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Patients lose 6.2 lbs on low glycemic load diet
Friday, May 27, 2005 4:09 am Email this article
Cardiac rehabilitation patients following a low glycemic load diet had lost an average of 6.2 pounds after six months compared to a weight gained of 0.4 pounds for patients who were asked to follow the principles of Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating for People Four Years and Over according to a new study. Reduced belly fat, triglycerides, blood sugar, and increase in HDL
Patients on the low glycemic load diet also had:
- a greater reduction in abdominal obesity (2.9 cm versus 0.4 cm)
- a greater improvement in high density lipoprotein cholesterol (0.14 mmol/L versus 0.02 mmol/L)
- a greater improvement in triglycerides (-0.44 mmol/L versus -0.08 mmol/L) and glycemic control (fasting glucose -0.94 mmol/L versus 0.91 mmol/L, P=0.0019)
- a greater improvement in fasting blood sugar levels (-0.94 mmol/L versus 0.91 mmol/L)
What is glycemic load
Glycemic index ranks how rapidly a given amount of a particular food—100 grams or 3.5 ounces—turns into blood sugar.
The glycemic load is a ranking of how much a standard serving of food, which may be more or less than the 100 grams or 3.5 ounces used to determine the glycemic index, raises your blood sugar.
The lower the glycemic load, the less a serving of food will trigger your blood sugar to spike.
For a more complete explanation of glycemic index and glycemic load, go here.
“Implementation of a low glycemic load diet was associated with substantial and sustained improvements in abdominal obesity, cholesterol and glycemic control,” the authors concluded.
Lahaye S, Hollett PM, Vyselaar J, Shalchi M, Lahey KA, Day A. Comparison between a low glycemic load diet and a canada food guide diet in cardiac rehabilitation patients in ontario. Can J Cardiol. 2005 May, 21(6):489-94.
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