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Grapefruit Diet

The Grapefruit Diet also known as the Hollywood Diet, an 18-day diet, dates to 1930 Hollywood.

This diet claims that grapefruit contains a special fat-burning enzyme that activated when you eat half a grapefruit along with small amounts of other food for each meal.

A 2004 study led by Dr. Ken Fujioka at the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center at Scripps Clinic found in a 12-week pilot study that on average, participants who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost 3.6 pounds , while those who drank a serving of grapefruit juice three times a day lost 3.3 pounds. Additionally, many patients in the study lost more than 10 pounds.

Furthermore, the research indicates a physiological link between grapefruit and insulin, as it relates to weight management. The researchers speculate that the chemical properties of grapefruit reduce insulin levels and encourage weight loss.

Therefore, the smaller the insulin spike after a meal, the more efficiently the body processes food for use as energy and the less it's stored as fat in the body. Grapefruit may possess unique chemical properties that reduce insulin levels which promotes weight loss.

The overall study shows grapefruit can play a vital role in overall health and wellness. Whether it's the properties of grapefruit or its ability to satiate appetites, grapefruit appeared to help with weight loss and decreased insulin levels leading to better health.

Eat grapefruit at every meal. Dieter has the choice of eating 1/2 a grapefruit or drinking 8 ounces of unsweetened grapefruit juice and the enzyme is touted to burn away body fat. This diet plan does not allow most complex carbs. Consumption of most vegetables is encouraged and dieter are allowed to prepare them in generous amounts of butter. Consumption of coffee or tea is allowable.

Grapefruit Diet Sample Menu

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Bedtime


1/2 grapefruit OR 8 oz. of unsweetened grapefruit juice

2 eggs prepared any way you choose

2 slices of bacon


1/2 grapefruit OR 8 oz. of unsweetened grapefruit juice

Meat any style and any amount.




1/2 grapefruit OR 8 oz. of unsweetened grapefruit juice

Meat or Fish any style cooked any way.


1 cup of coffee or tea



8oz. glass of tomato juice or 8 oz cup of skim milk


List of food you may or may not have during the diet

Recommended Food  Food Restricted and to Avoid

Bell peppers
Corn chips
Jelly or Jam
Leaf Spinach
Peanut Butter
Starchy vegetables
Sweet pickles
Red onions


Cole Slaws
Green Beans
Green Onions
Green Vegetables
Hot Dogs
Salad Dressing

Pros and Cons


Grapefruit has no fat, is low in calories and sodium, and is packed with vitamin C

Beta-carotene found in the exotic pink grapefruit which helps to reduce the cholesterol level and build a healthy heart.

The white pith contains pectin and bioflavonoids are excellent antioxidant food.

Early results from US researchers suggests that eating grapefruit really does help reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

Enzymes in grapefruit help to reduce insulin levels and speed up weight loss.

This is an easy-to-follow diet plan.


Calorie content may be so low and is insufficient for daily nutrition.

Sign of dizziness and upset stomach, possibly from the combination of coffee and so little food.

Low in protein, and several important vitamins and minerals.

Too much of meat is bad for health. Meats are a healthy part of a balanced diet when eaten in MODERATION.

The diet is strictly short-term. It doesn't help in changing usual eating habits, which is actually needed to gain permanent weight loss.

The Diet Rules

Drink enough water, a minimum of eight 8-oz glasses/ 64-oz  of water every day. Water is essential for all body functions and has no calories.

Follow the exact amount of grapefruit or grapefruit juice suggested. The grapefruit act as a catalyst that starts the “magical” fat burning process.

Although coffee is allowed, dieter should allow themselves  maximum 1 cup a day as it affects the insulin balance that hinders the burning process.

Do Not eat between meal. Stick to the stipulated meal time.

Dieter should make sure they eat till they are full, so that they won't get hungry later.

You may double or triple portions of meat, salad or vegetables.

Do Not eliminate anything from the diet. Especially the bacon at breakfast and the salads. Dieter must eat the bacon and salads. These combinations of food burn the fat, omitting either of the combination will cause the whole thing not to work.

Generous amount of butter is acceptable in food preparation.

Avoid taking food which are not allowable in the grapefruit diet food list.

Exercise during the diet is not recommended due to the severe restriction of calories. Exercise should only be performed when energy levels are high, and this diet does not provide enough calories for an exercise to be on.

This diet last for 12 days, dieter who decided to continue carry-out the plan must take at least 2 days off before doing so.

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Grapefruit recipes

If you feel good about the quick results of Grapefruit Diet, but feel limited by the food choices, here are some healthy, nutritious, and tasty grapefruit recipes to concoct your wholesome and delicious meal. Happy cooking and enjoy your meal!


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