Ask Patrick: Weight Loss

  • 24 Feb 2016
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Weight Loss

Question: I stopped dieting on your GL diet before Christmas - I lost a few extra pounds due to stopping some medication at the same time - this means I am just 1lb under weight. I added extra GL in and have kept the weight the same this week. I still have 5GL that I could add in. Is the best way by adding more GL in or should I add in some extra meat,fish? How would someone put a few extra lbs back on? This is also important to remember if someone loses extra weight from a cough or being physically sick. Because I am 1lb underweight (minus that) is it ok to continue exercising? I don't need to lose anymore weight but I really enjoyed doing some aerobics in the evening and some interval training. The fatburners are good to give strength exercises. Should I keep doing these kind of exercises? It would be good to continue because I am a lot fitter.

Answer: Muscle is heavier than fat so keep doing the exercises. Just eat more in the same proportions eg a bigger ‘plate’ with one quarter protein, one quarter carbs and one half vegetables. Also, snack on seeds/nuts with fruit.

Question: Hi. Love your recipes but those in the Food GLorious Food book don't give GLs per portion! Where can I find these (esp Polenta Citrus Cake and Strawberry & Banana Cheesecake!) Thanks

Answer: Many foods just don't have a GI score, from which you can calculate the GL. You can guess using similar foods which do have a GI/GL score. We didn’t do the calculations for these recipes. If you have a recipe where the ingredients do have known GL scores (as in the inventory of foods in my GL counter) you can calculate the recipe’s GL score at I’ve done this roughly for the Polenta Citrus Cake. It comes out at about 8GLs per portion – good for maintenance, too much for weight loss.

Question: I would like to purchase the PH Get-up-and-Go Shake in SA. Dischem at Pavilion doesnt stock it. Please help, desperate!!!!

Answer: They do normally stock it. It was probably just out of stock when you visited. Give them a call to put some aside for you.

Question: I’ve just started the low GL diet, I'm a vegan, any tips out there? Also, I'm confused, is 3/4 tin of baked beans classed as protein? Would like to know if beans on sourdough toast is an acceptable lunch?

Answer: Have you read the chapter on ‘Fatburning for vegetarians’ in my Low GL Diet Bible. Key foods to include are beans, quinoa, chia, lentils. Beans on toast is a low GL lunch but you need some veg as well. For example, if you wanted this for breakfast have some tomato and mushrooms, or a bean paté such as hummus, with lots of salad or rocket, on toast. If you made a vegan chilli also have salad and salsa with it.

Question: Hi Patrick, I'm following the Low GL diet and love how healthy I feel. Many of your menu suggestions include olives which I just don't like but despite having all your books, I can't find the GL's for them so I can replace them with something similar. Please help

Answer: Olives have no GL, hence their recommendation, but you can just leave them out. There’s no need to replace them. I sometimes use sundried tomato paste instead of olive paste and capers instead of olives, but if you don't like olives you probably won’t like capers.

Question: I will be taking part in The Moon Walk in May. I don't suppose you would like to post an appropriate recipe for a snack that we could eat during our walk. I regularly cook from your recipe books and perhaps others could then realise the benefits of GL foods. Thank you!

Answer: When I was running long-distance I made a drink with slow, medium and fast-releasing sugars by combining grape juice with apple juice and a shot of Cherry Active concentrate, diluted half and half with water. The legendary long distance runners of Tarahumara in North Mexico use a chia based drink made from half a litre of water, a heaped tablespoon of chia seeds, a tablespoon of lemon juice and honey to taste. I’d give that a go. A friend of mine puts chia seeds into those old plastic camera film containers, then adds them to water, for endurance events. They need about 10 minutes to ‘dissolve’.

I’ve been working on some absolutely delicious and healthy low GL bars. I’m not sure if they’ll be out in May, by the time of your walk but, if they are, we’ll let you know through Facebook.

Question: Hi Patrick, what are your thoughts on Quorn?

Answer: Quorn is derived, or processed, from the fungus Fusarium venenatum, which had never before been used in human food before. So far, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has collected more than 2,000 reports of adverse reactions to Quorn. Adverse effects include nausea, cramps, diarrhea, forceful vomiting and anaphylactic reactions. In one study 10% of people had an adverse reaction. It may be fine for some, and I have eaten it on occasion, but I am also mindful that our immune systems are more likely to react to ‘foreign’ proteins, as they do with modern wheat, more than traditional proteins. I do not avoid ......

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