Eat Grapefruit to Lose Weight
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America has a problem with food. For years, the US has held the dubious distinction of being named the fattest nation on earth. But labels are one thing, health risks are another. Obesity is now the number one cause of preventable death in America, just ahead of smoking.
The condition puts patients at a much higher risk of heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes, all of which have skyrocketed in recent years. A full third of the US population is now officially obese and about two-thirds of residents are overweight. More stunning still is the rise in childhood obesity, which has tripled since 1980.
What can we do? Amazingly, America spends more on diet and exercise than any other country, an estimated 42 billion dollars per annum! Unfortunately, it isn't working. And while consumer advocacy groups and members of the media are quick to point an accusatory finger at the fast food industry, no one group is entirely to blame. In the end, Americans are getting fat because they are eating fewer home cooked meals and fresh foods than at any time in their history. Snacking and eating between meals is also partly to blame.
The solution to this problem really is quite simple. Americans must eat more meals at home, stop snacking, and consume more fresh foods. In the next few paragraphs we will discuss one of the most satisfying, healthy and nutritious fresh foods–the grapefruit. Why should you eat grapefruit?
All citrus fruits are good for you, but the grapefruit is arguably the healthiest, which is why it has been the diet fruit of choice since the 1920s. The Grapefruit or Hollywood Diet was created during the Roaring Twenties as a way to help actresses slough off pounds in between shoots. A half a century later in the 1970s, the Grapefruit Diet became the first bona fide diet fad in America.
Why the grapefruit? The rumor was that it had special fat-burning enzymes that could magically melt away the pounds in no time. These special enzymes have never been identified. The simple truth is that grapefruit was and is a great diet food because it is has no fat, no cholesterol, and it is low in calories. The average serving (half a grapefruit) has just eighty calories. But because it is nutrient rich and high in fiber it really does fills you up.
When you eat grapefruit you are getting 5 full grams of fiber, which is nearly twenty percent of the daily recommended intake. Fiber is important because it improves digestive health by promoting regular bowel movements. Studies have also shown that high fiber diets may reduce the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. The grapefruit is also an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of folate and potassium.