In todays post, I am going to be talking about grapefruit and weight loss. As Summer is on the rise, I’ve been educating myself more on my diet, than just long hours of cardio. A lot is to be learnt about weight loss and one of the main factors is your diet. It’s not about eating less and moving more, it’s about fuelling your brain and your body with the correct foods. Of course, eating less junk food, saturated fats, sweets, cakes etc… do come into the whole “eat less and move more” but when it comes to¬†fuelling¬†your body with superfoods, you definitely should not be eating less of those. Grapefruit is a hefty fat burner, and I’m going to tell you a whole lot more.

What is Grapefruit?

Grapefruits are part of the citrus family, they’re known to be quite sour tasting and they look like a rather large orange. However on the inside, grapefruits are normally pink instead of orange, but they come in a range of colours. Grapefrits are from subtropical citrus trees which explains the sour to semi-sweet taste it gives. Originally from Barbados.

Before I confuse you on your weekly shop, grapefruit does come in different colours, and names. They also come with added benefits so do your research on the different types.

First, let’s get into the weightloss side.

Grapefruit and Weight Loss – How does Grapefruit burn fat?

Now I know a lot of people who have thrown themselves onto a grapefruit diet because they’ve heard that it’s a fat burner. Is grapefruit a fat burner? Yes. Yet setting yourself up for just a grapefruit diet is a disaster waiting to happen.

Grapefruit and Weight Loss - Superfoods & Fat Burners

Grapefruit and Weight Loss – Superfoods & Fat Burners

What is true about grapefruit, is that certain compounds in the fruit do burn up stored body fat. Yet just like green tea and chillies, they’re not magic pills. The surest and healthiest ways to lose weight is to adjust your diet and get more exercise in.

After a number of fad diets and myths have been cleared, their is some final research data that is completely true which has surfaced.

Grapefruit and Insulin Levels

Grapefruit lowers the insulin levels in the body. Not by a huge degree, but by some. When your insulin levels are high, this is when your brain kicks in and tells you that you need to eat something to bring in the energy. This is not how your brain should be working at for example, 8pm at night. This is how grapefruit and weight loss are connected, just like the other super foods.

When your insulin levels are slightly decreased, this then prevents the body from storing as much sugar as fat. Lower insulin levels also play a part in helping to curb appetites.

Grapefruit, Fibre & “Negative Calories”

Another benefit of the superfood is that grapefruit is one of the many super foods out there, that are particularly high in fibre with very few calories. Half a grapefruit is normally less than 40 calories if you’re wondering, but this depends on the size of the grapefruit of course.

If you don’t already know about “negative calories”, foods that come under this label typically mean that the body has to work harder to digest these foods. When the body has to work more, it requires more calories. Therefore meaning that the body will use more calories to digest grape fruits, than the total calories in the fruit. How amazing is that?

Since Grapefruits are high in fibre, they will also keep you full. So you’re basically not eating any calories, and even if you were to gauge on grapefruits, you’re not going to see a weight gain due to working demand of digesting these foods. Yet as stated, please do not cut out all other foods and replace them with grape fruits.

I don’t want to eat a grapefruit, what is the next best form?

I would say the best time of the day to eat a grapefruit is in the morning. However the majority of people just don’t want to face breakfast in the morning, especially something that is sweet/sour.

The next best form of a whole/half grapefruit is grapefruit juice. This has to be 100%, not mixed form or artificially sweetened/flavoured. If you’re seeking the juice, look for the bottle/carton with the highest amount of pulp. As it’s been boxed, I would still say that you’re not getting the full benefit, and you’re probably going to pay more, but I’ve heard it’s just as good, so please feel free to try the juice!

Pills and extracts are okay, but you will not get the fibre from the grapefruit for starters, and as far as the benefits from pills, I couldn’t exactly say because I don’t mind eating the actual fruit so I’ve never looked into the pills side.

As you can see, grapefruit and weight loss come hand in hand. Grapefruit can certainly assist you in your weight loss goals and it’s important to note that this is why your diet is 80% and the gym is 20%. When you start to eat better foods, you will feel better not only on the outside, but on the inside.

I hope you enjoyed this article.