Montignac was a French pharmaceutical executive—I won’t hold that against him. While his work came with the luxury of dining out—and he put on the pounds—his work also gave him access to scientific literature. After learning about the newly developed glycemic index, he wondered if it would work for weight loss. He developed a plan and in three months, he lost 30 pounds. Since then, Montignac has authored 20 books on diet and health, achieving international fame—though I never hear of him before.
Montignac was so convinced with his method that he claims people don’t have to exercise. It works that well, he says. He is, of course, criticized for this view, but I’m sure he didn’t mean for us to sit around on our asses. And no one follows a diet 100%, 100% of the time, so exercise is an important adjunct.
Montignac doesn’t pander to our never-ending need for prescriptive advice in all aspects of our lives, and instead focuses on food. Exercise is for toning up the skin and muscle while we’re losing weight. And I’m sure there are other health benefits to regular exercise, as well enjoying each other’s company over a game of tennis or a hike.
Be aware of imitators
Montignac warns that his original GI method has been perverted and I think Rick Gallop may be an example. I noticed that Gallop, author of The G.I. Diet, includes sweeteners in his recipes and he makes other mistakes such as rating potatoes and cooked carrots as green,as in low GI. He simplifies the food list by using green, yellow, and red—green for go, yellow for caution and, well you get it, red for stop. But I don’t think this popular guy properly understands the glucose theory if he recommends sweeteners. And he says that products such as stevia, an herbal extract grown in Asia and South America, haven’t been tested enough for him to recommend. Well duh, stevia has been around for centuries.
Gallop also includes a chapter written by his wife, who is some kind of therapist. She writes on the “emotional reasons why we eat.” We don’t need to go into our childhood messes; we should simply move forward replacing old habits with new habits.
It’s the going the back, that keeps us going back, instead of forward. Take that therapist!
• • • Resources
Globe & Mail Article: Stevia is sweet – but is it safe?
Supplier of stevia and other health products: Now Foods
• • • Blogs
The Daily Waffle
The Paraguay Sugar Leaf
The Knowledge Challenge