Glycemic Index, Glycemic Load

Updated 28-Jun-2024

With the Life Diet Plan the idea is multifold, with the goals of:

  • Prevent disease
  • Increase metabolism and energy
  • Control appetite
  • Enhance natural hormone levels

Diet is one part of a two-part plan, the other being exercise. Just as the diet is specific in numerous ways, so is the exercise.

This then comes down to several elements:

  • Macro-nutrient proportion and calorie counting
  • A focus on high-quality, low-fat proteins, and low GI carbs in an 0.5 to 1.0 ration in grams (proteins to carbs)
  • Low glycemic index/load foods
  • Eating 5-6 meals per day
  • Maintain effective hormone levels (testosterone, thyroid)
  • Essential amino acids
  • Unsaturated vs. saturated fats (olive oil, canola oil)
  • Aerobic, functional, and resistance training

It is possible to do this with a vegan diet (indeed, avoiding or reversing heart disease my require it), though a vegan diet needs to be careful to ...

GI and GL vs. blood sugar

There is a problem with GI, which GL is supposed to address, is that the impact of foods on blood sugar do not necessarily follow GI or GL. Diabetics are fairly clear on what foods impact blood sugar and cannot simply follow GI/GL guidelines. In addition, some foods are simply not eaten in large quantities so a moderate or even high GI doesn't have an impact, such as carrots.