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The Grapefruit Diet

The Grapefruit Diet

Fruit diet is a quick fix that may drop pounds, but it's not healthy.

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For years, the Grapefruit Diet has remained among the most popular of quick-fix fad diets. While the Grapefruit Diet makes for a great magazine article, nutritionists say it does not offer a well-balanced plan that you could follow for any extended length of time because your body requires more nutrients and calories than this calls for.

It's true that people following the Grapefruit Diet drop significant pounds in about 14 days. This is more likely correlated to the significant loss of calories than it is any weight-burning power the grapefruit may hold. The Grapefruit Diet suggests a total daily calorie consumption of around 800 calories, and nutritionists hold a healthy diet would have at least 1,200.

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  • The grapefruit is a good source of beta-carotene
  • Helps reduce cholesterol and promotes heart health
  • Not a long-term solution
  • Not enough variation in nutrients
  • Not enough calories

A day on the Grapefruit Diet would look like this:

  • Breakfast with half a grapefruit, two pieces of bacon and two eggs.
  • Lunch with half a grapefruit, as much meat as you like and a salad with your favorite dressing.
  • Dinner would include half a grapefruit, fish or meat, another salad with dressing or substitute buttered red or green vegetables. You can drink coffee or tea.
  • Before bed you could have 8 ounces of skim milk.

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This is not a diet that could sustain a person for any length of time because of the unhealthy calorie intake. You will lose noticeable weight in a short amount of time, but as soon as you stop following the Grapefruit Diet the pounds will just as quickly return.

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I don't know why this diet receives a lot of disapproval everywhere.

I did this diet for about 3 1/2 months back in 2010 and lost 70 pounds. I went from 260 to 190 and competed in weightlifting while following the diet, ending up with a state medal in high school. It took me about 3 or 4 years of eating carelessly to put that weight back on.

Don't listen to all this professional bullshit about putting the weight back on as soon as you quit the diet. It's not true. I recommend you stick with the diet for at least a month though.

I myself just started it again 8 days ago, and have already lost 10 pounds. I started at 227 and have dropped to 217. I plan on going back down to 190 or lower.

posted Sep 29th, 2015 8:15 am

Arnold Passyer


I started this diet and after 12 days gained 89 pounds!

posted Apr 23rd, 2015 1:21 pm



I have done this diet long term several times. It is a very easy diet to follow, and the weight does come off . . . . slowly, for me. The first time I did this diet, I remember it taking three days until I knew weight was coming off . . . I remember feeling different, too . . . Less anxious . . . I use this diet in conjunction with other diets to slowly lose. I recommend grapefruit be added to any diet when weight loss stalls, because it does seem to have an effect on weight.

I probably lost only two or three pounds every two weeks on this diet. But, weight does not want to leave me. It really loves me. I have a real love-hate relationship with my weight. I keep trying to pack its bags, but it won't leave. LOL.

posted Mar 7th, 2014 7:30 pm

Mom of 3 girls

Starting today weighing in at 162. Will respond with my results after 12 days.

posted Dec 3rd, 2013 1:47 pm

Anita M

I started my diet today at 156.6 so I will see what happens 12 days from now.

posted Nov 7th, 2013 4:01 pm



I am starting this diet tomorrow 28/09/2013. I will weight in the morning and I will let you know every day how is it going. Good luck to everyone.

posted Sep 27th, 2013 11:00 am



I started this diet on Monday 9/16/2013. i am the biggest i ever been which is 248 i need to lose at least 70 pounds, i have done this diet in the past and lost about 25 pounds in one month.... will post my weight loss on monday 9/23/2013.

posted Sep 17th, 2013 4:42 pm

on a mission to lose 25

Day 1 weighed in at 164.4

posted Sep 9th, 2013 2:49 pm

on a mission to lose 25

I did this diet in January losing 20 pounds in a month. I'm going to try again for the next 4 weeks and go for 20 more. Going for a total loss of 30 pounds overall.

posted Sep 5th, 2013 11:02 pm


Starting tomorrow!

posted Aug 7th, 2013 9:59 pm



I started this grapefruit diet on Monday and Wednesday I saw that 2 kg are already gone. It does work people, just don't give up. Is nothing harmful in this diet since you eat meat, eggs,salads etc. Don't cheat and you will have great results. To keep you weight after finishing this diet, just don't go back to the bad habits like pizza, sweets and MC'Donalds....promise you the weight will stay off.

posted Jul 24th, 2013 10:56 am

Mom of 3

start weight 166.6 Good Luck to anyone on their journey to a new you.

posted Jun 19th, 2013 12:56 pm

Mom of 3

I'm starting tomorrow. Weight 168, hoping to drop 10 in 12 days. Good Luck everyone! Activia isn't allowed on this diet, no snacks just stick to what the diet shows. It works if you follow it.

posted Jun 18th, 2013 5:49 pm



Started Diet today... weighing in at 190 (never have I been this size :'( Need positive feedback.
Do any of you know if activia is something that could be eaten for the snack? I have digestion problems and was trying that but if not then I'll just throw it away...

posted Jun 17th, 2013 5:42 pm

Mom of 3

Back at it again tomorrow!!! Going for 10 more pounds by June 16th. Wish me luck and same to all of you. :)

posted Jun 4th, 2013 10:28 pm



starting in the morning.....253#

posted Jun 4th, 2013 9:03 pm



I started last week on, i think, Wednesday and lost 5 lbs when I stopped on Friday. I started at 200lbs and dropped to 195 in 3 days Didnt do it over the weekend but ive only gained back 2 lbs but i love it. I also do about 500 crunches a night to help out with the results

posted Jun 4th, 2013 7:29 pm

Mom of 3


posted Jun 4th, 2013 1:46 pm


I last 45 pounds of this diet about 7years
Ago. Right now I am 251 pounds which is the
Biggest i have ever been. Tomorrow I will be
Starting this diet.

posted May 22nd, 2013 12:22 am


I have done this diet back in 2007, and lost 50pounds

Now weighing 250 pounds I need a miracle.
Will start morning

posted May 22nd, 2013 12:10 am


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