Weight Loss Solution - The Montignac Method


The Montignac Method, created by a French nutritionist, is based on the principle of avoiding high glycemic index foods, such as carrots, potatoes and beets, which are rapidly converted into sugar, thus causing weight gain. Montignac Method is perfectly balanced, as it does not suggest the elimination of carbohydrates or lipids, but on the contrary, it is recommended to eat both in normal quantities. In addition, the weight loss is significant, it lasts and the cardiovascular risk factors are reduced.

Montignac Method is the result of scientific research which has been conducted since the early 80s and of experiments carried out by Michel Montignac in collaboration with numerous doctors and researchers.

The Montignac Method is not a diet in the traditional sense of the term, because a diet restricts the quantity of food and, consequently, must be limited in time. Instead, the Montignac Method is a nutritionally balanced programme that does not have quantitative restrictions, but which is based on choosing foods from all groups (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins), depending on personal preferences.

 The Montignac Method is based on modifying our eating habits to fit our goals: to lose weight (if the person is overweight); to prevent the risk of gaining weight; to prevent type II diabetes; to reduce the cardiovascular risk factors.

Some foods combinations are prohibited, such as lipids and sugars, or animal proteins and carbohydrates. Sugars are only allowed 2-3 times a day, but lipids and proteins can be eaten whenever you want as long as they are not combined. Fruits can be eaten between meals and cereals and vegetables should not be cooked in order to maintain a low glycemic index.

The Montignac Method provides advice to make the correct decisions regarding each food category, starting from simple criteria:

carbohydrates should be chosen based on their glycemic index (GI) - the lower the GI is, the more weight you lose;

 lipids should be chosen taking into account the criterion of cardiovascular risk factors because some lipids reduce the risk factors and also lead to weight loss.

The Principles of the Montignac Method

The basic principle is that hypocaloric diets are not effective because they focus on limiting the calorie intake.

The second principle consists in choosing nutritious foods, depending of their nutritional value: the recommended carbohydrates are those with a low and very low glycemic index, the lipids are chosen depending on the fatty acids, as follows: polyunsaturated omega 3 fatty acids (fish fat) and monounsaturated fatty acids (olive oil) are the best choice and saturated fatty acids (butter, meat fat) should be avoided; proteins should be chosen depending on their origin (plant or animal) and on the effect they have on the body.

The Phases of the Montignac Method

Phase I : The Weight-losing Phase

This phase varies depending on the number of kilos/pounds you want to lose. This phase consists of choosing lipids and proteins wisely, but also in consuming the recommended carbohydrates - those with a low glycemic index (under 35). The goal is to eat foods that do not cause a significant increase in blood glucose levels. The wise choice of foods not only that it prevents fat storage in the body (lipogenesis), but it also activates the processes that eliminate stored fat (lipolysis).

Phase II : Maintenance and Prevention Phase

The choosing of carbohydrates is still based on their glycemic index (GI), but it is possible to consume more than in Phase I.

Currently, the Montignac Method is considered one of the most promising options to conventional diets that in most cases are a failure. The Montignac Method is based on scientific studies conducted in the last 20 years, but also on the concrete positive results, provided by the people who tried it.

In the early 90s, Michel Montignac was the first who proposed to use the glycemic index to prevent and reduce obesity. Later, his theories were accepted and validated by numerous international experts in the field of nutrition.

Recommended Menu:

Breakfast: fruits, whole bread with fat free margarine, decaffeinated coffee, skimmed milk.

Lunch: avocado with vinaigrette sauce, steak and green beans, cheese, flat water.

Dinner: salad or vegetable soup without carbohydrates (croutons or noodles) omelette with mushrooms leaf vegetables (potherbs) salad fat free cheese or non fat yogurt

Advantages and Disadvantages of the Montignac Method


The Montignac Method is very effective in losing weight and afterwards, in avoiding putting it back. It is very easy to follow, which makes it ideal for active people who do not want that their diet take too much of their time.


The Montignac Method is too rich in lipids, it is possible to affect the cardiovascular systems. On the other hand, due to the low intake of carbohydrates, it can cause fatigue.

Source: http://www.montignac.com/

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