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)
  • Being Tejashwini

    i am muslim i cant eat bacon can u suggest me some other

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

      Turkey bacon?

  • Nikki

    Hi I would like to start this diet today, I don’t drink regular milk is it ok to use soy milk instead of the skim milk?

  • llr

    Im starting this diet tomorrow.. do i have to exercise?

  • Toni Molloy

    Hi all started on wed when is best time to do first weigh in ?? And is it ok to drink lemon water (as lemon a fruit)?? X

  • Anna Caroline DeLozier

    Can you eat more bacon and eggs? I’ve been doing bacon and eggs for breakfast for a while and when I’m at work I still get fiercely hungry around 10:30 -11

  • Rayne Danse

    Why can’t celery be eaten on this diet? Also, can I use half and half in my cup of coffee?

  • Kaylene

    May lemon be used in daily water? 1cup coffee tsp non-fat, sugar creamer?

    • 10nicolia .

      YEs

  • Ready4Change

    Yikes. .meant “ounces of water”

  • Ready4Change

    Hi Fellow on 12 days off 2 group members, Im new to this comment page. I started reviewing this page last weekend. I was so amazed by the level of support offered I join and started the on 12 days off 2 days on 8/18/14. Please review my results below. Everyone who says that it works. It works if you use it as directed.

    Age:37
    Gender: female
    Goal weight: 170 pds
    Goal weight loss: 148pds

    Start date: 8/18/14
    Start weight: 318 pds

    Update on 8/23/14
    Update weight: 306 pds

    Weight loss: 12 pds

    I followed the on 12 days off 2 days as directed, dranked half of my body weight in ounces and low mode exercising for 40-50mins for 5days.

    Please know you can focus this!…Stay focus and know you can have the life you want…..which includes a healthy one. See you all soon!

  • Mu

    Can I eat boiled vegetable instead of salad for lunch?

  • Lisa

    What can you eat on your 2 days off?

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

      You should eat healthy and keep your calories at a level that still supports weight loss. Perhaps also build in a treat for yourself.

  • Cloud Ziyun

    Hi, is it possible if I skip the Bed Time Snack?

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

      Yes, but make sure you eat that amount of calories earlier in the day because you need them since this is already a low calorie diet.

      • Cloud Ziyun

        Hi, one more question~~why if I have more than half grapefruit for each meal?

      • Cloud Ziyun

        Cool. Thanks for the info!!

  • farah

    after eating do i have to wait a certain amount of time before i could drink my juice or is it okay to drink straight after i finished my meal

    • keep moving forward 35 to go

      Anytime with the meal is good. How’s your success?

      • farah

        its been great so far, I cannot wait to lose some more weight !!

  • norma

    Can i eat watermelon while on the diet?

    • keep moving forward 35 to go

      No fruit at all except grapefruit for best results.

  • farah

    and one more question, is it okay to have turkey bacon ?

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

      Yes, turkey bacon is fine.

  • farah

    hey i just wanted to ask do i have to do any kind of workout with it or exercises?

    • keep moving forward 35 to go

      It’s always a good idea and it helps burn calories.

  • Caitlin

    I’m casting for a documentary about people on diets and I would love to hear people’s stories! What diets work the best? Where would I be able to find someone willing to be featured in this documentary? email Caitlin@gigantic.tv if you have any help for me. Thanks!

  • Get it going

    Does anyone know how much people typically lose doing it 12 days? What if you don’t take off any days and continue for 24? Anyone with info, where did you start with weight and where did you end?

  • keep moving forward 35 to go

    Day 1 =169.6 pounds

  • dee

    I started 7/14/14 its been OK now I just feel alittle burned out on the plain lettuce and cucumbers. Is there something more then that.for lunch.

