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Grapefruit (juice) 10 minutes before eating? Why? (Combat)
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Hi-

I noticed in the LES MILLS COMBAT Nutrition Guide that several of the recipes instruct one to eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice 10 minutes before eating the prepared recipes/meals. Why?

Please advise.

Thanks!

-Tiara
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RE: Grapefruit (juice) 10 minutes before eating? Why? (Combat)
1/9/13 7:15 AM as a reply to CiaoTiara.
Hello Tiara, i did some research and here is what i found about grapefruit.

Grapefruit is known to be a low-glycemic food that prevents blood sugar from spiking.

Eating a snack high in simple carbohydrates before you exercise can help keep your energy levels high during your workout. One cup of grapefruit juice contains 96 calories and is packed with vitamins, simple carbohydrates and phytonutrients that not only boost energy, but also offer additional benefits that can aid in athletic performance and overall health.

There have been some studies that shown that those who consume half a grapefruit or a glass of its juice three times a day lost 4 pounds on average with many losing as much as 10 pounds. Grapefruit is full of pectin which slows carb absorption into the bloodstream and lowers insulin levels.
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RE: Grapefruit (juice) 10 minutes before eating? Why? (Combat)
1/9/13 10:23 AM as a reply to CiaoTiara.
Tiara, there is research that shows eating or drinking grapefruit before other meals has an beneficial weight loss effect. Google "Nutrition & Metabolism" and "grapefruit" if you want to see the research.

Here's a link to some other suggestions for getting the most out of Combat. I'm curious to hear what you think of the program and diet after you get into it a bit. The article is the second or third in the newsletter so scroll down to find it.

Getting the Most Out of Combat
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RE: Grapefruit (juice) 10 minutes before eating? Why? (Combat)
1/9/13 7:58 PM as a reply to CiaoTiara.
You don't need to do this at all. Just eat healthy low glycemic carbs and you're good to go.

Not to contradict the other poster, but I'd avoid eating or drinking anything other than a little water pre workout as well. When you put calories into your body it has to divert resources to process and digest the food which will sap energy for max workout performance.

If you want a kick pre workout ingest some caffeine either in pill form or in a pre workout drink. BB offers Energy and Endurance which has about 80mg of caffeine per scoop. A good dose without taking in too much would be 100mg of caffeine for every 75lbs of weight as a maximum.

The grapefruit diet is widely recognized as a hoax or fad diet. I won't bother linking anything, just type in "grapefruit hoax" into google and see for yourself. Even the mayoclinic (a well respected site) has disowned this myth.

At the end of the day it's just my opinion though. Maybe grapefruits really do have some pretty magical properties like they say so I'd decide for yourself.

But from my perspective, I only see overweight people eating them, and I don't see any ripped people eating them...
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RE: Grapefruit (juice) 10 minutes before eating? Why? (Combat)
1/9/13 8:09 PM as a reply to DominicDuclos.
DominicDuclos:
Grapefruit is full of pectin which slows carb absorption into the bloodstream and lowers insulin levels.


Thanks Dominic.

I bet that is why they added it 10 minutes before some of the meals. Thankfully I like grapefruit.

-Tiara
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Hi Jacob-

Thanks for the reply.

The nutrition book doesn't advise to eat grapefruit (juice) before a workout but they advise to eat/drink a bit 10 minutes before you eat some of the meals you prepare from their recipe.

-Tiara
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RE: Grapefruit (juice) 10 minutes before eating? Why? (Combat)
1/9/13 9:00 PM as a reply to AdStaffAndrew.
AdStaffAndrew:
I'm curious to hear what you think of the program and diet after you get into it a bit.


Thanks for the info and the link! I read through the tips...I'll need all the help I can get! (smile)

I just started COMBAT Monday with a challenge group led by my coach Lauren so I don't have much feedback yet. I can say that it is challenging and FUN! It reminds me of KenpoX from P90X and a bit of the plyo from INSANITY. I've done those two programs in the past.

I"m excited to see what this next 60 days bring.

Thanks and HNY!

-Tiara
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Jacob83:
You don't need to do this at all. Just eat healthy low glycemic carbs and you're good to go.

Not to contradict the other poster, but I'd avoid eating or drinking anything other than a little water pre workout as well. When you put calories into your body it has to divert resources to process and digest the food which will sap energy for max workout performance.

If you want a kick pre workout ingest some caffeine either in pill form or in a pre workout drink. BB offers Energy and Endurance which has about 80mg of caffeine per scoop. A good dose without taking in too much would be 100mg of caffeine for every 75lbs of weight as a maximum.

The grapefruit diet is widely recognized as a hoax or fad diet. I won't bother linking anything, just type in "grapefruit hoax" into google and see for yourself. Even the mayoclinic (a well respected site) has disowned this myth.

At the end of the day it's just my opinion though. Maybe grapefruits really do have some pretty magical properties like they say so I'd decide for yourself.

But from my perspective, I only see overweight people eating them, and I don't see any ripped people eating them...


"The Grapefruit Diet" may be a hoax, but I think you may be a little confused. Comparing the Combat plan (which I helped design) to The Grapefruit Diet is a little like comparing phase one of the P90x nutrition plan to the Atkins diet just because they favor protein.

