Grapefruit diet

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The grapefruit diet, also known as the Hollywood Diet is a short-term fad diet that has existed in the United States since at least the 1930s.[1] There are variations on the diet, although it generally consists of eating one grapefruit at each meal, along with meat, eggs, other foods that are rich in fat and protein, and certain vegetables. Sugar, fruits (other than grapefruit), sweet vegetables, grains and starchy vegetables are to be avoided. The grapefruit diet is thus a low-carbohydrate diet. A typical breakfast menu usually includes bacon and eggs.[2]

The diet is based on the claim that grapefruit has a fat-burning enzyme or similar property. The grapefruit diet does not require exercise. The grapefruit diet lasts for 10 to 12 days followed by 2 days off.[2]


The grapefruit diet originated in the 1930s[3] It was re-popularized in the 1980s and nicknamed the "10-day, 10-pounds-off diet".[4]

Health risks[edit]

The variations of the grapefruit diet that are too low in calories (below 800–1,000 calories a day), too low in carbohydrates, or too low in essential micronutrients are considered unhealthy and potentially dangerous.[5][2] While eating half a grapefruit with every meal may be a good way to incorporate more fruit in the diet of a healthy person, grapefruit and grapefruit juice is harmful if the dieter is taking medicines that can interact with grapefruit juice or is allergic to citruses.[6][7] This diet will not be beneficial to anyone over a long time as the extremely low calorie intake could lead to malnutrition and many health problems.

In popular culture[edit]

Weird Al Yankovic on his 1999 album Running with Scissors parodies both the grapefruit diet and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies' song "Zoot Suit Riot" in his song "Grapefruit Diet".[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Grieger, Lynn (2007-11-08). "Grapefruit diets". Your Total Health. iVillage. pp. 1–2. Archived from the original on 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  2. ^ a b c "Grapefruit Diet for Weight Loss". Actabit. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
  3. ^ William F. Williams (2 December 2013). Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience: From Alien Abductions to Zone Therapy. Routledge. p. 135. ISBN 978-1-135-95522-9.
  4. ^ Taylor, Keith B.; Anthony (1983). "grapefruit+diet"&dq="grapefruit+diet" Clinical Nutrition. Luean E. McGraw-Hill. p. 170. ISBN 0-07-063185-9. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  5. ^ Asp, Karen. "Grapefruit Diet Review". AOL Health. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  6. ^ Grieger, Lynn (2007-11-08). "Grapefruit diets". Your Total Health. iVillage. p. 3. Archived from the original on 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  7. ^ Callahan, Maureen. "The Grapefruit Diet". Archived from the original on 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  8. ^ "Satire Seesaw Weird Al Waffles; Chris Rock Skewers", New York Daily News, Aug. 1, 1999.[permanent dead link]

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