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Glycemic Index And Your Quick Weight Loss

I feel once you are adding food back into your plan after HCG using the Glycemic Index can help

Glycemic Index And Your Quick Weight Loss

by Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
Diabetics learned long ago the secret to maintaining a healthy blood sugar.  Monitoring the glycemic index, exercise, and medications can help to maintain a healthy blood sugar.  Fitness enthusiasts are now starting to delve a little more into the wonderful world of stable blood sugar as a way to lose weight without yo-yo dieting, which can cause mood swings and other things.

People are not resorting to medications, but are using the glycemic index and glycemic load of food as a way to balance not only their diet, but also their blood sugar.

Everyday people, bodybuilders, and athletes are turning more to the glycemic index of food and the new science of nutrition timing as ways to boost weight loss results and athletic performance.  The proper timeframes for the body to process nutrients and balancing the amount of carbohydrates, proteins, and fat will help with optimal results.

Even with nutrition timing, glycemic load, and glycemic index, there is still a large amount of confusion as to what each one is and how they affect the body.

Glycemic Index

When we eat carbohydrates, there is a rise in blood sugar.  This rise is also associated with the pancreas reacting, causing a release of insulin in the blood stream to shuttle that sugar into the working muscles. This response of the body is automated depending on how much sugar is in the blood.  This is where the glycemic index comes in.  Carbohydrates are categorized according to how fast or slow the blood sugar rises in the body.

Foods rich in carbohydrates usually have an associated tag with them, which is the glycemic index.  There are three indexes that are classified in the index: High, Medium, and Low.  High indexed foods will digest quickly and have a fast absorption rate, leading to a sharp rise in blood sugar and resulting in a dual response of the pancreas, releasing a large amount of insulin.

On the opposite spectrum, a food classified as a low-glycemic indexed food will digest and absorb slower, resulting in a much slower rise in blood sugar, resulting in a slower release of insulin in the body.  This concept was originally developed as a way to help diabetic patients monitor the types of foods that they were eating, and maintaining a more stable blood sugar response.

Glycemic Load

You may hear the terms glycemic load and glycemic index used in the same sentence.  The glycemic load of food utilizes the glycemic index and the portion of carbohydrates to determine how the body will react.

For example, you take in a food that is high in the glycemic index, but a small portion of that.  There would be a subsequent release in the blood of sugar and insulin.

With the glycemic load, you might have the same response to a much bigger portion of a lower glycemic indexed food as you did with the small, high glycemic indexed food.

Low Glycemic Foods and Weight Loss

Maintaining a diet of food with a low glycemic index has been shown beneficial in a number of different areas.  In the study by Thomas et al, they determined that a diet rich in foods that have a low glycemic index resulted in higher weight loss, lower BMI, lower total fat mass, and a change in reduction in total and LDL cholesterol.

In a similar study, but one involving overweight children, Spieth et al, concluded that a low glycemic diet helped reduce body weight and body mass index in overweight children. The study involved 107 obese children.

They used a low glycemic indexed diet and a low-fat diet.  The results showed that children utilizing a low glycemic indexed diet lost an average of 3kg/m, giving stronger evidence that a low glycemic index diet might be beneficial to weight loss.

Research performed by Radulian et al, showed that low glycemic index diets also helped in rapid weight loss, decreasing in fasting glucose and insulin levels, reduction in triglyceride levels, and improvements in blood pressure.

These studies show some promising results, and more research should be done to continue to validate these alternatives.

Spieth, LE. Harnish, JD. Lenders, CM. Raezer , LB. Pereira, MA. Hangen, SJ. Ludwig, DS. A low-glycemic index diet in the treatment of pediatric obesity. Pediatr Adolesc Med. 20100 Sep: 154(9)947-951.
Thomas D, Elliott EJ, Baur L. Low glycaemic index or low glycaemic load diets for overweight and obesity. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD005105. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005105.pub2.
Campbell, B. Glycemic Load Vs. Glycemic Index.  Paper. NSCA
Foster-Powell K, Holt S, and Brand-Miller J. International table of glycemic index and glycemic load values: 2002. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 76:5 – 56, 2002.
Radulian G, Rusu E, Dragomir A, Posea M. Metabolic effects of low glycaemic index diets. Nutrition Journal, 29;8:5, 2009.

Protein’s Slimming Benefits

Slim You Thighs With Whey

I thought this was interesting – This Article actually explains research about reducing your thighs (for the ladies).

The benefit of this article is learning about how protein can help us in our fat loss quest 😉

HCG Question of the Day-Broccoli and Coconut oil???

Can You Eat Broccoli and Coconut oil on P2???


My wife is doing this diet and she is on day 24 and has lost 16lbs. She had read on some other site that your not supposed to eat Broccoli during phase 2. Is that true? And also when can you use coconut oil? We are seeing mixed things on coconut oil that it can make you stall.


1st off I would like to commend you on being a good support for your wife,and congrats on her success so far!
Now here is the confusion with the protocol. The original manuscript did not include broccoli or coconut oil. During the time I did my rounds I did not eat broccoli even though I do like it. I didn’t do the coconut oil either. I did take MCT oil which has the benefits like coconut oil. I have seen coconut oil effect some HCGers very well yet others it will cause a stall or gain. So all I can say is if she REALLY wants it she should try it with caution.Journal when she has it and log the results. That way she can see how it will work or not for her. Now back to the broccoli. I have heard some HCGers say they do a plan that also has an increased calorie count per day of 800 and it includes broccoli. So again if your wife really wants it, do same with journaling.That is the best way to identify a common thread with what works and what should be avoided.

My Very 1st Round on HCG

My 1st HCG 40 Day Round Spreadsheet

I was afraid it was gone forever (like my fat – lol)

I had looked high and low, finally I found it  – guess where – As a bookmark in my Atkins Book.

My daughter was sweet enough to type out my chicken scratch so I could post the progress of my 1st round (in 2010) and share with you all. I chose to do a 40 day round. Because I was in denial of the size I was I thought I could knock out one HCG round and be done. That wasn’t the case BUT progressing on was the best thing I EVER did. Next thing I knew I was getting into sizes and scale numbers I thought could only be a DREAM! Thank you God & hcg.

Here is Where it All Started

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23&40 Day Round Tracking Spreadsheets

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My Mac Nut Fast Explained

HCG & Fat Fast-

Why I Do it Using Macadamia Nuts

And Though it is Hard to Believe it Works While on P2

“Did you Exercise While on HCG”?

I Have Been asked this Question Quite a Bit . And since it is such a Good Question that Most Newbies Ask Much of the Time Here is My 2 cents Worth aka the “Colleen Theory” – LOL

Question –

First of all CONGRATULATIONS! =D I was just messaging you for a quick question I’ve been wanting to ask an HCG past user. Did you work out while you were taking hCG? If not, would you recommend it? and if So how much? THANK YOUUU! =D

My Answer –

I didn’t workout during my early rounds. This is why, in pounds and inches Dr Simeon talks about how the American patients that went to Italy for the treatment would gain from doing activity their body wasn’t use to . For example since they are use to driving a car to get around but in Italy there is more walking done than driving.
So I incorporated walking on the treadmill while on P3 so my body was use to the added activity by the time I was ready to do P2 again.

So here is my “Colleen Theory” . When you start HCG if you are already doing an exercise plan your body is use to I don’t think you have to stop. But if you haven’t been exercising prior to the protocol now is not the time to start P2 AND an exercise regime. The scale could end up causing too many head games as far as the releases (numbers on the scale) going down the way you want them to.

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