Grapefruit Diet

By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

grapefruit-dietThe Grapefruit Diet is a weight loss diet built solely around the humble grapefruit.

The grapefruit is a marvelous fruit – a natural simple carbohydrate high in fiber and vitamin C. But to use it as the sole foundation of a weight loss program is unwise. However recent research has discovered that the grapefruit has more to it than meets the eye.

A lot of the grapefruit diet plans that have been circulating are very low calorie diet plans (VLCD’s) with a grapefruit thrown in. VLCD’s are not a good weight loss solution for many people. Most versions of the Grapefruit diet are identical to the Mayo Clinic Diet.

Grapefruit Diet -12 Day Meal Plan




12 days on – 2 days off

Breakfast
1/2 Grapefruit or 4 oz. Grapefruit Juice (unsweetened)
2 Eggs (any style)
2 Slices Bacon
Lunch
1/2 Grapefruit or 4 oz. Grapefruit Juice (unsweetened)
Meat (any style, any amount)
Salad (any kind of dressing)
Dinner
1/2 Grapefruit or 4 oz. Grapefruit Juice (unsweetened)
Meat (any style, any amount) (fish may be substituted for meat)
Vegetables (any green, yellow, or red vegetables cooked in butter or any seasoning)
Bed Time Snack
1 glass tomato juice or 1 glass Skim milk
Vegetables Allowed
Red onions, green onions, bell peppers, radishes, cucumbers, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, peas.
Vegetables to Avoid
White onions, potatoes, celery.

Look here for other meal suggestions.

Below is the outline of the fad diet – and it IS NOT RECOMMENDED. Note that there is also substantial evidence that grapefruit (unlike any other citrus fruit) can interfere with medication.

Instructions

  1. At any meal you may eat until you are full – until you can’t eat any more.
  2. Don’t eliminate anything from the diet, especially don’t skip bacon at breakfast or omit salads. It is the combination of foods that burn fat.
  3. The grapefruit is important because it acts as a catalyst that starts the burning process.
  4. Cut down on caffeine- it affects the insulin balance that hinders the burning process. Try to limit to 1 cup per meal at mealtime.
  5. Don’t eat between meals. If you eat the combination of food suggested you will not be hungry.
  6. Note that the diet completely eliminates sugar and starches, which the body stores excess in the form of fat. It doesn’t eliminate fat since fat doesn’t form fat; it helps burn it. You can fry food in butter and use butter generously on vegetables.
  7. Do not eat desserts, bread, and white vegetables or sweet potatoes. You may double or triple helpings of meat, salad, or vegetables. Eat until you are stuffed. The more you eat of the proper combination of food, the more you lose.

Useful Video

Properties of the Grapefruit

The traditional grapefruit diet consists of a 7 or 21 day eating plan. 1/2 a grapefruit is consumed during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Recently the Scripps clinic, based in San Diego carried out a clinical trial and discovered the following:

“The 12-week pilot study, led by Dr. Ken Fujioka, monitored weight and metabolic factors, such as insulin secretion, of the 100 men and women who participated in the Scripps Clinic “Grapefruit Diet” study. On average, participants who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost 3.6 pounds, while those who drank a serving of grapefruit juice three times a day lost 3.3 pounds. However, many patients in the study lost more than 10 pounds….. The researchers speculate that the chemical properties of grapefruit reduce insulin levels and encourage weight loss.”

By all means include grapefruit in your diet – it may give you an edge. But for serious and sustained weight loss – look elsewhere. The idea that a single item of food has miraculous weight loss properties seems a farcical.

See Also

The Super Skinny Grapefruit and Egg Diet which retails for $4.99.

Grapefruit study

By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • Eriicka MC

    can we eat turkey bacon!! I dislike bacon

  • tina

    NO BREAD AT ALL???? RIGHT???

  • tina

    starting this diet today and i will keep you guys posted!

    • mrsnyc

      Ok cool. Tina. How much do have to lose? Maybe we dietweight loss buddiest

      • tina

        i wanna lose the 20 pounds i’ve gained back D; YES!! that’ll be great!

  • merritt

    Can you have nuts on this diet?

