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The famous Grapefruit Diet is based on the theory that eating grapefruit with every meal encourages your body to burn fat, thereby helping you to lose weight.

What does the plan involve?
The grapefruit diet involves eating half a grapefruit before every main meal and before any caffeinated drinks. The diet plan maintains that the enzymes contained in the grapefruit increase your body's ability and willingness to burn fat.

Food and recipes
The grapefruit diet plan heavily restricts what and how much you can eat. Almost all food with high, or even moderate, levels of fat or calories are prohibited. Snacks are not allowed at any time. The diet instructs you to no more than 800 calories each day.

Exercise is recommended in some versions of this diet but absent in others. But even if the plan does address the issue of exercise, you are unlikely to have the energy to do much because of the heavily restricted calorie intake.

Eating out when on the Grapefruit diet will be very difficult due to the calorie restrictions and the need to eat grapefruit before every meal. Alcohol is not permitted but caffeine is actively encouraged. You will need to buy special foods, namely a whole shopping trolley of grapefruits. However, the plan does have the advantage of being perfectly suitable for vegetarians.

Celebrity followers
The Grapefruit eating plan has allegedly been used by a large number of celebrities in the UK and the US. Stars such as Brooke Shields and Kylie Minogue are rumoured to have lost weight with this slimming program.

Does the plan work?
You will lose weight with the Grapefruit Diet because you'll be consuming less than half the recommended number of daily calories for an average woman. However, the restrictive nature of this eating plan will leave you lacking in energy, fibre, and key vitamins and minerals. And as for grapefruit helping your body to burn fat? It's safe to say we'll be waiting a long, long time before finding evidence to support this theory.

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