GI has brought about a revolution in the way we look at carbohydrates.
Simple sugars and complex carbohydrates are yesterday's news; these days it's all about the glycaemic index (a number between 1 and 100 used to classify foods according to how quickly they are released into the blood as sugar).
The higher the GI, the faster sugar is released into the bloodstream - and the more likely it will be stored as fat.
The lower the GI index, the slower the sugar is broken down - and the better for your waistline.
Make sure your diet includes low GI foods:
- green vegetables
- wholegrain cereals
- dark chocolate
- cottage cheese
- lean meat and fish
Reduce your intake of high GI foods:
- white bread
- sugary breakfast cereal
- fizzy drinks
- white rice
Note: The GI index varies according to how you cook and season your food. It's best to cook al dente, mix carbs with vegetables and use acidic vinegar or lemon-based dressings.