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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.

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

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.
EXERCISE

No guidance provided.

CONCLUSION

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.

Common Misspellings

Grapfruit Diet, The Grapfruit diet, The Grapefruit deit, Grapefruit plan


Related Diets: Vegetarian Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet, Grapefruit Solution


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classychick

i am going to start the diet tomorrow. i hope i gain results. have always had time being willing to follow diet plan. pray for me.

posted Sep 20th, 2009 12:10 am


Lowcvarbermami

This is basically a low carb diet if you cut out the grapefruit. Low carb IS the way to go. Its a great way of living. Some of you may be more metabolically resistant than others trying this diet and im sure the natural sugars from the fruit most likely are limiting your success. I strongly suggest atkins, its the same thing without the milk or grapefruit. You'll love it!

posted Sep 16th, 2009 4:25 pm


Nicole

I am going to start the diet tomorrow I am weighing in at 158 right now, so I will keep you updated as to ow it works for me!

posted Aug 12th, 2009 1:58 pm


LeeLee

This diet is GREAT!!! I am almost to my goal weight 135. I lose about 5 pounds a week on this diet.

posted Aug 1st, 2009 8:24 am


jerri

I was on it for 5 days and was extremely successful. I started it after having my baby and lost 8 pds. Still have not gained it back in fact when I started it I weighed 178 pds. its been a yr and now I weigh 148. You have to try it and see if it works for you!

posted Jul 12th, 2009 3:52 pm


Brittany

I have just started the diet today and I already feel good about it. Wish me luck!

posted Jun 6th, 2009 2:27 pm


Nakeeda

I have been doing his diet for like 2 weeks now and i have lose six pounds. The only thing taht i dont like is that the acid from the grapfruit breaks my face out so i try to drink plenty of water. Sometimes i subsitute the eggs and bacon and it still working for me. You have to try it to c what it will do for you

posted May 15th, 2009 9:42 am


Terri

I was on the diet for 9 days and i never cheated once. I didnt loose anything and im very dissapointed because i know of a person who lost alot of weight in a short time. Im gonna try again, but i dont know if this diet really for me!

posted May 11th, 2009 8:57 am


LUCY

I TRIED THE DIET AND DID EVERYTHING THE DIET SAID .MY SISTER LOST 5 POUNDS IN FIVE DAYS AND I LOST NOTHING AND SHE EVEN CHEATED I THINK IM GOING TO TRY IT AGAIN ONLY I AM GOING TO EXERCISE.AM I DOING SOMETHING WRONG ???

posted May 7th, 2009 9:39 pm


torynn

This diet is amazing. I started it feb 2nd at 12 day intervals. So far I am down 38 pounds and love the way I look. I have also included a work out plan at Curves.

posted Apr 13th, 2009 1:52 pm


kim24may

can u substitute the eggs on this diet? i cant eat eggs

posted Apr 10th, 2009 7:35 pm


star

i was 320 last week i am 288 this week enough said

posted Mar 26th, 2009 3:10 am


Michael LaMOrte

I was 282 lbs. when I started in the second week of feb. Currently I am on my second 12 cycle. So far I have lost 18 pounds.

I also run vigorously 2-5 miles 6 days a week, before I started the diet.

So far it has been working and I am happy with it.

To start was tough. It only took 4 days to get over the caffeine withdraw symptoms-Headaches.

Now I am used to diet and happy with the results.

posted Mar 3rd, 2009 1:16 pm


Lee

I have a cousin who tried the diet and lost about 60lbs in 3mths it slowly came back because she did not watch her weight after she went off like any diet you must watch your weight if you dont want it back.

posted Feb 26th, 2009 7:30 pm


sanela

Grapefruit is the best thing in the world i eat like 10 of then in like a half a hour and i just keep looseing weight i lost 45 pounds in a week lol

posted Jan 20th, 2009 10:16 am


40 lb loser

I lost 40 lbs on this diet over a 2 month period. I was able to keep it off, because I did not go back to my old eating habits when I came off the diet. The diet is meant as a jumpstart, not a way of life. It really is a mind thing. If you stay focused you really can do it I promise. I also saw a post where people added a LOT of sugar. Please don't do that, it defeats the purpose. You will get used to the grapefruit taste. It's acquired. Get creative with your salads so you don't get bored. Oh and when I absolutely had to have something to satisfy my sweet craving, I added a tablesppon of raisins to my saled. Don't knock it until you try it :) Good Luck!

posted Nov 11th, 2008 1:14 pm


nicol

it was good i lost alittle bit of weight but still when i stoped it ALL came back ever a little MORE so dont do it people

posted Oct 7th, 2008 3:13 pm


Sheila

I was on it only for three days then i quit i was afraid i was gonna gain weight. Im gonna try it again im just afraid of eating all that bacon and eggs.Wish me luck.

posted Oct 7th, 2008 2:34 am


sam

i love the grape fruit diet!! i get to eat all the greasy bacon i want and load my grape fruit with sugar at every meal! i have lost 75 pounds in two months and it is amazing!

posted Sep 11th, 2008 6:18 pm


quen

I am on the grapefruit diet and I am scared it might not work because the first day after I started I gained. When will I see results!

posted Jul 24th, 2008 10:13 am



 

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