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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (March 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071462694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071462693
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

It's not about willpower--it's about your body chemistry

You've tried dieting, and, after some initial success, you always seem to put the weight back on. Stop blaming yourself! The problem isn't with you; it's with the diets themselves.

Many are based on the glycemic index, which doesn't make a distinction between good carbohydrates, such as carrots, from bad ones like starches--potatoes, white pasta, sugar, etc. Nor do they take into account real-life serving sizes; the GI numbers are based on lab-controlled portions. The good news is that nutritional scientists have developed the glycemic load, a powerful new tool for controlling weight that's based on what people actually eat and allows for more of a variety of foods.

In The Glycemic-Load Diet, cardiologist Dr. Rob Thompson unveils a revolutionary eating and exercise plan that helps you reverse insulin resistance, allowing you to:

  • Eat more of the foods you like
  • Eliminate cravings for starchy foods
  • Eat chocolate and still lose weight!
  • Speed up your metabolism with regular, non-strenuous exercise
  • Keep the weight off without "dieting"

About the Author

Rob Thompson, M.D., is a board-certified cardiologist in private practice who has counseled patients with high blood cholesterol and heart disease for more than twenty-five years. He is on staff at Swedish Hospital Medical Center in Seattle and is the author of The New Low-Carb Way of Life.


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This book is very easy to read.
S. Grant Willis
Rob Thompson's Glycemic Load Diet book takes the most effective parts of the various low carb and low starch diets and puts it together in a clear and concise manner.
Ron Skolnik
No other book makes so much sense, no other way of eating made me feel so good.
V. Furlong

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310 of 318 people found the following review helpful By Ron Skolnik on May 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have spent a lot of time reading and researching low carb diets. While this does not make me an expert, I have learned a lot over the years. I've studied Atkins, South Beach Diet, the Zone Diet, Protein Power, and others. I've posted hundreds of messages upon bulliten boards discussing the best way to eat healthy, exercise and lose weight.

Rob Thompson's Glycemic Load Diet book takes the most effective parts of the various low carb and low starch diets and puts it together in a clear and concise manner. This book does not necessarily define a diet as it does describe a way of eating that is easy to follow and effective for weight loss.

The Glycemic Index ranks foods by their effects upon your blood sugar. However it is only the glycemic load that takes into account the serving size when measuring the effects of foods on our bodies. Rob Thompson's book explains the importance of glycemic load and how it can be used to ensure your blood sugar levels remain stable.

The simple fact is that most low carbohydrate plans go too far in restricting foods. This book simply advises that you refrain from eating starchy food such as breads, potatoes, and rice. The book advocates eating proteins, vegetables and fruits as staples of your meals and even gives practical advice on how to have dessert without sabatoging your blood sugar.

Who should read this book? Everyone. Literally everyone can benefit from the practical knowledge of the effects of various foods and how to temper them. Rob Thompson's advice is simple yet powerful: avoid foods that will make you fat, exercise at least once every 48 hours (walking for 40 minutes is ideal), and see how over time your body will become healthy.
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178 of 183 people found the following review helpful By V. Furlong on May 21, 2006
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I've read this book 5 times, cover to cover. No other book makes so much sense, no other way of eating made me feel so good. I have been a fan of Dr. Atkins since 1972 and thought his diet was the only one that would work for me.

Dr. Thompson gives Dr. Atkins his well-deserved credit, but uses further research into insulin resistance to create a way of eating that incorporates fruits, most vegetables and nuts from the first day to the end of your life. All you want. No counting of anything. Did you get that? NO COUNTING OF ANYTHING.

And you can eat chocolate and sugar in small quatities, and after a meal. I thought I could never eat my beloved chocolate covered almonds again. Now I eat two or three every night.

I feel free. I don't have to worry about where I go to eat. I don't have to spend time feeling guilty about my every little mis-step and how it will set me back a week. I don't worry that carbs snuck out of the potatoes into the juice of that wonderful pot roast! I don't measure portions diligently and more precisely than a scientist measuring his chemicals.

This book is probably the most important I will ever read in my life.
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131 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne L. Shields on June 14, 2006
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I do not give evaluations of books very often, but this is an exception. Dr. Thompson has written a very easy to read and understand book that clarifies the Glycemic Index/Load and provides a sensible plan for weight loss based on the glycemic load and moderate exercise. His formula for determining the GL is a bit different from most other sources, but if you just remember to multiply other's figures by 10 or divide his by 10 you will be real close. In addition to a very readable book, Dr. Thompson is a very approachable author. I, and several others on a website that I frequent, have sent him emails to ask questions. Guess What!! He actually responds to our emails and answers our questions. Truly remarkable. A great book, a great plan that works for the present and the long term.
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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2006
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Now that the media has jumped off the low-carb bandwagon and has resorted to bashing it to no end, they are desperately looking for another diet plan to embrace. What's interesting is that most of these "new" diet plans are nothing more than just an advanced look at the low-carb lifestyle.

From the glycemic index to the glycemic load of foods, it can all be very confusing. That's where Dr. Rob Thompson's "The Glycemic Load Diet" book comes into play.

Dr. Thompson, a board-certified cardiologist for nearly three decades and author of "The New Low Carb Way Of Life", believes that too many of the diet books focus heavily on the glycemic index while all but ignoring the glycemic load.

The glycemic load does more than look at what is in the foods you eat, but also in the serving size that it comes in. As Dr. Thompson puts it, "Low carb dieting suddenly becomes a pleasure" when you take into account the glycemic load.

"The Glycemic Load Diet" does something very important for any effective and permanent weight loss plan -- the book encourages exercise at least every other day that will not harm your body and will keep your insulin levels stablized and ultimately get you slim and trim. Too many other diet plans out there brag about not needing any exercise, but that is a sure-fire way to sabotage your weight loss plan.

The crux of "The Glycemic Load Diet" is around hormonal imbalance and how it causes people to crave foods they just don't need to eat. Dr. Thompson identifies what those "toxic" foods are that cause the cravings (HINT: sugar, white flour, starchy and processed foods -- sound familiar anyone?) and shows you how to eliminate those foods forever so the cravings go away.
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