Time to break out my bat, because I'm about to bust open yet another diet myth -- and instead of swinging at baseballs, I'm taking aim at grapefruits.
You might want to step back... it's gonna get messy!
The trendy "grapefruit diet" sweeping through Hollywood -- and being mimicked by celeb-obsessed lemmings across the country -- might seem like something fresh and new when it's plastered across the covers of all the magazines at the supermarket checkout counter.
It's not new.
It was a couple decades old by the time I got to med school (and that's more years ago than I care to admit).
It didn't work then... and believe you me, it doesn't work now.
The idea behind it is that grapefruit contains naringenin, a compound known to burn fat. Cut your calories drastically and add a grapefruit to each meal, and you'll lose weight faster... or so the theory goes.
In reality, grapefruit contains so little naringenin that you'd have to eat about 40 of the bitter things a day before it would have any effect on your body.
Can you imagine that? Forty grapefruits! A good-sized grapefruit contains about 100 calories and 24 grams of sugar -- so that's 4,000 calories and more than two pounds of sugar JUST from grapefruit.
That's not a diet. That's a death wish!
Of course, nobody's eating 40 grapefruits. The nitwits following this diet are trying to starve themselves on an ultra low-calorie diet that involves eating a grapefruit at every meal along with nonsense like salad and a little "lean" meat instead of the healthy fats your body craves.
Over two weeks, you'll lose 10 pounds, maybe more.
But this isn't the magic of grapefruit or the naringenin at work. This is starvation, plain and simple, and once you go back to eating like a normal human being the pounds will come rushing right back.
Skip the gimmicks, skip the fads, skip the starving and skip the stupid grapefruit. If you want to lose weight quickly and effortlessly, follow my advice and give a low-carb diet a shot.
It works so well you'll wonder why you waited this long.