later I concluded that the concept was not quite complete. I began to chart my food using a graph that I called the “glycemic matrix.” On the horizontal axis I listed foods according to their glycemic density, and on the vertical axis I listed foods according to their glycemic index.


The foods with both a low glycemic index and a low Glycemic Density have the least  glycemic impact and satisfy hunger the most. The foods with a high glycemic index and a high glycemic density have the highest glycemic impact and satisfy hunger the least. You can find more information about this concept on my web site http://www.GlycemicDensity.com.


Richard A. Price is the author of three books on weight and diabetes management, including “Glycemic Matrix Guide to Low GI and GL Eating,” published by Infinity Publishing. He and his wife, Arlene, live in Albany, Oregon.


Categories: Beginners, Blood Sugar, Diabetes, Diabetes, Diets, Food, Food News, Glycemic Index & Carb Counting, Losing weight, Low Calorie & Low Fat, Type 1 Issues, Type 2 Issues, Weight Loss



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Posted by Anonymous on 8 March 2008

Glycemic index, low fat, whole grain, calorie counting were worse than useless for me. When I cut way back on the ADA required starches (read low carb, eggs or meat for breakfast instead of cereal and fruit) suddenly I was no longer hungry all the time, I stopped taking 2 naps per day and falling asleep in front of the tv, my hair stopped falling out, and I had fewer hypos, less reflux, less diarrhea, lost some weight, oh and my A1c went from 10 to

Posted by Anonymous on 9 March 2008

What helped me most was learning what people meant by moderation & learning to carb count. I started with a sense of humor & Potluck Puzzle books, along with Calorie King.


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