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The Grapefruit Diet

By: Kelly Mellott

What it is: Meant to be followed for 14 days, the Grapefruit Diet is a quick-fix crash diet that has been around for a few years. While there is no scientific research to back it, the Grapefruit Diet has been known to cause dramatic weight loss in a short period of time.

How it works: Don’t be confused by the magazine articles you may read, nutritionists agree that the weight loss attributed to this diet is not due to the magic power of the grapefruit but instead the suggested low-calorie consumption (around 800 calories). For this reason, many nutritionists warn that this diet can cause malnutrition and weakness and should not be followed for an extended period of time.

What you do: While on the Grapefruit Diet, a typical day of eating would include a breakfast of half a grapefruit, two slices of bacon and two eggs. For lunch, you’d have another grapefruit half with as much meat as you’d like and a salad with a dressing of your choice. For dinner, an average meal would consist of half a grapefruit, fish or another lean meat and a salad or a buttered red or green vegetable. Before bed, diets may permit themselves 8 ounces of skim milk.

Benefits: The Grapefruit Diet has seen many folks through a quick weight loss and the plan promotes heart health while reducing cholesterol. Also, since grapefruits are a great source of beta-carotene, you’ll be getting a healthy does while following the plan.

Downside: This diet has an extremely low in-take of calories and is not a long-term solution for weight loss. Once you stop following the Grapefruit Diet, the pounds will come back if you return to your regular eating habits with no exercise plan (the Grapefruit Diet does not provide any exercise suggestions). And if you aren’t a fan of grapefruits, this one is not for you.

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I used this diet a long time ago and I have to tell you it works. Also, it is not necessarily a low calorie diet. It is very low in carbs, dairy and sugar. It is not necessarily low in fat. I would start the day w/a glass of grapefruit juice. Then I would eat half a grapefruit, 2 eggs, cooked any way and 2 slices of bacon (turkey or otherwise). Then for lunch I would have whatever meat I wanted, cooked pretty much any way I wanted and a huge salad w/oil and vinegar or any lite dressing and half a grapefruit. For dinner I would eat whatever meat I wanted again and tons of red or green veges (no corn, beans or potatoes) with butter and of course the half grapefruit. I never had the skim milk. Supposedly the grapefruit acted as a catalyst and helped your body not only get rid of excess water (as a diuretic) but also helped your body process the food efficiently and burn calories. When I was on this diet I was never hungry, in fact I ate large amounts of food, lost about 10 pounds in 2 weeks and because I was eating fruit (albeit only grapefruit) and other carbs through veges I never felt deprived like I did on Atkins. The only down side, as they stated was that when I started eating normally I gained all the weight back. So, I would recommend staying on this diet for at least 4 weeks and then very slowly reintroducing carbs, etc. and incorporating lower calories and exercise. It was the easiest diet I ever went on and if you need to lose weight quickly it's one of the safest in my opinion. Good luck everyone!

Instead of eating the half of grape fruit, could one drink the juice and still loose the weight.

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