The Atkins Grapefruit diet is a diet plan, not endorsed by the estate of Dr. Atkins, that plays on the popularity of the grapefruit diet and the Atkins diet name. Don’t look now, but it may not be what people hope.
First of all it’s pretty difficult to find information on this diet plan. Smart people know that when someone is perpetrating a deception, or a con, they will often gloss over facts. This is what this type of diet seems to do in an attempt to get people to associate it with two supposedly effective diets.
Does this diet have anything to do with the actual Atkins diet? The answer is no, not only is there no mention of the Atkins Grapefruit Diet on the Atkins web site, but there is no fruit of any kind mentioned in the list of allowed foods in the Atkins diet Induction phase.
Here is what can be eaten in the induction phase:
Fish of all kinds
Chicken, turkey and other fowl
Any meat such as beef or pork
Eggs cooked in any style including fried
Any vegetable you can name
Herbs and Spices
Butter, lard, any oils
Drinks low in carbohydrates such as diet soft drinks
Not a piece of fruit to be found. Grapefruit and other fruits such as fruit juices are specified in other phases of the Atkins diet. But when compared to the amount of Grapefruit recommended on such a diet, again there is a disagreement.
The diet in this method recommends a cup of grapefruit juice or a cup of grapefruit sections, with 8 and 18 carbs respectively. But the Atkins diet calls for no more than 7 grams of carbs in a day. the two diets just don’t mesh.
Most reasonable people would look directly at the Atkins site the moment they heard of the Atkins Grapefruit Diet. When they found no mention of that diet on the site, a red light would go off and an alarm would sound.
In general remember this. Only fad diets – diets to be followed for short periods – rely heavily on one food because eating that way isn’t healthy. The philosophy of the Atkins Grapefruit Diet is counter to that of the Atkins diet.