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Grabbing Grapefruits May be a Great Way to Lose Weight13 Sep

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The results of a recently released mega-study that tracked women from 2003 to 2008

shows that the simple act of eating grapefruit may be helpful in achieving a slimmer you. A review of the data indicated that women who ate just about any amount of grapefruit or drank grapefruit juice, on average, weighed nearly 10 pounds less and had a 6 percent lower body mass index (BMI), than those who had neither grapefruit or grapefruit juice in their diets.

The researchers who analyzed the data aren’t entirely sure what made the grapefruit gobblers slimmer, but study co-author Gail Rampersaud, a registered dietitian from the University of Florida, says it could be the simplest of reasons, and one you have heard me howl many times: “Consuming fruits and vegetables with a high water content, like grapefruit, helps you feel fuller and more satisfied on fewer calories.” A half of a medium sized grapefruit or an 8-ounce glass of grapefruit juice each has less than 100 calories.

Fad vs. Fact

Take Me To Your Fruity Leader Kevin Trotman via CompfightFad diets aside, Rampersaud’s study is not the first to associate the great fruit, grapefruit,
with weight loss. Not too long ago, a team of researchers at the Scripps Clinic in San
Diego California followed 100 obese people who ate or drank grapefruit for 12 weeks.
They found that those who ate grapefruit had lost an average of almost 4 pounds, and
some dropped as much as 10 pounds. These researchers concluded that weight loss
among grapefruit eaters was likely linked to lowered levels of insulin, which is critical in
metabolizing sugar.

Rampersaud was quick to point out that the results of her own, and these other studies did
not indicate that there is any magical “fat-burning enzymes” or other secret ingredient at
work, as proponents of the old Grapefruit Diet have claimed.

Whether or not grapefruit is more a less effective for weightloss than any other water-
rich fruit could be open to debate. But for sure grapefruit is great a source of vitamin C,
potassium, and magnesium. It is also contains carotenoids and Vitamin A, that have been
known to improve vision, and boost the immune system. Other vitamins and minerals
that are found in grapefruit include folate, and vitamin B9.

So for many reasons, and not only to support weightloss, it’s probably a good idea to
make this tart and tangy fruit or juice part of your daily diet.

And if that tartness is not for you –based on Rampersaud’s conclusions, you could
probably get the same kinds of results by starting meals with other fruits or vegetables
with low calories and a high water contents, such as cucumber or watermelon.

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