Diet Reviews: The Grapefruit Diet Plan
If baseball hadn't already claimed the title, dieting would definitely be America's national pastime. Why do we say this? Because more people go on diets each year than follow baseball. How many? According to the Boston Medical Center, approximately 45 million Americans spend around $33 billon on weight-loss programs and products each year. The real number, of course, is probably much higher, since some folks (men mostly) are embarrassed to admit they diet.
As long as it is done safely, dieting offers numerous health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. Then there are the aesthetic rewards, which are far less important from a medical perspective, but serve as motivation for almost all dieters.
Choosing a diet in America can be confusing. There are hundreds, probably even thousands of plans that can be purchased at supermarkets, drug stores, and online. Finding one that works for you, however, is the single greatest challenge every dieter must confront. In this brief article, we will review one of the oldest, most popular citrus diets around.
The Grapefruit Diet Plan
Introduced way back in 1930, the Grapefruit Diet was one of the first fad diets, in that it promised fast results based on drastic dietary changes. Today, we might call it a crash diet, since it severely limits caloric consumption. Since it has been around for more than 8 decades now, there are countless variations–some safe, some not. Of course, the basic concepts remain unchanged. What are they?
It might sound silly today, but dieters once bought into the claim that the grapefruit contained a secret fat-burning enzyme. It does not. That said, there is compelling evidence that the fruit does make you feel fuller for longer. Once again, researchers don't know why this is, but they have observed its effects in numerous studies.
Is it safe?
As we mentioned, there are some Grapefruit Diet Plans diets that could be potentially harmful to your health. We have encountered quite a few that require users to cut their daily caloric intake by two-thirds! Both medical professionals and nutritionists agree that that kind of drastic reduction could be dangerous. Why? Because your body is like a machine and it needs energy (food) to perform even basic functions. Feeding it only 800 calories a day would be like driving your car down to empty and then taking it on scenic drive.
With that said, the standard version of the diet allows up to 1,200 calories, which is still pretty low, but should be enough to promote healthy weight loss.