Synopses & Reviews
Now in paperback: The New York Times
and Wall Street Journal
bestseller. The #1 bestseller in Canada. The book chosen by People
magazine and "The View"
as one of the top diet books of 2005. The book called "The Canadian Miracle Diet" by Woman's World
magazine. The book that first popularized the glycemic index, and brought widespread attention to how dieting based on this index is the foundation for losing weight permanently without feeling hungry, counting calories, or jeopardizing your arteries. And the book that made dieting as simple as a traffic light: Green is go, yellow is proceed with caution, and red is stop.
Backed by the science of the glycemic index, The G.I. Diet places every type of food into one of three color-coded categories: Green--make these foods the centerpiece of your diet; Yellow--eat occasionally, after you've achieved your ideal weight; and Red--avoid. For example, quickly digested white bread, including bagels and rolls, causes blood sugar to spike and hunger to return quickly. It's "red." Slowly digested stone-ground whole-wheat bread, which gives a much-longer feeling of satiety, is "green." The diet is a cinch to stick to, truly healthful, and couldn't be easier to follow. Includes recipes, snack ideas, a shopping list, and tips for dining out.
“Finally the glycemic index is being recognized as a key component for permanent weight loss and the treatment of chronic disease. Rick Gallop’s book is an excellent introduction to this major area of nutrition.”—Dr. Barry Sears, author of The Zone
“This diet is definitely the one that can help readers not only control weight but also help prevent cancer and heart disease.”—Elisabetta Politi, M.P.H., R.D., C.D.E.;Nutrition Manager, Duke University Diet & Fitness Center
“An innovative, realistic, uncomplicated long-term approach to successful weight management.”—Dr. Michael Sole, M.D.;Fellow of the American College of Cardiology
“Get ready to be hunger-free and skinny in no time!”—Woman’s World magazine Woman's World
A no-gimmick, easy to follow diet that's based on the same science as The Zone Diet, but eliminates that diet's complexity and its tendency to leave you feeling hungry. The author first introduces the G.I. Diet with a friendly explanation of why it works (briefly: the longer it takes for a food to digest, the longer you will feel full, so the slower to digest foods are the ones to go for). Then he sets up an easy-to-follow guide listing foods that are acceptable and those that aren't. Using the same color-coding as a traffic light, there is such a wide range of "green light (stay full longer)" foods to enjoy that cutting out the "red light" foods doesn't seem so onerous. Follow the diet, and safe, permanent weight loss is a guarantee without the need for exercise (exercise is encouraged, but for other reasons, not weight loss). Includes some recipes, snack ideas, a pull-out shopping list, and tips on dining out.
Why was this a #1 bestseller in Canada in 2002, currently with 74,000 copies in print? Because it is an easy-to-follow, easy-to-stick-to, truly healthy approach to eating that is based on the Glycemic Index, the original science behind The Zone Diet, but eliminates that diet's complexity and tendency to leave dieters wanting more.
If you can understand a traffic light, you can understand this diet and lose weight permanently without feeling hungry, counting calories, or jeopardizing your health. If a food is in the green column, eat it. If it's in the red column, avoid it. And if it's in the yellow column, proceed with caution. Take bread, for example. White bread, with its high G.I. number, is "red" because it's so highly processed the body digests it quickly, resulting in a spike in blood sugar, a release of insulin, potential storage as fat, and a quick return of the hungry feeling. Low-G.I. 100% stone-ground whole-wheat bread is "green" the body takes a while to digest it, with no spike in blood sugar and a much longer feeling of satiety.
Green, yellow, red: It's all here, with a full explanation of how the diet works, plus ratings for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, eating out or eating in. Includes some recipes, snack ideas, a shopping list, and tips on dining out.
It's the easiest, most satisfying eating plan possible, a New York Times
and Wall Street Journal
bestselling program that explains how to lose weight permanently without feeling hungry, counting calories, or jeopardizing your health. Based on the Glycemic Index, or G.I., the breakthrough nutritional discovery that measures the speed at which the body digests food and the impact it has on weight and well-being, The G.I. Diet
organizes food into color-coded categories according to their G.I. rating.
And that's it. No more guesswork, no more formulas, no more fads. The G.I. Diet guides you to permanent weight loss as well as increased energy and a decreased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. This revised and updated edition includes more comprehensive food lists; inspiring success stories; new tips on dining out; motivational help; plus recipes, snack ideas, a shopping list, and more.
About the Author
Rick Gallop is now an international spokesperson for the diet he designed out of his own struggles to lose weight. He graduated from Oxford University and emigrated to Canada in 1964, where he had a career as a successful business executive with a keen interest in health issues. In 1986, he was appointed President and CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Michael J. Sole, MD
Chapter 1: The Problem
Chapter 2: How Much Weight Should I Lose?
Chapter 3: Phase I
Chapter 4: Ready, Set, Go!
Chapter 5: Meal Ideas
Chapter 6: Phase II
Chapter 7: Eating Out
Chapter 8: Behavior Change
Chapter 9: Staying Motivated
Chapter 10: Exercise
Chapter 11: Health
I. The Complete G.I. Diet Food Guide
II. G.I. Diet Shopping List
III. Dining Out and Travel Tips
IV: The Ten Golden G.I. Diet Rules
G.I. Diet Weekly Weight/Waist Log
Dishing Up Dinner