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Is this a healthy way to go?

Answered on February 24, 2014
Created February 18, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Wanting to shed another 20 to 30 lbs I started the grapefruit diet... which is really like a restrictive Paleo with grapefuit juice at each meal. Basically, it's a 10 oz glass of grapefruit juice with 2 eggs and two slices of bacon for breakfast. Salad and meat or fish for lunch and dinner with another 10 oz of grapefruit juice before each meal. At least 64 oz of water and no snacking in between. It's suggested to do this type of dieting for 12 days and then eat normal for 2 before doing another 12 days... until I've reached my desired weight goal.

So far, I've lost 10 lbs in just one week! I'm hardly ever hungry but worried that losing this much weight so quickly might not be a very healthy.

One article I read promised in 2 and a hail months you could shed 52 lbs! That seems a bit extreme.

Any thoughts?

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on February 18, 2014
at 05:41 PM

I've been plateauing for so long at 170 that this seemed a good way to amp up my metabolism and lose those extra pounds. I plan on adding back the sweet potatoes, nuts, and fruit on those two days of normal eating. My guess is that I was eating way too much of those things to go below 170.

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on February 24, 2014
at 09:26 AM

Thanks to those who responded to my question. Well, maybe for some this grapefruit diet works but I think it has to do with eliminating sugars and useless carbs more than anything else. I did that months ago when I started Paleo (losing 28 lbs) and adding grapefruit juice before every meal didn't crash my plateau as hoped.

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on February 18, 2014
at 08:39 PM

those wondering why grapefruit is involved- I think it comes from Tim Ferris's slow carb diet experiments. on cheat days, he advises to drink grapefruit juice before a carb heavy meal to blunt insulin spikes. Does it work? I don't know.

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on February 18, 2014
at 08:04 PM

Why do you think that eating grapefruit will make you lose weight?

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on February 18, 2014
at 06:08 PM

Its not something you can do as a lifestyle so you may gain it back after a while. Grapefruit in essence will only alkalize your stomach acid which many other things can do. They key to loseing weight and overcoming cravings is to stablize your blood sugar and use good fats and protein and veggies.

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on February 18, 2014
at 05:40 PM

Honestly, to me, these types of ''diets" are a sham. Usually, they will promise miraculous weight loss in a short period of time (which does happen). The problem with these types of diets is that the person on the diet will most definitely gain all the lost weight back when the stop the diet. Reasons are: the diet is not sustainable or practical for the long term. Personally I would look into other sustainable diets (high fat low(er) carb, diets that offer copious amounts healthy fats, veggies, proteins etc.) Good resources are marksdailyapple.com, eatingacademy.com (more technical information). Rapid weight loss (from the amount of reseach ive siffeted through) is not a good idea....maybe in the cercumstance of removing edeama. @Katslimmin

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on February 18, 2014
at 05:21 PM

I'd pay close attention to how you feel and really eat well on those two normal days. I am leery of any overly restrictive way of eating--mentally it's making you feel guilty for any supposed lapses, and after it's over your body will make it up like a thirsty person craving water. Won't be denied.

That said, everyone is different. Let us know how it goes!

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on February 18, 2014
at 05:41 PM

I've been plateauing for so long at 170 that this seemed a good way to amp up my metabolism and lose those extra pounds. I plan on adding back the sweet potatoes, nuts, and fruit on those two days of normal eating. My guess is that I was eating way too much of those things to go below 170.

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on February 18, 2014
at 05:18 PM

Why not eat whole grapefruits instead of grapefruit juice? If you eat the whole fruit, you'll likely end up consuming less sugar and more fiber. It's hard to not get full after eating three whole grapefruits. If you were to juice them however, it would be quite easy to drink the juice of three grapefruits and still have room for more. Try eating the whole fruit.

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