What You Should Know
The G. I. Lean Diet is based on the glycemic index. It was developed by Dr. David Jenkins in 1981. He developed the diet to determine the carbohydrate value of certain foods by analyzing how quickly the food is broken down by the body. The foods with a lower glycemic index are healthier than those that have a higher glycemic index. The ones with a high glycemic index break down rapidly, releasing more glucose into the system and not allowing the body time to metabolize the food. This means they are quickly turned to fat, and the foods with lower indexes are metabolized slowly and therefore used by the body.
There are several different ingredients in the diet. The diet is based on four different stages, all of which require different things to work effectively. The first stage is a three day detox that includes the necessary vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and laxatives to cleanse the body. The weight loss here is not true weight loss, though it does excite many.
The second stage is a “kick start” program comprised of supplements which three supplements which are based on ingredients like CLA, HCA, and chromium.
The third stage is the point where dieters suppress their appetites with products that are centered on yerba mate and phaseolamin.
The final stage is the maintenance step where people have learned to identify the correct types of foods and continue to eat foods that will keep them healthy.
CLA is a chemical which may lead to the reduction of fat, while also increasing insulin resistance and the risk for diabetes.
HCA is hydroxycitric acid is shown to help metabolize fat in rats and may also have appetite suppression properties.
Chromium is a mineral which aids in the digestion of several things and helps with weight loss. The amount of chromium is unclear in the G. I. products.
Yerba mate is thought to be an appetite suppressant that contains a safer version of caffeine, but it may still cause side effects such as insomnia, and increased heart rate.
Phaseolamin is a carbohydrate blocker.
- Some products will increase fat burning potential.
- No satisfaction guarantee.
- Many steps and products throughout the program.
- No customer testimonials posted on the website.
- Does not provide appetite suppression.
- May not be the diet of choice for many.
- Pricing information and details are unavailable.
For the most part the diet is confusing and does not seem like it would be successful for many. By playing on a science that seems to logically make sense, many have capitalized on weight loss efforts of several dieters. The moral of the story is that just because something makes sense, it doesn’t have to work. Think about a low calorie diet… it ends up making you gain weight! Combine a healthy diet with an exercise program and drink plenty of water, and the weight will come off. If you are looking for a supplement, be sure to look for something that addresses fat burning along with the appetite suppression.