The Grapefruit Diet, also known as the Hollywood Diet has been around since the 1930s, used with spectacular results by generations of celebrities. The diet claims that the grapefruit has a fat-burning enzyme and while recent studies show that the grapefruit doesn’t actually burn fat, there are other factors at play that help you lose weight – its nourishing values make for a consistent low-calorie meal that gives you a sensation of fullness and its sour taste cuts away your urges to eat anything unhealthy for a while.
I found an interesting study that was performed amongst 100 obese people who were divided into three groups: one group ate half a grapefruit before each meal, the second one drank grapefruit juice before each meal and the third group received no grapefruit. After 12 weeks, the first and the second group lost 7 times more weight than the third one.
The weight loss wasn’t the only benefit. The results of the studies shown that the grapefruit-consuming participants had lower levels on insulin. Insulin is a hormone produces by the pancreas and it regulates the metabolism, by promoting the absorption of glucose (sugar) for energy or storing it for future use. It also helps to keep your blood sugar from getting too low or too high and reduces the risk of diabetes.
As one last praise to the miracle fruit that is the grapefruit, know that they are full in nutrients, low in calories, fat free, high in fiber and in Vitamin C. They can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer and really the only downside is that you can’t eat it in public, due to all the weird Frankensteinian faces you’ll make eating it.
The Grapefruit Diet is relatively simple to follow, but it takes some habit-forming discipline at first: You have to eat 1/2 of grapefruit before each meal. It will speed up your metabolism and make you eat fewer calories overall. Some tests showed that it’s possible to lose 10 pounds in 12 days by following this diet. It’s certain that eating more grapefruit will contribute to a healthy diet.
You’ll also want to watch what you eat on your main meals. This version of the diet involves cutting carbs (pasta, bread, rice, potatoes) and sugar. Also make sure you include plenty of other fruits and vegetables in your diet as well, especially bananas, pineapples and other fruits for the sweet tooth. Instead of fried food, try to eat baked, grilled, or steamed food and challenge yourself to keep to this diet for longer stretches of time. This is not one of those “starve-till-you-can’t-take-it-anymore” kinds of diets that will make you break into and rob a chocolate factory as soon as it’s over. The challenge with the Grapefruit diet is actually forming the habit of buying, carrying and eating the grapefruits before each meal.
Hopefully, if you manage to lose 10 pounds in 12 days as other people reported to do with the Grapefruit Diet, will keep you motivated and help you make the first steps into a healthier lifestyle.
Before you start the diet, make sure that you are not allergic to citruses and you are not taking any medicine that can interact with grapefruit juice.