Quite obviously, this diet is based on the premise that eating bananas at a specific time can lead to health benefits as well as weight loss. The Banana diet was made by Sumiko when her husband, Hitoshi Watanabe started developing weight problems. By following this diet, Hitoshi lost nearly 40 pounds in less than 12 months. At the peak of its popularity, this diet impressively or crazily caused a scarcity of bananas in Japan.
The Banana Diet is based on the simple principle that a person who eats as many bananas as he or she can during breakfast coupled with room temperature can lead to weight loss despite eating the normal foods the rest of the day. This diet is said to work because bananas are superb for digestion and in improving metabolism. Also, when an individual eats all the bananas to his heart’s content, it can certainly add to that full feeling without adding high-calorie and high-carbohydrate foods.
Some of the other important aspects of this diet are to have dinner before 8 in the evening and to sleep before midnight as getting a good night’s rest reduces the risks of gaining weight. Dieters are still allowed to eat morning and afternoon snacks in moderation while dairy products and desserts are prohibited.
Foods to Include in the Banana Diet
The bananas have to be eaten fresh while room temperature water is an absolute must.
Sample Meal Plan
Unlimited bananas or until the person feels full
Room temperature water
1 bagel and green tea
Tofu sticks with teriyaki sauce, or any meal
Strawberries with a little chocolate
Any meal eaten before 8 in the evening will do
For the Morning Banana Diet, exercise is optional.
- Bananas are rich in vitamins and will likely reduce extra cravings of other foods.
- Prohibition of desserts and dairy products is certainly a good way of reducing calorie levels.
- Forms the habit of eating breakfast, which should limit the tendency to overeat the rest of the day.
- No specific meal plans or recipes.
- No exercise program is encouraged.
- Eating of other fruits and vegetables are not really advised.
- Persons with hypoglycemia will find this diet difficult.
- The lack of structure opens the risk of eating too much or just any kind of food.
Although the featured results may seem too good to believe, there is some logic into this diet. The effects, however, should not be solely credited to the bananas as the other methods of eating before 8pm and sleeping before midnight are also very good ways of lowering calorie intake. If dieters can resist the temptation to overeat during lunch and dinner, then this should work quite well for some people.