High Glycemic Index Foods
tried to do a search but couldnt find anything
my GF had success with it but it seems kind of strict for me and im trying to understand the science behind it:
quick summary from wiki:
Agatston divides the South Beach Diet into three phases, each progressively becoming more liberal. "Phase 1" lasts for the first two weeks of the diet. It eliminates all sugars, processed carbohydrates, fruits, and some higher-glycemic vegetables as well. Its purpose is to eliminate the hunger cycle and is expected to result in significant weight loss.
"Phase 2" continues as long as the dieter wishes to lose weight. It re-introduces most fruits and vegetables and some whole grains as well.
"Phase 3" is the maintenance phase and lasts for life. There is no specific list of permitted and prohibited foods. Instead, the dieter is expected to understand the basic principles of the diet and live by the principles.
the first 2 weeks seem tough... what is so magical about eliminating these substances?
1) Sugar (high glycemic index foods) trigger hunger. Thus, it hard to maintain a diet when you are always hungry.
2) High gycemic index foods cause the body to store calories as body fat.
my social group drinks, and my schedule involves a lot of eating out in the city where avoiding carbs completely isn't somewhat feasible. Motivation
It not that it isn't feasible but fall more into the catagory that you aren't motivated to make changes at this point.
There are always choices you can make that will allow you to be social follow the program.
So if i drink on the weekend or have a sandwich the diet is completely fv(k and i have to start again??? Yes
...if you follow the South Beach Diet. Other Diet Options
Another alternative for weekend drinks and a sandwich is the Metabolic Diet and TNT Diet, which are basically the same.
You follow a low carb diet for 5-6 days. Then for 1-2 days you pretty much eat what you want.
cant i just prolong it or something? what is the biochemistry behind it
High glycemic index carbohydrates trigger the release of insulin. "Insulin is a fat maker...", as Jay Robb (nutritionist put it).
Chronic insulin ceates a cascade of other problems, as well.
"There ain't no free lunch."
That is as about as simple as it gets. To understand the biochemistry behind it, you need to read the book.
A snapshot won't give you much.