The Montignac Diet: Good Carbs VS Bad Carbs

February 23, 2011

Diet Foods, Diets & Nutrition

If you love your food, then the Montignac Diet will be worth a try. Created by Frenchman Michael Montignac, this diet is based on classifying carbohydrate-rich foods according to their glycemic index, which is a ranking system for carbs based on their effect on blood glucose levels after meals.


Good VS Bad Carbs

Carbohydrates are not banned, but the Montignac Diet classifies the carbs into two categories: The Good and Bad.

High GI carbohydrates are "bad" and are found in sweets, potatoes, rice and white bread, while the "good" low GI carbohydrates include whole grains, food rich in fiber, some rice varieties and wheat pasta.

Montignac Method 2 Phases

Phase I- The weight losing phase consists chiefly of eating the appropriate carbs, namely those with a glycemic index of 35 or lower.

Phase II– Stabilization and Prevention phase. Any carbohydrate desired can be eaten, as long as glycemic outcome is enhanced.

The Rules

  • Fats and carbohydrates should never be eaten together.
  • Wine or beer is permitted, but never exceed one small glass.
  • Fresh fruits should never be eaten with meals
  • Eating at regular intervals is a must
  • Be active as much as possible
  • Consume lots of water

The Skinny

On the whole, the Montignac diet aims to be a nutritional concept focusing on people who wish to lose weight efficiently. This is yet another eating plan endorsing the concept of food combining, and has the goal of changing the way people eat, not by limiting their food intake, but by choosing what foods can and cannot be combined.


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