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Grapefruit diet

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The grapefruit diet was formulated in the year 1930 and since then it has been ruling the hearts of both celebrities and common man, wanting to shed some extra pounds or simply for the purpose of enjoy the tart grapefruits. Due to its immense popularity among stars, the diet was named as “Hollywood diet”.


How does grapefruit diet work?

Grapefruits have immense health benefits. They are loaded with dietary fibers, having the potential to induce a filling effect in your system. Essentially, this attribute of grapefruits has been explored to achieve the desired weight loss. The diet entails consuming grapefruits before/after or along with your main meals. A portion of your stomach gets filled with grapefruits which are extremely low in calories and hence, quite naturally you eat less. This is how your calorie intake is reduced and you lose weight. However, remember grapefruits do not burn fat. The diet plan only balances your calorie intake.


What is the grapefruit diet plan?

There are several versions of this diet plan i.e. 7 days version, 12 days or 21 days version. You can choose as per your needs which could be detoxification, fast weight loss or balanced weight loss.

Usually people opt for the 12 day diet plan in which they target losing at least 10-12 pounds weight. If you wish you continue for a longer periods, then you must take a gap in between to revive your calories and then re-start grapefruit diet.

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What to eat being on Grapefruit diet plan?

The variety of foods you eat will certainly be limited. We have offered you a diet plan where you can eat the fruit or drink the juice. Make sure it is not sweetened.

In most versions of the Grapefruit Diet a small variety of foods are required at breakfast, lunch, dinner and at bedtime. Dieters are encouraged to drink black coffee and plenty of water throughout the day.

Sample meal plan:

Breakfast: Do not drink grapefruit juice in empty stomach, so have along with breakfast. Eat 2 hard boiled eggs and 2 slices of bacon with a glass of grapefruit juice or half the fruit. If you are eating the fruit, then you can drink a cup of black coffee or unsweetened green/black tea.


Drink a glass of grapefruit juice before starting your meal. Then eat a moderately filling serving of lean meat like chicken, turkey, beef, etc. or fish. Make sure you have a bowl of salads containing your favourite veggies and ingredients.


You can drink a glass of grapefruit juice or eat half fruit along with your dinner. Choose from coloured or green vegetables for preparing your menu. You can grill, bake, sauté, make soup, etc. Along with that have a bowl of salad or choose from oily fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, halibut, etc.

Points to remember

  • You can drink skimmed milk before going to bed, but no snacks after dinner
  • You have the liberty to make your salads and other recipes delicious by adding your favourite dressing
  • Drink at least 2-3 litres of water daily


Pros and cons of grapefruit diet

  • Certainly you lose weight with grapefruit diet plan
  • You receive ample vitamin C, minerals and fibres from grapefruits
  • The very low calorie diet plan (VLCD) is not advised for long term

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: July 02, 2014

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