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2/08/2011

For years people have been talking about grapefruit to a means of weight loss… but does it really work?


We’ve scoured the web and talked to fitness professionals and the consensus is: YES
 Here are the 3 main reasons:

Appetite Suppressant: As you know, you can eat large quantities of food without consuming too many calories by choosing foods high in fiber and water content. Yes and grapefruit is high on this list as are most (not all) fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and some water-based soups.  In fact, oranges and grapefruit rank #1 and #2 in fiber out of the top 20 most-consumed fruits and veggies. These make you feel fuller longer and keep blood sugar levels more constant- (so you don't eat your face off  later).

Glycemic Load: Studies (from the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center at Scripps) proves that dieters need to focus on eating foods that have a low impact on blood sugar. This has led to the concept of Glycemic Load (GL), a ranking of food based on its carbohydrate content and its impact on blood sugar level. A GL below 10 is considered low. A GL of 20+ is considered high. The GL for a half grapefruit is 6.    To learn more about Glycemic Loads, click here

Insulin Levels:  Scripps has also found a link between grapefruit and insulin, and proved the chemical properties of grapefruit reduce insulin levels and encourage weight loss.  The importance of this link is in the hormone's weight management function. While not its primary function, insulin assists with the regulation of fat metabolism. Therefore, the smaller the insulin spike after a meal, the more efficiently the body processes food for use as energy and the less it's stored as fat in the body. Grapefruit possesses a unique chemical property that reduces insulin levels, and promotes weight loss.

All and all, if you are on the track of shedding a layer of excess pounds, then yes we recommend you to add grapefruit to your daily intake. However, this is only in addition to a healthy, balanced diet of organic fruits, veggies, complex carbs and hormone-free protein.  Remember, diet fads allowing you a couple of foods (ie: only grapefruit) will never work long term and in fact will add more pounds after you get off the diet.  

Note: Some prescription medications interact with Grapefruit or grapefruit juice. For a downloadable list in PDF format, click:  the Gradon's Guide to Grapefruit Interactions

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