Hundreds of various fad diet plans have come and gone, but the grapefruit diet plan has held on for several years now. So, is this one of the best weight loss plans to put into action or one you should avoid?
Following the grapefruit diet plan you will be limited to only 800 calories per day, which is far too low and can actually do more harm than good, but we will talk more about that in a minute.
The diet plan includes some of the following requirements:
-You must eat a grapefruit or drink an equivalent amount of grapefruit juice with every meal.
-No eating between meals.
-No desserts, white vegetables, breads or sweet potatoes.
-Eat until you become very full.
-Drink 8-8 oz glasses of water every day.
There are many more restrictions to the grapefruit diet plan, but the bottom line is, does it work?
It claims a weight loss of 10 pounds in 12 days while following the plan. Several studies have been done which show mixed results. Some dieters lose 10-20 pounds during the 12 day period, while others lose only 3-4 pounds.
Although there are benefits of including grapefruit in any diet plan, I think you can see that trying to eat one with every meal would get old in a hurry. Not to mention the mouth sores from the acid in the grapefruit.
For those who are on any type of medications you would need to talk with your doctor before starting this diet plan because of how it interacts. Research has shown that grapefruit blocks an enzyme in your intestines which can prevent certain medications from working properly. Not a good situation for anyone to be in.
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