Now-a-days, everybody wants to lose weight and become fit & healthy. Different people have different reasons to lose weight: some wants to look better or due to ill-effects of obesity. Weight loss boosts confidence, protects your health as well as improves appearance. Gaining weight is very easy but losing weight is not an easy task. Including grapefruit in your diet can make this task little easy. Grapefruit is a gift of nature for the people who want to shed pounds in healthy way. This delicious and healthy fruit is also used in many weight loss pills and diet programs.
According to a study done by Scripps Clinic, obese people who ate ½ fresh grapefruit / 4 ounces of juice before meals for 12 weeks lost 1 pound weight without changing anything in the diet as well as improved insulin resistance related with metabolic syndrome. Grapefruit is loaded with nutrients. This citrus fruit is a hybrid between an orange and pomelo. It is great source of vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber. It is also low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol & calories as well as high in Vitamin A, fat burning enzymes and potassium. ½ grapefruit contains just 39 calories.
Grapefruit Nutrition Facts:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin E
- Pantothenic acid
Grapefruit and Weight Loss:
Grapefruit is a natural way to weight loss. While using grapefruit to shed pounds, you won’t need any other pills / shakes / diet foods. Fat burning enzymes in grapefruit decreases sugar and starch in the body and thereby helps in weight loss. This citrus fruit is low in calories and high in fiber so you will remain full for longer period of time without starving yourself. Low sodium content helps to flush out extra water which is led by high sodium foods. Potassium in this fruit assists you to lose weight fast. Grapefruit contains high water content, about 90% percent so increasing water consumption will boost your energy levels and metabolism as well as you will stay full between meals. This fruit also contains organic salicylic acid which removes and dissolves calcium deposits formed due to excessive consumption of white flour products.
You may get bored by consuming the same fruit daily. The best ways to include this citrus fruit in your diet are eat different types of grapefruit (white, pink or ruby red), add it to spinach salad, try baked grapefruit, make compote or eat with jicama.
Grapefruit affects many medicines so people taking medications should consult their physician before consuming it. Grapefruit contains flavonoids which blocks an intestinal enzyme so the natural breakdown and absorption of medications is not possible. People suffering from stomach diseases should avoid this fruit as it is very acidic and can create problems. As per the National Institutes of Health, grapefruit consumption enhances the breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women. Irritation to the mouth and throat can be caused by eating this fruit as it has citric acid.