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I have a fair amount of weight to lose and am trying to do fairly low carb <50g per day. Would 1/4 a grapefruit be beneficial?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 11, 2011 at 2:07 AM

I believe that we are meant to eat more fruit/citrus over the summer. Perhaps even the way our body processes stuff is effected by the season so therefore fruit would be used in a beneficial way when its super hot out. Electrolyte balance or something? I am drinking tons of water etc..

Ok maybe wishful thinking. The real question is do you think I could get away with 1/4 a grapefruit a day while doing lower carb high fat and moderate protien? I am aiming for 30 but the hard limit is less than 50g per day. I find that I am pretty ok without fruit but I really crave grapefruit specifically (and I never ate it before I went paleo so ...??). I am not eating berries currently either..

Thoughts?

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:02 AM

I think it is difficult for some people to understand that many of us just can't eat fruit and still lose weight. Great answer Shari!

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on September 11, 2011
at 01:32 PM

Love this reponse!

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on September 11, 2011
at 01:27 PM

Try supplementing with potassium until you are fully adapted. It takes a little while for your body to adapt to the lower levels in eating only cooked meat. I use blood pressure as a gauge (just checking at carotid with finger).

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on September 11, 2011
at 11:07 AM

Really fantastic heartfelt adice. Shari, you are getting to be my favorite PaleoHacker!

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on September 11, 2011
at 06:00 AM

I never did in the past.. so I think I must be missing something nutritionally in them. But why would I crave those and not a sweeter fruit or at least something I used to like?

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on September 11, 2011
at 02:30 AM

Do you really like grapefruit or do you feel like you are missing something nutritionally?

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on September 11, 2011
at 02:27 AM

Grapefruit isn't a summer crop. It is harvested in the late fall through spring. If you're trying to be accurate. (my family are citrus growers, so I'm in the know. Hahahaha) Not to try to grt bad karma by doggin' my family's industry but try to get organic. They spray citrus with some horrific S%*#.

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on September 11, 2011
at 05:01 AM

I think what we're "meant to eat" needs to be adjusted slightly for those with significant amounts of fat to lose. Once you are healed and your body weight has stabilized you may very well be able to enjoy more fruit during the Summer but for now I wouldn't get too hung up on what we're all meant to eat on all accounts. We weren't meant to get fat either so I think some of these rules don't work so well for us while we're on our way to finding our new normal.

What I do with fruit is use it as a treat. This has worked well for me. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would live to see the say where a crisp apple or juicy pear or super sweet banana would send chills down my spine yet that's pretty much what happens. I don't eat fruit on any sort of regular basis. I can't afford to. I turn to fruit when I get that itch to eat something special, when I feel a need to treat myself or comfort myself or fill some other emotional or mental need. When I'm tired and cranky and most others would rip into a bag of chips or a pint of B&J I go get fruit. I do this with nuts and sweet potatoes as well. I was never able to stop using food as an emotional crutch of sorts so learning to use healthy, paleo foods for my crutch was an important step for me in finally losing weight and keeping it off. This might be something you could try? Buy one and hold onto it and see how you can use it in your life to make you feel happy and satisfied. When you really crave it or need to treat yourself make it a special event and enjoy the heck out of it. It probably won't hurt your weight loss and if it helps you mentally to be happy staying the course then I'd say that's a very good thing.

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(20436)

on September 11, 2011
at 11:07 AM

Really fantastic heartfelt adice. Shari, you are getting to be my favorite PaleoHacker!

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on September 11, 2011
at 01:32 PM

Love this reponse!

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(3946)

on September 12, 2011
at 01:02 AM

I think it is difficult for some people to understand that many of us just can't eat fruit and still lose weight. Great answer Shari!

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on September 11, 2011
at 11:25 AM

A half a grapefruit contains 52 calories, 13g carb of which 2g are fiber. I see no reason why you should agonize over including 1/4 grapefruit in your diet even if trying to keep carbs under 20g. I have no idea why you should crave this specifically, but so long as it doesn't set off a binge (Can you binge on grapefruit? I'm thinking it's somewhat of a self limiting food!) I'd go for it. Lasting weight loss is about lasting lifestyle change.

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on September 11, 2011
at 02:18 AM

No, I do not think it will hurt. If it makes you happy it is well worth the minute amount of fructose. I believe reducing stress plays a large role in weight loss so stressing over minor elements of an already good strict paleo diet would be counterproductive. Enjoy it. : ).

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on September 11, 2011
at 04:45 AM

Grapefruit would be cool especially if you workout afterwards. I think I'll try a squeeze of lemon in the AM with my cold workout water.

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on September 11, 2011
at 04:27 AM

You might be able to get away with it at night with dinner. At least once a week. You could try that experiment and see how it goes for you. I don't think it would be benifical though...

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6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

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on September 11, 2011
at 04:13 AM

If I were trying to lose weight I would limit my carbs to those obtained through veggies/salad. The sugar from the fruit is not helpful when trying to lose weight and curb carb cravings. By all means, add your fruits back in after you have accomplished your weight loss goals. VLC does not have to be forever for most of us, though there are exceptions.

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on November 02, 2012
at 09:30 PM

There are actually a few diets based solely around the weight loss properties of red grapefruit. Now a couple of things to note:

  1. This has not been scientifically proven but has had significant results with many people

  2. Some diets call for essentially only grapefruit juice, which is clearly not healthy (but is for rapid weight loss). On the healthier side, there are studies that have found eating a half red grapefruit before a meal can help you lose weight (the acidic values I believe)

I know I'm about a year late with my response but I would say having that 1/4 grapefruit would not hurt (and might actually help) your weight loss efforts, as long as it is properly worked in to your daily dietary ratios, etc

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on November 02, 2012
at 09:41 PM

Do you really think it will help, or do you just want to eat a grapefruit? Are you asking for permission to cheat?

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