Has Anyone Tried the Grapefruit Diet to Help Shift Bellyfat?

by Deidre
(Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia)

The grapefruit diet that has been around for a number of years is also known as the twelve day grapefruit diet because it is designed to be done for twelve days, with two days off, then resumed for twelve more days, and so on, until you lose the amount of weight you want to lose.


For
1.Grapefruit is definitely low in calories
2. It is high in fibre
3.This citrus fruit is a great source of vitamin C.
4. It is a great source of potassium and folic acid
5. This Fruit appears to decrease the amount of insulin in the bloodstream. This is definitely great news for people with diabetes or with a diabetic tendency in their genetic makeup.
6.It appears that it can help cleanse the colon
7.Grapefruit may also help control cholesterol, which is a powerful tool in avoiding heart disease.
8.There is even some ongoing research that might suggest that grapefruit helps fight cancer because of its DNA-repairing abilities.
9. It is delicious
10. It is really delicious
11. You will lose weight

Against
1. Hard to maintain
2. Limits the other types of food you can enjoy, including many vegtables including tomatoes, cabbage, celery, cucumbers, green beans- even lettuce.
3. Not good for a long-term plan

Has anyone tried this diet and does it help shift Bellyfat??

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Jan 14, 2011
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Warning about grapefruit and the pill
by: Anonymous

Authors of the study said: 'Our patient had a constellation of potential risk factors for blood clots; a heightened hypercoagulable state from increased oestrogen serum concentration due to her three days of grapefruit for breakfast may well have tipped the balance.'
Dr Trevor Baglin, consultant haematologist at Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge, said: 'From this case study it appears as if the grapefruit enhanced the thrombotic effect of the contraceptive Pill in the presence of a genetic predisposition. However, it is worth pointing out that this is a single case study and a very unusual case at that.'

But he warned: 'I would suggest that any extreme diets should be avoided because they can have unpredictable consequences.'
Dr Elisabeth Weichselbaum of the British Nutrition Foundation said: 'There is evidence that grapefruits and grapefruit juice can interact with some forms of medication, and in this case the authors concluded that a larger amount of grapefruits may have accelerated the formation of a blood clot."

SOURCE:-Examiner.com: Warning: The grapefruit diet and the pill don't mix - San Francisco health and beauty |

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Warning: The grapefruit diet and the pill don't mix - San Francisco health and beauty |
by: Anonymous

I found this on the internet: It dates from 2009

Doctors are warning of the dangers of the grapefruit diet after a women almost lost a leg three days into the diet plan.
About the grapefruit diet:

The grapefruit diet, also known as the Hollywood diet and erroneously as the Mayo Clinic diet, is a short-term fad diet that has existed in the United States since at least the 1930s. Specifics of the diet vary widely, but it usually involves eating half a grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice with each meal andsignificantly reducing caloric intake, often to below 800 calories per day. Based on the claim that grapefruit has a fat-burning enzyme or similar property, the diet is considered unhealthy and potentially dangerous.

Doctors Warn:
The warning which came yesterday, published April 4, 2009 in the medical journal "The Lancet" comes after a 42-year-old developed a blood clot in her left leg after the fruit interacted with the contraceptive pill she was taking. A scan found a clot from the hip all the way down to her calf.
The woman had been on a long car journey, after which she felt pain from her lower back to her left ankle. By the following morning her leg had turned purple.
She had only started the diet three days earlier. Previously she had rarely eaten grapefruit.

Writing in the Lancet medical journal, doctors said that the car journey was a factor, as was a mutated gene she carried that increases the risk of clots.

But they said three days of grapefruit for breakfast 'may have tipped the balance'.

The woman made a full recovery after a taking the blood-thinning drug warfarin and stopping the Pill.

The doctors write that the woman turned up at a hospital in Washington State with difficulty walking, shortness of breath and light-headedness.

The scientists said regular consumption of grapefruit can increase the side effects of certain drugs, such as the clot risk posed by oestrogen, the female hormone.


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