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Nigel Denby , Sue Baic
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7 April 2006 For Dummies
If you’re sick of no–carb diets, or just looking for a healthy eating plan, then the GL Diet is for you. No more calculations, no calorie–counting and no more cravings for carbs – as long as you stick to foods that are low in GL, you can stay healthy and lose weight without having to go without. The GL Diet For Dummies explains the science behind the plan, helps you to incorporate GL into your everyday life and gives readers 80 recipes to try.

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (7 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470027533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470027530
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Includes 70 delicious, tried, and tested low–GL recipes Lose weight, improve your health, and boost your energy levels Fed–up with faddy diets? Looking for a sensible, simple, healthy eating plan? Then the GL diet is for you. Stick to foods that are low in GL and you′ll control your weight and improve your health. Our expert author team explain the science behind the plan, help you incorporate GL diet principles into your everyday life, and give you 70 easy–to–follow, low–GL recipes to try. Discover how to Lose weight safely Control your cravings Eat out without the guilt Keep carbs on the menu Balance your blood sugar

About the Author

Nigel Denby trained as a dietitian at Glasgow Caledonian University, following an established career in the catering industry. He is also a qualified chef and previously owned his own restaurant. His dietetic career began as a Research Dietitian at the Human Nutrition Research Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne. After a period working as a Community Dietitian, Nigel left the NHS to join Boots Health and Beauty Experience where he led the delivery and training of Nutrition and Weight Management services. In 2003 Nigel set up his own Nutrition consultancy, delivering a clinical service to Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital Women’s Health Clinic and the International Eating Disorders Centre in Buckinghamshire as well as acting as Nutrition Consultant for the Childbase Children’s Nursery Group. Nigel also runs his own private practice in Harley Street, specialising in Weight Management, PMS / Menopause and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Nigel works extensively with the media, writing for the Sunday Telegraph Magazine , Zest , Essentials , and various other consumer magazines. His work in radio and television includes BBC and ITN news programmes, Channel 4’s Fit Farm , BBC Breakfast , and BBC Real Story .He is the author of Nutrition For Dummies . Sue Baic is a Lecturer in Nutrition and Public Health in the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences at Bristol University. She has a first degree from Bristol University followed by a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from London University. Sue is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with over 15 years’ experience in the field of nutrition and health in the NHS and as a freelance consultant. She feels strongly about providing nutrition information to the public that is evidence based, up to date, unbiased, and reliable. As a member of the public relations committee of the British Dietetic Association she has written for the media on a variety of nutrition related health issues. Sue lives in Bristol and spends her spare time running up and down hills in the Cotswolds in an attempt to get fit. She is the author of Nutrition For Dummies .

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, a sensible eating plan for life 3 Oct 2006
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The GL Diet for Dummies is a straightforward, easy to read, fun book based on sound evidence-based nutrition and written by two registered dietitians. The format of the book is clear and I liked having the choice of either reading it from cover to cover or being able to pick out specific information quickly and easily when needed. The recipe section is comprehensive and I especially enjoyed the low-GL cake recipes, which were delicious! This book certainly ticked all the boxes for me.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best book on this topic 25 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
This is ok as a preliminary read about sugar, insulin and Glycaemic Load, and it does have recipes too - but I was quite disappointed to see that it still rates fructose as a 'safe' sugar, and makes no mention of the way fructose is metabolised. It was published in 2006, so maybe this info was not so widespread then, but there are better books.

Gary Taubes 'The Diet Delusion' is far and away a better buy - although admittedly it's a heavier read, and is maybe more information and more science than some people are looking for (and no recipes).

I would say this is a *starting point* for reading about insulin and weight issues, but it still buys in to the whole low-fat theory. It's not fat that's the problem - it's the sugar (AND the fructose, especially high fructose corn syrup).

