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The G.I. Diet: The Easy, Healthy Way to Permanent Weight Loss Hardcover – November 4, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (November 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761131787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761131786
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Get ready to be hunger-free and skinny in no time!”—Woman’s World magazine (Woman's World ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Finally the glycemic index is being recognized as a key component for permanent weight loss and the treatment of chronic disease. Rick Gallop’s book is an excellent introduction to this major area of nutrition.”—Dr. Barry Sears, author of The Zone --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Rick Gallop earned his master's degree from Oxford University before emigrating to North America. After a highly successful career in marketing and advertising, he spent the next 16 years as President and CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
During this time, due to a back injury, he had his own weight gain struggle which resulted in his first book the G.I. Diet, in 2002. This was followed by a further eight titles including the GI Diet Cookbook; a pocket guide to Shopping and Eating out; and three books based on actual e-Clinics for "big people"; menopausal women; and diabetics.
The books are sold worldwide in over 20 countries in 17 languages.
He resides in Toronto and in the Muskoka Lakes and is married with three children.

Customer Reviews

The book was easy to follow and was filled with useful information and recipes.
Julie C. Terry
The only way a diet is going to work for you permanently is if it can become your PERMANENT DIET, i.e., the way you eat for the rest of your life.
David
We would recommend this book to anyone who has had trouble losing weight while trying other diets.
Belinda Adair

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

429 of 435 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Bedwell on February 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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First, I just have to say thank you to all of those who wrote reviews before me. It was reading through all your comments and that helped me decide to give one more diet a try.

(I got both books, The GI Diet and Living the GI Diet, which has a lot more recipies in it, and some of the ones I mention here are from that edition) Now, regarding the books and the diet: The books are set up in such a way that they are extremely easy to follow. I love the red, yellow, and green light idea for the various foods listed. The only part that is a little confusing at first is the portion size, but once you get used to not having to measure everything you eat, it is great! This book lists portions as how much of the plate it fills: 1/4 for meat, 1/4 for pasta, rice etc, and 1/2 for fruits and veggies. Now how much easier can that be? Sure, there are some things that you have to be more precise with, but not that many. The recipe sections are set up by categories that are very easy to follow. So far I have tried only a few of the recipes. I work very late hours, so there isn't time for serious cooking on work nights. Mom and I do meat and veggie meals, or a little wheat pasta with veggies and cottage cheese usually on those nights. But on my three days off we cook. Most recipes make enough servings that we can have leftovers the next day, or freeze the extra for meals when you need something quick. The recipes we have tried so far are fantastic! They don't even taste like you are on a diet. Three of our favorites are the Lazy Cabbage Rolls, Hunter Chicken, and Meat lasagna. Makes your mouth water just remembering how good it all was.

So, how is it working, you might wonder? Mom and I have been on the diet for three weeks.
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117 of 119 people found the following review helpful By David on December 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The thing about diets is that any "diet" you adopt for some specific, finite purpose (e.g. "I will eat a low-carb diet until I have lost 20 pounds" or "I will reduce my intake of fat and sugar until my cholesterol levels improve") is that they assume your "diet" is temporary, and at some point (after reaching your goal, presumably), you can "go back" to eating "normally." Well, if eating "normally" resulted in your current physical condition, what do you think will happen when you resume eating that way? Hence the failure of most diets. The only way a diet is going to work for you permanently is if it can become your PERMANENT DIET, i.e., the way you eat for the rest of your life. So, who can follow a low-carb diet or a coconut diet or a no-sugar-or-fat-or-anything-tasty diet or eat supplements and prepackaged meals FOREVER? No one.

This diet you can follow permanently. Yes, it does mean giving up junk food and greasy, fatty foods or foods made mostly of sugar and starch (or at least, limiting them to the occasional cheat meal, and by OCCASIONAL I mean "every couple of months," not "a couple times a week"!). But if you're not prepared to cut McDonald's and Oreos and Haagen Daaz out of your life, or at least confine them to a RARE treat, then you're not prepared to lose weight permanently, because you'll never accomplish any serious weight loss goals eating that stuff, sorry. The thing is, the G.I. diet doesn't try to exclude entire arbitrary categories of food or tell you you can only eat foods from certain groups. Instead, it lists foods as "red light" (don't eat at all, except for those RARE treats), "yellow light" (indulge occasionally but don't make them a regular part of your meals) and "green light" (eat all you want).

Now, here's the thing -- While the G.I.
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117 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Giangrande on July 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for a family member because it focuses on pursuing a low-sugar diet. I've read a lot on nutrition and after finding out how much of an impact refined sugars have on our bodies, in the form of extra fat and also in the form of a lowered immune system, I started reading this book myself, and now its my Bible. Its absolutely amazing, I'm a 19 year old college student, never dieted before, following these easy to decipher green, yellow, and red light precautions for food. Many surprises in this book, for me anyway- some foods that I thought were great for my health really aren't, and vice versa...did you know dark chocolate has a relatively low glycemic index? How cool is that??

I know many diets that claim, "This is not a diet, but a way of life." The truth is, any diet is a way of life, and restricting certain foods completely from any diet is usually fruitless. This book doesnt do that- it merely gives you indispensable information about what you are putting into your body so as to keep you healthy and vital forever. It even has a GI shopping list inside of it- some of the foods on it are impractical if you don't live near a health food store or want to spend a lot of money, but many of the foods are easy to find and inexpensive. Take a look at some of the good, healthy recipe this book offers as well.

I'd also recommend a website, called the World's Healthiest Foods, where you can take a quiz about how much you eat certain foods, and it will tell you what nutritiets may be lacking in your diet and how to supplement them. Happy reading!
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