The GI Method: FAQs

A lot of newcomers to this method have questions. I thought I’d answer some of them here.

What does it mean to be on the GI diet?
- Well, when you are on this diet what you essentially do is pick foods with low GI rather than food with a high GI. A lower GI means it takes longer time for the body to break down the food and therefore, you will not feel hungry for a long time.

Are there different versions of the diet?
- Yes, there are different ways to compose your diet to achieve in order to achieve an even glucose curve which is what they all have in common.

Who invented the GI method?
- The term glycemic index, GI, was coined by the canadian David Jenkins in the year 1981. He invented the GI method as an aid for diabetics to understand how different foods affect the glucose in the blood.

What are the levels for low, middlehigh and high GI in foods?
- A GI of of 60 or below is considered a low GI.
60-90 in GI is considered middlehigh.
And anything above 90 is considered a high GI.

What do the doctors feel about the GI method?
- Well, there haven’t been any studies that have shown real evidence that the GI method would lead to weight loss, but most people on the diet claim they feel fuller for a longer period of time and that is why it is considered a weight loss diet sometimes. But it is mostly for people who wish to maintain their weight that this diet is for.