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Grapefruit Diet            

How this diet works: 

Although there are quite a few different versions of this plan, all require that you eat half a grapefruit before every meal to reap the benefits of the fat-burning enzymes. Calories typically are limited to less than 800 per day; although some versions require that you eat until you are stuffed.

How it started:
In the 1930's, the Hollywood Diet debuted; it called for downing a few select vegetables, small amounts of protein, and grapefruits, believed to contain a special fat-burning enzyme. It has spawned more than a dozen grapefruit diets over the decades.

Length of Diet :
Maximum 1-2 weeks.

Amount of weight to be lost:
Between 12-20 lbs.

What you eat:
A typical day might consist of the following:

Breakfast:   half a grapefruit and plain coffee or Tea

Lunch: half a grapefruit plus Two eggs, cucumber & tomato salad with (Vinegar, Lemon & Herbs)
1 piece of dry melba toast, and plain tea or coffee

Dinner: half a grapefruit,  4-6 Ounces of Chicken or Beef or ham slices half a head of lettuce + a tomato (Vinegar, Lemon & Herbs) and plain tea or coffee

How Many Calories:
Less than 800 per day.

Why women love it:
It's a no-brainer -- you needn't count calories or make major food decisions. The monotony may even numb your appetite. And because the calorie cutback is so severe, initial weight loss can be dramatic -- from three to six pounds for a moderately overweight woman to12 pounds for an obese woman.

Good points:

If you love grapefruit, this plan may be for you. Grapefruit has no fat, is low in calories and sodium, and is packed with vitamin C; the pink variety contributes beta-carotene. The plan produces quick weight loss, primarily due to loss of body water. You don't have to count calories.  . And because grapefruit is high in water and fiber, it can help fill you up.

Bad points:

The very low calorie diet and encouragement to drink copious amounts of beverages containing caffeine make this diet dangerous. In addition, it's low in protein, fiber, and several important vitamins and minerals. Any diet that relies so much on a single food is too restrictive.  "Any diet based on one food is much too restrictive to be healthy," says Sheldon Margen, M.D., professor emeritus of public health nutrition at the University of California, Berkeley. You miss out on calcium, vital to bone strength; iron, which wards off anemia; folic acid, which can protect against heart disease; and most vitamins.

Duration: One to three weeks 

More information about this diet:

It is hard to eat at restaurants.   Alcohol is not allowed, but caffeine is  encouraged.   You need to buy a lot of grapefruit and it is okay for vegetarians. 

Book:  The Grapefruit and Apple Cider Vinegar Combo Diet

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