You don't have to adopt the extreme 1980s fad diet to enjoy the health benefits of grapefruit and watch your waistline shrink. Although this sweet and tangy fruit is mostly known by its diet reputation, it is actually loaded with health benefits (like the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene and vitamin C) and is versatile enough to be enjoyed as a treat beyond breakfast. It's considered a fat-burning food that can kick-start your metabolism, so there is no reason to let this fruit be deemed an '80s has-been. Since it's currently in season, here are four reasons why grapefruit can help you lose weight.
- Keeps you full: Grapefruit is loaded with fiber, keeping you full longer and reducing the likelihood of mindless snacking. One serving of grapefruit has only 53 calories and about 2 grams of fiber. Research has also found that eating half a grapefruit before every meal can lead to greater weight loss in dieters. While trying this at every meal may be a bit extreme, this tactic would work well for breakfast.
- Makes a low-calorie substitution: There are several ways to enjoy grapefruit beyond breakfast. Consider substituting dried fruit for slices of grapefruit in salads or using it to serve up a satisfying dinner alongside jerk grilled chicken. You can even use it to satisfy your sweet tooth as a light dessert using this sabayon gratin recipe.
- Stabilizes blood sugar: Study shows that this magic fruit has compounds that can reduce insulin levels. Low levels of insulin mean your body can more efficiently use food for energy rather than storing it as fat; a candy bar can't claim that.
- Curbs cravings: There is something to be said about kick-starting your day with grapefruit. Studies show that the mere smell of grapefruit can aid in weight loss. Researchers speculate that sniffing grapefruit oil has an effect on liver enzymes, which can help to nix cravings and spur weight loss. Time to consider those grapefruit-scented bath products!