Medical Definition of Grapefruit diet

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Grapefruit diet: The Grapefruit diet is a weight loss plan that incorporates eating half a grapefruit with each meal and following a severely restrictive low-calorie diet. Like many other "fad" diets, rumors have circulated that this diet is associated with a major medical center, but this is untrue.

The grapefruit diet has not been recommended by medical professionals as a weight loss plan and is not considered to be a healthy way to lose weight. Rather, it is an example of an unhealthy, "fad" diet that may contribute to the cycle of weight loss and gain known as "yo-yo" dieting.

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Reviewed on 12/21/2018

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