    • keep moving forward 35 to go

      No unfortunately not, add some different meats to add more flavor. It helps a lot to switch it up. How much are you down today? Best of luck with your week ahead. I myself am restarting tomorrow. :)

      • dee

        I don’t know. My first weigh in is tomorrow

      • keep moving forward 35 to go

        Keep me posted, a little encouragement never hurt. :)

  • keep moving forward 35 to go

    not a good day after all 170.8

  • keep moving forward 35 to go

    167.4 Wednesday weigh in

    • 10nicolia .

      Thats great when did u start ? How did u hear about this

      • keep moving forward 35 to go

        I started on Saturday. I have done this diet before and lost 20 in a months time. I started before at 198 and went to 178 in a month. Now hoping to melt off the last 35 pounds. How about you? Did you stay faithful or cheat and how much did you lose, what weight did you start at? Needing some inspiration as I have a wedding to go to soon. I want to reach my goal weight 135 :)

  • keep moving forward 35 to go

    I will check in again when I weigh myself on Friday

    • 10nicolia .

      I cheat. But thinking about getting back on it . but it like atkins phase 1 w out grapefruit juice.

      • keep moving forward 35 to go

        I agree it is like atkins. Just started today and hoping for some results. How long did your aunt do this diet for? Did she have a lot to lose? I lost 20 in a month, hoping to have the same results this time. Once you get passed the third day headaches become better. I hate headaches! :(

      • 10nicolia .

        My aint lost 40 lbs on this. 56 lbs on slimfast

      • 10nicolia .

        Sf just got to much sugar give u headache in works n lost wt. But u feel crappy.

  • dee

    What can I drink besides water ,can someone help me out please,

    • 10nicolia .

      Crytal light. Falvors water stuff. How have u lost and how longu been on it?

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

      Any zero calorie beverage is acceptable but water is the best.

  • keep moving forward 35 to go

    168.6

  • keep moving forward 35 to go

    170.4

  • keep moving forward 35 to go

    171.2 today and started this morning. I will log in daily to show my progress. Did this before and lost 20 in a month. Good Luck Grapefruiters!!!

    • 10nicolia .

      I know thats good me too. I just getting back started

  • H.Ward

    I lost 43 lbs on this diet, years ago and now I’m starting it again… I’m female over 50 and need to loose at least 60lbs. It does take a while to gain what you loose back, but this time I’m going to keep my sugar intake low…on maintenance. It is harder and/or slower to loose the weight the second time I only have lost 8 lbs and I’ve been on this diet for 12 days. I don’t want to use my 2 days off…because it might make it too hard to go back to it.. anyway I do make it my personal diet by allowing a small amount a sugar in my coffee … but I do not eat starch. and I love that it takes all the cravings away. I believe you can do anything you put your mind to and it includes eating right… I don’t limit my veggies on this diet… i eat as much as I can of both meat and the allowed veggies… good luck!

  • Marchelle Swain

    I just started today but u guys im not sure how well this is going to work does any one knows anyone who has done 12 days on it and how much weight they have lost?

    • 10nicolia .

      My aunt did and lost 55 lbs doing it with no days off and lost. Its work i lost 8 lbs in my first week. Its like foing atkins diet on phase one with outgrapefruit juice
      N drink water n for breakfast u have any sausage or turkey bacon any meat and it work

    • monica

      my aunt did it years ago and she lost alote. im gonna try it but cant find a way to get the plan sent to me via mailing address

      • monica

        what kind of exercises do i do with it

      • 10nicolia .

        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
        all potatoes,

        I eat any veggie and itcstill works. Alter it to your own and u will see. I loh st 5 last week. Ask me any questions

      • Being Tejashwini

        i am muslim i cant eat bacon can u suggest me some other

  • Belinda Shaw

    Hi im starting the grapefruit diet in the morning which is friday i have been on this one before and lost pounds to no avail i gained it back because i didn’t fix the problem that had me gaining the weigh in the first place, im a emotional eater, i have fixed a lot of things that was holding me down and now im ready for this diet and i made a promise to myself that i will keep it off this time. pray with me and help me just by commenting, thanks

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