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The Grapefruit Diet: Does it Work?

Want to lose wight fast? Planning a party in which you want to look your best? Well, you might be temped by the ever infamous Grapefruit diet. This diet because a popular fad diet in the mid-1970s when everyone was crazy about this diet. Since the 1970s, the Grapefruit diet has received a bad rap,being considered unbalanced and possibly dangerous because the the lack of nutrients in the diet.

It is also important to be aware that grapefruit can actually cause negative reactions for those taking certain types of drugs. Ordinarily we don't think of food reacting with prescription medication, but grapefruit and a few related fruits may cause problems if taken with some types of medicines.

However the grapefruit diet has made a slight come back in popularity due to Dr. Ken Fujioka’s study that he did at the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center at Scripps Clinic. This study which examined the grapefruit diet in great detail and surprising information about the grapefruit diet. In a 12 week study, people who ate a half of a grapefruit with each meal lost 3.6 pounds and those who drank a serving of grapefruit juice three times a day lost 3.3 pounds in the 12 week study. Other information concerning the effectiveness of the grapefruit diet states that patient lost over 10 pounds.

The study also found that the grapefruit diet reduces insulin level and therefore can aid in the affects of blood sugar regulation. It has also been pointed out that foods with low glycemic index can help speed up the body’s metabolism.

While some benefits have been found concerning the grapefruit diet, it is very important not to stay on this diet for a very long time because of the lack of vitamins and minerals in the grapefruit diet. However, if you would like to look a few pounds in a week, the grapefruit diet might be a good way to go. Just remember, if you choose to do any diet, it's a good idea to speak with a doctor , especially if you have certain diseases.

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