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Grapefruit Diet

Lose weight the old-fashioned way with the grapefruit diet plan

The grapefruit diet is a diet plan that has been around since at least 1930. Also known as the Mayo Clinic Diet or the Hollywood Diet, it was a favorite weight-loss plan of celebrities the world over and was highly publicized among Hollywood starlets. It works by purportedly using the grapefruit's enzymes to burn fat in the body. While the grapefruit diet or grapefruit juice diet is known as a short-term fad diet, it actually can help you lose weight due to the fact that it is a low-carb diet plan.

Before starting any diet, it is recommended that you speak to your doctor. While the grapefruit diet, used in moderation, can help you lose weight and probably won't cause any harm, there are people with certain medical conditions and on certain medications that should not follow this plan, due to the fact that grapefruit juice can have an adverse reaction to many medications and cause severe complications.

How the grapefruit diet plan works

As mentioned, the grapefruit diet is a low-carb diet. It is suggested that the enzymes in the fruit help to burn calories, especially when paired with a high-protein diet. Most grapefruit diet menus suggest eating a high-fat breakfast, such as bacon and eggs, and a half of a grapefruit or grapefruit juice with every meal. It has been found that participants in this diet did lose up to 3-4 lbs. over 4 weeks with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Those who followed the grapefruit diet as it was originally prescribed back in 1970 lost more than 10 lbs. in that amount of time. This is why this diet is often known as the "10 lbs. off in 10 days" diet.

Grapefruit incorporated into the diet every day can actually have healthful effects. The grapefruit has a lot of vitamin C and other healthy enzymes that can improve the body's immune system and help with weight loss and general health. However, this diet is meant as a short-term solution only, and should not be followed for more than the recommended 10 days on, 2 days off schedule. Again, a physician should be consulted before starting any diet.

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