The grapefruit diet started as a very low-calorie, low-nutrition fad diet in the 1970’s and it has come in and out of popularity during every decade since then. It also used to be called the Hollywood diet or the Mayo Clinic Diet (even though it has no connection to the actual clinic).
The ‘new’ grapefruit diet, which is essentially a low-carb diet with the addition of grapefruit or grapefruit juice at every meal, keeps nutrition in mind. The diet is based on the belief that enzymes in grapefruit and other citrus fruits have powerful fat-burning capabilities. It all sounds kooky, but there has been research that has shown some connection between grapefruit and weight loss.
A 2004 study funded by The Florida Citrus Department found that participants lost an average of 3–4 pounds over 12 weeks by eating half a grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice with each meal and exercising regularly; many participants lost more than 10 pounds. It was hypothesized that the grapefruit reduced insulin levels, encouraging fat loss. However, the study involved a healthy diet with the addition of grapefruit, in contrast to a normal “grapefruit diet”.
This video from Howcast above shows you how to follow the new Grapefruit Diet plan.
Warning: If you are on any medications, check with your doctor first. Grapefruit interferes with certain medications.
Grapefruit Diet Plan: How to Do It
Step 1: Remember that this is a short-term diet.
You’re not supposed to follow this diet for more than a few weeks as it’s not a completely balanced nutritional plan.
Step 2: Eat breakfast every day.
Eat two eggs and two slices of bacon for breakfast with half a grapefruit or eight ounces of unsweetened grapefruit juice.
Step 3: Drink water.
Drink water throughout the day. In addition, you’re allowed one cup of coffee per day.
Step 4: Eat a low-carb lunch.
Eat a lunch of as much meat and salad (non-starchy vegetables) as you want with half a grapefruit or eight ounces of unsweetened grapefruit juice.
Step 5: Eat a low-carb dinner.
Eat a dinner that includes as much meat or fish as you want, salad or vegetables that are not starchy, and half a grapefruit or eight ounces of unsweetened grapefruit juice.
Step 6: Drink milk or tomato juice at night.
Every night, drink eight ounces of skim milk or tomato juice before going to bed.
* You may double or triple portions of meat or salad, but you can’t omit them.
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