Is the Grapefruit Diet Just a Fad?

By: Peggy Edwards

More than two decades ago, people who wanted to lose weight relied on the most popular diet at that time called the grapefruit diet. It is said to give the dieters around 800 calories or less if you ate lots and lots of grapefruit, believed to be fat burning and partner it with eggs for protein, dry toast and some black coffee, the amount of which is up to the dieter.

During that time, the fitness experts regarded it as just a fad diet and that grapefruit doesn't really contain proven fat burning properties. They reasoned why the grapefruit diet aficionados lost weight was because of the low calorie intake, which could also lead to harming your health.

However, the latest research on the grapefruit diet shows that by making grapefruit and its juice part of your daily diet, it will serve as a weight loss tool without the need to change anything in the meals that you eat, unlike the diet programs during the 80's where in order to loss weight you had to make a total change to your eating plan.

The diet plan was observed to not only aid in weight loss, but can also lower insulin levels and help prevent diabetes. This is because of the special plant compounds found in grapefruit that decreases the body's insulin levels which then results in weight loss.

The said relationship between gaining weight and insulin levels shows that high insulin levels mean that sugar is stored as fat because it isn't utilized into energy. High insulin levels also cause hunger pangs to be felt by the person and creates the tendency to intake more food.

Though grapefruit is said to lower insulin levels, diabetes experts still remind people that though it may be interesting, further research still needs to be done. Most fitness experts also feel that though the grapefruit diet study showed that it was successful in the participants of the study, more proof and more research are still needed to conclude that it really is the reason why the said participants lost weight. They are still not discounting the possibility that those participants decided to exercise and eat more healthy because they knew they were part of the study.

Dieters should remember that an important part of becoming slimmer and staying healthy is eating fruits and vegetables at least 5x a day and a glass of grapefruit juice is a good example which can be part of our daily diet. You have to make sure though that other fruits and vegetables are also included in your daily diet and not rely mainly on grapefruit.

If you want to lose the fats in a safe way, you should never go below 1,100 calorie intake daily. You should also eat a balanced diet everyday to facilitate weight loss and to stay fit. The grapefruit diet, if incorporated a little bit into your weight loss program in the right way, may be helpful in losing weight. Although the thoughts of eating that many grapefruit may not be for everyone.

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