The Benefits of Living a Low GI Lifestyle
Low glycemic slow release carbohydrates, such as those contained in SoLo Bars, make us feel better, more focused, and more balanced over a longer period of time. Research studies have shown that a low GI, slow carb lifestyle may also have the following positive outcomes:
Lower Blood Glucose Levels
Eating low GI foods on a regular basis may help to reduce blood glucose levels over time, as foods with a lower glycemic response help keep blood sugar levels in a narrow range.
The Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines 2013 Key Nutritional Guidelines recommends replacing high glycemic carbs with low glycemic carbs to help maintain blood sugar levels. Low GI foods can help manage diabetes by controlling blood sugar and improving the body’s sensitivity to insulin. When blood sugar spikes are reduced, your body has a better chance of keeping up with insulin demands, making the disease more manageable and reducing complications which may otherwise occur.
Lower Cholesterol Levels and Risk of Heart Disease
High GI foods cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. Research shows that elevated blood sugar and insulin levels may be one of the contributing factors to heart disease, because when these levels rise, so do cholesterol and triglyceride (a type of fat in the blood) levels. Following a low GI diet helps keep these levels in check.
The Diogenes Study, the World’s largest diet study, found that the best way to lose weight and keep it off for good is to eat a diet consisting of low glycemic index foods with slightly higher amounts of protein. So to maintain a healthy weight, curb your hunger and feel satisfied longer, choose low glycemic index option such as SoLo Bars. For more information on the Diogenes study, click here!
Energy and Performance
The glycemic index can also be a useful tool to help athletes select the right type of foods before and after exercise to help them perform at their best. Studies consistently report that a low glycemic meal before exercise results in better performance and concentration during exercise, as well as a higher rate of fat oxidization, which also results in improved endurance. So grab a SoLo Bar or another low glycemic snack prior to exercise to finish strong.