Day 229 (W, 110817) — Thoughts on the Glycemic Index; Max Capacity Training Day 29

Busy busy busy.  I am crazy busy with work lately and don’t have time to write anything long today. Instead, here’s an article from SparkPeople.com s/low carbers will probably find interesting:

Pros and Cons of the Glycemic Index: Rank Carbohydrates Using the Glycemic Index

….The Glycemic Index ranks carbohydrate-containing foods (on a scale from 0 to 100) based on their effects on blood sugar levels in the body. Foods are ranked based on how they compare to a reference food—either glucose or white bread. A food with a high glycemic index (70 or above) will elevate your blood glucose higher—and more quickly—than a food with a medium or low glycemic index (55 or less)….

The glycemic index is a marvelous tool for ranking carbohydrate-containing foods, but it’s still in its infancy and needs additional research. It can be challenging for individuals to make healthy food choices, and the glycemic index can add another level of complication to a person’s diet. Although it does have some practical benefits, here are a few of the limitations of the glycemic index…..

SparkPeople’s Stance

The glycemic index is one option for ranking the healthfulness of carbohydrate-containing foods, but it’s not perfect—and more research is needed. It’s not a bad idea to be aware of the glycemic index and applying some of its principles when choosing carbohydrates for blood sugar control and filling power. Just don’t rely fully on the glycemic index as a guide for what to eat and what to avoid.

I’d love to hear y’all’s thoughts on what they have to say.

Max Capacity Training. In keeping with this weeks 50-10 theme, MCT Day 29 is the following exercises in a 50-10 timing protocol.

  1. Staggered Push-ups:
  2. Sprinter’s Squats:
  3. Air Force Crunches:
  4. Lalanne Plank:

This seems like it is going to a balanced workout, hitting chest, legs, and core pretty evenly.

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Plan for Week 33.

Day Fast? SCD? Run? MCT?
Sunday No No No No
Monday Yes Yes No Yes
Tuesday Yes No Yes No No
Wednesday Yes Yes No Yes
Thursday Yes Yes No No
Friday Yes Yes No Yes
Saturday No No Yes No

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2 responses to “Day 229 (W, 110817) — Thoughts on the Glycemic Index; Max Capacity Training Day 29

  1. I had never even heard of G.I. before reading 4HB. (Is that what the G.I. stands for in G.I. Joe?)
    It’s working well for me in losing weight, but where I think the test will come is during maintenance (winter). In the past, I lumped all carbs together, as a result, I consumed mostly processed carbs; pastries, bread, tortillas, pitas etc… The result was 20lb weight gain over the winter months (roughly a pound a week, ouch). I’m not looking forward to winter (who would?) but I am anxious to see how my new food choices will affect my body fat when I’m more sedentary during that period.

    I asked Mark, and I’ll ask you; do you follow the warm-up recommendation in MCT? Aerobic to sweat, then 5 of each exercise before starting your workout?

    • I generally don’t think about the G.I. much…so long as I eat the things I know fit well into a low carb / SCD, it isn’t a concern; all of the acceptable foods on such diets have a low G.I.

      As for warming up, if it is a new workout, and I haven’t done the exercises before, I’ll do one or two to test the mechanics of the movement and make sure I know how to do them correctly. Otherwise, I just jump right in and begin.

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