Green Light for weight loss.
WITH MOST OF US ARE STILL PLANNINGOST OF US ARE STILL PLANNING OUR NEW DIET AND FITNESS REGIME AFTER DIET AND FITNESS REGIME AFTER THE EXCESSES OF THE FESTIVE SEASON,ESSES OF THE FESTIVE SEASON, HERE ARE TWO DIET PLANS THAT TWO DIET PLANS THAT ADD SOME COLOUR TO THISECOLOUR TO THIS DREARY TASK. THE GI DIET ANDASK. THE GI DIET AND THE TRAFFIC LIGHT DIET TELL YOU C LIGHT DIET TELL YOU AT A GLANCE WHAT WILL MAKENCEWHAT WILL MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCEL THE DIFFERENCE
LOSING weight is the top of most people's list of New Year resolutions. Having enjoyed every excess the festive season has to offer everyone is feeling more bloated, lethargic and, to put it bluntly, fatter than normal come January.
But the idea of condemning yourself to weeks of weighing, measuring, counting points or cutting out whole food groups in the middle of winter is not fun, which is why simple colour-coded diets are so attractive.
Here are two to try in 2005 ...
The GI Diet is based on the Glycemic Index - a medical way of measuring the speed at which foods are broken down by the body to form glucose.It might sound complicated but this book makes it simple.
Author Rick Gallop said: 'It you can understand how a set of traffic lights work then you can follow this diet. It is that simple, red foods you stay right away from, green foods you can eat as much of as you like and yellow foods you can reintroduce into your diet in moderation once you reach your target weight.'
The GI Plan is not the same as a low carbohydrate diet. High GI foods break down quickly, leaving you craving your next fix.
Low GI foods break down more slowly and leave you feeling fuller, longer.
Red foods are high GI, green foods are low GI and yellow foods are somewhere in the middle.
Rick said: 'The idea is to get you eating the foods that are not only good for you but make you feel full, so you never experience the factors which make people give up on diets - hunger or feeling run down.'
Green foods are generally fruit, vegetables and meat. Red foods include white bread, thick pasta, crisps and beer.
Rick recommends that for the first phase of the diet - until you reach your standard weight - you eat nothing but green foods.
Then once you are there, you reintroduce some yellow foods so your diet becomes a way of life.
And to get you started, Rick has a few tips. He said: 'First of all, don't start dieting until the festivities are over.
'Then empty your cupboards of all red food so there is no temptation in the house before going shopping with your green food shopping list. But I also have a great trick to make sure people remain motivated.
'Weigh yourself and decide how much weight you want to lose. Fill up two shopping bags with old books until they are the same weight as the amount you want to lose and then run up and down the stairs with them a few times. It really brings home to you how much extra weight you are carrying about with you.
'Then keep the bags by your scales and everytime you feel like giving up lift them up and down a few times as a reminder of why you are doing it.'
Another trick of Rick's is: don't panic. He reckons if you can stick to the plan 90 per cent of the time you are doing well.
The key is not to beat yourself up if you do have one bag of crisps of one glass of wine.
Rick said: 'My publisher in Canada told me she was on the diet for six months and was delighted because she had lost 40lbs, but she said despite the fact I recommended cutting out all alcohol for phase one she said she allowed herself one glass of red wine a day.
'All I could say was, well, if it works for you go for it.'
The GI plan is also approved as a healthy option by most medical authorities.
Rick has recommended it as the diet promoted by Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation for whom he used to work.
For the complete plan read The Gi Diet: The Easy, Healthy Way to Permanent Weight Loss Revised and updated by Rick Gallop. Available from January 6, from Virgin Books for pounds 10.99.
Unsurprisingly, The Traffic Light Diet also uses red, amber and green foods to help you control what you eat.
Once again, this diet does not exclude any food groups, but is based on simple calorie counting.
But unlike other calorie controlled diets in this book all the hard work is done for you all you have to do is check if foods are listed under red, amber or green.
Author Judith Wills said: 'The Traffic Light Diet is the simplest-ever diet and probably also one of the most healthy.
'It is so easy to follow - based on nothing more complicated than the idea that every food comes into one of three categories - green for go (eat as much as you like), amber for go carefully, and red for stop and think (have in very small portions or very infrequently).
'The beauty of this diet is that almost nothing is banned - and as long as you follow the very simple rules then you will lose weight if you need to.
'As I say in the book's intro, I make no apologies for the simplicity of the diet or the fact that there are no gimmicks involved. It just promotes healthy weight loss with no hassle.'
The Traffic Light Diet also boasts that as well as taking into account all recommendations made by the Commons Select Committee it promises no hunger pangs, depression or cravings for banned foods - because there are none.
There is no need to say goodbye forever to your favourite chocolate bar, crisps or preferred tipple but just to enjoy them infrequently.
Judith promises that after a few weeks your tastebuds change so dramatically they will not seem quite as appealing.
So what are red foods?
Red foods include crisps, sweets, pizza, chips, bacon and butter but also red are pre-prepared sandwiches and ready made salads because of their hidden ingredients.
Amber foods include: Prawns, semi-skimmed milk, some cheeses, bread, some meat, coffee.
Green foods are:
Most fruit and vegetables and many types of fish. While there are no limits to how much green foods you can eat, women trying to lose three stones or less should limit their amber intake to three small portions a day, excluding amber drinks and condiments.
If you need to lose more weight start on eight - the same goes for male dieters and female teenagers while male teenagers might need even more.
You should have no more than one portion of red foods each day.
- The Traffic Light Diet by Judith Wills cost pounds 6.99, Orion Paperbacks.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jan 11, 2005|
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