12 Top Tips for Success With Your Grapefruit Diet

When you think of a grapefruit diet, you may think that it’s a diet of only grapefruit. However this is far from the truth; you need to in fact eat various foods for the diet to succeed. Like any diet, you can lose weight while on the grapefruit diet if you follow healthy eating habits … Continue reading “12 Top Tips for Success With Your Grapefruit Diet”

When you think of a grapefruit diet, you may think that it’s a diet of only grapefruit. However this is far from the truth; you need to in fact eat various foods for the diet to succeed. Like any diet, you can lose weight while on the grapefruit diet if you follow healthy eating habits and follow a regular exercise program.

There are in fact some rules to follow for higher chances of success with the diet.

  1. You should follow the right food combinations. For example, a meal of bacon with salads helps burn fats. So if you omit one food group from your diet, you only end up sabotaging your diet.
  1. Like any other diet, water has a very important role in the success of the diet. You need to drink at least 64 ounces of water every day to lose weight.
  1. Those successful with the grapefruit diet promote being careful with your caffeine intake. You should take no more than a cup a meal as too much of caffeine can affect the body’s fat burning process and insulin balance.
  1. You actually have to eat right to lose weight with this diet. In fact, you need to double your vegetable and meat intake for each meal.
  1. Though you have to eat well, you shouldn’t cheat and eat between meals. With such a large variety of foods to choose from and eat, there shouldn’t actually be any reason for you to cheat during the diet!
  1. The specialty of the grapefruit diet is that you have to actually eat more to lose more weight. You just have to be careful to eat only the right foods, and avoid eating the wrong foods.
  1. Of course, while you can eat larger amounts of meats and vegetables, it’s important you eliminate sweet potatoes, desserts, breads and white vegetables from your diet.
  1. If you look at the good side of the grapefruit diet; though you have to give up some delicious foods, you are permitted to use butter in vegetables and while cooking while on the diet.
  1. While grapefruit juice plays an integral part in the diet, it’s important that you drink the exact amount of juice or grapefruit suggested. Even if you don’t like the fruit much, you need to drink/eat that much of the fruit and its juice as it helps in the fat burning process.
  1. Grapefruit diet shouldn’t be followed continuously. You need to stick to the diet for about 12 days, and then leave it for two days and restart the diet again after the two-day rest.
  1. The good foods to eat on the diet are red onions, coleslaw, green vegetables like cucumber, green beans and leaf spinach, carrots, chili without beans, radishes, tomatoes, fish, cottage cheese, lean meats, hot dogs, fish, tuna, pork chops, chicken, bacon, regular salad dressing, eggs, squash, condiments and spices like ketchup, pepper, salt, soy sauce and herbs and of course, grapefruit
  1. The foods you cannot eat are celery, peas, jam, starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn, desserts, peanut butter, jam, chips, cereal, low-fat salad dressing, pretzels and pasta.

Follow these 12 tips, and you will be able to successfully lose weight while on the grapefruit diet!

4 Common Diet Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Diet comes in handy when you are losing weight. You need to take it right for you to get ideal results. Unfortunately, many people tend to make many diet mistakes thus they don’t lose weight as expected. Here are 4 diet mistakes made by many people make and how to avoid them:

Skipping meals

There are some people who believe that by skipping meals such as breakfast and lunch they avoid accumulating calories. This isn’t true. When you avoid a meal you tend to get hungry more. This means that you take more snacks which contain even more calories than you are trying to avoid.

The best way of going about it is taking all the three meals of the day. If possible, carry the meals with you to work. This will prevent you from getting hungry thus taking unhealthy meals.

Avoiding fats

If you have been around the weight loss arena for long you might have come across the idea that you should avoid fat for you to lose weight. It’s to note that not all fat is bad for you. High density lipoprotein (HDL) is good fat and you shouldn’t avoid it. The fat comes from avocado, eggs, coconut oil and fish.

