Montignac Diet – Basic Principles

Montignac Diet – Basic Principles

“We don’t gain weight because we eat too much, but because we eat poorly” said Michel Montignac, the author of a few famous books promoting the diet bearing a similar name. Although disputed by medical professionals who claim that it can cause a great amount of calories intake, this diet has gained numerous followers, especially among business men and the books providing recipes have known record sales worldwide. This diet’s success lies in its simplicity and low costs. Close to what is usually called “dissociated diet”, Montignac diet is based on the concept of glycemic index and lies on two main principles:

1 – The weight gain is linked to the consumption of “bad” carbohydrates. There are, actually, two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex. The complex ones ca be found in whole grains and vegetables. Because they contain longer chains of sugar molecules,, the human body needs more time to break down and use them. The decomposition process being low, the body gets a greater amount of energy. This is why they are the “good” carbohydrates.

The “bad” carbohydrates are the simple ones. Easily decomposed by the human body, they cause a significant and rapid secretion of insulin from the pancreas, fact which is the origin of a cascade of events, resulting, on the long run, in body fat increase and in weight gain. In order to lose weight, it is recommended to avoid those foods with high glycemic index, such as potatoes, white rice, carrots, beets, white bread and pasta. Other carbohydrate foods are allowed 2-3 times a week, but they have to be eaten alone.

2 – The association of fats  and sugars also promotes weight gain. Therefore, this plan does not recommend associating lipids and carbohydrates or animal protein and starches. For instance, the steak with fries, and even the fries alone combine carbohydrates and lipids. On the contrary, you can eat protein and fat, as long as they are eaten alone. Fruits are recommended, but without food, and cereals must be consumed raw (unrefined)  in order to reduce the glycemic index.

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