The Top 5 Fruits for FAST Weight Loss – Grapefruit [Part 8]

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The Best Fruits For Fast Weight Loss

The best fruits for fast weight loss: While the media has publicized grapefruits as an effective — yet largely unsubstantiated—strategy for weight loss for decades, there’s actually quite a bit of science to support the notion. Like oranges, another superstar citrus fruit worthy of making this list, grapefruits are an excellent source of vitamin C. In fact, when comparing whole fruits, grapefruits contain about 26% more of this key micronutrient. In one study, German researchers found that, when faced with a stressful situation (e.g., public speaking), healthy young adults who supplemented with vitamin C experienced reduced blood pressure, a decreased stress response, and significant reductions in the hormone cortisol.

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Cortisol is one of the body’s primary stress hormones, and it can have a significant impact on fat loss and weight gain. In fact, cortisol is associated with increased abdominal fat storage. Intra-abdominal fat is also referred to as visceral fat, which is detrimental to overall health and is associated with a constellation of metabolic abnormalities.

In addition to its vitamin C content, grapefruits are also a good source of fiber, which helps slow gastric emptying and increase satiety (i.e., feelings of fullness). What’s more, grapefruits have a very high water content (~91%), and subsequently, they are considered a low-energy-dense food. As you already know, these are important factors that play a significant role in appetite control and weight management. In fact, consuming low-energy-dense foods increases feelings of fullness and reduces calorie intake.

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Grapefruit for Weight LossIn one study published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism, researchers from Vanderbilt found that when folks added half of a grapefruit (before breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to a reduced-calorie diet they ended up consuming up to 500 fewer calories per day—without any increase in hunger—which had a tremendous impact on weight loss. With the addition of grapefruit, the participants’ rate of weight loss increased by over 13% compared to when they were following a reduced-calorie diet without the fruit.

In another study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers from the Scripps Clinic in California found that overweight folks consuming fresh grapefruit three times daily before meals lost 5 TIMES more weight than the placebo group (i.e., no grapefruit) over the course of 12 weeks. Not only that, the researchers also found that the addition of grapefruit significantly improved insulin sensitivity, which is intimately tied to carbohydrate metabolism and weight management.

Grapefruit has one more trick up its sleeve: Naringin, which is a potent antioxidant that helps protect cells from free radicals. Free radicals lead to oxidative stress, which is associated with aging, reduced carbohydrate tolerance, and obesity.

In the body, naringin is broken down into naringenin, a compound that has been shown to activate an important enzyme called AMPK, which facilitates the uptake of carbohydrates into muscles to be used for energy (instead of being stored as fat).

If that’s not enough, naringenin has also been shown to reduce a process called adipogenesis—a fancy name for the creation of new fat cells—as well as increase fat burning.

Busting Another Myth

As you can see, whole, fresh fruits can indeed help optimize fat burning and weight management. In fact, with their low-energy-density, fat-fighting phytochemicals, and satiating fiber, fruits appear to provide a variety of potential benefits to help accelerate fat loss. Adding fruit to your nutrition plan may help improve appetite control; reduce calorie intake; optimize metabolic health; enhance insulin sensitivity and carbohydrate management; increase fat burning and reduce fat storage; and promote an optimal balance of healthy gut bacteria.