The Goodness in Grapefruit
Here are 4 Reasons why Grapefruit will boost your metabolism and aid in your fat loss.
1. Negative-Calorie Food:
Half a medium sized Grapefruit has only 52 calories! More importantly, Grapefruit is one of those rare foods that actually utilize more calories to digest, than the amount of calories it contains.
Grapefruit is a great substitute to high glycemic fruits like mangos or bananas if you are making a low-calorie salad or side dish.
2. Excellent Source Of Fiber:
Grapefruit is loaded with fiber! Half a medium sized grapefruit (3 inch diameter) contains 2 grams of fiber. This helps to fill up your belly and also curb those mid-meal cravings! If you have access to fresh Grapefruit, I recommend including it in your breakfast.
3. Stabilizes Blood Sugar:
If you have insulin resistance, a problem associated with Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes, your body doesn’t make efficient use of insulin. Insulin helps deliver sugar to your cells, providing your body with energy. When your body resists insulin, glucose remains in your bloodstream instead of getting transferred to your cells. As a result, your blood glucose levels remain high. This can trigger the viscous cycle of feeling tired and hungry and eating excess food, which ultimately gets stored as, fat! Consuming grapefruit may help reduce insulin resistance and, in turn, lower blood sugar levels, according to a study led by Ken Fujioka, of Scripps Clinic in California.
4. Contains High Levels Vitamin C:
Grapefruit contains a high concentration of Vitamin C, which is what gives it that citrus taste. Adequate Vitamin C is essential for proper fat metabolism. Patients with low Vitamin C tend to have more stomach fat despite overall weight loss. Vitamin C is required for production of molecules used in oxidation, or metabolism, of fatty tissue. Without sufficient Vitamin C, your body is unable to use stored fat.