We’ve been saying “diets don’t work“, for over 33 years now (in fact, to my knowledge we were the first), so why do I keep blogging about the newest diet trend? I’m not sure, except, this year, weight loss camps just keep coming! Year after year they appear like clockwork, the magic pill, the book, the hook, the pill, the talking heads. And for many consumers, it’s hard not to feel manipulated, duped and done. It’s also amazing to me how fast a new diet book or nutritional concept can catapult a mass market media campaign that shows itself so quickly on our TV sets, grocery store shelves and even in our pantries.
So what’s the newest magical solution to weight loss for 2006? GI. What, you say? Well, that stands for glycemic index. And there’s already ‘controversy’. Originally, a professor at University of Toronto created the GI to show which foods worked best for folks with diabetes. He was able to create a system or ‘index’ to show how much someone’s glucose rose after they ate certain
Now, unfortunately, some within the diet industry have tapped into this science and are applying it to their marketing and sales campaigns. The trouble with that? There’s no proof that glucose levels in the blood have much if anything to do with weight loss.
Susan Raatz, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School who just finished a study on the GI says, “Calories are what really count. Low GI is not adding any magic bullet to improve weight loss.”
Additionally, diabetes expert Mario Franz, who is an advisor to the American Diabetes Association says, “The original intent of the glycemic index concept is being misinterpreted by the diet books.”
So, it seems to me what always holds true, holds true when we worrying about food. Targeting food as bad or good does not promote healthy eating and most definitely doesn’t help us find our way to a happy, healthy life. It’s simply easier and less painful to take ownership and find a sensible way to enjoy a diverse, yet healthy diet within the context of a full life…and we can!
Source of article referred to above: Janet Helm of the Chicago Tribune.