Whole Food Plant-based Diet Weight Loss Foods -Does Grapefruit Work For Weight Loss?
February 22, 2020
Plant-based Diet Foods For Weight Loss – Consider The Lovely Grapefruit
Shape magazine reports that, a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, revealed that people who eat a vegetarian or vegan diet lose more weight than those who eat meat.
Researchers reviewed 12 studies with more than 1,150 people who followed different weight loss plans for about 18 weeks. Those who followed a plant-based diet shed roughly four pounds more on average than those whose meals allowed meat,” says Shape.
Add to that, the information about how well people lost weight with the favorite dieters plant-based food, the grapefruit. In fact, the well-known grapefruit diet was a strict 12 day diet that was touted back in the nineteen fifties; and was sometimes referred to as the Hollywood diet.
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On the Grapefruit Diet, people would eat half a grapefruit (or drink a cup of unsweetened grapefruit juice) before breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Grapefruit Diet meal plan is low in carbohydrates and restricted to 800 calories per day or less. Some say that it worked because of the drastic reduction in calories and not especially due to the consumption of grapefruit.
An average sized grapefruit has 74 calories, delivers a whopping 15 grams of pectin (the special fiber linked to lowering cholesterol and fat), is high in vitamin C and potassium and is free of fat and sodium.
It’s rich in natural galacturonic acid, which adds to its potency as a fat and cholesterol fighter. The additional benefit here is assistance in the battle against atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and the development of heart disease.
You can incorporate grapefruit into a plant-based diet in the following ways:
1. Eat a whole grapefruit eat it before the rest of your breakfast.
2. Add it to your morning smoothie.
3. Mix grapefruit sections into a fruit bowl.
4. Top a green salad with grapefruit sections.
And, here’s a dieters tip. Slice a grapefruit in half, top with a sprinkle of cinnamon rather than sugar to take away some of the tart taste.
A word of caution comes from WebMD. Grapefruit can interfere with certain prescription drugs, including cholesterol fighting drugs called, statins and some blood pressure drugs. It has been reported that grapefruit increases the effect of these drugs and can cause adverse effects hours before and hours after taking these medications. So, if you have a health condition, please be sure to ask your doctor about whether you should avoid eating grapefruit or drinking its juice.
Other than that, enjoy adding this delightful, tart and healthy fruit to your plant=based diet. on a regular basis.
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