February 25, 2013 by Johanna Burani
On February 21, 2013 the New York Times reported on a recent study about obesity in the United States. It was conducted by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. The time frame under scrutiny was from 1999 to 2010. The results of this study are the most current numbers we can put to the obesity crisis in America.
The bad news is that one third of American adults are obese and 15% of American children and adolescents are too.
The good news is that the adult obesity stats are plateauing and adults are consuming fewer fast food calories. More good news is that kids are eating fewer calories every day (75-150) than 10 years ago. This is a good match given the general physical inactivity of the average American young person.
We still have a long way to go to improve our nation’s weight status statistics but seeing even some improvements is a cause to cheer. At least we’re pointed in the right direction. We just need to stay focused and unwavering in our collective desire to feel good – better – best.
And here comes the very good news: Including low glycemic (GI) carbs in our daily diet helps keep us feeling full longer and having more sustained energy throughout the day. This is the perfect metabolic set-up to eat fewer calories and enjoy wholesome foods while working on those extra pounds.
So what are some low GI carbs to try right away? What do you think about rye or sourdough bread, old fashioned oats, a homemade strawberry smoothie, or al dente pasta, maybe some lentil soup or a bean salad, apples, pears, cherries or berries? All of these are low GI carbs that will keep you feeling full and energetic for hours after your meal. You can also click on the “Recipes” tab on this website for some great-tasting, wholesome low GI dishes. You may be surprised at what you find there!