Low GI Diet Or Low Carb Diet – Which One Is Best?Written by Lee Dobbins
These days, most everyone has heard of low carb diets such as South Beach and Atkins diet but GI or glycemic index diet is a fairly new name on diet scene. While low carb diets restrict quantity of carbohydrates, GI diet focuses on quality of carbohydrates. It works by promoting consumption of foods that are low on glycemic index, foods which will have a gently effect on your blood sugar levels and keep you full longer.
A typical low carb diet, has a restrictive phase in beginning where your carbohydrate intake is severely limited. You can eat all meat you want and fats are also unlimited, although South Beach Diet does encourage you to stick to low fat meats and healthy fats. As diet progresses, you can gradually add in more carbohydrates, typically those with a low glycemic index are also those that are lower in carbs.
Although a low GI diet might be new to you, it has actually been around since 1970’s and is used in many European countries to help manage diabetes. Recently, however, this way of eating has gotten a lot of attention as a healthy way to control weight. This diet focuses on carbohydrates – “good carbs” have a low glycemic index and you should eat plenty of them (incidentally, these are also foods that we know to be good for us like fruits, vegetables and whole grains). “Bad carbs” have a high glycemic index and should be eaten in moderation and mixed with low glycemic index carbs to lower overall GI of a meal. Since this diet focuses only on carbs it is very easy for vegetarians to adopt this way of eating.
In comparison, a low carb diet can be limiting in fruits and vegetables which are high in vitamins, minerals and enzymes as well as fiber. Many people associate low carb diets with a license to eat as much saturated fat as you want, but that choice is up to individual so we really can’t fault diet for this misconception. A low GI diet is full of fruits, vegetables, fiber and low in fat but emphasis good fats found in nuts. It encourages eating lean meats in moderation.
The "How To" Guide for Six Pack AbsWritten by Ryan Cote
First off I want to mention that, for most people, getting six pack abs is not an easy task. It requires serious dedication, but it is possible! If you're one of few lucky people that was blessed with low body fat and good muscle definition, than enjoy it! Otherwise, below is a general 2-step guide that, if followed religiously for 3 months, should produce results.
Step 1: Nutrition
This is single most important part of puzzle, hands down. You can have most impressive set of abs, but if they're covered with a layer of fat, you won't see them! Break up your day with 5 or 6 mini-meals because this jump starts your metabolism. And stop eating food that is preventing results: white bread, loads of pasta, soda, candy, fast food, hydronated oils, sugars and fructose corn syrup. Instead, replace them with foods that will help you reach your goal: olive oil, whole grain breads, fruits, vegetables, nuts, peanut butter, chicken, fish, protein and water. Be realistic- you'll slip here and there, but make a conscious effort to radically improve your eating habits because getting a six pack will be impossible if you don't.
Step 2: Exercise
You need to concern yourself with 3 different exercises: cardio, weightlifting and ab exercises. And aim to workout no less than 4 times a week.