    • mrsnyc

      Yes u can nuts or trail mixes n still lose weight.n u can have up to 8 oz fer meal.

    • http://www.caffeineinformer.com/ Ted

      yes, as long as it fits within your daily calorie amounts

  • mrsnyc

    I lose 8lbs n a week. On gf on 12/13 now im bck on it after trying slimfast n sf dont work to much sugar. So on. So gf im back on w u . I will get to goal by 1/15/15.

  • Archa Kothari

    Can I have vegetarian food plan?

  • hardworkpaysoff

    160.6 and will check in daily, good luck to all on this diet.

  • hardworkpaysoff

    Started today 161

  • Angelique Arjona

    started this today , lets see how it goes !
    03 26

  • ready to lose

    157.6 same but at least not up :)

  • ready to lose

    157.6 more today

  • ready to lose

    158.4 going strong!!!

  • ready to lose

    161 just a little more today :)

  • ready to lose

    161.6 woot woot! I know its water weight but it made me smile :)

  • ready to lose

    166 TODAY AND READY TO LOSE

  • nicole222

    what are the pros and cons of this diet

  • ADRIENNE

    I STARTED ON THIS DIET FEB. 10, BEEN ON IT 12 DAYS AND HAVE LOST 12 LBS.. CAN WE INCLUDE IN OUR VEGGIES TOMATOES, CORN, CAULIFLOWER SQUASCH OR ZUCHINI? I DID EAT FROZEN MIX VEGGIES THAT HAS CORN, CARROTS , GREEN BEANS. FOR LUCH AND DINNER I ATE PRETTY GOOD SIZE OF MEAT, FISH , CHICKEN AND GOOD SIZE OF VEGGIES OR SALAD.. I DID NOT FELL HUNGER OR CRAVE ANYTHING. I FEEL GOOD AND VERY ENERGETIC. I AM 51 YRS OLD, MY METABOLISM REALLY SLOW DOWN WHEN I TURNED 40 AND IT HAS BEEN REALLY HARD FOR ME TO LOSE WEIGHT AND THIS DIET SEEMS TO BE WORKING. I KNOW THAT IT’S PROBABLY WATER WEIGHT BUT I AM GOING TO CONTIUNE DIETING WHILE I HAVE THE WILL POWER.

    • Michel

      Good morning Adrienne,
      Nice to see someone my age that is currently on it and losing the weight. You are correct about the metabolism, it slows down immensely as you get into your 50′s. I am starting today. Thank you for writing about your success. Can we drink canned grapefruit juice?

      • barbiefromborris

        Well , i´m starting today too. Just finished 2 boiled eggs , 2 slices bacon , half grapefruit and a cuppa :)Dance workout for at least half an hour and then off to work Best of luck fellow dieters STAY POSITIVE…

  • Shana Ward

    on the diet is collargreens ok to eat

    • Angie

      The version I am starting today says any green veggie is ok (including collards). It also says 8 oz grapefruit juice instead of 4oz. I lost 30 lbs on this diet when my last child was born – he is 11 now. Kept it off for a long time but starting working from home and the weight came back gradually due to my lack of movement. My husband and I are starting it together this time and I am ready to shed some pounds! Good luck all! Fad.diets.com has the version I used then and now.

  • ob1952

    I’m starting tomorrow, hoping to shed 30 pounds. Would anyone like to take the challenge with me? I need some serious motivation :) Please reply if you do. I have done this before and lost 20 in a month. It’s hard, not going to lie. Best of luck to all of you

  • Tina

    What do u do when u have hit a plateau & the weight loss stays @ the same weight for one week. Your weight is staying the same. What is the plateau breaker?

    • http://www.everydiet.org ted

      Changing your calorie amounts and/or exercise routine can often break plateaus. That’s the problem with these fad diets, they are often prone to plateaus because of the low calorie levels.

      • Kayani

        Yes, dieter is absolutely right. Best way to reduce weight is to stick with 1200 cal per day and exercise at least 3 days a week for not less than 40 minutes per session. You will get long term results. I tried several other things but this one is more effective.

