The grapefruit diet includes a very protein-friendly meal plan focusing largely on the consumption of grapefruit at every meal in some form. This diet is used typically for rapid weight loss. It is designed to be a 12-day method that usually includes less than 1,000 calories, which is not optimal for one’s health.
The guidelines of the diet are rather loose, as food is allowed to be prepared with spices, dressings, or even butter. Food can’t be too hot or too cold however, and preparation must be done in anything but aluminum. The user is also advised to keep high protein and high starch meals apart by at least four hours. It’s a difficult diet to follow without question, but some people tend to swear by it.
There are a few examples that are listed to make this diet make a little more sense, those include:
*Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, 2 slices of bread, ½ grapefruit or 8 ounces of grapefruit juice
*Lunch: salad w/ dressing, any meat in any quantity, ½ grapefruit or 8 ounces of grapefruit juice
*Dinner: meat prepared in desired way, salad or green vegetables, coffee or tea, ½ grapefruit or 8 ounces of grapefruit juice.
*Snack: 8 ounces of skim milk
So as you can see the grapefruit diet calls for, you guessed it, grapefruit in one form or another with each meal, save for bed. The inclusion of citrus into your diet so close to bedtime would be less than ideal as the acid would have all night to work into your teeth and damage the enamel, not to mention that ingesting citric acid at night can be a mild contributor to heartburn.
This diet does promise quick results, nearly 10 pounds in 12 days. This is largely due to the fact that there are fat-burning enzymes that can be found in grapefruit. Another part of the promise is that it will help to burn this weight off without starvation, which is a bit hard to fathom when consuming only 1,000 calories or less per day. That little tidbit leads us right into the pros and cons of this particular diet.