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  • #16
    congrats on giving up this bad habit. I stopped almost two years ago, but I do smoke a cigar every so often. Don't start back smoking, don't even think you can just smoke one. It won't work, You'll end up smoking like you use to....
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    • #17
      Originally posted by aftermath
      Good to hear. What I was referring to is called the Glycemic Index. You can look it up concerning a classification of food, say chicken, or carrots, or whatever. A higher index means it's got a greater effect on your insulin levels after consumption. Higher insulin, or a spike, causes your body to retain more carbs and fats and store them for later usage. The body will convert them to body fat and you'll have a harder time losing weight. If you wat things such as wheat or higher fiber foods, they fill you up with a lower impact on your insulin, thus meaning the body won't rush to store them and will actually leave them as free form to be used for daily energy. The key is really the storage of fat. Higher insulin more or less = bad. Good luck though!
      Glycemic index is a ranking system for carbohydrates based on their effect on blood glucose levels in the first two hours. It compares carbohydrates gram for gram in individual foods, providing a numerical, evidence-based index of postprandial (post-meal) glycemia. The concept was invented by Dr. David J. Jenkins and colleagues in 1981 at the University of Toronto.

      Carbohydrates that break down rapidly during digestion have the highest glycemic indices. Carbohydrates that break down slowly, releasing glucose gradually into the blood stream, have a low glycemic index. A lower glycemic index suggests slower rates of digestion and absorption of the sugars and starches in the foods and may also indicate greater extraction from the liver and periphery of the products of carbohydrate digestion. A lower glycemic response is often thought to equate to a lower insulin demand, better long-term blood glucose control and a reduction in blood lipids. But in fact, some foods having a low glycemic index or having very little carbohydrate cause a high insulin response or raise blood lipids. The Insulin index may also be useful as it provides a direct measure of the insulin response to a food.

      The glycemic index of a food is defined by the area under the 2 hour blood glucose response curve (AUC) following the ingestion of a fixed portion of carbohydrate (usually 50 g). The AUC of the test food is divided by the AUC of the standard (either glucose or white bread, giving two different definitions) and multiplied by 100.

      GI values can be interpreted intuitively as percentages on an absolute scale and are commonly interpreted as follows:

      Classification GI range Examples
      Low GI 55 or less most fruit and vegetables (but not potato), basmati rice, oats, All-bran
      Medium GI 56 - 69 sucrose, Mars bar
      High GI 70 or more corn flakes, baked potato, jasmine rice, white bread, white rice(Chinese/Japanese)

      A low GI food will release glucose slowly and steadily. A high GI food will provide a rapid rise in blood sugar levels and is suitable for energy recovery after endurance exercise or for a diabetic person experiencing hypoglycemia.

      The glycemic effect of foods depends on a number of factors such as the type of starch (amylose vs. amylopectin), physical entrapment of the starch molecules within the food, fat content of the food and increased acidity of the meal — adding vinegar for example, will lower the GI. The presence of fat or soluble dietary fibre can inhibit carbohydrate absorption, thus lowering the GI. Unrefined breads with higher amounts of fibre generally have a lower GI value than white breads, but, while adding butter or oil will lower the GI of bread, the GI ranking does not change. That is, with or without additions, there is still a higher blood glucose curve after white bread than after a low GI bread such as pumpernickel. Many brown breads, however, are treated with enzymes to soften the crust, which makes the starch more accessible. This raises the GI, with some brown breads even having GI values over 100.

      The glycemic index can only be applied to foods with a reasonable carbohydrate content, as the test relies on subjects consuming enough of the test food to yield about 50 g of available carbohydrate. Many fruits and vegetables (but not potatoes) contain very little carbohydrate per serving, or have very low GI values. This also applies to carrots, which were originally and incorrectly reported as having a high GI.Alcoholic beverages have been reported to have low GI values, however it should be noted that beer has a moderate GI. Recent studies have shown that the consumption of an alcoholic drink prior to a meal reduces the GI of the meal by approximately 15%.

      DJ Jenkins et al (1981). "Glycemic index of foods: a physiological basis for carbohydrate exchange." Am J Clin Nutr 34; 362-366
      Brouns et al (2005). "Glycaemic index methodology." Nutrition Research Reviews 18; 145-171


      Now this is all good stuff and It's interesting to read. However, you have to look at the big picture. Are you burning off the calories that you consume. When you are trying to lose weight you have to lower your caloric intake so your body has to use stored energy(fat). If you are eating a balanced diet.(meaning calories in and calories out are equal) you are not helping yourself at all. Although weight lose boils down to one thing. working out and burning calories. keep track of your calories and your exercise program and you will be fine. You don't need to go on any special diet to lose weight. Eat clean foods. Broil, Boil, or Bake them(you can grill too.) Don't fry it or drench it in oil and you will be fine. If you want to eat a BBQ pork chop go right ahead. Howeve, when you have your bake potato don't smuther the thing in butter and bacon bits. Just eat it plain. Eat smart and the weight will fly off of you. Good luck.

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      • #18
        those digital scales get off sometimes....like..up tp 15 lbs or so...personally, i like the old ones, i think they are more accurate, but the digitals are cool..its no biggie
        dubbed code name: Alien #69

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        • #19
          WOW That is some good info. I was just schooled! Ok so now it is time to figure out how many caloires are in the foods that I eat. It is not as easy as looking on the package as I don't eat a whole lot of pre packaged foods. Time for some research. Thanks alot for all the info guys
          Originally posted by Smurfette_76
          You will always be disappointed when you expect rational behavior from irrational people.
          "I always carry a pen in my but, because you never know when things are going to crack off."
          Unnamed inmate VCJ

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