To lose weight you need to avoid low density lipoproteins (LDL) also known as bad fats. These are man-made trans-fats and refined vegetable oils. They include: soybean and corn.

Being too strict

You need to be disciplined to lose weight, but you shouldn’t be too strict on yourself. There are some people who are too strict on themselves to the extent that they rather go hungry than eat out. This is common in people who work outside their home area.

Avoiding food not only makes you hungry, it also makes you eat more calories than you should have eaten.

To lose weight you need to avoid worrying about the number of calories-worry about the quality of calories that you are taking. If you are out of the house, don’t go hungry-choose foods that don’t add a lot of calories to you.

When eating outdoors, take foods that contain healthy fats, proteins, whole grains and plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits.

Relying on crash diets

Crash diets are all over the internet. They promise heaven, but deliver nothing. One of the features of crash diets is few calories. When you take them for a long time you train your body to metabolize calories slowly thus you have a very slow body metabolism.

When you stop taking the diets the body doesn’t respond to the new foods that you are taking-it continues metabolizing calories slowly. This results to the calories getting deposited as fat. In the long run you end up doing zero work.

Paleo Diet Beginners – Read This Guide To Get Started!

One problem that many Paleo Diet beginners, and beginners in almost anything for that matter, have is the tendency to fall into the habit of waiting until the timing is absolutely perfect before they take the first step into something new. It’s natural; people are afraid of change. How often have you heard yourself or others say things like: “I’m going to wait until after the holidays are over, then I’ll start working out and eating right.” Or another one of my favorites: “Eating healthy costs way too much, I’m going to wait until I can afford it”.

The trouble with that mentality, is that there’s no deadline for getting anything done. The timing will never be perfect. The planets will never align and present you with the sign you’re looking for. The best way to get started is to do exactly that, get started! The most effective approach will always be to jump in and get both feet wet right off the bat. Don’t worry so much about being perfect. We all know that perfection is unattainable anyway. Below are a couple of simple steps that you can take today to set yourself up for success and lasting change with the paleo diet.

Step 1

Clean out the refrigerator and pantry – When I first started the paleo diet I was a starving and broke college student. So naturally I found this step to absolutely suck! I tried to find reasons to hang on to everything, thinking that it would be a waste of money if I threw away my sandwich fixings, hot pockets, canned soups, ramen, and peanut butter, all breakfasts of champions! (not really) My initial thought was to finish out all the unhealthy food I had and then I would start. Well, the problem with that line of thinking is that it doesn’t provide the shock to your system (metaphorically speaking) that can really signify this change in your life. You can even look at it as a symbolic gesture. By clearing the house of all things not aligned with the paleo philosophy you effectively tell yourself, “That’s it! I’m done putting all of that crap in my body!” Go ahead and yank off the bandaid. Don’t ease into it, just nut up and do it! By diving in and experiencing the growing pains now you’ll set yourself up for a much better transition later. Remember, the hard way is usually the easy way. Here is a simple list of foods to keep and foods to throw away to help you get started:

Foods to keep

  • grass fed meats
  • fish and seafood
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • eggs
  • nuts and seeds
  • healthful organic oils (olive, coconut, macadamia, avocado)

Foods to Throw Away

  • cereal grains
  • legumes
  • dairy
  • refined sugar
  • white potatoes
  • processed foods
  • salt
  • refined vegetable oils

Step 2

Now that you’ve cleared the house of everything not on the approved foods list, make a quick trip to the store and fill in any gaps you now see that you have in your refrigerator and pantry. Realized that you’re low on fish and seafood? or fruits and healthy oils? Fix it now. Don’t overthink things too much at this point. Many paleo diet beginners do too much thinking and not enough doing. You can always make further adjustments later on. This is just about taking the first step.

So there you have it, two steps to get you underway when starting the paleo diet. You’ve cleaned out all the bad stuff, and replaced it with really good stuff. Of course this is a little simplistic, but it truly is all you need to just get started.