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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 started this on January 2. It is now January 6, and I have lost 7 pounds. I didn't follow it to a tee because sometimes I will have a 1/2 cup of oatmeal with a 1/2 of skim milk with some cinnamon for flavor. I've tried this before (Jan. 26-March 19) and lost 50 pounds. I cheated a lot during that time too because I ate pizza. and I also ate a lot of soups. I did work out every day though, and I mean every day because on the days I am supposedly supposed to take off I just did really light exercises. I also drank nothing but water, and sometimes some skim milk. I cut all juices, and ate fruit instead. I will keep updating.

posted Jan 6th, 2011 1:23 pm



I've been struggling with weight for 2 years now since I had my youngest daughter. Nothing seemed to work for me. I started the grapefruit diet 3 weeks ago and have already lost 10 pounds give or take a little. I never thought I would lose it. I could see myself getting fatter and fatter by the week. I'm so thankful for the grapefruit diet. I plan to stay on it for a long time. Even without the weight loss, it has made me feel better about my eating habits and I never get that "too full" feeling anymore. I can't wait to lose more! =D

I have only cheated two times, with thin crust grilled chicken ceasar piizza, and so far the weight hasn't changed. A lot of my friends have tried this, but they go in knowing they can't do it and they fail. I hate dieting, but even when I feel like I'm starving myself seeing the pounds shed off with this diet is soo worth it. I don't exercise, but plan to start when the pounds stop dropping so. Summertime in a bikini, here I come! (I hope)

posted Jan 4th, 2011 4:01 pm


i started it on saturday and had lost 2 pounds in two days but i've gained one pound since yesterday ..i had milk at 4 am is that a problem also i had coleslaw as a salad? PLEASE HELP!!!
i dont eat pork so i had turkey thigh stips..which i guess is the same as bacon ??!! i need to lose fast ..any help will be appreciated

posted Nov 30th, 2010 9:10 am


I'm starting this tonight:)
Hopefullly it works!

posted Nov 25th, 2010 3:54 am

Milla Googy

I just stated this diet but I don't eat meat. I have been subtituting with tofu or chickpeas with my salad. Is that OK or Is it a waist of my time. Please comment. Thanks.

posted Nov 3rd, 2010 5:00 pm

Grand Diva

Ive tried this diet for years! Its so true u do lose alot of weight watchn those carbs! Howeva, if u go back2 ur old bad eatn habits u will gain it back. The main purpose of this goal is2 jump start your weight loss & develop healthy eatn habits. If u dont exercise w/this diet u will still lose lbs. But if u do exercise u will lose more lbs plus build muscle which burns more fat! Startn this meal plan again 2mar. I like2 begin on Mondays so i will have everu otha wknd off. On the off wknds u can cheat a little but dont ova do it bcuz it will b hard2 adjust. Make sure u drink plenty of water w/grapefruit cuz its harmful2 ur kidneys, they need flushing! Get creative w/salads so youre not bored! 3mos later u will b 50 to 55lbs lighter! Good luck& will post results weekly!

posted Oct 3rd, 2010 7:53 pm



I have been on this diet for a full week now and have lost exactly 7 lbs. Started out at 289 and am now 282. I am looking forward to the two day break, but my goal is to lose 100 lbs. over the next 3-5 months.

posted Sep 20th, 2010 2:10 pm



just started hope it works out for me, i want to lose about 15lb

posted Jul 10th, 2010 2:44 pm


im really confused here, some say this diet plan is only a week some say its 10 days, 11 days n the recent one said, its only a 3 day diet plan. Really, can someone tell me the specific days please. thank you :)

posted Jul 1st, 2010 12:34 am


can u eat bids eye bugers and sausages cause some contain bread? confused about that bit but doing really well lost 2 pound since wed its now fri

posted Jun 25th, 2010 5:54 am



I love this diet! Although I have never followed it strictly. Obv I cut down on food, but still ate, Id just have plenty of grapefruit throughout the day. In my first week I lost 5lb then averaging 3-4's a week. when I stoppped doing it I did gain a few pounds, but now I eat normally with plenty of grapfruit and that maintains my weight.
Jessica - I think you asked about boobs, yes unfortunatly it did shrink mine! From a DD to a C, where as before when I was at my slimest I still had my chest.

