I wrote about my skepticism toward grapefruit diet in the last post. My skepticism was based to the fact that the diet did not put any emphasis at all to portion control.
Therefore it will be hard for people who want to lose weight. Especially if they end up overeating themselves.
However I also found that grapefruit juice is indeed good for weight loss. Nutrition and Medical Research Centre at Scripps Clinic did a research to analyze the effect of grapefruit in weight loss. Although the result showed that grapefruit can indeed lower your wieght, a healthy diet meals is still required in order to lose weight effectively in the long run. So instead of doing it like the previous post, let's build a meal plan centered for balanced life and weight loss purpose.
The study about the grapefruit was done by Nutrition and Medical Research Centre at Scripps Clinic in San Diego, America. The study used 100 obese people as respondents. The first group of people ate half a grapefruit three times a day before taking meals. While the second group drank grapefruit juice instead of eating the fruit before taking meals. The third group was told not to consume any grapefruit at all.
As quoted from this source,
"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. However, many patients in the study lost more than 10 pounds."
Grapefruit contains a unique compounds which reduce insulin levels which prove to lose weight. High insulin levels can make people go hungry thus making the people eat more and more. High insulin also prevents the body from breaking away the fat.
The refined meals plan:
Let's use the healthiest and most balanced Diet meals that I know. The 3 day diet meals plan.
Breakfast: Coffee/Tea, 1 egg , 1 slice of toast and 1/2 banana.
Lunch: Coffee/tea, toast with 1/2 cup of tuna.
Dinner: 3 Oz. of chicken, 1 cup of green beans, vanilla ice cream and carrots. And you can consume 1 cup of vanilla ice cream
Breakfast: Coffee/Tea, 1/2 grapefruit and a toast.
Lunch: 1/2 cup of tuna, with 4 - 8 saltine crackers.A saltine crackers is a thin cracker sprinkled lightly with coarse salt made from white flour, yeast, and baking soda.
Dinner: 2 beef franks, a cub of cabbage, 1/2 cup of carrots, 1/2 banana and 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream.
Breakfast: Coffee/tea, 5 saltine crackers, 1 apple, 1 egg, 1 toast and just a little cheddar cheese.
Lunch: Coffee/tea, 1 slice of toast with 1 boiled egg.
Dinner: a cup of tuna, carrots, melon, cauliflower and another 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream.
However make sure you add either 8oz of grapefruit juice or a grapefruit for each meals. This may proves hard to do since you are required to eat a lot of grapefruit. The trick is to substitute your drinks during meals times with grapefruit juice. That way you can be sure that you drink the required amount every meals.
With balanced and regulated foods intake, I am sure this grapefruit can be a useful addition to ANY diet methods.
Pardon me for quoting this hilarious video again. I enjoy so much watching Weird Al Yankovic "Grapefruit Diet". Make sure you watch this video before even starting the diet. :)
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