grapefruit good for weight loss?
grapefruit is a citrus fruit well known for its numerous health
benefits. It is rich in fiber and low in calories and hence, is
a good choice when you want to lose the excess calories. The 'grapefruit
diet' has been followed by many people since quite some time in
the past. Because of its many effects on the body, it produces
extraordinary results and one can lose up to 10 pounds of weight
in just 12 days.
Listed below are some of the features of the grapefruit that help
in losing excess weight:
· It has very high fiber content. This helps in lowering
the blood cholesterol and keeping the glucose levels low.
· It has a low glycemic index, which means that the carbohydrates
in the body are broken down slowly and hence, less sugar is released
in the blood.
· They make us feel that the stomach is fuller and therefore,
we do not binge on snacks in between meals.
The grapefruit diet is based on the fact that when they are eaten
with proteins, they trigger weight loss. The diet consists of
12 days and if you wish to do it again, you have to give an interval
of 2 days before starting it once again. The program is further
enhanced if you drink lots of water and black coffee without sugar.
The following is the meal plan for the same:
1. Breakfast - This consists of 2 eggs, 2 slices of bacon, a half
grapefruit or 8 ounces grapefruit juice (without sugar) and black
2. Lunch - You should have a salad with any dressing, any meat
of any quantity, ½ grape fruit or 8 ounces grapefruit juice
3. Dinner - For dinner, you should have meat (preferably fish),
red or green vegetables and grape fruit or 8 ounces grapefruit
juice (without sugar).
4. Bedtime snack - 8 ounces of milk.
The other benefit of grapefruit is that it reduces the level of
insulin in the body. This also stimulates weight loss. The presence
of high levels of insulin means that the sugar in the body is
not being utilized to the optimum level and hence, converts into
fat. You will also feel hungry more often and will have cravings
to eat frequently. Grapefruit helps in maintaining a low level
of insulin, thus using up more energy.