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Over time, both children and adults are often unable to follow weight-loss diets that are low in both calories and fat—and they tend to regain lost weight, too. Frequently, that's because they feel deprived by the limited amounts and types of foods they can eat.
The Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program uses an approach known as a low-glycemic diet. This diet:
Research has shown the low-glycemic diet has many benefits, including lower risk for heart disease and fatty liver, which are growing problems in overweight children and adults. A low-glycemic diet can also help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels in people with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2. Most importantly, it can help control appetite, encouraging and supporting a healthy weight in both kids and adults.
The glycemic index is a way of ranking carbohydrates from 0 to 100. The ranking refers to how high a given amount of food containing carbohydrates raises blood sugar (glucose).
What determines this? One important factor is how quickly it gets converted into sugar. The slower a carbohydrate gets converted into sugar, the steadier it keeps the glucose level.
What does a steady glucose level have to do with losing weight?
What foods help keep the blood sugar levels steady?
Foods with a low glycemic index help keep the blood sugar levels steady. Examples are most fruits and non-starchy vegetables.
On the other hand, foods with a high glycemic index, such as white bread, chips and prepared breakfast cereals, cause the blood sugar levels to spike.
Following a low-glycemic diet is easier than it may sound. You don't have to memorize the glycemic index or count grams of carbohydrates in foods. Instead, you can:
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