Can Grapefruit Juice Make You Fat?

Updated at: Sep 05, 2018
Can Grapefruit Juice Make You Fat?

Like any other food, overconsumption of grapefruit juice can lead to weight gain. Determine the amount of sugar in the juice and balance your calorie intake with the number of calories your body needs.

 Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
Weight ManagementWritten by: Onlymyhealth Staff WriterPublished at: Feb 02, 2018

Grapefruit has always been considered an important component of quick weight loss program. Studies have shown that grapefruit contains certain enzymes that trigger the burning of fat resulting in rapid weight loss.

Overconsumption of grapefruit, however, even when it is a part of the weight loss program may result in increased weight. The key to understanding potential weight gain by drinking grapefruit juice involves analysing of certain aspects, which are given below.

How you Gain Weight?

The increase in weight is directly associated with consumption of excess calories or low level of physical activity. When you consume the right amount of calories and engage in mild physical activities, such as walking or swimming, you weigh exactly what a healthy person of your gender, age and height are supposed to. Addition of only a few calories or reduced amount of physical labour makes the weighing scale needle attains a peak. Regardless of which diet plan you follow or what you eat, there should be a caloric balance in your meals, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Grapefruit Juice

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Nutrient Data Laboratory, a cup of sweetened grapefruit juice contains 115 calories. Drinking one or two cups of this daily won’t add to your current weight, but anything more than this can result in tummy flab. People seeking to lose weight can give their taste buds some rest and drink unsweetened grapefruit juice. Exceeding the number of required calories by consuming an excess of grapefruit juice, similar to any other food, can result in weight gain.

Sugar Intake and Weight Gain

It’s not grapefruit juice that increases your cellulite, but the sugar content in it. Unsweetened grapefruit is the right choice for people looking forward to weight loss. Consumption of sweetened juices or other beverages on a regular basis is linked with obesity. The Harvard School of Public Health recommends less than one gram of added sugar in one cup of juice. Moderate consumption is the key to success in losing weight. Also, know the natural sugar content in a fruit before drinking its juice. Stay away from packaged fruit juices as they are high in sugar and preservatives. Consume fresh and unsweetened fruit juices.

If you think that drinking juice increases weight, you do not have to necessarily refrain from drinking it. You need to balance your daily calorie intake and the total number of calories required. Make sure that you do not add sugar to the juice. Engage in exercises and other physical activities. Ask your dietician to suggest the best diet plan that suits your daily schedule and dietary habits.

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