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Living the G.I. Diet: Delicious Recipes and Real-Life Strategies to Lose Weight and Keep It Off [Paperback]

Rick Gallop , Emily Richards
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Nov. 11 2003
In this much anticipated follow-up to his phenomenal bestseller, Rick Gallop has teamed up with Canadian Living Cooks’s Emily Richards to provide mouth-watering, green-light recipes, plus motivational tools to make losing weight as easy as possible.

Tens of thousands of Canadians have been achieving their weight-loss goals with The G.I. Diet. What they love most about the diet is how simple it is to follow -- no counting calories or weighing food required -- and they never have to go hungry. In fact, some readers told Rick that they actually eat more on this diet than they ever did before, and the pounds continue to drop off.

Now Rick has written Living the G.I. Diet to help readers continue to lose weight or to maintain their new waistlines. He’s signed up Emily Richards, co-host of the TV show Canadian Living Cooks, to develop over one hundred delicious green-light recipes. Have her Light ’n’ Fluffy Pancakes for breakfast, aromatic Thai Shrimp Soup for a satisfying lunch, and zesty Easy Bake Lasagna for dinner. And don’t hesitate to indulge in Pecan Brownies for dessert, because all these tasty dishes are designed to keep you shedding those unwanted pounds without feeling deprived, without feeling as though you’re even on a diet.

As well as discussing the nutritional qualities of food, Rick talks about its psychological and emotional aspects. He provides coping strategies and comfort-food alternatives, and shares some remarkable testimonials from readers. Topped off with an expanded G.I. Diet Food Guide, meal plans and more snack ideas, Living the G.I. Diet provides everything you’ll need to stick to the healthy track.

Here’s what readers had to say about The G.I. Diet:
“I can’t believe that after two pregnancies and at age 32 I weigh what I did in high school! It’s thanks to the G.I. Diet! I’ve tried other diets, but this is the one that has changed the way I eat and exercise for life.” Janine

“Just want to say THANKS!!! The G.I. Diet is amazing, and easy to follow. I’ve tried to lose weight for years and finally a no-nonsense guide has arrived. As an RN working in a coronary care unit, this book will definitely be recommended to my patients.” Helen

“I’ve lost over 40 pounds in a matter of just over 2 months. My doctor can’t believe the change. Best I’ve felt in years. I weigh less than when I was married 16 years ago. I’m not hungry between meals with your meal plans, and yes, I can indulge once in a while, without putting back any weight.” Joe

“I can’t believe I’m actually losing weight without even trying! I’m not even exercising! And I do cheat a bit (I love popcorn). Thank you for your book -- I’m finally getting the help all my doctors couldn’t give!” Tracy

“I am thrilled about my fifty-pound weight loss (in just less than four months) and significant reduction in my blood sugar. Your book has given me renewed hope in getting my weight off, as I have fifty more pounds to go. It is so confidence-building to know that my morbid obesity these past many years hasn’t been my fault, and I only wish I had known this information years ago.” Irene

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Just to clear up any confusion, Living the G.I. Diet by Rick Gallop does not involve fat-fighting tips from action figure G.I. Joe, and attendance at boot camp is definitely not required. The "G.I." referred to in this sequel and companion to Gallop's best-selling G.I. Diet is the glycemic index, which shows the rates at which carbohydrates break down and release glucose into the bloodstream. Gallop's diet is based on scientific research that shows that the secret to successful weight management is choosing the right foods and avoiding the "sugar high" that comes from a sudden spike in glucose levels. The right foods make you feel full longer, Gallop says, and consequently you eat less.

Gallop is a past president of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, and for this book he turned to Emily Richards, co-host of "Canadian Living Cooks," to come up with recipes for the G.I. Diet. Gallop uses a simple traffic light analogy to help readers cut out the most damaging "red light" foods and choose "green light" foods that allow one to lose weight. Foods to be avoided include some well-known dietary hazards such as doughnuts, potato chips, and hot dogs, but more surprisingly, melba toast, turnips, and watermelon are also off-limits. "Your body digests them so quickly that you are hungry again an hour later," Gallop warns. Foods that get the green light are offered in more than 100 varied and tasty recipes, including Berry Crepes, Smoky Black Bean Soup, Garlic Shrimp Pasta, and Pork Tenderloin with Grainy Mustard and Chive Crust. And since this isn't a deprivation diet, the luscious desserts include Baked Chocolate Mousse and Glazed Apple Tart. Living the G.I. Diet is not based on fads or faulty science but on choosing healthful, heart-smart foods. Losing weight is just a nice side benefit. --Carolyn Leitch


“Stick to this diet and the pounds should pour off.”
The Globe and Mail

“In this follow-up to the best-selling book, The G.I. Diet, Rick Gallop has joined forces with home economist and recipe developer Emily Richards, co-host of Canadian Living Cooks, to provide great recipes as well as more motivational tips to make following the GI diet easy and tasty … you will end up with a healthy, balanced eating plan that is easy to follow and provides lots of nutritious choices.”
The Toronto Sun

