Do you remember the grapefruit diet?
It’s one of the oldest and most rigorous diets in the world.
It dates back to the 1930’s.
It became very popular during 1980’s.
Throughout America it has become known as Hollywood diet.
Hmm…Hollywood, celebrities, weight loss… Sounds like a fad to me!
But how did it survive for such a long time then?!?
With no more than 800 calories per day, the main goal of grapefruit diet is to speed up the metabolism.
At the time, nutritionists were skeptical. They thought the grapefruit diet was too strict.
Since its inception, enough time has passed for it’s popularity to fluctuate over time.
Almost all Hollywood and celebrity related diets are often exaggerated and appear to base its premise to that one magical pill or secret. Often, they are very rigorous and dangerous.
Is this diet one of them?
The latest study shows its effects on losing weight…
Study on 100 obese people
The study was carried out at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego.
By adding a grapefruit and grapefruit juice, you can really help reduce your body weight.
But unlike a rigorous version of the grapefruit diet from the ’80s, a more modern science-based version shows that similar weight loss effects can be achieved without so much restrictions.
With no more than 800 calories a day, the main goal of the grapefruit diet is to speed up metabolism and reduce body weight.
During 1980’s, nutritionist thought the grapefruit diet was a myth and that it was hazardous to health because of low calorie restrictions.
Dr. Fujioka, PhD, was surprised by the results of the research: “I’m surprised, that many people have been talking about Grapefruit diet for so many years now, and we finally have results that can confirm the effectiveness of this diet. The participants in the study did not change the diet during the study, the only change was that we included a little physical activity, grapefruit and grapefruit juice. ”
The study included 100 obese people who were divided into 3 groups.
The first group ate half a grapefruit before each meal 3 times a day.
The other group drank grapefruit juice before each meal.
The third group did not consume grapefruit at all.
After 12 weeks, members of the first group lost on average 1.63 kg, members of the second group lost 1.49 kg on average, while members of the third group lost only 0.22 kg.
But this is not the only good side of this story.
Scientists have found that members of the first and second groups who consumed grapefruit had lower levels of insulin, which reduces the risk of diabetes.
Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels.
How to Apply Grapefruit to a Diet
According to the creators, the diet should last no more than 10 consecutive days.
Since it’s very strict, my suggestion is that it doesn’t last for more than 5 days.
Count calories and don’t eat more than 800 calories per day.
1 Grapefruit has 42 calories.
- Eat half a grapefruit for breakfast + 35 calories If you do not like the taste of grapefruit and want to sweeten it a bit, then add a sweetener such as Stevia. Do not add processed sugar.
- With each meal, drink one glass of 150 ml grapefruit juice. If necessary, it can be diluted with sugar-free lemonade. + 45 calories
- Add grapefruit to salads – it goes well with chicken, crabs, avocado, red onion, celery, spinach.
- Drink grapefruit juice instead of processed sodas – squeeze grapefruit, orange and lemon and add natural sweetener such as Stevia.
Grapefruit goes great with alcoholic beverages like vodka or gin. Just don’t overdo it 🙂
How to make grapefruit cocktail
Ideal for special occasions while chatting with your friends on how to lose weight 🙂
Mix 50ml vodka, 75ml vodka and 75ml cranberry juice. Serve with a few cubes of ice.
Why this is NOT a good diet?!?
Although this diet is promoting metabolic improvement, many experts believe that just by consuming grapefruit metabolism won’t be significantly improved and won’t contribute to long term weight loss.
Accelerated metabolism is achieved by regular physical activity and exercise.
Grapefruit diet is very rigorous and no one should apply it for more than few days.
Yes it can lead to losing more than 10 pounds a week since it’s a very calorie restricted, but without a doubt it’s not healthy, especially not long term.
Grapefruit is recommended to be added as an adjunct to your current diet.
With 800 calories your body will not get enough energy for normal functions and it will go into starvation mode. This means that your body will experience a shock and every other food you eat will be stored as fat deposit. In order to have spare energy in case you get into starvation mode again in the future.
Side effects are malocclusion and dizziness due to lack of energy.
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