The Grapefruit Diet and Weight Loss: Hollywood Diet Secrets

February 17, 2011

Diet Foods, Diets & Nutrition

Grapefruits are low in calories and burns body fat faster than any other food. Such is the basic principle the Grapefruit diet revolves upon. Founded in the 1930s, and also famously known as the Hollywood Diet, the Grapefruit diet is based on the claim that grapefruits have fat-burning enzymes which are activated when combined with high-choleterol, high-protein foods.


The grapefruit supposedly puts off weight gain just by drinking 3 glasses everyday, and along with it’s other positive properties, is also a natural source of vitamins and antioxidants. The plan lasts for 12 days, permits 3 meals and 1 snack daily, all the while promising a 10-pound weight loss without the feeling of starvation.

The Grapefruit Diet Basics

  • Drink as much water as possible, with a minumum of eight 8-oz glasses every day.
  • Cut down on coffee and other caffeinaited beverages, because caffeine hinders the insulin balance and slows down the burning process.
  • Sugar and starches is a definite no-no, because they are lipids and readily forms fat.
  • Exercise is not recommended, due to severe restrictions of the calorie intake, and must only be performed after the 12-day plan.
  • Eat as much as you want, allow yourself double and triple helpings of everything until you can’t eat anymore.

Foods to Avoid on The Grapefruit Diet

  • White onions
  • Celery
  • Peas
  • Cereal
  • Corn
  • Starchy Veggies
  • Potato chips
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pasta
  • Corn chips
  • Jellies and Jam
  • Sweet Pickles
  • Pretzels
  • Low-fat and fat-free salad dressings

The Skinny

 Yes, the grapefruit diet sounds to good to be true, but it is not a healthy diet. The body will miss out on very important nutrients, and by encouraging high-cholesterol food into the menu with the promise that this hastens the burning process is just an unfounded claim. The Grapefruit diet may be an unhealthy way to lose weight, but grapefruit itself can be a healthy addition to the diet. It’s a filling snack low in calories, loaded with Vitamin C and fiber. But this is generally true with all fruits and vegetables.

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