The Atkins Grapefruit diet is a diet plan, not endorsed by the eponymous Dr. Atkins firm, that plays on the popularity of the grapefruit diet and the Atkins diet name. However, a closer look at this diet reveals that it may not be all it claims to be.
First of all, it’s very hard to any find information on the Atkins grapefruit diet plan at all. Clever people realize that when someone is carrying out a deception, they will often skim over the facts. This is what the Atkins grapefruit diet appears to be doing while trying to get people to associate it with two supposedly effective diets.
Is the Atkins Grapefruit Diet part of the Atkins Diet or endorsed by the late Dr. Atkins’ firm? The answer is a resounding no! But, not only is there no mention of the Atkins Grapefruit Diet on the Atkins web site, there is just no fruit of any kind allowed in the list of allowed foods in the Atkins diet Induction phase either.
The induction phase allows the following foods: fish of all kinds, all fowl such as turkey and chicken, any shellfish, any meat such as beef or pork, eggs cooked in any style including fried, cheese, vegetables, herbs and spices, fats and oils, low carbohydrate beverages including diet soft drinks.
Please, notice one thing – that fruit is not on that list at all! Later phases of the Atkins diet do include small amounts of fruits such as cantaloupe and even lemon juice, and the pre-maintenance and maintenance phases even allow small quantities of grapefruit, but when looked at in comparison with the amount of Grapefruit recommended on the Atkins Grapefruit Diet there is a huge discrepancy.
The Atkins Grapefruit Diet recommends a cup of grapefruit juice or a cup of grapefruit sections, with 8 and 18 carbs respectively. Even the most liberal phases of the Atkins diet suggests limiting intake to below 8 carbs per day, when it comes to grapefruit. That’s a direct contradiction of one diet to the other.
Most reasonable people would have a look at the Atkins website itself the moment they heard of the Atkins Grapefruit Diet and when they found no mention of that diet on their site, a red light would flash and an alarmbell would sound.
In general, remember that any plan that relies very heavily on one type of food, such as grapefruit in a grapefruit diet, is unhealthy for any but extremely short periods. The Atkins Grapefruit Diet is not associated with the Atkins diet, and may interfere with the results of the Atkins diet, especially in its early phases.