posted Jun 2nd, 2010 3:26 am


I started this diet about 8 months ago weighing 220. And after the 3 months i weighed in at 174 pounds. I dropped 45 pounds give or take. That was without much cardio mainly weight training. And for the past 5 months ive been off the diet and havent put a pound back on! Im at my natural weight now and my body is happy with that. haha

posted May 30th, 2010 6:27 pm



Dont even think of takin this diet serious Its a KILLER totally unhealthy for ur body unless u workout like a horse and take allot of nutrients.. i wouldnt recommend of this diet,,,800 calories a day is STARVATION and after u this diet eatin 1 wrong thing ul put on the double weight back which is very unhealthy for ur heart, .

posted May 20th, 2010 8:02 pm


I started back on this diet on Friday May 14. I Started @ 172 and am now down to 168.5 and its only monday. I have PCOS and this is the only diet that really works long term for me. I can live w/ out the carbs. I have to limit them anyway. I plan to be very strick until the 29th... and then give my self a break for 3 days (Vacation/Anniversary). I should note though I am also working out. I do a Teo Bo Video @ night and 8 min Abb (billy Blanks) every night. 3 Mornings out of the week I walk/run for 20 or so min in the morning on the tread mill. Mornings are hard for me because I get up really early anyway for work. Good luck everyone. I do not miss any carbs. If you really stick to it and start seeing results you wont miss them either! :)

posted May 17th, 2010 6:20 am


ok im confused.the diets going good,but im confused on a few things.some sites say you can eat cucumbers and pasta and peanut butter,etc,but then some say that you cannot eat those things.anyone know any better.

posted Apr 6th, 2010 2:27 pm


i have just started this diet today,and already cheated alittle at lunch.but i feel good about this diet,i just hope i can keep the weight off once i lose it.i am going to put in alittle exercise to hopefully help get healthier and to see how much more weight i can lose while doing it(fingers crossed) btw "sweetie" you can usually buy turkey bacon in walmart.its my fav.bacon and i use it instead of regular bacon.its delicious! good luck everyone!

posted Apr 5th, 2010 6:07 pm


I tried this diet back in 2000. I weighed in at 225 in February. by August I was 200, by December I was 185. I lost a total of 55lbs by 2001.I also exercised. But as of todays date, 2010, I have gained back all of the weight and the inches. I also acquired high blood pressure and high cholesterol. this is not a good thing nor a life time commitment. I also had gallbladder surgery due to the quick weight loss. I do not recommend this diet, it is not heart-healthy.

posted Apr 3rd, 2010 6:45 pm



I did the diet for 12 days and lost 6 in a hlf pounds...I know it may not be alot to some, but Im glad cause I never loose weight on any diet, and I didnt do any exercise, now im gonna add some cardio with the diet to see if I can loose more. The diet is easy to stick to causr I change up my meats and salads dressings often!

posted Apr 1st, 2010 9:41 am



I have been on this diet for 3 months, it does make you lose around 50 lbs, but you will gain it back if you eat one bad thing, you will have to stay on this diet for the rest of your life if you want to keep the weight off. my advice is do the HCG drops IT WORKS and you dont gain the weight back!! if i were you I would check that one out you can see what everyone has to say about it on facebook on there page, the liquid HCG. I do not work fo them I just want to help people out who really want to lose their weight!!

posted Mar 14th, 2010 5:48 pm



I have tried and I have seen results, I do eat it or drink the juice every day before every meal I try to have a healthy diet as well, but I am not on a diet. I changed every thing in my house to wheat and I am loving it!!! Only good things about it....one thing that bothers me is that every where I read about eating habits, fruit is something that you must have EVERYDAY so isnt's grapefruit a fruit? although I have read that is not good or as beneficial as said to eat grapefruit everyday...I do not agree!!!! IT IS GREAT!!!

posted Feb 23rd, 2010 1:46 pm


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