Lemon and grapefruit diet: how it works, what to eat and contraindications

Does a weight loss diet based on lemons, grapefruits and citrus fruits in general really work? But how long can it be followed?

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How does the lemon and grapefruit diet work and what does it consist of? Works? Let's find out through a specific one week menu

Lemon, grapefruit and citrus fruits in general: refreshing, low-calorie and rich in vitamin C, from time to time a the regime to feed the landi able to lose weight in no time. But how does it work? What principles is it based on and what contraindications does it have?

What is certain is that lemons and grapefruits, but also oranges, tangerines and the like, are loaded with fibers solubles, especially pectin, which increases the sense of satiety. Lemon is a food with which many begin the day by sipping a glass with water, while a diet based on lemon exploits its draining and detoxifying effect. Conversely, grapefruit helps reduce insulin spikes, which means the body processes food more efficiently instead of storing it.

Both are capable of purify the body of all toxins and also increase the immune defenses.

A diet based on lemon and grapefruit - either with whole fruits or in the form of juices - it cannot last more than 7 days and must obviously be well structured and with the right amount of food from each category, such as carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats. And not only that: after a citrus diet it is always important to continue with a balanced diet and regular physical activity.


Lemon and grapefruit diet, how it works

The lemon and grapefruit diet exploits the draining and detoxifying effect of citrus fruits. Lemon is able to keep the sense of hunger at bay, slows water retention and fights cellulite, accelerates metabolism and promotes weight loss.
Grapefruit, for its part, promotes an excellent detox effect and the regulation of blood sugar levels, avoiding glycemic peaks. 91% consists of water, which guarantees good circulation and detoxification of the body, while its peel, rich in limonene, pinene and citral, supports brain health and improves mood thanks to an important antidepressant and natural action.

In addition, grapefruit stimulates diuresis, has a draining effect, detoxifies the liver.

THECalorie intake of this diet is around 1200-1300 calories per day and leads to weight loss of up to 3 kilos per week. In addition to weight loss, this diet allows a general purification of the organism and, being rich in vitamin C and antioxidant substances, counteracts the aging action of the cells, making the skin rejuvenate.

Lemon and grapefruit diet, what to eat

Generally, it is recommended to consume a squeeze of lemon, orange and grapefruit every morning and a squeeze of grapefruit only after lunch to aid digestion, prevent constipation and any fermentation in the stomach and lower the glycemic index of the foods eaten. It is not recommended to consume citrus fruits for dinner, however, because they are more difficult to digest.

A daily menu of the lemon and grapefruit diet as an example can be this:

Breakfast: include a low-fat yogurt and two rusks or two wholemeal biscuits, an orange or lemon juice, a coffee or a tea without sugar
Snack: a grapefruit juice to alternate with that of other citrus fruits or about 100 grams of a fruit
among oranges, mandarins, mandarins, grapefruit
Lunch: maximum 60 grams of pasta to be seasoned in different ways, lemon and parsley, or with radicchio, zucchini and in general simple and light dressings, to be alternated with a fennel and lemon or fennel and grapefruit salad
Price: a chicken breast with lemon or a hard-boiled egg with steamed vegetables
In short, what is recommended is to vary a lot and above all to consume a good amount of citrus fruits.

Lemon and grapefruit diet, contraindications

Like all lightning diets, this one that offers fast weight loss could actually make you regain weight just as quickly once you stop the diet.

Furthermore, like all trendy diets, it is not based on proper nutrition education and does not propose a long-term healthy and balanced way of eating. Furthermore, if you follow it for too long, since the lemon does not provide all the useful nutrients to the body you can see tiredness, bad mood, difficulty concentrating or migraines appear.

The excessive use of citrus juice in general can ultimately cause damage to the tooth enamel as well as accentuate a pre-existing gastritis.

If you want to experiment with this diet or lose weight, it is always good to rely on an expert to have a personalized plan tailored to specific needs.

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