Friday, 17 June 2011

Morning Banana Diet

Developed by Hitoshi Watanabe and his wife, Sumiko, the morning banana diet has gained super fame by word of mouth and real weight loss results seen by its observers. The morning banana diet is a pretty simple plan that banks on the high digestive and resistant starch properties of bananas to aid rapid weight loss. With the morning banana diet, a person only has to eat bananas for breakfast, and anything else for lunch, dinner and snack-time. Sounds too good to be true? Let's find out...

People on the morning banana diet cannot eat anything after 8pm, and also need to stay away from ice cream, beverages (other than water), alcohol and after-dinner desserts. But guess what? The good news is that one sweet snack is sanctioned right after your afternoon meal. The morning banana diet does not state exercise as a requirement. 

Hence we come to the question, does this diet really work? If yes, then how?

While bananas are known to aid digestion, by aiding smoothing digestive processes in the body, the morning banana diet seems too good to be true. Firstly, it banks on the fact that bananas contain fiber and a resistant starch that aids digestion. However, bananas also lead to rapid blodd sugar spikes (leading to quick energy output) that also flatten out pretty quickly. This means that you'll feel hungry again pretty soon after that breakfast full of bananas. WebMD's Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD. suggests that you mix the bananas with some yogurt and ice to make an appetite controlling smoothie. 

Other than the factor regarding quick digestion of other foods, and resisting digestion and integration of its own bulk, bananas do not have any unique weight loss properties. Therefore, if you ignore exercise, eat 'anything' for lunch, dinner and snacks, and even curtail alcohol and ice cream, your weight loss will be temporary at best. 

Bottom-line: Bananas are great energy-giving snacks that have a rightful place in any healthy weight loss plan. But to credit an entire diet plan to merely eating bananas for breakfast, and then paying little to no attention to what you consume for the rest of the day seems a tad irresponsible for healthy and permanent weight loss. Therefore, we suggest that even if you want to eat bananas for aiding digestion and promoting fat burn, you should still stick to eating right throughout the day and continuing a sustained exercise programme to really achieve the weight loss results you're after.

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