Grapefruit – the weight loss wonder fruit

I’m sure many of you would be familar with the grapefruit diet that was popular back in the 80s.

There were many researches that claimed that the grapefruit contains fat-burning enzymes that speed up the way our body burns fat which results in quick weight loss. This gave rise to the the grapefruit diet, which is a low-carb, high-protein and high-fat diet. The diet encourages eating fresh vegetables and drinking 8 glasses of water a day. But listen to this, “The consumption of meat and high-fat products such as bacon and eggs is encouraged as it is believed that the combination of high-fat high-cholesterol foods with grapefruit helps burn body fat.”

Honestly, I’m skeptical of the high-fat part. Seriously, how can one even have bacon and diet in the same sentence? But since I am already embarking on a healthier diet to lose weight, I figured that there is no harm adding grapefruit to my diet.

So if you’re looking for fuss-free salad options, here’s are 2 grapefruit salad ideas.

Citrus Burst Salad


  • Half a grapefruit
  • Strawberries
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Broccoli

The mistake was preparing too small a portion for lunch. And with a combination of grapefruits and strawberries, my gastric juices went into an overdrive mode and I was hungry in less than two hours.


Grapefruit Shrimp Salad


  • Half a grapefruit
  • Strawberries
  • Shrimps
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Cherry tomato

I really enjoyed the burst of citrus juices with each bite of my salad. And this time round, with shrimps and spinach added, I managed to keep off the hunger pangs longer. If you do feel peckish,  It’s probably a good idea to have on hand some healthy snacks like nuts, dried or fresh fruits or some whole meals biscuits. This way, you don’t get too hungry and end up over-eating for dinner.

If you’ll also like to try some grapefruit salad of your own, here are a few more receipes.


If you’ve got any recipes of your own, do share them with me too 🙂 I’m not on a 100% grapefruit diet, but lets see how effective this partial grapefruit diet goes.


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  1. Lisa April 25, 2012 at 4:15 am Reply

    The salads look real good. Good idea on adding more substance to them 2nd time around, and also having healthy snacks on hand just in case. I’m also trying to eat better, which means logging what I eat. Tks for sharing such great summery ideas for grapefruit!

  2. xinyun April 25, 2012 at 9:38 am Reply

    Both salads look yummy and colorful, aside from being healthy and diet helpful.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Susan April 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm Reply

      If you do try it, let me know how you like it

  3. Rachel April 26, 2012 at 9:16 am Reply

    Yummy, delicious looking salads. I doubt the claims of the grapefruit diet too, but I think there is something about its taste that make me feels like it is burning a lot of fat while I am eating eat. I think it is all in the citrus, slightly bitter goodness. Even if not totally fat burning, I think getting that vitamin C from grapefruit is enough to encourage me to eat more of it. I think nuts and dried fruit are also great ideas to add into salads, cos with that additional effort to chew, the mind thinks that the stomach is full a lot faster, and we eat less.

    • Susan April 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm Reply

      I love sourish fruits like berries so grapefruit is definitely right up my alley. If I can have them in a sorbet ice cream, that makes it more satisfying 🙂

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