The Original Fad Diet

Look out there on the market today and you will see a million quick fixes, the next big thing, the world “revolutionary” thrown around everywhere.

Everyone has the next big scientific answer… With no science to back it up.

Enter – The fad diet. It’s 2013 and we have a lot of them but let’s take a look at one of the originals.

The Grapefruit Diet – 

The Grapefruit Diet also known as the Hollywood Diet, an 18-day diet, dates to 1930 Hollywood.

This fad diet regained popularity in the mid-1970s as a bit of Xeroxlore. It is occasionally attributed (erroneously) to the Mayo Clinic, which has expressed a decidedly negative opinion of the diet, considering it unbalanced and possibly dangerous. However, a 2004 study led by Dr. Ken Fujioka at the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center at Scripps Clinic found in a 12-week pilot study that on average, participants who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost 3.6 pounds every 4 days and those who drank a serving of grapefruit juice three times a day lost 3.3 pounds. Additionally, many patients in the study lost more than 10 pounds.

Dr. Fujioka found that grapefruit diet appears to reduce insulin levels and thus, affects blood sugar regulation. Bear in mind that pancreas secretes insulin in response to the amount of carbohydrate ingested (also affected by the glycemic index and glycemic load of a food or meal) and that grapefruit by itself is considered by some to be low glycemic.

Another theory is that the fruit’s low glycemic index is able to help the body’s metabolism burn fat.

Still another explanation for the weight loss in the Scripps Clinic study can be found in the report — participants “slightly enhanced their exercise regimens.” Depending upon what “slightly enhanced” means, this might well account for the weight loss observed.

Grapefruit diet is based upon eating lots of ‘fat-burning’ grapefruit to kick-start your metabolism. This plan lasts for 12 days, if practice correctly you can lose up to 10 lbs. After 12 days of dieting, if you wish to continue you must take at least 2 days off before doing so.

There are quite a few different Grapefruit Diet plan versions available but the principal behind each and every of the plan is the same i.e. eat half a grapefruit before every meal, to enjoy the benefits of the fat-burning enzymes. The calorie intake is limited to not more than 800 per day.

Fat-free, low-calories and low in sodium, the Grapefruit diet plan causes rapid weight loss, primarily due to loss of body fluids.

For me the main reason to go on a diet is to attain better health, weight loss and numbers on the scales do mean something although there is dangerous dieting and then there is correct dieting. The Grapefruit diet may harbour weight loss figures and use the grapefruits thermogenic effects to burn fat although for me the main point has been missed about the whole diet. Health.

Limited to 800 calories, this diet is extremely low and dangerous for pretty much any adult male or female. To consume calories so low would have you feeling lethargic with no energy, bed ridden and no activity would be accompanied with this diet in my opinion. Especially for someone that may be at a larger bodyweight, to jump straight onto a diet consisting of 800 calories a day is ludicrous. This would cause harmful side effect both physically and mentally.

If I was recommending a diet plan to anyone I would do it on an individual basis, taking into consideration, weight, height, gender, bodyfat percentage, any allergies or dislikes and the current activities and eating habits that said individual would have. Then go about constructing a diet plan for the individual consisting of a well balanced diet including fruit and vegetables, an assortment of various foods and could still use various themogenic foods to speed up the metabolic rate. It would be nowhere near as low as 800 calories and would allow the client to lose weight and most importantly stay healthy/maintain better health. A weight loss of 1-3lbs per week would be good to see in my eyes and would not have an adverse health effects to the person. For me The Grapefruit Diet seems as if it was and still is a fad diet, dropping weight far to quickly and not in a correct and safe manner.

This, like many other miracle diets you see are similar to get rich quick schemes, they never truly work and are too good to be true.

Andrew McGee