Grapefruit or grapefruit as it is known in some countries, is a very healthy fruit that provides many benefits, mainly grapefruit juice is effective in destroying body fat, which is why it is frequently used in emergency diets.

Among the great benefits of this citrus fruit, its antioxidant effect and cholesterol reduction stand out. However, the juice of this fruit is an excellent ally to reduce excess weight, but especially to burn fat from the abdomen and hips.

Its effect on metabolism

Grapefruit helps reduce metabolism , which automatically allows you to lose weight naturally and at the same time allows you to burn fat much faster.

The grapefruit juice diet allows you to lose between 6 and 8 kilos , effectively, it is important to highlight that it is an emergency regimen and under no circumstances can it be taken as a form of regular nutrition for longer than a week, as it does not provide the nutrients necessary for a healthy diet.

Diet plan

To do this grapefruit diet , it is essential that you like the citrus flavor of grapefruit or grapefruit, because it is practically the only thing you will eat during these days and it is the essential ingredient to burn fat. The grapefruit diet plan goes like this:

  • Breakfast: Half a grapefruit, 1 cup of coffee or tea sweetened with stevia or honey.
  • Lunch : half a grapefruit, 2 boiled eggs, tomato and cucumber salad garnished with lemon or vinegar (no salt), whole wheat toast and an infusion cup of your choice.
  • Dinner: half a grapefruit, lettuce (the amount you require) dressed with lemon or vinegar and 200 grams of grilled chicken.
  • Water consumption is also important, remember that the recommended amount is 8 glasses or 2 liters daily.

It is important not to follow a diet that includes this amount of grapefruit for more than 15 days, and it is always appropriate and recommended to consult a professional before putting into practice changes in diet.

Precautions:

Research on grapefruit juice has shown that some components of this fruit, such as bergamotine and naringin, are potent inhibitors of cytochrome P450 3A4, an enzyme located in the intestine and liver that detoxifies the body of approximately 50% of the currently existing drugs.

On the other hand, the interaction of drugs with grapefruit juice causes a slower elimination of the drugs and an excessive stay in the body. For this reason, overdose phenomena are frequent after concomitant ingestion of grapefruit and medications.

In addition, it has been shown that drug interaction can also occur with the intake of modest amounts of grapefruit juice or fresh fruit (250 grams).

This enzyme inactivation can last for a long period (around 3 days), so it would be advisable to avoid the intake of grapefruit-based products, including grapefruit juice, at least 72 hours before taking a medicine, and in the case if they are chronically medicated, they should opt for other drinks to lose weight and discard this juice.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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