Grapefruit - Does It Help Release Fat Stores? By David Grisaffi
Diets that focus on the use of grapefruit as a weight loss tool began appearing in the 1930's. They became very popular in the mid-1970's. Some have even been contributed to the Mayo Clinic; however, this is not true. The diets stress the addition of ½ of a grapefruit before each meal. You can substitute 4oz of grapefruit juice if you want. The diet usually promises a loss of 10 lbs during the 12 days of the diet. There are several claims of how the diet works. There have been scientific studies done in an attempt to prove or disprove the claims of the grapefruits diets. Hopefully, after reading this article, you will have an answer to the questions surrounding the mysterious power of the grapefruit to release fat stores.
The central component of all grapefruit diets is not grapefruit. Yes, it is stressed, but not the most important aspect of the diet. All of these diets give you a low calorie, low carbohydrate menu selection. Your calorie count is between 800 and 1100 calories per day. The average American consumes around 2500 to 3000 calories per day. Some eat as many as 5000 calories. With such a drastic decrease in caloric intake you almost have no choice but to lose weight. The diets also increase your average intake of water. The foods eaten cause your body to release less insulin and to increase your physical activity slightly. All of the parts of the diet encourage your body to shed fat. An increase in water will help your body to flush fat cells out. Less insulin will help to prevent your body from absorbing and storing fat, and more physical activity will get your body busy burning fat. The grapefruit itself is high in fiber and vitamins. There are enzymes in it that may cause less insulin to be secreted into the body. The fiber and fluids combine to increase bowel motility. By getting food through your intestines quicker the diet gives your body less time to absorb the food.
Grapefruit has been studied by several scientists, including Dr. Ken Fujioka at Scripps Clinic. He found that people who followed the diet for the recommended 12 weeks lost an average of 3.6 lbs. Many of the study participants lost more than 10 lbs. D. Fujioka was unable to determine whether the weight loss came from the grapefruit or the diet changes each patient made. He also believed that the physical activity played an important role. While his study was largely inconclusive, it did show the most positive scientific results to date.
While grapefruit is a very nutritious low calorie fruit, loaded with vitamin C and fiber, it is not a fat burner in and of itself. The low glycemic index, high fiber, and low calorie fruit may reduce insulin levels while helping dieters to feel full and eat fewer calories. Otherwise, there is no magic fat burning bullet in a grapefruit. If you love grapefruit, feel free to reap the benefits of this very nutritious food by enjoying a serving anytime, including before meals. A half of a fruit or a 4oz glass of its juice before a meal will help fill you up and lead to you eating less. Less food eaten will cause you to lose weight. For extra nutrition, eat pink grapefruit. It is rich in betacarotene. As far as grapefruit releasing fat stores: Do not believe the hype.
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