New Analysis Suggests Grapefruit Can Play a Function in Weight Loss 

One-hundred percent grapefruit juice - a dieter's good friend? A brand new study, printed in Nutrition & Metabolism, concluded that enjoying a pre-meal snack of grapefruit, grapefruit juice or water as part of a reduced-calorie food regimen will be part of an effective weight reduction strategy or h

by Robert Rasmussen Saturday, April 30, 2011
100 percent grapefruit juice - a dieter's friend? A new research, revealed in Vitamin & Metabolism, concluded that enjoying a pre-meal snack of grapefruit, grapefruit juice or water as a half of a diminished-calorie food plan might be part of an efficient weight loss technique or fat burning diet for overweight adults.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University discovered that obese adults who consumed half a grapefruit, a few half-cup (4.5 ounces) of one hundred pc grapefruit juice or about a half-cup (4.5 ounces) of water before three essential meals, while on a reduced-calorie food regimen, skilled important decreases in weight, physique mass index (BMI) and waist circumference. Following the 14-week examine, participants experienced a mean weight lack of 7.1 % of their preliminary physique weight. This interprets to a median of about 15 pounds per person.

"There's usually a misconception that one hundred pc fruit juice ought to be omitted by those on a weight reduction plan," says Heidi J. Silver, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor of Medication, Vanderbilt Center for Human Nutrition. "Nonetheless, this examine shows that consumption of a half-cup of 100 percent grapefruit juice led to related weight loss outcomes as those that chose fresh grapefruit or water as a pre-meal snack 3 times daily. As with any food or beverage, it is all about moderation while on a weight reduction plan."

Benefits of Grapefruit and Grapefruit Juice Consumption Go Past Weight Loss

While the examine shows that contributors who consumed a serving of grapefruit or one hundred pc grapefruit juice before meals lost the same average weight as those that drank water, these people experienced additional potentially vital advantages not reported within the water-consuming group:
* Improve in HDL cholesterol - Participants who ate half a grapefruit or drank a half-cup of grapefruit juice skilled a major improve in HDL cholesterol, often referred to as "good" cholesterol - the magnitude of increase in HDL-C may have important cardiovascular benefits.
* Decrease in appetite - Those that loved about a half-cup of grapefruit juice as their pre-meal snack reported a significant decrease in appetite.
* Enhance in key nutrient intake - Each day consumption of recent grapefruit or one hundred pc grapefruit juice also led to a major increase in vitamin C intake. Additionally, those that ate half a grapefruit as their pre-meal snack had the added benefit of increasing their fiber intake.

"These findings are noteworthy on situation that dietary fiber and vitamin C are usually underneath-consumed by the U.S. inhabitants," adds Gail Rampersaud, MS, RD, LDN, Assistant in Diet Research and Training, University of Florida. "Quite often, individuals inadvertently reduce nutrient consumption while on a weight loss plan.

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