The Grapefruit Diet

Author: Sherry L. Granader, Nutritionist

There are many versions of the ‘grapefruit diet’ that have been around since the 1930s promising quick weight loss during the course of 12 days. While that may sound appealing, the results are not likely to last in the long run and most of the weight lost is water weight or fluid. Changing eating habits as part of the plan is needed to avoid gaining all the weight back.

The grapefruit diet includes a variety of foods for all meals throughout the day, including the use of salad dressings, butter and olive oil. Drinking fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice or even better, eating a whole grapefruit is done each day. Water and black coffee are allowed for beverage choices. It is important to drink grapefruit juice that is unsweetened.

The fiber in a grapefruit is quite high and this offers a cleansing effect and helps keep you full. However, although a grapefruit is low in calories and loaded with vitamin C and fiber, it does not burn fat. Eating a grapefruit may help you stay full longer and eat less during the course of a day, but there is no scientific evidence or ingredient in grapefruit that burns body fat.

Losing weight is a process and requires flexibility. Try eating a variety of healthy, whole foods and choosing exercise that you enjoy and look forward to doing on a daily basis, be it walking, taking a yoga or Pilates class or meeting with a personal trainer. Finding an eating plan that works with your individual needs and schedule is key. It takes time to develop healthy eating habits that you can live with for the rest of your life. Losing weight can be done in a healthy manner, and sometimes, professional guidance is needed to get on the right track. The ‘grapefruit’ diet and other ‘one-food’ diets are not the way to go because they are impossible to stick with long-term and get boring very fast.

Spend time in the produce section and build a meal around fresh vegetables and fruits (preferably organic) that will give you nutrient dense meals that are filling, satisfying and taste delicious. One of best ways to enjoy vegetables is roasting them in the oven for about 40 minutes at 375 degrees. They are delicious, store well for future meals and can be added to any meal to increase the nutrients and flavor. There is no magic pill or diet to lose weight. It requires a well-balanced diet that includes protein and fiber with a regular dose of exercise. Grapefruit is optional.

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