The Grapefruit Diet

The grapefruit diet that contains grapefruit is believed to have several effects on the metabolism favorable for weight loss. It is believed to lower insulin levels leading to less absorption of carbohydrates. With less insulin there is less storage of carbohydrates as fat.

Grapefruit is also believed to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Evidence also indicates that those who eat grapefruit 3 times per day, feel increased levels of satiety.

If you want to lose weight with grapefruit it is encouraged that you start out eating one-half to one grapefruit each meal or drink an 8-oz glass of squeezed grapefruit juice each meal.  The Grapefruit Solution is not meant to be a diet in itself, it is meant to augment other diets such as The Zone, Atkins, South Beach or even the HCG diet.

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Interesting beneficial properties of grapefruit from the grapefruit diet

The Scripps clinic, out of San Diego carried out a clinical trial with grapefruit and found out this:

“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 “The Grapefruit Diet” study. On average, participants who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost 3.6 pounds, whole 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.”

Grapefruit has components that help to fight cancer. The antioxidant phenolic acid slows the creation of cancer-inducing nitrosamines. Other cancer fighting properties of grapefruit are limonoids, terpenes, and monoterpenes that produce enzymes that fight cancer. D-limonene, according to a study at Texas A & M, another antioxidant, helps prevent the growth of ovarian, cervical and breast cancer cells. Citrus flavonoids, especially quercetin, found in grapefruit can inhibit breast cancer.

Lycopene is rich in grapefruit and according to a study at Harvard involving 48,000 doctors and health care professional, 10 servings of lycopene intense foods a week brought about a 50 percent reduction in prostate cancer!

A grapefruit, either a glass of it or half a serving a day helps to prevent heart attacks and stroke. Harvard researchers discovered that this minimal amount reduces the risk of stroke by 25% and decreases LDL or bad cholesterol levels by 32%.

Grapefruit is a source of folic acid. One whole grapefruit contains 60 mcgs. The recommended daily requirement of folic acid is 400 micrograms (mcg) for men and women over age 19. Diets low in folate according to studies are associated with increased risk of breast, colon and pancreatic cancer.  Note that folic acid supplements should not be taken unless under the supervision of your physician.

Grapefruit oil fragrance can help stimulate weight loss. According to a study in the Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine, grapefruits’ refreshing and invigorating scent is said to aid the breakdown of fat stored in fat cells.

A class of compounds that affect cell membrane permeability is called vitamin P. Grapefruit and oranges contains a bountiful amount of two of these compounds, hesperidin and naringen. In the 1950s high levels of vitamin P were found to protect against radiation poisoning and increased recovery from exposure to nuclear detonations. Vitamin P is also believed to aid conditions such as arthritis and headaches.

Vitamin P can help lower blood pressure by making tissues such as capillaries less stiff and rigid and more relaxed. Apparently, when headaches are measured, vitamin P leads to a decrease in number. Vitamin P has numerous other uses such as an aid in the treatment of varicose veins, hemorrhoids and peptic ulcers. Internally, vitamin P works to normalize bile secretions in patients with hepatitis and stimulates circulation.

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Amongst healthcare professions there is a caution with grapefruit. Grapefruit is known to interact with many prescription medications by either increasing the concentration or decreasing the concentration of the medication within the body. If you are taking prescription medications or herbals make sure to check with your physician before you start to consume lots of grapefruit. This is very important to do. 

Summary of the grapefruit diet

The Grapefruit diet solution is about consuming grapefruit three times a day along with your normal diet. It has been shown that grapefruit eaters secrete less insulin leading to less storage of carbohydrates into fat. You can either eat one-half grapefruit or a whole grapefruit with each meal three times a day or you can drink 1 serving of the juice from the grapefruit three times a day.

Grapefruit has been shown to contain many properties that are very healthy for you. It can fight cancer and lower LDL or bad cholesterol values. According to one study, the grapefruit oil as a fragrance has even lead to weight loss.

After reading about the Grapefruit solution I don’t believe it is too shabby. If you like grapefruit, why not add half a grapefruit to each of your three daily meals? Fruits in general aren’t bad for you. The properties that a grapefruit contains sound extremely healthy.

I personally won’t be eating grapefruit because I can’t stand the taste of it. Grapefruit never agreed with me and I’ve tried it numerous times because it looks like the juice tastes sweet.

To learn more about this fruit and the grapefruit diet see “The Grapefruit Solution.” A recommended resource for your grapefruit needs. 

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