What is the Grapefruit Diet?

The grapefruit diet, also known as the Hollywood diet, has been promoted since the 1930’s as having mysterious fat burning properties. The founder of this diet is unknown and although different versions exist, the commonalities include twelve days of limited choices of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner combined with half a grapefruit and grapefruit juice. The total calories permissible per day is between 800 and 1000 calories.

grapefruit What is the Grapefruit Diet?

There have been a couple of small studies conducted to determine the benefits of a grapefruit diet that show an average weight loss of just over 3 pounds in a twelve week period. Researchers concluded that there may be a property in grapefruit that decreases insulin levels in the body that then triggers weight loss. However, most experts agree that anyone on a restricted low calorie diet will loose weight while on the diet. Unfortunately weight lost is mostly from fluid and not from fat. Furthermore, once the diet has ended the weight returns if behavioral changes haven’t also been incorporated.

The grapefruit diet is a classic example of food and health trends that get promulgated and exalted as the best quick fix to loosing weight. Grapefruit is a healthy fruit that has a lot of benefits but the key to sustained, long term weight loss remains to be:

1) Exercise – you don’t have to join a gym and have intense workouts to get in shape.  The benefits of walking even for thirty minutes three times a week has been proven in multiple studies to assist with weight loss and a reduction in risk for chronic medical illnesses.  Other options include taking the stairs instead of the elevator and choosing a parking space that is at the farthest end of the parking lot.

2) Healthy Eating – we have become a fast food society. It is so easy to go through a drive through and order food that is full of empty calories that provide little nutrition.  It’s also easy to incorporate a double frappachino into our daily schedule. Try adding one healthy item to your meal or snack choices each day. Stay away from double portions, fried foods and too many snacks.

3) Behavior Change – changes in the choices that you make in the way you live your life are not limited to food and exercise. Other critical choices include getting the recommended eight hours of sleep each night and decreasing the stress in your life.

In conclusion, the grapefruit diet is not recommended.  If you would like to try the grapefruit diet note that grapefruit does interfere with several medications so it is important to consult with your medical provider prior to starting.

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