Grapefruit Diet - What you need to know

The grapefruit diet is often used as a natural way to lose weight. The grapefruit is a bitter fruit originated in Barbados around the 18th century. This fruit is a hybrid and is related to the orange. Originally it was frequently used as an ornamental plant but after sometime the fruit became a worthy agricultural product.

The fruit contains a wide variety of nutrients and is an excellent source of vitamin C. It also has a strong antioxidant and has some interesting antimicrobial properties. Grapefruit is naturally bitter but is often cooked to take away the sourness making it sweet.

The 12 day grapefruit diet is often called a fad diet because many people use it at some point then everybody forgets about it until someone remembers it again. This diet is quite simple; it involves consuming a lot of grapefruit for a certain period of time.

At this point you might be thinking what makes grapefruit so special?

Well, the fruit has certain properties that make it quite unique. One of the most popular claims is that the fruit has an enzyme that can burn fat easily. The fruit contains virtually no fat so eating a lot of it will not add any meaningful calories.


You have to remember an important detail, this kind of diet is not be used for a prolonged period of time.

The purpose of the diet is to achieve a quick weight loss. 

The weight loss in this kind of plan can be quite dramatic, approximately like 40 to 50 pounds, so if a person wants to lose something like 5 to 10 pounds this diet is definitely not appropriate.

It is also a short term plan, if you desire a long term weight loss and a healthier life with lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure you should stick to a balanced diet.
The grapefruit diet goes with a light breakfast and ½ grapefruit or 8 oz of unsweetened juice. The lunch can consist of lean cuts of meat with a vegetable salad and ½ of a grapefruit or drink 8 oz of unsweetened juice. The dinner includes again the half of a grapefruit or juice, a fresh salad with any natural dressing and steamed fish. At the end of the dinner a cup of tea or coffee could be used as well.

Other things to keep in mind is that in the diet people are supposed to drink 8 glasses of water daily and not eat anything between the meals. The grapefruit diet plan requires following the menu for 12 consecutive days then taking a break for 2 days then repeating for the next 2 months.

Remember to talk to your doctor or nutritionist before starting any kind of diet plan.


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