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Old 12-21-2006, 07:24 PM   #1
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Question New diet-opinions please

I have been a calorie counter for a while now but two days ago my sister and me decided to go on this diet that has an eating plan. This type of diet is better for me cuz my failure always seems to come when i have to choose what i want to eat. When hunger calls i usually make wrong chioces.
The diet was made by a doctor and was origianlly for people who needed to lose weight quickly before heart surgery (by-pass surgury i think). But, having been counting calories for so many months im really worried that im getting too many calories. On the flip side i am eating hardly any carbs.

Here is a rough sketch of what the diet plan is like:
1/2 a grapefrit or 1 cup grapefruit juice.

Lunch-meat(any kind)
salad (any dressing)
1/2 a grapefruit or 1 cup grapefruit juice

Dinner- meat (any kind)
veggies-(almost any-my paper has a list of veggies i can't eat)
1/2 a grapefruit or 1 cup of grapefruit juice

Before bed-1 cup lowfat milk

I can eat as much as a want of the meat and veggies. Thing is meat tends to have a lot of calories so im worried that im eating too many cals. Am i just being paraniod or am i really eating too many cals? Your opinion would be super helpful. Thanks!!
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Old 12-21-2006, 07:30 PM   #2
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just eat one serving of meat... about the size of your fist! anyway, it doesnt seem all that high to me.

its sounds pretty good, id get bored pretty quick tho, lol
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Old 12-21-2006, 08:09 PM   #3
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Seems awfully high in fat for a cardiologist approved diet. Very high in saturated fats as well.

Seems very limited in variety... if that works for you thats fine. But it doesnt seem like something you could stick with for life.

How many calories it has will depend on the portion size.
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Old 12-21-2006, 08:31 PM   #4
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That looks something like the Mayo diet...
I've thought of trying it a few times, I heard you'll drop alot of weight fast, but...I want a diet I can do forever, and WW works for me...Even w/the holidays and my cheating
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Old 12-21-2006, 08:38 PM   #5
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The diet doesn't say i have to watch calories, kind of like when you do Atkins you arent suppoesed to count calories. Should i count them anyway?
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Old 12-21-2006, 08:44 PM   #6
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its just a fad.....
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Old 12-21-2006, 09:12 PM   #7
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I doubt that many doctors would prescibe that diet because grapefruit interacts with a lot of the medications which those patients would probably be taking.

I'd still watch the portions and fattiness of the meat- other than med interactions and boredom, it doesn't look unhealthy.

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Old 12-22-2006, 05:24 AM   #8
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Ditto to Mel on the grapefruit and I'd definitely watch out for that if you are taking any medication. Also, watch out for it if you're taking vitamins or other supplements as well. Grapfruit is so acidic that it breaks down the pretective shell of the pill. You don't need to be a doctor to figure out that that's not good!

I'd definitely only do this for a week tops. The clue is in the fact that it's designed for quick weight loss for surgery. It's only designed to be short term. It might be good for the first week in January but you'll definitely have to think of something else for the long term.

As for the meat, I'd opt for chicken or turkey (hey, use up the Xmas leftovers!) most days. Otherwise, you'd be taking in an awful lot of fat. Again, you can get away with that in the short term but it'll come back to bite you in the long term.
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Old 12-22-2006, 10:09 AM   #9
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Yeah, I very highly doubt this is really a doctor-prescribed plan. That sounds like a good line to use to convince people to try a FAD, though It looks like some Mayo diet combined with Grapefruit Diet combined with low-carb (since you can eat as much of the meat as you want). It sounds high in saturated fats (lots of meat, esp. things like bacon, have lots of saturated fat) and maybe even high in sodium (lunch meats and bacon), plus I don't know of many doctors that would prescribe lunch meats to a patient that's already ill since most lunch meats contain nitrates/nitrites, which are carcinogens.

If you need a better plan, why not just plan your own meals ahead of time? Or try to follow more of a whole foods type of plan?
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Old 12-22-2006, 05:20 PM   #10
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I have done that one The grapefruit juice is kind of a gimic thing. You can not eat as much meat and veggies as you want unless you are ready to gain some weight, you still have to count calories.
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