The Truth about Grapefruit

glass of grapefruit and grapfruis cut half

The Truth about Grapefruit

Weight loss products and plans, especially juices and other health drinks for speedy weight loss, have become immensely popular across social media. 

Things like Fit Teas are incredibly attractive but are usually too good to be true.

There is an easy-to-make drink, that might not necessarily be the best method of weight loss, but, if used properly, does have certain health benefits.

The Best Grapefruit Drink Recipe

To make it, simply take one ripe grapefruit from the fridge (it’s better if it’s cold), slice the fruit in half and scoop the meat of the fruit into a blender with a tablespoon of honey.

Blend until the mixture becomes smooth. Regardless of if it actually helps to lose weight, it’ll still taste freaking good. 

Health Benefits of Grapefruit

Grapefruit is full of antioxidants and vitamins C, A, B, D, and E, and is also loaded with phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, and iron.

There are two other grapefruit benefits, Pectin and Lycopene.

Pectin controls cholesterol levels, reducing your levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol by a significant margin, as well as reducing insulin levels and stabilizing your metabolism.

Lycopene is a toxin fighter and can help prevent certain types of cancers as well as heart disease.

The healthful properties of grapefruit are truly undeniable. The question is if it will help with weight loss and if that weight loss is healthy.

The Grapefruit Diet

The aforementioned magical grapefruit drink is a variation of a decades-old fad: The Grapefruit Diet.

The diet has several variations but involves a timespan of no more than two weeks, and grapefruit consumption with every meal, coupled with high protein consumption and a reduction of sugar and carbs.

Studies have shown that this, like most fad diets, doesn’t really work. Grapefruit does not burn or consume fat.

These same studies do show something of a trend of increased weight loss amongst those that ate grapefruit compared to those that didn’t. The reason for this could be that the water content in grapefruit helps you feel full, and so keeps you eating less.

Regardless, the concept of highly accelerated weight loss is simply unhealthy. Even though losing ten pounds in ten days is certainly enticing, the odds of the weight coming right back on after the diet are high.

The better option is always a slower, more methodical approach, involving a life-style shift.

And while you’re on that plan, enjoy some grapefruit, it won’t hurt.

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Daniel DeMoss

I’m a personal trainer based in Denver (Matrix Gym) and a true fitness nerd. If I’m not training clients or working out at my home gym, I’m probably skiing, cycling or hiking with my dog Rufus.