This diet is also known as the Hollywood diet, and is thought to have been developed around the 1930’s.

The grapefruit diet is based on the fact that eating grapefruit daily can help increase your metabolism and by following the diet plan you could lose up to 10 pounds in around 12 days. That’s nearly a pound a day but remember you cannot stay on this diet for longer than 12 days, the reason will be explained further on in the article.

How to make the grapefruit diet work for you

Obviously as with any diet we have to cut back on our calories, dropping our intake to around 800 per day. So other than the grapefruit we need to avoid or cut down the amount we eat of the usual foods we eat pretty drastically.

As a general rule 1/2 a grapefruit should be eaten before every meal, you will still be eating 3 meals a day but due to the low calorie intake these meals should be small and lean [fat free].

As with all diets perseverance is the key, so try to stay on this diet for at least 12 days and avoid snacking. If you feel the need to snack why not try the “cookie diet” which lets you eat specially made cookies while dieting, or check out the fad diet called “snacking the right way”.

Simple meal plans:

There are a whole lot of variations out there but I have listed one for each meal to give you the idea.

1/2 grapefruit
2 eggs – boiled or scrambled [use fat free milk or water]
1 slice of toast [wholewheat]
pat of butter to lightly butter the toast
or a little jam – not both.

1/2 a grapefruit
3 ounces of chicken, turkey or fish – not fried but grilled or steamed.
A small salad with a little dash of fat free salad dressing

1/2 grapefruit
3 ounces of lean meat like chicken, turkey or fish [not fried]
a small salad with a dash of fat free dressing.

Remember to drink a lot more water during this time as not only will it help the hunger pangs but it is also good for you. Avoid all alcohol as they tend to have empty calories. Fizzy drinks are also a big NO!

This diet lasts for 12 days and should never be continued for more than this unless you have eaten normally for at least 4 days. You body will tend to lack in some vital vitamins, proteins and nutrients during this time and this could be detrimental to your health if you just continue with the diet with out a break in between, a good rule here is to take some multi-vitamins during this period.

Considered a fad diet, this diet can be potentially harmful to the person who does try it in a attempt to lose those extra pounds as it could aggravate certain medical conditions. Seek the advice of your doctor before starting this diet if you have any underlying medical problems.

As with all the diets around – remember to persevere, exercise and be above all be patient!

Candice is a full time author and loves to write about her interests. These include a variety of diets, be it for weight loss or for the benefit of ones health she puts pen to paper. She also loves shopping, bowling, beading, dabbles in the forex market and enjoys internet marketing. You can visit her at Tan Leather Handbag to find the perfect leather handbag.

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