As I research different topics for my blog, the Grapefruit Diet keeps popping up! I always say this is a lifestyle change but, this morning got the best of me and I looked into the topic. Partly because I live in Arizona and Grapefruit grow everywhere.... I have heard rumors that grapefruit cuts fat, I love the ruby reds in my neighbors backyard! So here is what I found.
The Grapefruit Diet has been around since the 1930's and no one claims ownership of the diet. Also known as the hollywood diet and the seed of the Atkins diet. Most versions promise a 10-pound weight loss during the 12-day diet. Dieters who want more than 12 days of monotony must wait two days before starting the diet again. Exercise is recommended in some versions and absent in others. Long-term weight control is not part of the diet plan.
No scientific studies to date substantiate grapefruit's power to burn fat.
One small study published in 2006 and funded by the Florida Department of Citrus found that the addition of a half grapefruit or 4 ounces of juice with meals resulted in an average weight loss of more than 3 pounds in 12 weeks, with some participants losing 10 pounds. Researchers suspect the addition of grapefruit to the otherwise healthy meals reduced insulin levels and promoted a small weight loss. Study participants also "slightly enhanced" their physical activity, which could also explain the weight loss.
While grapefruit is a very nutritious low-calorie fruit (66-84 calories per serving), loaded with vitamin C and fiber, it is not a mysterious fat burner. The low glycemic index, high fiber, and low calorie nature of the fruit may reduce insulin levels and help dieters feel full and eat fewer calories. Beyond that, no magic appears to be at work with the Grapefruit Diet. Experts say one small study is not enough to pin magical powers on this fruit.
Bottom line....I will continue to eat those ruby reds from my neighbors backyard, all the while smiling as I eat the pink kissed fruit knowing the only "magic" is how great they taste!