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The grapefruit diet is a quick weight loss diet built around one food - the grapefruit. There are a variety of variations of the grapefruit diet, but they are generally based on unproven assertion that grapefruit has super fat burning qualities when it is combined with protein. There is currently no evidence that grapefruits have any special fat burning qualities. Most grapefruit diets stress eating 1/2 grapefruit or 8 ounces grapefruit juice three times a day. The grapefruit diet tends to be very low calorie (800-1000 calories per day), low carbohydrate, and allows dieters to choose from only a small variety of foods. Most versions of the grapefruit diet promise a drastic weight loss of 10 pounds in 12 days, which is mostly due to the severe restriction of calories, not to any "special" properties of the grapefruit. In addition, most of this fast weight loss is due to fluid loss, not fat loss. Despite this, grapefruits are a healthy addition to most diets and may be of help in a well balanced diet plan because they are full of fiber, which can help dieters feel full and eat fewer calories. They also have a low glycemic index, which means they produce only small fluctuations in our blood sugar and insulin levels.
In general, grapefruit diet plans do not provide any strategies for a healthy, well balanced eating patterns that permit steady gradual long-term weight loss and long-term maintenance of weight loss. The grapefruit diet also tends to slow down the body's metabolism (calorie burning ability), a result of the starvation effects that severe calorie restriction puts on the body. Because of this, dieters tend to regain the weight they lost, often even more than the weight they lost. As with any diet plan, optimal results for health and weight loss and control are achieved when a well balanced diet plan that encourages gradual weight loss is combined with a sensible exercise program and healthy lifestyle changes. All diets have the potential to be harmful for some people, so consultation with a health care provider before starting a diet plan and exercise program is recommended.
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