Many diet fads have come and gone throughout history. With more and more people trying to lose weight and an equally large number gaining weight because of the high fat foods that are present in the market and fast food chains today, diets are being sold at a dime a dozen, and dieters are being exploited by many cunning marketers. The grapefruit diet, however, is one of the diets that have withstood the test of time. Already several decades old, the grapefruit diet is still one of the most effective ways to lose 10 to 20 pounds in just a week or two. If you want instant weight loss using the grapefruit diet, here are the steps.
- Drink up. Grape fruits have naturally occurring enzymes which makes metabolism and calorie burning very quick. These enzymes survive processing, which means that drinking grapefruit juice is just as effective as any other means of putting grapefruit into your body. Drink grapefruit juice before and during each meal. At least a glass per meal is recommended for your body to gain enough of the enzymes that hastens metabolism. By drinking in grapefruit before each meal, you are also adding content to your stomach that will help you minimize the food servings you will eat during the course of the meal.
- Half each meal. Apart from grapefruit juice, however, the actual fruit should be eaten after every meal. Choose a moderately sized grapefruit and eat half during each meal. The fruit is best when eaten fresh. Because grapefruit diets are based on enzymes, you can also eat the fruit in between meals as a snack that will keep your stomach satisfied – without having to put on extra fats and oils in your body. Keep in mind also that the best grapefruits for you are the pink variety. These are rich in beta carotene, apart from vitamin C.
- Moderate protein and low crabs. Grapefruit diets, however, do not work by themselves. You will also need to adjust the other food groups that you regularly eat. Generally, the grapefruit diet is classified as a moderate protein and low carbohydrates diet. This means that you should eat smaller servings of meat and minimize the carbohydrates as much as possible. White meat and fish are some of the healthiest food options for you, and whole wheat grain breads are the best sources of carbohydrates for people undertaking the grapefruit diet.
In the end, however, the best way to approach weight loss is through a holistic method that takes not only diet into account but also exercise. Exercise, however, does not have to be very difficult for you and your hectic schedule. Walking to work can already be a good form of exercise, as long as you walk briskly and take longer paths that will build up to half an hour of walk time each day. Also remember that dieting with grapefruits is a commitment that you should be prepared for. No matter how quickly and how many pounds you lose with the diet, flab and fat can easily return if you go back to high fat and high carb food.