A 2004, 12 week study on grapefruit for weightloss, led by Dr. Ken Fujioka, found that participants who ate one-half a grapefruit three times a day, lost an average of 3.6 pounds - with some losing more than 10 pounds in the 3 month period. Does drinking grapefruit juice also help weightloss? Yes, the study found. Those who drank a serving of grapefruit juice with each meal lost an average of 3.3 pounds.
The reason whole grapefruit might work better for weightloss is its high fiber content. With grapefruit juice, of course, the fiber is removed. High fiber diets help us feel full and also help with elimination. Grapefruit are also loaded with vitamin C and other nutrients and are very low calorie. Grapefruit is also low on the glycemic index so it helps keep blood sugar levels stable, which results in better control of appetite.
To help with your own weightloss program, or just to help you maintain your weight, try adding a half of a grapefruit or 6 ounces of grapefruit juice to your meals. Here are some easy recipes to help you.
Grapefruit Tea for Weightloss
Combine 2 cups of grapefruit juice, a dash of cinnamon and honey to taste in a small pan and heat. Enjoy a cup with your meal. The cinnamon also helps boost metabolism and stabilize blood sugar.
To get grapefruit with meals, you don't have to just slice it up and eat it, although that is one way. Try this delicious grapefruit salad recipe:
Grapefruit Salad Recipe
2 grapefruit cut up into bite sized pieces
1 orange cut up into bite sized pieces
1/2 cup walnuts chopped -nuts also aid weightloss!
1 cup raspberries or blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup coconut
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp all spice
Mix nuts and fruit in medium mixing bowl. Sprinkle spices on top and then blend in. Serve.
Does the grapefruit diet work? Judge for yourself. Once you start adding tasty grapefruit recipes to your diet and finding the benefits of this flavorful, nutritious fruit, it will help you maintain your weight once you reach your goal. By then, grapefruit won't seem like a weightloss food at all!
Find more delicious grapefruit recipes at AllRecipes.com
Read more about the grapefruit diet study.