The Pros And Cons Of The Twelve-Day Grapefruit Diet
Let me ask you an exciting question. How awesome would you feel if you could lose several pounds in under two weeks? I’m willing to bet that you would be thrilled if it was possible. Good news! That’s exactly what the twelve-day grapefruit diet can do for you. Before we get started, it’s only fair to mention that I am a skeptic at heart, and any diet that focuses on one food always puts me on alert. But, there are clear health benefits to eating grapefruit, so I felt better about doing it.
I wasn’t aware that the grapefruit diet had been around for more than a few years, but that also was a good sign, because it’s the things that work that tend to stick around. It’s also referred to as the twelve day grapefruit diet. That’s because you do it for twelve days at a time, with a break of two days, until you hit your target weight.
The grapefruit diet works because it limits daily calories to about 800. There is no question that 800 calories is very low, but it will have you shedding pounds like mad. Stick to the plan and you will lose weight. While it seems restrictive, it’s only for a few days.
Though it’s called the twelve-day grapefruit diet, you do not have to eat grapefruit at every meal. Though there are several limitations on the foods you can and can’t eat, there is some variety. For example, vegetables that aren’t allowed during the twelve days are lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, peas and cabbage.
Again, the twelve-day grapefruit diet is probably too hard for most people to maintain, especially repeatedly. It’s just that it’s a bit too restrictive for most people, even if they love grapefruit. But if you have a few pounds to lose in a short amount of time, then this diet will certainly give you results. Plus, grapefruit is definitely a healthy, low-calorie fruit and an excellent way to get your Vitamin C.
The health benefits of grapefruit don’t end there, though. It is also used regularly by those on detox diets due to its internal cleansing properties. There is also evidence that it lowers insulin levels in the bloodstream. Not only that, but it has been shown to keep cholesterol in check, which helps lower the risk of heart disease.
As if all of the above weren’t enough, continuing research suggests grapefruit’s ability to repair DNA may help in the fight against cancer. Those things are definitely exciting, but let’s also remember that grapefruit is high in Vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and contains a decent amount of fiber–all good things.
While the twelve day grapefruit diet is, no doubt, a great way to drop several pounds in less than two weeks, it is not designed to be a lifelong eating plan. That being said, with all of its benefits, grapefruit can be incorporated into any diet plan. Have it for breakfast to get your day off to a good start, or use it to replace less-than-healthy snacks.