Grapefruit Diet

There are literally dozens and dozens of diet plans and menus, a few of which place a major focus on wine. The Grapefruit Diet is a very low calorie diet destined for those people who want to lose weight fast, perhaps 10 pounds (about 4.5 kilograms) in 12 days. Don’t even think of going on this diet if you have health or nutritional problems or are pregnant or breast feeding. This 1000-calories-a-day diet was popular with Hollywood stars of the 1930s. Here are some of the diet principles.

While the calories are very minimal, you will eat three meals and a snack daily. All of the meals star grapefruit, either pure or in juice form but always without any sugar. You may be happy to know that the snacks do not include grapefruit in any form. You also eliminate complex glucides from your diet. This means that rice, wheat, legumes, nuts, grains, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green peas and corn are all out. Besides the ubiquitous grapefruit you will eat eggs, fruits, green, yellow, and red vegetables, fish, and meat. Drink a lot of liquids including water, grapefruit juice, tomato juice, skim milk, and tea or coffee without sugar. Did we mention grapefruit juice?

The Grapefruit Diet has the advantage of being quite easy to follow. The star item is quite easy to prepare. And you will definitely get enough vitamin C. Not surprisingly, It doesn’t have a good effect on dieters’ health. Other disadvantages of this diet include the lack of essential nutrients. The Grapefruit Diet may lead to fatigue or fainting because of the low calorie intake. And once your grapefruit marathon is over, you are almost sure to gain weight back. Some people would say, why bother. Another disadvantage in my book is the lack of wine in this diet. Of course, if only some genius would invent a wine based on grapefruit instead of grape fruits, that conconction would probably be hailed or at least accepted.

Here is a sample menu : For breakfast enjoy half a grapefruit, two eggs, two slices of bacon, and a cup of coffee or tea. Lunch means half a glass of unsweetened grapefruit juice, a broiled steak, a lettuce, cucumber, celery, and radish salad, and a cup of coffee or tea. Your mid-afternoon snack is a glass of tomato juice. And for supper gorge on half a grapefruit, turkey breast, and sauteed red, green, and yellow bell peppers.