The Grapefruit Diet was a weird, short term, low-calorie, low-carb diet plan that factors eating half a grapefruit in there as a gimmick. (Technically, that's not a "hoax," which suggests it's a work of fiction. It was a real thing, albeit a real stupid thing.)

How the Combat plan works is that it assembles a number of completely healthy food items-things that should or could be part of most diets-that have been shown to have slight fat-burning benefits. The idea is, by combining these foods, users would experience cumulative benefits. The studies we looked ranged from rock solid to somewhat controversial, but we made sure that all these foods were healthy. The grapefruit thing came from a few studies, one being from the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, dated 2010, several decades AFTER the Grapefruit Diet brouhaha. You'll find the abstract here:

http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/8/1/8

From the abstract:

Conclusions

These data indicate that incorporating consumption of a low energy dense dietary preload in a caloric restricted diet is a highly effective weight loss strategy. But, the form of the preload did not have differential effects on energy balance, weight loss or body composition. It is notable that subjects in GF (grapefruit) and GFJ (grapefruit juice) preload groups experienced significantly greater benefits in lipid profiles.


In other words, grapefruit and grapefruit juice helped reduce body fat (lipid profiles).

Why this happens isn't 100% clear, but one theory comes from the American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, also form 2010:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20501876

The title of the study says it all: "Nootkatone, a characteristic constituent of grapefruit, stimulates energy metabolism and prevents diet-induced obesity by activating AMPK."

As for who eats grapefruit, I've been eating a grapefruit everyday when they're seasonably available (winter) for about 10 years. I'm 5'10", 160 pounds and about 9% bodyfat. I don't do this to lose weight, but rather because it's an incredibly healthy vitamin C powerhouse, also loaded with fiber, vitamin A, potassium, and lycopene. IT'S FRUIT, FOR PETE'S SAKE. Why on earth would you want to dissuade people from eating fruit?

As for drinking a little juice before working out, that's perfectly acceptable advice if you're bonking. If you're trying to burn fat, you're probably better off without, as to encourage the body to look to fat stores, but if you're having an issue pushing through a workout, a small amount of simple carbs is ideal, given carbs are your body's primary energy source. E&E is great too, but they're two solutions that need no contradict each other.
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RE: Grapefruit (juice) 10 minutes before eating? Why? (Combat)
1/13/13 12:20 PM as a reply to AdStaffDenis.
AdStaffDenis:


How the Combat plan works is that it assembles a number of completely healthy food items-things that should or could be part of most diets-that have been shown to have slight fat-burning benefits. The idea is, by combining these foods, users would experience cumulative benefits. The studies we looked ranged from rock solid to somewhat controversial, but we made sure that all these foods were healthy.

In other words, grapefruit and grapefruit juice helped reduce body fat (lipid profiles).

As for who eats grapefruit, I've been eating a grapefruit everyday when they're seasonably available (winter) for about 10 years. I'm 5'10", 160 pounds and about 9% bodyfat. I don't do this to lose weight, but rather because it's an incredibly healthy vitamin C powerhouse, also loaded with fiber, vitamin A, potassium, and lycopene. I



Hi Denis-

Thanks for the info!

I eat grapefruit anyway because it is a tasty fruit and I know it has lots of good things in it. Additionally now I understand how it is used in the COMBAT nutrition plan for improved benefits.

So far I love the workout program and the food. The spicy tomato and lentil soup is my favorite!

I appreciate the help. HNY!

-Tiara
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RE: Grapefruit (juice) 10 minutes before eating? Why? (Combat)
3/7/13 4:12 PM as a reply to AdStaffAndrew.
Andrew-

You were interested in hearing about how I enjoyed the program/diet.

I LOVE COMBAT!!! I'm starting Round 2 after I do Ultimate Reset.

MY RESULTS:

-19 lbs (177 to 158)
-10 inches off waist
-6 inches off chest
-4.5 inches off hips
-3 inches off right thigh
-3 inches off left thigh
-.5 inches off right arm
-.5 inches off left arm

The spicy tomato and lentil soup was my FAVORITE...and a go to meal. I did mix in other recipes from other Nutritional Guides like P90X2, INSANITY, P90X etc.

I did the Supreme Warrior schedule but next time I'll jump up to Ultimate Warrior.

-Tiara
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RE: Grapefruit (juice) 10 minutes before eating? Why? (Combat)
3/8/13 9:50 AM as a reply to CiaoTiara.
Wow. Wonderful results. Congratulations.

CiaoTiara:
Andrew-

You were interested in hearing about how I enjoyed the program/diet.

I LOVE COMBAT!!! I'm starting Round 2 after I do Ultimate Reset.

MY RESULTS:

-19 lbs (177 to 158)
-10 inches off waist
-6 inches off chest
-4.5 inches off hips
-3 inches off right thigh
-3 inches off left thigh
-.5 inches off right arm
-.5 inches off left arm

The spicy tomato and lentil soup was my FAVORITE...and a go to meal. I did mix in other recipes from other Nutritional Guides like P90X2, INSANITY, P90X etc.

I did the Supreme Warrior schedule but next time I'll jump up to Ultimate Warrior.

-Tiara
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