grapefruit (17745)

The grapefruit diet has been around for decades. The earliest reference to it that I can find suggest it dates as far back as the 1920s. However there is no one author that seems to claim responsibility for it. Perhaps this is through not wanting to be associated with this dubious weight loss program. It is suggested that there is a magical enzyme that grapefruit contains that can induce rapid weight loss. So the "grapefruit diet" proposes that by eating 1/2 a grapefruit or drinking an 8 oz. cup of unsweeted grapefruit juice with every meal for 12 days it is possible to loose round about 10 pounds. This seems pretty good if your primary aim is weight loss. However what happens after the 12 days? Like many other on off diets, the grapefruit diet may well lead to the yo-yo effect of losing weight followed by a period of weight gain.

What is the grapefruit diet? It is as simple as already stated. But do you believe in a mystery enzyme that is responsible for weight loss? I don't. There have been no scientific studies to my knowledge that prove the existence of this claimed special chemical. That said there was a study published in 2006 by the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center at Scripps Clinic which does suggest that including grapefruit in the diet can have positive health outcomes with regards to weight loss. Grapefruit is packed with water, vitamins (especially A and C), minerals and fiber. It is also a low calorie food. Therefore rather than the mystery enzyme being responsible for weight loss, it could just be that the high fiber, low calorie and low glycemic index value of grapefruit might be responsible for reduced insulin levels and cause us to feel full quicker and without eating so much. This seems like a much more plausible and rational explanation to me.

If I ate grapefruit for three meals a day for 12 days in a row, I am sure this would put me off eating grapefruit for some time. Much better in my opinion is to simply start eating more grapefruit that we do at present. I don't actually eat it very often at all. Although I do have oranges very regularly. In the summer time I sometimes like to have a couple of pink grapefruit for breakfast. In my own experience even though it is just fruit, eating two whole grapefruit does actually fill me up. We all know that eating more fruit and vegetables in our diet will likely make us healthier and feel better. So rather than going on "the grapefruit diet" perhaps it would be better going on a grapefruit diet and simply eating one or two more grapefruit a week that we currently consume.