Preventing Diet Hunger

Glycemic Index Pyramid Diet Hunger

Glycemic Index Pyramid

Diet Hunger

A common problem with reduced calorie diets is the nagging hunger that is generally experienced. So understanding which foods and combination of foods that offer optimal satiety be can be ideal for mitigating “diet hunger”. The longer it takes for foods to be digested and absorbed the greater the satiety. Meat, fish and fowl, contain fat and protein.. the two nutrients with the slowest gastrointestinal transit time (slow digesting).

Glycemic Index: All Carbohydrates Are Not Equal

All carbohydrates are not equal and have a great deal variability, some digest quickly and some very slowly.

What  the Glycemic Index (GI) does is rank carbohydrates on a scale of 1 to 100. . Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and offer more satiety.

Permanent Weight Loss Requires Consuming Less Calories “Forever”

Permanent weight-loss requires consuming less calories forever. So combining slow digesting fat and protein food with low glycemic indexed carbohydrates can be most helpful in preventing “diet hunger” and tolerating reduced calorie weigh-loss or maintenance diets, as well as offering satiety and sound nutrition.

Many/most nutrition professionals working with bariatric populations recognize the importance of the glycemic index and emphasize it in patient education.


Glycemic Index Made Simple Video  (ideal for patient education)


Helpful Links:

Effect of the glycemic index of the diet on weight loss, modulation of satiety, inflammation, and other metabolic risk factors: a randomized controlled trial.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24787494

Diets with high or low protein content and glycemic index for weight-loss maintenance.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21105792

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