Grapefruit has been prized as a ‘super food’ consumed by even celebrities to aid in weight loss and is guaranteed to make you lose weight fast, if you are obese and is struggling to lose weight? This is the ideal diet for you, many people claim that grapefruit contains certain enzymes that, when eaten before other foods, help burn off fat. The grapefruit diet was originated in the 1930s but its originator is unknown and became popular in the 1970s and involves a set number of days on the diet followed by two “break” days. It was re-popularized in the 1980s and nicknamed the “10-day, 10-pounds-off diet”.
This diet will also improve your overall health, a rich source of vitamins A, C, fiber, potassium, magnesium, folate, riboflavin, pyridoxine, thiamine, iron, calcium, copper and phosphorus. Grapefruit is very low in calories and consists of only 42 calories per 100 grams. Thus it is a good option for people who want to lose weight. Foods with fiber leave you feeling full and grapefruit is rich in water soluble fiber. So grapefruit diet is an excellent choice, in addition, grapefruit is full of flavonoids which help the body fight infections and keeps the body free from carcinogens that can cause cancer. Eating two grapefruits a day help to reduce gum bleeding. Grapefruits also increase plasma vitamin C levels and help to manage periodontal disease; it also strengthens the immune system.
Even though the grapefruit diet is a good choice, as we know too much of anything is not good for the body and because of its acidity it is not healthy to eat too much acidic citrus fruit all throughout the day for long periods. It will increase the acidity level in your stomach and increasing the probability to get a sore stomach, gastritis or even ulcerous diseases. If you suffer any of this or other digestive tract ailments, you should stop consuming grapefruit. If you are on this diet, monitor how you feel every day as there are reports that some persons experienced diarrhoea in the beginning of the program, and this can lead to dehydration if not treated immediately.
This diet basically consists of eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice with healthy meals three times per day, that’s eating grapefruit with every meal and exercise. This diet plan definitely works, when used correctly it will make you lose weight quickly, below is an example of a grapefruit diet meal plan:
- 2 eggs, 2 slices of bacon, black coffee, 1/2 grapefruit or 8 ounces grapefruit juice
- Salad with salad dressing, unlimited meat, and 1/2 grapefruit or 8 ounces grapefruit juice
- Red or green vegetables (except starchy ones such as peas, beans, corn, sweet potatoes) or salad, unlimited meat or fish, and 1/2 grapefruit or 8 ounces grapefruit juice
- Bedtime snack
- 8 ounces skim milk”
Grapefruit diet is a low calorie diet but nevertheless it has some side effects, eating too much grapefruit can affect the liver, and should not be used or given to children or used by pregnant women. In the end, it does have some great reviews.