GL: What is it & why is it so good?

by | Sep 17, 2021 | Blog, Healthy Knowledge | 0 comments

GL stands for Glycaemic Load. It is a measure of the quantity and quality of carbohydrate in any given food. It shows us the effect each type of food has on our blood sugar. Keeping your blood sugar stable is the secret to losing weight.Foods with a high GL rating encourage the body to store fat and foods with a low GL rating encourage the body to burn fat. The glycaemic load (GL) is based on the glycaemic index (GI). Put simply, the glycaemic index of a food tells you whether the carbohydrate in a food is fast or slow releasing (fast is bad, slow is good). What it doesn’t tell you is exactly how much of the food is carbohydrate. Glycaemic load on the other hand tells you both the type and amount of carbohydrate in the food and what that particular carbohydrate does to your blood sugar. A low GL diet works with your body, not against it.

The science behind the blood sugar balancing diet is very simple. Your body is designed to burn glucose for energy. Carbohydrates, such as grains (bread, pasta, rice) and fruits, are broken down into glucose in the body. But in today’s typical western diet, the wrong types of carbohydrates are consumed excessively resulting in too much blood glucose. The excess is stored as fat, leaving the body craving even more food to meet its energy requirements.The body has lost blood sugar control and weight gain becomes inevitable. If your blood glucose levels are even, you’ll have a steady supply of energy and a healthy but balanced appetite. This is the reason you’ll have no problem maintaining the right weight on this diet. But if your blood sugar levels are too high, you’ll lay down fat, and if they are too low, you’ll feel tired and lethargic. Balance is key. A high proportion of people who are overweight or obese have di­fficulty keeping their blood sugar balanced. The result is exhaustion and further weight gain. And this is just the beginning

So the best way to be healthy, have abundant energy and be the right weight is to regain blood sugar control, which heralds the return of your body’s ability to burn fat. You’ll lose weight effortlessly, without having to starve, and gain health and vitality at the same time. Keeping your blood sugar balanced depends on choosing foods with a low GL. You might be amazed by some of the foods that have a high GL rating. Cornflakes have a very high GL, whilst peanuts do not. Also it is worth keeping in mind here to try and eat your fruits instead of drinking it.

Insulin is produced when there is an increased level of glucose in the blood. It is known as the fat storing hormone. Insulin’s job is to deliver glucose from the blood into our body’s cells to be used as fuel for energy. After eating high GL (sugary) foods the level of blood glucose can become particularly raised. Insulin then packs excess glucose away as fat.S ometimes too much glucose is packed away and this can lead to blood glucose levels becoming too low, resulting in tiredness, low mood, poor concentration and cravings for yet more sugary foods. so, a cycle of imbalanced blood glucose levels is set up. Eating a diet of high GL (sugary) foods puts a constant demand on the body to produce insulin. Eventually, what happens is that your cells can become insensitive and no longer respond to insulin, resulting in a lack of glucose in the cells to make energy and an excess of glucose in the blood. This is termed ‘insulin resistance’. You probably heard of it. Uncontrolled insulin resistance can then lead to type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

So Why blood sugar balancing works?

The blood sugar balancing diet is the best way of helping you to lose weight and improve health, easily and enjoyably.
It works with your body’s natural design. It has been tested over decades and is backed by hundreds of scientific trials.
Patrick Holford in the UK has led the development of the Low GL diet since 2005 and his Low GL books have been
translated into over 35 languages. Thanks to Patrick, the principles of blood sugar balancing are now more widely
understood and accepted.

There are 3 Simple rules:

  • Eat regularly
  • ALWAYS eat protein at every meal/snack
  • Be selective about the amount and type of starchy carbohydrates

Sounds simple? It is!  1 simple diet – blood sugar balancing

Following this programme is the most effective way to reduce
body fat, lose excess weight, gain health and turn your body’s
metabolism from storing fat to burning fat. You will become a
fat burner and feel more energetic than you have done for years.
The blood sugar balancing diet is not just a weight loss plan,
it’s a diet for life. It takes just 30 days to experience a dramatic
difference in how you look and feel.

What are the advantages of following the blood sugar balancing diet?

It works both in the short and the long termYou never feel hungry
It’s enjoyable
It’s safe
It makes you feel great
There’s no rebound weight gain when you follow the principles
It’s easy to follow
Within 7 days you will start to lose weight as quickly as you’ll gain energy
Within 20 days you’ll notice your skin has dramatically improved
Within 30 days you’ll be starting to feel like a new you
And within 3 months?
You will have seriously undamaged your health!
The blood sugar balancing diet has one controlling principle: If you gain blood sugar control, you lose weight, feel
satisfied and full of energy; if you lose bl If you gain blood sugar control, you lose weight, feel
satisfied and full of energy; if you lose blood sugar control, you gain weight and feel hungry and tired.


Hi there! I’m Ionela, but you can call me Ella. I’m a certified Health and Nutrition Coach, Skin therapist and mom living in the beautiful Galway, passionate about the powerful effects of nutrition.

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