      • DIETER

        I HAVE TRIED THIS DIET BEOFORE AND IT DOES WORK BUT YOU WILL PUT IT BACK ON ONCE YOU RETURN TO EATING. I DIDN’T EAT JUNK WHEN I STARTED EATING EITHER, THIS DIET IS APPROX 800-900 CALORIES. THIS IS A STARVATION PLATEAU THAT YOU SPEAK OF. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS QUICK FIX BECAUSE IT WONT LAST. TRUST ME!!! EAT MIN OF 1200 CALORIES AND BELIEVE ME YOU WILL SEE RESULTS. EXERCISE AT LEAST 3 TIMES A WEEK FOR 40-60 MIN. THIS DIET ISN’T WORTH THE HEADACHES EITHER AND BELIEVE ME YOU WILL GET THEM AND THEN YOU WILL FAIL. EXCUSE MY HARSHNESS, BUT SOMEONE HAS TO BE HONEST. NOTICE ALL THE PEOPLE WHO DID THIS DIET ONCE GAINED IT BACK AND ARE HEADED BACK TO TRY IT AGAIN. :( SAD THAT THEY DONT LEARN JUST SAD!!!

  • KathLee

    Started today, actually last night after I stopped at the grocery store and bought a couple of bottles of unsweetened grapefruit juice, some chicken, bacon, eggs, and salad stuff. Made enough salad and chicken for last night’s meal and today’s lunch. My work day begins at 5:30 so normally I skip breakfast and just down a couple of cups of coffee. This morning got up early enough to fry a couple of eggs and two strips of bacon. A nice glass of grapefruit juice before each meal.
    Looking to lose about 30 pounds and think this is a sure way to get there.

  • parad

    hi …starting this diet plan from tommorow …but iam drinking dr oz grapefruit juice n apple cider from a week 3 times a day before every meal and i feel d dffrnce n readind all comments boost me to do this diet ..iam 90 kg i gained 30 kg after babies now want to go back ..best of luck to all n me toooo ;)

  • Michelle

    I tried this diet about 10 years ago and lost about 30 lbs in 2 months. We’re going on vacation to the beach this summer so I figured I’d start now to help me with my self esteem. I’ll start tomorrow but I’m pretty excited about the whole thing. Good luck y’all :)

  • Jolene

    I was on this diet for several months and every 2 weeks I would just eat right which included fruits veggies and low calorie and low carb everything. In 9 months I lost 100 pounds. I worked out most every day but got to where thats really what kept me going was the workout. It really gives you hope. I unfortunately have gained all back.. Unless you stick to good healthy eating after youve lost your weight it will of course come back.. No sugar coating it… I didnt stick to healty eating. Starting again and Im actually pretty excited about it! Good luck all. I know it works!

  • robin

    I did this diet after having a baby. I actually lost 60 pounds in 3 months!

  • Steve

    Today is day 1! So far, so good. Can you have more than the 4oz of juice at meal time? Four ozs. is a little skimpy! Good luck everyone….hoping to leave 30# behind!!!!

  • Allie

    I started today and need some serious motivation. I hope someone will join me in this challenge. It helps to read positive feedback and progress. Starting weight 160 and I want to lose 25-30. Good luck everyone!

  • JENNIFER

    JUST STARTED THIS DIET YESTERDAYAND I LOST 5 POUNDS !!!!!! OF COURSE I KNOW IT’S WATER WEIGHT COMING OFF THIS SOON, BUT STILL A GREAT JUMP START AND KEEPING ME IN A POSITIVE ATTITUDE :)

    • Steve

      Hey Jennifer! Doesn’t matter…..weight is weight, regardless of where it comes from!!!

    • Allie

      way to go!!! Keep up the positive attitude, you are motivating me to keep on trucking. :)

  • 5472

    Is this all the grapefruit juice you can have at any one meal? 4oz doesn’t even quench a thirst.

  • tanya

    how much water should you drink on this diet? it doesn’t mention anything! and also, when they mention using butter, should it be real butter or margarine?

    • http://www.everydiet.org ted

      You can drink as much water as you want and you should use real butter. Never eat margarine, it is one of the worst foods you can put into your body.