Grapefruit Diet Review

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The Grapefruit diet is also known as the Hollywood Diet and erroneously as the Mayo Clinic Diet. The Grapefruit diet plan is a short-term fad diet from the United States dating back to the 1930s but gaining popularity in the 1970s.

The diet plan is based on the premise that grapefruit has a fat-burning enzyme. There are variations of the grapefruit diet that are considered too low in calories (below 1200 calories a day), carbs or essential micronutrients and are seen as unhealthy and potentially dangerous. Potentially it’s use is for a short term method of weight loss only.

The grapefruit diet lasts for 10 to 12 days followed by 2 days off.

Grapefruit Diet Menu

A grapefruit diet menu is restrictive. Carbohydrates are restricted and no sugar, sweet fruits, vegetables, grains or cereals are allowed.

A typical weekly grapefruit diet menu is:


Breakfast  1 grapefruit or it’s juice, 1/2 cup of granola cereal woth dried fruit and nuts topped with 3 tablespoons of low fat yogurt.

Lunch  1 grapefruit, 1 bowl of clear soup, 2 slices wholewheat toast.

Dinner  7oz lean grilled chicken or turkey, salad, coffee or tea.

Snack  1 low fat yogurt.



Breakfast  1 cup fresh vegetable juice, 1 hardboiled egg, coffee or tea.

Lunch  1 grapefruit, 1 salad, 2 slices wholewheat toast.

Dinner  1 bowl vegetable bean soup, 2 slices of cheese.

Snack  1 grapefruit, ½ cup low fat cottage cheese.



Breakfast  1 grapefruit or it’s juice, 2 slices ham or cheese, 1 cup coffee or tea.

Lunch  1 grapefruit, salad, 1 cup of coffee or tea.

Dinner  4oz of meat, chicken or fish, salad, 1 cup tea with honey.

Snack  1 low fat yogurt.



Breakfast  1 grapefruit or it’s juice, 2 hardboiled eggs, 1 cup tea or coffee.

Lunch  1 grapefruit, 1 cup low fat cottage cheese, 1 slice whole wheat bread, tea or coffee.

Dinner  7oz grilled fish, 1 cup steamed vegetables, tea or coffee.

Snack  1 granola bar.



Breakfast  Fruit salad containing grapefruit.

Lunch  1 large baked potato, salad, 1 cup of tea.

Dinner  7oz of grilled meat, chicken or fish with steamed vegetables, 1 cup low fat yogurt.

Snack  1 grapefruit or it’s juice.


Saturday and Sunday

Choose any menu from the previous days.

It is recommended to follow the grapefruit diet plan for only 7 days at a time.

Grapefruit Diet results for weight loss

Dieters report weight loss of up to 8 lbs in a week  on the Grapefruit diet menu.

This is rapid weight loss and whether it is sustainable long term is questionable.

As well as following the grapefruit diet plan there are also supplements you can take to boost the grapefruit intake:

Grapefruit Diet Supplement

For boosting grapefruit properties intake

Price: £17.64

Bio-Kult Candea – Pack of 60 Capsules

Probiotic Capsules with Garlic and Grapfruit Seed Extract

RRP: £14.95
Price: £10.26 (£0.17 / Capsules)

Diet Horizon Citro’Protect (Grapefruit seed extract), 50ml

Price: £8.49 (£16.98 / 100 ml)

Bio-Synergy Skinny Water Dietary Supplement Drink 12 Bottles x 500ml

Proven to help burn fat with less than 2 kcal per bottle

Price: £20.99 (£1.75 / Bottle)


How does the Grapefruit Diet work?

The grapefruit diet is a low-carb diet. The theory is that grapefruit burns body fat when eaten with foods high in fat. Therefore the grapefruit diet encourages you to eat meat, eggs and other foods that are rich in fat and protein. The diet is based on the claim of grapefruit having a fat-burning enzyme.

What Diet Grapefruit Diet Review

Suitable for short term weight loss results only. The grapefruit plan should only be followed one week at  a time. Grapefruit diet results are unlikely to last long and any weight loss is likely to be regained as soon as the diet programme is ended.

Grapefruit Diet Pros

  • Grapefruits are fat-free, low calorie and low sodium and packed with vitamin C. Beta-carotene in pink grapefruits help reduce cholesterol
  • The white pith is an excellent antioxidant
  • Grapefruit may help reduce the risk of developing diabetes
  • Enzymes in grapefruit help reduce insulin levels and speed up weight loss
  • An easy-to-follow diet plan

Grapefruit Diet Cons

  • Grapefruit juice is harmful if the dieter is taking medications that can interact with grapefruit juice or is allergic to citruses
  • Calorie content is low and insufficient for daily nutrition
  • Dizziness and upset stomach can result due to too much coffee and so little food. Try Love the Taste, Lose the Weight, CafeFit Diet Coffee
  • Low in protein and vitamins and minerals
  • Too much meat is bad for health
  • Short-term diet only not for long term weight loss

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