The Grapefruit Diet: A Low Carb Gimmick

The Grapefruit Diet: A Low Carb Gimmick

The Grapefruit Diet has allegedly been around since the 1930s and has also gone by names such as the Hollywood Diet and, incorrectly, as the Mayo Clinic Diet.

There doesn’t seem to be any clear attribution to the source of the diet. It seems that nobody wanted to take responsibility for it.

The basic premise of the diet is that Grapefruit is a mystical fruit that somehow speeds up “fat burning” by eating just one half of a grapefruit prior to every meal.

Of course that is both ridiculous and implausible and so the Grapefruit diet isn’t just about grapefruit. It’s actually a quite rigorous diet plan that eerily resemble a ketogenic diet such as the Atkins Diet Plan besides the addition of the simple carbohydrate, high fiber grapefruit prior to every meal. Proponents of the diet claim that you can lose approximately 10 pounds in 10 days on the diet.

Grapefruit is not a magical fruit, but it is healthy for you. Grapefruit, like most fruit, is rich in vitamins and minerals. It is also low on the glycemic index and induces less of an insulin response from your body than if you were eating refined, starchy carbohydrates in its place. That reason in particular is why the diet seems to work as advertised on the surface.

You can’t, for example, consume a grapefruit followed by a Double Whopper™ three times a day and expect to lose any weight. The carbohydrates from the hamburger will induce a significant insulin response to handle the incoming glucose load in your blood and you will be hungry again in no time. On the Grapefruit diet you are basically following a ketogenic diet without adopting the unpopular moniker of “low carb.” Need more proof? Here’s a sample menu.

Sample Diet:

Breakfast: Grapefruit, Bacon and Eggs, Black Coffee

Lunch: Grapefruit, Salad with Full-Fat Dressing, Unlimited Meat

Dinner: Grapefruit, Unlimited meat or fish, non-starchy green vegetables

If you removed Grapefruit from this picture what you end up with is a highly ketogenic diet plan. Black coffee means no added sugar. Adding sugar to your Grapefruit is also off-limits. Meat and vegetables and full-fat salad dressing have very limited carbohydrates. The reason the Grapefruit diet seems to work is because you are actually following the Atkins Diet under a different name!

As long as you’re going to be following the Atkins Diet anyway, why not go all the way and eliminate the Grapefruits as well?

Though grapefruits are undeniably healthy, they still contribute to your blood sugar levels and still incite an insulin response. By consuming carbohydrates, even on a limited scale, your body will be see-sawing in and out of ketosis. Many people have successfully followed low carb diets for years and have lost significant amounts of weight. If your goal is weight loss you should consider going all the way.

Categories: Diet, Health, Nutrition