The grapefruit diet has outlasted most fad diets. People were even trying it back in the 1930s.
Grapefruit is known as an antioxidant and also for its strong antibacterial properties. It’s rich in vitamin C, contain vitamins A, B, D, E, and calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper and iron.
Its fans claim that grapefruit contains certain enzymes that, when eaten before other foods, help burn off fat.
The diet, which has several variations, lasts 10-12 days and claims to help you lose as much as 10 pounds.
Before you head for the citrus aisle, you need to get the facts, especially about the diet’s fat-burning claim.
- One large ripe grapefruit
- One tablespoon of honey
Cut the grapefruit in half, it’s preferable to be cold (from the fridge), and remove the pulp with a spoon. Put the pulp of grapefruit and honey in a blender and mix until the mixture becomes smooth.
This magical drink contains useful elements like:
Pectin, which contributes to efficient excretion of excess cholesterol (if you eat grapefruit every it day reduces bad cholesterol by 15.5 percent and triglycerides by 27 percent), it also reduces the level of insulin in the blood and stabilizes the metabolism.
Lycopene, which helps in fighting toxins and harmful substances in the body.
A few sips of this drink, after lunch (wait 20 minutes after eating), is able to burn nearly half the calories gained during the meal.
The magic drink has healing effects on hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.
In addition, grapefruit contains a number of ingredients that help us fight cold and it is proven that prevents certain types of cancer and heart diseases.
Grapefruit can be part of a healthy weight loss diet because it’s nutritious, not because of any mysterious fat-burning properties.
If you’re a grapefruit lover, reap the benefits of this super-nutritious fruit by enjoying a serving before meals. A half grapefruit or a glass of grapefruit juice before meals may help fill you up, so you’ll eat fewer calories at meals and potentially lose weight.