Making the Switch to a Low-Glycemic Diet - dummies

Making the Switch to a Low-Glycemic Diet

By Meri Reffetto

To conquer negativity surrounding lifestyle changes, start thinking about all the benefits of your new diet plan. Doing so not only helps you feel better about your choices but also gives you the motivation you need to make real lifestyle changes you can live with for the long haul. The benefits work as long-term motivators that you can bring out when you need them the most.

Finding the positives in your situation is the first step to making long-term changes and a solid way to build support for your goals. Putting your focus on all the benefits of your chosen lifestyle changes helps you stick to those changes because it’s natural to want to do something that feels great.

The biggest problem with dietary changes is that most people don’t inherently dislike the way they eat — they just hate that their chosen foods are causing them to gain weight or have health issues.

When they realize that they have to change the foods they eat to see results, they tend to get caught up in negative thoughts such as “I can’t eat pasta ever again” or “I’m going to have troubles eating out.” Letting your mind go to these negative places is easy, but it’s not helpful to your long-term goals.

Following a low-glycemic diet has many benefits for you to focus on. Here are just a few to get you started:

  • Weight loss: Eating a low-glycemic diet can help you do that. It can also help you maintain weight loss long term so you can be free from the dieting roller coaster.

  • Improved energy: The low-glycemic plan provides your body with more energy-boosting foods so you can feel great during the day rather than rundown.

  • Disease prevention: A low-glycemic lifestyle helps decrease your risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer by incorporating more fruits, vegetables, and fiber into your diet.

  • Feeling better all around: Okay, okay, this one’s a little vague, but it really is true that when you eat healthy foods most of the time, you just feel better. Feeling better overall can be a great motivator for long-term change.