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My Mom and the Grapefruit Diet

Posted on: July 21, 2009

The grapefruit dietThere are so many diet fads that come and go. So many people jump on the bandwagon as soon as they see a celebrity endorsement, a major fat loss statistic or a promise that you can eat as much as you want after taking a pill. It is rare to find someone that has educated themselves on proper nutrition that still chooses a fad diet as their diet of choice. My own mother fell victim to one of these fad diets. Her diet of choice was the grapefruit diet.

My Mother heard about the grapefruit diet from a friend who’s friend heard it from another friend and so goes the chain.  When the message finally made it to my mother it sounded like this “You can eat anything you want as long as you eat a grapefruit at the end of the meal.” To most, this would sound like heavenly choirs to your ears because food to so many of us is extremely important!

I was in the kitchen with my Mom and saw her scarfing down food item after food item. I was very concerned and asked her ” Mom, I thought you were on a grapefruit diet?” She was quick to respond with “Yes son I am on the grapefruit diet.” I was very confused until she explained the diet in her words to me. She said, “I can eat anything I want as long as I eat a grapefruit at the end. And son, I haven’t had my grapefruit yet!”  Oh of course, she hasn’t eaten her grapefruit yet. That makes it all so very understandable…Doesn’t it?

My Mom, is the average everyday woman who does not have the time or the energy to make sure she educates herself on proper dieting and food intake. Like so many of you, it is easy to jump to the quick and easy way to still eat what you want and potentially lose major pounds. I am not suggesting that fad diets don’t work but I am definitely not saying that they do. What I am suggesting is that if you are thinking of starting a diet please educate yourself on the pro’s, con’s and long-term effects of doing a diet. 

I believe that by taking the hardest path at the start it will turn into the easiest path for longterm success.


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