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The Gl Diet for Dummies (For Dummies) Hardcover – Jun 2006


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd (Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470030623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470030622
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By London Customer on 25 Jan 2012
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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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Peter Ed on 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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Dec 2007
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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 By Claire on 2 Oct 2006
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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 By John Meanwood TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Dec 2008
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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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