A review of the Glycemic Index Diet

by | May 27, 2019 | Diet, Food

  • Degree of Difficulty / 0= Extremely Hard, 100- Extremely Easy/ 50% 50%
  • Level of Activity /0=Not included, 100= Activity is high/ 0% 0%
  • Water Included in Diet /0=Not included, 100= Built into plan/ 0% 0%
  • Maintenance Plan /0=No plan after initial weight loss, 100= Lifetime plan/ 100% 100%


This diet relies on the Glycemic Index to categorize foods. Higher numbers indicate food that is broken down to glucose more quickly. Lower numbers indicate food that takes longer to breakdown. The hypothesis is that the longer it takes to break the food down, the longer until the dieter will be hungry again. Harvard Health Publications – Glycemic Index and glycemic load for 100+ foods 

Ease for Dieter*


  • Dieter may need to change their eating habits to pick off the lists provided.
  • Sticking to low GI foods should help control hunger

(*My impression is based on my research and how hard I think it would be to maintain for 1, 6, 8, 10, 20 weeks. Your experience may vary.)

Food Emphasis

  • Natural Food
  • Portion Control
  • Low GI: 1 to 55  /  Medium GI: 56 to 69 / High GI: 70 and higher
  • Foods are grouped by Glycemic Index numbers into
    1. Green-Light (eat from this group until you reach your weight target).
    2. Yellow-Light are allowed in moderation during maintenance.
    3. Red-Light are NEVER allowed.

Maintenance Plan

  • Lifetime.

Suggested Activity Level

  • No Activity Required


Everyday Health

Mayo Clinic

Suggested Further Reading from Amazon

The Glycemic-Load Diet

The Glycemic-Load Diet Cookbook

The Glycemic Index Diet

The Shoppers Guide to GI Values