The Grapefruit Diet is, indeed, not limited to eating solely grapefruits as well as drinking juices made of this nectar. Rather, this diet, also known under the name “New Mayo Diet”, includes consuming the grapefruit and its juice with every meal you eat. The meals, by the way, must be prepared only with the use of the ingredients that are allowed in this diet (look at the table below).
Unlike the Pineapple Diet, this diet is typically designed to last 12 days. Moreover, you can go on with a diet after having a rest for several days (though it would not be the best decision to rush for another diet so fast). Besides, sticking to this diet typically means that you will receive less than 1,000 calories a day, and that is the reason why it is highly not recommended to be on this diet for more than 12 days. All in all, this protein-rich diet seems to be quite promising. Find out more about how to stick to this diet below.
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Essentials of the Grapefruit Diet
There are certain rules you must follow in order to keep the Grapefruit Diet working, and simply adding grapefruits or its juice into your menu will not help that much. First of all, it is essentially important, as in any other diet, to drink lots water (at least 8 cups a day). In the second place, meal combinations matter. Keep in mind that this diet is rich with proteins, and so it’s important that you pick the right products.
Also, be careful about caffeine: drink it no more than a cup per meal, since otherwise it may cause a negative effect on the fat burning process. A good point of this diet is that you are able to eat large portions of vegetables and meats, but you have to forget about breads, desserts, white vegetables and sweet potatoes. At least for the time being.
As the creators of this diet claim, this diet is an “eat-to-lose” one, i.e. the one that allows you to lose more weight when you eat more thanks to the right combination of foods. Though, many people remain skeptical of this diet (see below).
Criticisms About the Grapefruit Diet
The first and foremost criticism of the Grapefruit Diet comes as the following: you should resort to this diet only if you need to lose your weight for a special occasion. Because after it, the weight will get back to you. Many people and doctors claim that this diet actually makes you lose weight due to the outflow of water, not fat burning for the most part so far.
Another criticism comes with an argument that consuming so many grapefruits may cause a sore mouth as well as irritate your stomach, because this fruit is highly acidic. Another thing that worries many people is that the grapefruit has an extremely low calorie intake, so, they claim, the diet cannot last as long as 12 days. Moreover, some doctors, like Ben Franklin, claim that the idea that you can eat as much meat as you want is not right, and that you should strive for moderation.
The List of Allowed and Prohibited Products
|Recommended products||Not recommended products|
|Salad dressing (regular)||Pasta|
|Eggs||Salad dressings (lot-fat)|
|Chicken||All starchy vegetables like corn, potatoes, etc.|
|Chili with no beans|
|Green vegetables that include cabbage, lettuce, leaf spinach, cucumbers, broccoli, green beans, and bell peppers|
|Various spices and condiments like mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, pepper, salt, and herbs|
Here is an example of the diet menu for several days.
Breakfast. A cup of coffee or tea, 2 slices of bacon (you can substitute it with 2 eggs), and a half of grapefruit.
Lunch. A cup of coffee or tea, a salad, lean beef, fish, grapefruit juice, and chicken.
Dinner. A grapefruit, a salad, and broiled fish.
Breakfast. Again a coffee or a tea with sugar substitute (if you want sugar), a half of grapefruit, and 2 eggs.
Lunch. A fruit salad and a cup of tea.
Dinner. A cup of coffee, a salad, pork chops (which can be also substituted with lean beef).
Breakfast. A cup of tea or coffee, 2 slices of bacon, and a half of grapefruit.
Lunch. A grapefruit and a tuna salad.
Dinner. Lean beef patty without bread and cooked vegetables.
This is a way how your menu, while sticking to the diet, may look like. As you can notice, there is a high protein intake with a sharp decrease in calories on the whole, and that menu consists of mostly salads, vegetables, meats, and grapefruit.
Why the diet is based on consuming grapefruit and its juice?
Many researchers believe that the consumption of grapefruit leads to the reduction of insulin level. This, in turns, helps you to lose weight. Though, there were numerous studies that have proved the weight loss from sticking to this diet, it is still not clear whether it has anything to do with insulin, since the connection between it and fat burning process is a way complicated.
Some doctors say that the diet is dangerous, so maybe it is not worth to stick to it?
First of all, you should consult your nutritionist before starting any diet. The doctor will tell you whether there are any threats to your health. But in any case, adding grapefruits to your daily menu will not harm you, but rather benefit.
But this diet, perhaps, must be a new one?
In fact, it is far from the truth. First time, the Grapefruit Diet was introduced in 1930 by the doctor Kelly D. Brownell. The concept of the diet was pretty same: a quick loss of weight within a short period of time.
Can I eat at least some of the products from the list of prohibited products?
No, at any cost. You shouldn’t cheat, as this diet provides enough products that are allowed, so you can make up a menu up to your taste.
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