All in all, a bit disappointing.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is a very useful intro, but it's considerably smaller than most books in the For Dummies series.
You might want to try a low GL diet to lose weight or to improve your general health. The speed at which our bodies process food is crucial to how full we feel and so how often we feel the need to eat. All foodstuffs can be compared on a Glycaemic Index (how quickly they turn to glucose which is what our bodies run on) and this measurement is easily understood as a food's Glycaemic Load; its GL.
The GL Diet for Dummies explains this in greater depth and so you can get a good understanding of how and why GL is important towards general nutrition and losing weight. We got interested in GI/GL to help treat diabetes, and have found that a low GL diet is an amazingly useful tool. It's helped me to lose 15kg in a year while eating well, and my husband has lost about 25kg in the same time (but he had more to lose!)
The Dummies series are very simple to use; once you've got an overall understanding from the first chapter you can dip in and out all through the book, picking up more snippets, or research a specific subject using the comprehensive index, or rely on the big middle section which is full of recipes.
If this Dummies book has a weak point is it that it is a relatively slim volume compared to most, and around 30% of it is made up of recipes. These are very helpful (even if you don't want to follow them exactly you can snaffle ideas and cooking tips from them). I would have liked more of the scientific background to GL diets though.
I've also used the Nutrition for Dummies book and found that to be overall more revealing and educational. However, if you just want to lose weight, and re-educate yourself about the basic foods to eat and those to avoid, then this is a straightforward, inexpensive diet plan which will work if you stick with it.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving GL !!!!! 2 Oct 2006
By Claire
Format:Paperback
I will admit from the start that I am a devotee of the GL diet, Nigel Denby and the whole 'Dietfreedom' online community thing they have set up. It has changed my life completely. I have read most of the GL books out there (coming through low fat, low carb and GI with no success first) - and the books Nigel writes with his co-authors, and the way the dietfreedom website is put together (online dieting club, community, advice etc) are the most well created of the lot. Nigel & co cut through the bla bla, the jargon and the need to be smug ;o) and get to the point.

This book specifically goes into more detail about the GL than the 7-Day GL Diet or the Cookbook they've released, but it does so without being complicated. As the title suggests it breaks it down into easily digested, bite sized pieces. The recipes are great too. There is good detail on how to adapt from high GL to low GL really easily which is very helpful, and delivered in typically simple and undramatic style. The resources in the book are great too, from the 'top ten' recommendations in part five (top 10 websites, top 10 food swaps) to the step by step guides into 'thinking GL'.

If you're looking for a really good way to lose weight and eat gorgeous food without putting any back on again and feel great - then I would say without any hesitation that you should hoover up the books by Nigel and co and get onto the community website too. It has changed my life, I hope you find the same.

x Claire

PS when I posted this review the 'buy with' book was the GL Diet Cookbook - that's also a really good buy, I use it alot and have found it very inspiring too!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not all recipes. 21 Dec 2008
By John Meanwood TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I bought this book because I wanted something that would explain what low GL is and the dangers of eating high GL food; this book does exactly that. Although there are 86 pages of recipes, there are also 134 pages of information on the GL way of life, which is what it comes to be; it's not a diet, as you can eat what you want - chocolate included.

I would recommend reading this in conjunction with Gillian Riley's Eating Less: Say Goodbye to Overeating, which is also a good way of not dying early.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent guide
an excellent guide to the GL healthy eating plan, as always for 'DUMMIES' books so easy to follow and understand - would recommend.
Published 18 days ago by jazz
5.0 out of 5 stars great
This is exactly what I wanted - brief and simple explanation of the G L diet. Interesting book to read with key tips highlighted.
Published 3 months ago by Paula Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars I am a dummy
The delivery was prompt, but I couldn't get my head around it, I feel sure it will help some people if they can remain determined
Published 8 months ago by Viv0147
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple to use
Lots of really good information here. Explanations of health issues and how the GL diet can help, plus recipes .
Published 11 months ago by Karen Warren-Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipes Included
This book is great. It has a pull out shopping guide and cheats guide to make things easier when you are out and about. Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. Hurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy
So easy to understand, Liked everything about it, all made very easy, and would recommend this to anyone, especially my friends
Published 15 months ago by Edith
3.0 out of 5 stars ok ish
Okay, but not what I expected for a medical book. Have not looked at it again since buying it. Would not buy any dummies any more.
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. A. R. Clipston
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book was recommended to help me control or impaired glucose tolerance; sometimes known as 'pre-diabetes'. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lindle
5.0 out of 5 stars GL for dummies
Written by people I feel I can trust. A good starting point. I found the cheat sheet really helpful to print out and put up in my kitchen.
Published on 7 April 2012 by MCO
4.0 out of 5 stars Help with the Glucose Index of foods
This has proved very helpful since my diagnosis of High Blood Glucose Levels to explain the condition and help with changes to diet, cooking etc.
Published on 6 Aug 2011 by Giorgiona
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