The GL Diet Paperback – 1 Jan 2005
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At last, an easy weight-loss plan for life, not just weeks!
Are you stuck in a diet trap? Have you tried every fad and weight-loss plan there is? Then this is the book for you.
Youve heard of the GI diet; now go one stage further with the GL glycaemic load diet. This revolutionary way of eating does away with the restrictiveness of the GI plan and instead, by taking into account the carb content and portion size of your food, tells you exactly how much of each kind of food you can eat! You wont have to cut out your carbs completely just keep the right kind!
By following this eating plan, you will soon see the weight start to drop off and will realise that you dont need to go hungry. There are no complicated calculations to do, as weve done them all for you, and there is no dictatorial regime to adhere to, so you can fit this diet around your lifestyle, rather than building your life around your diet. To make life even simpler, there is a list of yes foods so you know exactly which ones to choose day to day, plus theres a host of delicious, easy-to-make recipes so that your diet plan will be anything but dull.
Written by acclaimed dietician and nutritionist Nigel Denby, this book will leave you wondering why you ever worried about weight-loss. So throw your other diet books away and start being passionate about your food!
About the Author
Nigel Denby is a state registered dietician and nutritionist. He has his own nutritional consultancy, delivering a clinical service to Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte's Hospital Women's Clinic, amongst others. He also runs his own Harley Street practice, specialising in Weight Management, PMS, IBS and food intolerance. He works extensively with the media, writing for the Sunday Telegraph Magazine, Zest and Essentials. His work in radio and television includes Channel 4's Fit Farm, BBC Real Story and BBC and ITN News.
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Its aim is to free people from the tyranny of points/syns/calorie counting etc., and eat healthily without such worries on GL guidelines. The tone is friendly but not patronising. The exposition of principles is pared-down; the discussion of food groups and listings is likewise clear and simple. There is a sensible section on motivational strategies. The recipes are varied and interesting. Fresh food is the absolute foundation of the diet, hooray.
There are a couple of minor drawbacks. I don't think the food-lists and dieting principles quite take into account how hard it is for serial dieters, hitherto used to counting everything, suddenly to do without counting. That is a major psychological block and needs more attention.
It would be helpful to have an alphabetical list of unprocessed foods, and a few common processed ones, classified according to low/medium/high GL for reference and reassurance. That's particularly important since GL values are hard to find in a coherent presentation elsewhere, even on the internet. I'm told such a list is planned for a future edition. There is a formula offered for converting Glycaemic Index ratings (more available) to Glycaemic Load ratings, but it makes my brain fuse.
For some people, judging portions is a problem (even though the cupped handful is offered as a useful measure), especially of snacks. That could be alleviated by offering a rough volume measure (like American cup measures, for example).
I warmly recommend joining the website the book gives, where there is a chance to talk to the author and his team and both give and receive valuable input.
I'm just holding back that fifth star until the GL values list comes out! The diet itself is great, not dry, sloppy, boring or plain unhealthy like some I have tried. It's healthy, interesting eating and it works. Taking up the GL diet feels like coming home after being lost for a long time. I warmly recommend both the book and the diet, despite my hopes for a slight change in the presentation.
If like me, you have a huge collection of 'diet' books, the GL diet' is unlike any you've had before. My other books might be sold off or given to 'charity' shops. But this is one book which I will be carrying around with me until it falls to pieces.
Something else that needs a big mention - addressed in this book is the mental approach to dieting. This proved invaluable as I have found it not only easier on the tastebuds, but also easier on the will power, and I find myself thinking about why I want to shed the excess pounds in a very different way than before - it's very positive, inclusive and encouraging.
Thanks so much!!
I seem to be actually eating more than normal and still losing weight plus my energy levels have gone through the roof.
Highly recommended - it really does what it says on the cover.
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It is for me the best diet book i have evr purchased easy to use and well written
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