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How to Follow the Grapefruit Diet

Investigate to see if this citrus-based diet – which started back in the 1930s – is the weight-loss plan for you.


  • : Never change your diet without first consulting your physician.
  • Step 1: Plan for the short term Plan to lose weight quickly, but not over the long term. The grapefruit diet is not intended to be followed for more than a few weeks.
  • TIP: Grapefruit is known to interfere with certain types of medicine, so ask your doctor before deciding on this diet.
  • Step 2: Eat breakfast Eat two eggs and two slices of bacon for breakfast, supplemented by either half a grapefruit or eight ounces of unsweetened grapefruit juice.
  • TIP: Follow the exact amount of grapefruit or grapefruit juice suggested. The grapefruit serves as a catalyst for fat-burning.
  • Step 3: Drink plenty of water Drink plenty of water. You’re also allowed one cup of coffee per day.
  • Step 4: Eat lunch Eat a lunch that includes half a grapefruit or eight ounces of unsweetened grapefruit juice and as much meat and salad as you want.
  • Step 5: Have dinner Eat a dinner that includes as much meat or fish as you want, salad or vegetables that are not starchy, half a grapefruit or eight ounces of unsweetened grapefruit juice, and one cup of coffee or tea.
  • TIP: You may double or triple portions of meat or salad, but you can’t omit them.
  • Step 6: Drink skim milk or tomato juice Drink eight ounces of skim milk or tomato juice at bedtime.
  • Step 7: Avoid rigorous exercise Avoid rigorous exercise. The grapefruit diet does not provide enough calories to create the energy level needed for an exercise regimen.
  • FACT: The grapefruit was first described in 1750 as the "forbidden fruit" of Barbados.

You Will Need

  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Grapefruit
  • Unsweetened grapefruit juice
  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Salad
  • Red or green vegetables
  • Meat or fish
  • Tea
  • Skim milk
  • Tomato juice

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