Tart and tangy, sweet and juicy – grapefruit is one of my VERY favorite fruits, especially in the summer. Summer is officially here and everywhere I go, it seems everyone is on some kind of a diet. The Paleo diet, low-carb diet, raw food diet, no sugar diet – you name the diet and someone is doing it.
The one diet that you may not have heard too much about, although it was very popular in the 1930s and 1970s, is “The Grapefruit Diet” or otherwise known as “The Hollywood Diet.” The premise to this diet is to basically eat half a grapefruit before each meal. The enzymes in grapefruit, when combined with protein, triggers fat burning which can result in weight loss.
The common regimen of The Grapefruit Diet is completed over a period of 12 days with a 2 day rest period and then the regimen starts up again if you so choose. It is believed that within the 12 day period, you can lose 10 pounds! Keep in mind, most of this weight loss is just water weight. Once you stop incorporating grapefruit in your diet, the weight is thought to return very quickly.
Here is a clinical trial done by the Scripps clinic in San Diego:
“The 12-week pilot study, led by Dr. Ken Fujioka, monitored weight and metabolic factors, such as insulin secretion, of the 100 men and women who participated in the Scripps Clinic “Grapefruit Diet” study. On average, participants who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost 3.6 pounds, while those who drank a serving of grapefruit juice three times a day lost 3.3 pounds. However, many patients in the study lost more than 10 pounds….. The researchers speculate that the chemical properties of grapefruit reduce insulin levels and encourage weight loss.”
So for those of you out there looking to lose a few pounds before heading to the beach this weekend, eating delicious, juicy grapefruit isn’t so terrible now is it? =)
You can also substitute and drink fresh squeezed grapefruit juice if you are on-the-go, ie. driving and can’t eat a real, whole grapefruit.
This is the safest “diet” to adopt since it doesn’t require you to cut out foods or limit your caloric intake. Remember, if you are trying to shed some pounds, exercise is a key component too. By exercising you are increasing your metabolism and building lean muscles to not only look better but feel better too.
Not only is grapefruit delicious and can potentially help you shed some water weight, but it is packed with vitamin C, is a simple carbohydrate, and high in fiber. It is high in the antioxidant lycopene, thought to help reduce the incidence of kidney stones, lower cholesterol, and protect against colon cancer.
So even if you don’t lose 10 pounds, know that you are still doing your body lots of good by eating that grapefruit!