I used to think that grapefruit helped me to lose weight and I still did up to a few minutes. I’m thinking of going on a diet and wanted to start back eating grapefruit. Now, I’m not so sure that it will help me to shed the pounds.
I googled to see if I have been kidding myself all these years. And I came across an article about the grapefruit diet which has outlasted most of the fad diets.
The diet has been around since the 1930s and its fans claim that grapefruit contains certain enzymes that, when eaten before other foods, help burn off fat. It lasts 10-12 days and claims to help you lose as much as 10 pounds. It is recommended that
you eat grapefruit with every meal. There are variations to the diet but the classic version involves:
1. Cutting back on sugar and carbs (including rice, potatoes, and pasta)
2. Avoiding certain foods, such as celery and white onion
3. Eating more of foods that are high in protein, fat, and/or cholesterol (such as eggs, pork, and red meat)
4. Eating grapefruit or grapefruit juice before or with every meal
Does it work? Well, it turns out that grapefruit doesn’t burn fat. The water in it may be what keeps you full so that you eat less. And grapefruit can interfere with certain prescription drugs. If you have a health condition, check with your doctor about whether you should avoid eating grapefruit or drinking its juice.
It is recommended that you don’t bother with this diet even though you may lose weight, it’s unlikely you will keep it off because this diet isn’t doable long-term. Find a diet that will work for you and which will enable you to lose weight at a slower, and steadier rate which is better.
Keep eating grapefruit if you love the fruit, not to lose weight but just as a healthy part of your diet.