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
I wanted to lose weight so badly that I was prepared to do anything to achieve it, except give up my favourite foods! Then I heard about the GI Diet and ordered the book right away. I found this book very easy to read while being packed with valuable nutritional information. I have never found a healthier more sensible and balanced diet anywhere! This is not just another diet but is really a new way of eating. Most diets fail because you feel deprived or you get tired of weighing or measuring or counting (grams or calories or points...)or you just know they are not healthy. The GI Diet has already made all the calculations for you. All foods are divided into three categories: Red Light, Yellow Light and Green Light (just like the traffic lights). Just eat what is on the Green Light List! (In most cases, as much as you want) The Glycemic Index measures the speed at which you digest food and convert it to glucose. Eating low GI foods causes foods to be digested slowly, leaving you feeling fuller, longer, not causing spikes in your blood sugar levels or causing your pancreas to secrete large amounts of insulin. On this diet, you do best if you eat 3 meals and 3 snacks a day.
All the recipes included in the book, that I have tried, have been excellent! The Baked Chocolate Mousse, the rice pudding, and the granola bars alone, got me through the first few weeks. I especially like this diet because I have lost 50 pounds ( and my husband has lost 57) and because it promotes Good Health, not just weight loss.
I've lost weight on other diets before, but always regained the weight because I never really understood 'Maintenance'. This time I get it!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Everything works better with this diet. In addition to allowing me to lose 12 pounds over the last 6 weeks, the GI diet has reduced my chronic back pain, and enabled me to better control the pain. ( I am at BMI 21 - 144lb - age 50)
I have always noticed that my back pain went away for a while after I ate something, so I wondered if this was something to do with my blood sugar/insulin level. The GI diet's stabilizing effect on insulin levels sounded intriguing when I spotted the Feb.17,2004 front page Women's World "Canadian Miracle Diet" headline, and when I saw how easy it was to follow, I bought "The GI diet" and "Living the GI diet" and started in. The recipes in both the books are excellent. I had no idea how strongly blood sugar/insulin affects one's appetite, let alone how one feels. The improvement in the way I feel is really amazing. I am quite active and have found my performance in swimming and exercising has improved markedly. My husband is sort of following the diet too (he cheats a bit - one beer a day, plus 30grams of dark chocolate a day, but he exercises with weights every day too) and he has lost 10 pounds, so I am telling all my friends, family, and colleagues about it. (A colleague at work has already lost 11 pounds since she started a month ago)
These books are a life-line to all of us.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great LIFESTYLE change! Feb. 10 2004
By A Customer
I bought this book about 1.5 months ago, and honestly it has changed my life. It taught me how to eat right (and this doesn't mean eating nothing, or no carbs!!!). It taught me why eating certain things are bad for me. PLUS it has a bunch of great, super-yummy recipes in it too! It's just a great book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Life Change you will ever make! April 5 2005
By A Customer
This book has changed my life. It is amazing how leaving refined sugar out of your life and eating whole grains can make such a big difference!! AND!! You can eat (most) fruits!! I lost 30 pounds in just over 2 months. The best part, was that I was never hungry and had energy. This book is truly worth the buy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! I'm not hungry! April 13 2004
By J.I.T.
This is a wonderful book, with great recipes! This "diet" is by far the easiest to follow. I have lost 8 pounds in two weeks, and have just started. The best part is that I am NOT HUNGRY!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a diet but a lifestyle March 25 2004
By Joey
Even since I have been on this diet I have lost inches around my waist. Been on the awful Atkins Diet, the Atkins diet made me gain weight and I followed it religiously. This G.I diet is the way to go. Not some high fat and protein diet that ruins your organs. This diet is really good for diabetics as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK May 20 2014
By Trista
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Great read - very insightful on how to eat for a healthy life everyday. Gives a lot of insight into why we can gain weight so easily (boxed and heavily prepared foods) and makes healthy eating and decisions easier to make.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dr recommended this book for type II diabetes
Too much maintenance and focus on daily intake of food. Surprised margarine and sweetners are recommended over natural butter and sugar
Published 6 months ago by Deborah hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I must say this book is great! The only real problem I had with it was the 4 week shipping time. (I bought it used from an independent seller off Amazon. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2011 by Baker
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't help me
Gave this a really good go. No change.
Didn't help me and I did not find the recipes 'Delicious'.
I feel like I fell for the latest hype, and wasted my money. Read more
Published on July 21 2011 by J. Alberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for more info
This is a good book in the series...gives you a bit more info. Would not recommend this for the first book ...but does have some recipes....and more info.
Published on Feb. 22 2011 by Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Living the G.I. diet
Living the G.I. diet is really not a diet, but an awareness for lifestyle changes. The principles are easy to understand and there are great recipes!
Published on March 29 2010 by Monique Champagne
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing and easy lifestyle change!!
I have tried many, many different weight loss programs and have never found anything so effective and easy to maintain as this! Read more
Published on July 3 2008 by teepa
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book. The only thing I've read that impressed me more was The System by Roy Valentine. I got it here at amazon. You have to read this book.
Published on Oct. 2 2004
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