The UK’s leading nutrition and diet expert, Patrick Holford, spoke with a reporter recently ahead of his seminar in Belfast, to explain why we should all take a look at our diets if we want to lose weight and stay healthy.
The nutrition guru’s “GL diet” revolution revolves around a very simple argument: we need to care more about what we eat, how often we eat and when we eat to keep in control of our blood sugar level.
By doing this, we can help to reduce our risk of getting diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, while enjoying permanent weight loss, extra energy, a better mood, better memory and clearer skin.
As a leading expert in his field with numerous TV and radio appearances, plus a string of best-selling books to his name, Patrick knows his research inside out.
His seminars in Europe are full of insights.
“It’s for everyone,” he explains. “It’s very practical, you’ll leave knowing what to do and how to protect yourself from disease.
“It’s a life changing experience.”
Patrick started his academic career in the field of psychology and, while completing his bachelors degree in experimental psychology at the University of York, he researched the role of nutrition in mental health and illness.
In 1984 he founded the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION), a charitable and independent educational trust which furthers education and research in nutrition.
His recent trip to Belfast formed part of his current tour of the UK, and was Patrick’s seventh professional visit to the city. Thanks to his previous visits, he knows exactly what local people are most concerned about.
“They have weight concerns, depression concerns and cancer concerns,” he explains.
Patrick argues that GI diets don’t work that well and that high carb diets such as Atkins aren’t sustainable.
By contrast, his GL (which stands for glycaemic load) diet is sustainable in the long term.
“You can eat carbs, but the right ones in the right proportion,” he explains.
“It’s sustainable, not too restrictive and, among the benefits, it causes rapid weight loss and gives added energy.”
His GL diet is based around three basic rules: eat low-GL foods by cutting out sugar and refined carbs, always eat protein and carbs together and graze rather than gorge.
“It’s an easy lifestyle to follow,” he adds.
“Like learning to ride a bike, you need to know a few things first, but after that, you have the skill for life.”
Source: Belfast Telegraph