If you want to lose weight or just stay in good shape, you can find plenty of information about food, different diets, and healthy recipes. Food is very important. Even if you workout scrupulously, without a proper diet you won’t lose either weight nor fat.
Besides calories, the balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, there is one more important point that’s often mentioned. It’s the glycemic index of the food you consume. This may sound like something that concerns only people who have diabetes. However, this concerns everyone who struggles with being overweight.
Have you ever thought of why products with similar amounts of calories may be digested by our body in different ways? Some make us fatter, some don’t. It’s because of the difference in their glycemic indexes. This difference is connected to the blood sugar level. Some products increase it and some reduce it.
Let’s first observe how our bodies function. Blood sugar is the source of energy we need for our vital activity. If we compare our body with a car, the blood sugar is our fuel. And the brain inside that body is the engine - it consumes the most blood sugar. If the level is higher or lower than necessary, the functions of the body in general and the brain, in particular, are affected.
The pancreas produces insulin that participates in blood sugar metabolism. Products with a high glycemic index boost its production, the ones with a low index reduce it. As it increases, insulin promotes the multiplication of fat cells. The reduction of insulin level boosts the process of fat splitting and takes you closer to your desired weight.
Obesity is a problem that worsens multiple diseases and promotes the development of new ones. A proper diet and weight loss are important parts of PCOS treatment and are life-saving for people with cardiovascular diseases. This is why everybody who has a weight problem should consider the glycemic index of food he or she consumes.
This tricky index can change in the process of cooking. But a raw diet is quite an extreme thing, and usually, you have to cook your food. It’s not difficult to assume that frying increases all that makes us fatter. But it's not the only dangerous cooking technique.
The longer your food undergoes thermal processing, the bigger it’s glycemic index becomes. This concerns even vegetables. If you want to reduce the glycemic index of bread, you should eat it dried - freshly baked bread has a higher glycemic index.
You shouldn't think of this information as a recommendation to go raw. A raw diet is a very contradictory thing that surely isn’t for everyone. But you can cook your food in ways that require minimal thermal processing. It will not only keep its glycemic index low but will also preserve more nutrients your body needs. We hope this information will help you plan your diet and achieve the goal of weight loss faster. However, you should remember that the healthiest weight loss dynamics is 2-4 pounds per month.