...it just so happens to be one of my favorite fruits, but that aside, a co-worker has been touting the wonders of grapefruit as a metabolism booster. The grapefruit diet has been around, in one form or another, for many years. The trouble with a grapefruit diet, though, is it is not a realistic approach to eating. People don't normally eat grapefruit 3 times a day!
People are always looking for the one diet that will let them drop pounds quickly and will keep the weight off. That's why the bestseller lists always have at least one diet book on them year round.
Here are only a few of the diet books that have been popular the past several years (all in 613.25):
Cruise, Jorge. The 3-Hour Diet: How Low-Carb Diets Make You Fat and Timing Makes You Slim.
Cunningham, Tricia. The Reverse Diet: Lose 20, 50, 100 Pounds or More by Eating Dinner for Breakfast and Breakfast for Dinner.
Greene, Bob. The Best Life Diet.
Hyman, Mark. UltraMetabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss.
Reames, Robert. Make Over Your Metabolism.
Thurmond, Michael. The 6-Day Body Makeover: Drop One Whole Dress or Pant Size in Just 6 Days--And Keep It Off.
Young, Lisa R. The Portion Teller: Smartsize Your Way to Permanent Weight Loss.
Please note: I am not endorsing any of the diet plans listed! Here's my reducing diet advice: eat less, eat a variety of foods, exercise a lot more than you have been!
Reducing diets are nothing new, people have been turning to them for at least 200 years! Marjolijn Bijlefeld's The Encyclopedia of Diet Fads [613.25 BIJ] covers a number of them. The grapefruit diet is briefly discussed here.
Back to grapefruit as a delicious fruit, if you find the bother of peeling or cutting grapefruit too much, there are some handy-dandy knives available that'll help you out. And, if squirting juice is a problem, there's this (from a 1933 edition of Popular Science):