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How to Follow the Grapefruit Diet

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Uploaded on Jan 11, 2010

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Investigate to see if this citrus-based diet -- which started back in the 1930s -- is the weight-loss plan for you.


Warning
Never change your diet without first consulting your physician.

Step 1: Plan for the short term
Plan to lose weight quickly, but not over the long term. The grapefruit diet is not intended to be followed for more than a few weeks.

Tip
Grapefruit is known to interfere with certain types of medicine, so ask your doctor before deciding on this diet.

Step 2: Eat breakfast
Eat two eggs and two slices of bacon for breakfast, supplemented by either half a grapefruit or eight ounces of unsweetened grapefruit juice.

Tip
Follow the exact amount of grapefruit or grapefruit juice suggested. The grapefruit serves as a catalyst for fat-burning.

Step 3: Drink plenty of water
Drink plenty of water. You're also allowed one cup of coffee per day.

Step 4: Eat lunch
Eat a lunch that includes half a grapefruit or eight ounces of unsweetened grapefruit juice and as much meat and salad as you want.

Step 5: Have dinner
Eat a dinner that includes as much meat or fish as you want, salad or vegetables that are not starchy, half a grapefruit or eight ounces of unsweetened grapefruit juice, and one cup of coffee or tea.

Tip
You may double or triple portions of meat or salad, but you can't omit them.

Step 6: Drink skim milk or tomato juice
Drink eight ounces of skim milk or tomato juice at bedtime.

Step 7: Avoid rigorous exercise
Avoid rigorous exercise. The grapefruit diet does not provide enough calories to create the energy level needed for an exercise regimen.

Did You Know?
The grapefruit was first described in 1750 as the "forbidden fruit" of Barbados.

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