Jan 102013

The Glycemic Load Diet.
Rob Thompson MD.
Page: 43
The reason most diets fail is simply that people can’t stick with them. People crave the richness of fat and quickly either fall of the wagon or try to satisfy their hunger by eating too much starch and sugar. That’s why low-fat diets require you to count calories–essentially to go hungry. Low-carb diets are easier to follow because you can eat satisfying amounts of food. However, they often make the mistake of restricting too many foods. Currently popular low-carb diets limit fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and sweets and usually can’t resist throwing in some low-cholesterol advice. All these restrictions inevitably lead to food cravings and diet failure. However, most important, they divert attention from the real culprits: foods that raise your body’s demands for insulin.

I have been amazed how my appetite has dwindled. I no longer have an urge for a snack 2 hours after breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It used to be that just the sight of some confection would cause my mouth to water and my fingers to reach out. Now, I can just say they look nice but have no compunction to put them in my mouth.

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Jan 082013

The Glycemic Load Diet.
Rob Thompson MD.

The bottom line is that refined carbohydrades are unnatural foods that behave unnaturally in our bodies. It's not surprising that the more of these "bad carbs" wwe eat, the fatter and more diabetic we get.

The reason low-carb diets cause weight loss is not that they restrict carbohydrates in general. In fact, the more fruits and vegetables people consume, the less likely they are to be overweight. Low-carb diets work because they eliminate refined carbohydrates--flour products, potatoes, rice, and sugar.

Page: 39

I joke that I am more vegetarian than some vegetarians I know. Having removed meat from their diet, they now eat more carbs. Instead of being vegetarians, maybe they are carbotarians! On the other hand, rather than increasing the amount of protein that I eat, I have tried to replaced the refined carbs in my diet with more vegies.

Once I get down to my ‘goal weight,’ I don’t plan on reintroducing the ‘bad carbs’ into my diet. This is not a short-term weight-loss diet but a lifesyle diet. I now know that I am insulin resistant, that my body is allergic to refined carbs, and that to reintroduce them would mean that I would put back on every pound I have been able to shed.

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Jan 042013

The Glycemic Load Diet.
Rob Thompson MD.
... the next time you see a supersize meal in McDonald's or Burger King, ask yourself how much of what you are looking at is meat and dairy product and how much is bun, french fries, and soft drink -- that is, how much is fat, and how much is starch and sugar? Fast food isn't so much fatty as it is starchy and sugary.
Page: 28-29

Sitting down at the fast food joint, you usually have a small piece of meat sandwiched between two huge buns, a boat load of potatoes, and a large drink (maybe diet to make it less unhealthy). Even at the mexican joints, you are encouraged to eat your fill of chips before a meal.

When I do go to a hamburger place I have asked for my burger to be lettuce-wrapped, bypassing the bun altogether but usually just drop in to the local grocery store for a baked chicken breast.

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Nov 012012

The Glycemic Load Diet.
Rob Thompson MD.
Google Books

I saw this at Barnes & Noble and thought it might be just another low-carb diet book but was pleasantly surprised to see the authors approach of taking the glycemic index of various foods and factoring it by a true serving size.

The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly a quantity of a food containing 50 grams of carbohydrate raises blood-glucose levels. But you might have to eat a whole watermelon to get 50 grams of carbohydrates. The glycemic load, therefore was created and factors into account the amount of carbohydrates per serving of a food, providing a more useful measure to those of us outside a laboratory.

Book Info

The Glycemic Load Diet
by Rob Thompson MD
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN-10: 0071462694
ISBN-13: 978-0071462693
Started: 11/01/2012
Source: Amazon
Format: Hardcover

Publisher Synopsis

It’s not about willpower–it’s about your body chemistry

You’ve tried dieting, and, after some initial success, you always seem to put the weight back on. Stop blaming yourself! The problem isn’t with you; it’s with the diets themselves.

Many are based on the glycemic index, which doesn’t make a distinction between good carbohydrates, such as carrots, from bad ones like starches–potatoes, white pasta, sugar, etc. Nor do they take into account real-life serving sizes; the GI numbers are based on lab-controlled portions. The good news is that nutritional scientists have developed the glycemic load, a powerful new tool for controlling weight that’s based on what people actually eat and allows for more of a variety of foods.

In The Glycemic-Load Diet, cardiologist Dr. Rob Thompson unveils a revolutionary eating and exercise plan that helps you reverse insulin resistance, allowing you to:

  • Eat more of the foods you like
  • Eliminate cravings for starchy foods
  • Eat chocolate and still lose weight!
  • Speed up your metabolism with regular, non-strenuous exercise
  • Keep the weight off without “dieting”

Author Info
Rob Thompson, M.D., is a board-certified cardiologist in private practice who has counseled patients with high blood cholesterol and heart disease for more than twenty-five years. He is on staff at Swedish Hospital Medical Center in Seattle and is the author of The New Low-Carb Way of Life.