“Morning Banana” Diet – Best Way To Burn Fat?

“Morning Banana” Diet – Best Way To Burn Fat?

Well, “Morning Banana” diet is a diet intended to cause weight loss. It gained popularity in Japan in 2008. According to The Japan Times online causing shortages of bananas in food stores after former opera singer Kumiko Mori announced she had lost 15 pounds on the “Morning Banana” diet.

Morning Banana Diet - Best Way To Burn Fat

For your information, in my previous article, we know that Japanese is one of the leaner countries in the World.

Let’s us understand what exactly the “Morning Banana” Diet is. The Morning Banana diet was developed by Hitoshi Watanabe, who studied preventive medicine in Tokyo, and his pharmacist wife, Sumiko. The diet has since gained popularity by word of mouth, web sites, TV shows, magazine articles, and a book written by the Watanabes.

Everyone knows that, no diet works for everybody. So what are the Morning Banana Diet rules? According MorningBanana.com:

Rule #1: Eat a banana for breakfast

  • You can eat more than one, and in fact the inventor of the diet often ate four (smallish Philippines) bananas in the morning, but don’t stuff yourself to the point of fullness or discomfort.
  • Eat only raw, uncooked, unfrozen bananas.
  • Other fruit may be substituted.
  • If other fruit is substituted, some variants require it be restricted to one type of fruit per meal.
  • If you are still hungry 15 or 30 minutes after your banana, you can eat other food.

Rule #2: Eat normally for lunch and dinner

  • Dinner must be eaten by 8 p.m. at the latest (6 p.m. is better).
  • There are no explicit limits on the types of food you can eat for lunch and dinner, or the amount. But in practice dieters report on Mixi that they try to cut the amount of rice they eat and find substitutions for fried foods.
  • However, you should not eat a dessert with dinner or any of your meals.
  • At all meals you should eat only until you’re satisfied but not full or stuffed.

Rule #3: Drink only water

  • The only beverage allowed at most meals is water, preferably mineral or filtered.
  • The water must be at room temperature, not chilled or hot.
  • The water should be drunk in small sips and not used to wash down food.
  • There is no quota of water to drink, and you should not drink it in excess.
  • Outside of meals non-caloric beverages like tea, coffee, and diet soda are generally allowed but somewhat frowned upon, and in general water is encouraged as much as possible; frequent consumption of milk products is discouraged.
  • On social occasions you may drink beer or wine.

Rule #4: Eat your food mindfully

  • Chew your banana and other food thoroughly and be mindful of its taste.

Rule #5: You may eat an afternoon snack

  • A sweet snack of chocolate, cookies, or the like is allowed at about 3 p.m.
  • Ice cream, a donut, or potato chips are not recommended.
  • Some substitute fresh fruit for their snack, but if you want sweets you should not deny yourself.
  • If you are hungry after dinner, you may have a second snack of fresh fruit, but this should not be a habit.

Rule #6: Early to bed

  • Go to bed by midnight. If you can manage to go to bed earlier, all the better.
  • Try to aim for a four-hour period between your last meal or snack and bedtime (which is why 8:00 p.m. is the latest you should eat dinner).

Rule #7: Exercise only if you want to

  • Put no pressure on yourself to exercise.
  • If you want to exercise, go ahead: the test is to do what puts the least stress on you.
  • But try to get some walking in every day if possible (but again, don’t force yourself if it stresses you out).

Rule #8: Keep a diet journal

  • Because the original Japanese banana diet was developed on the internet, many successful Japanese dieters naturally documented their daily food intake and progress online via blogs, forums, or social networking services, and they felt this gave them extra support.
  • Because of the diet’s emphasis on digestive processes, some Morning Banana Diet journalers record a bit “too much information” — so remaining anonymous may be advisable.

In a nutshell, the Morning Banana Diet is a super simple plan. For breakfast, you have only bananas and room-temperature water. Then, you can eat whatever you like for lunch, dinner, and snacks, as long as you don’t eat after 8 p.m. The only restrictions: No ice cream, dairy products, alcohol, or dessert after dinner, and the only beverage you may have with meals is room-temperature water. One sweet snack is allowed mid-afternoon.

Morning Banana Diet - Best Way To Burn Fat

But could weight loss really be as simple as eating bananas?

First, let’s watch this 3 minutes video:-

Then continue with these Q&A taken from WebMD

1) Enzymes in bananas speed up digestion and elimination, causing rapid weight loss.

Ans 1) It’s true that foods with fiber (and bananas have some) can go through the digestive system more quickly and may not be completely absorbed, thus saving a few calories. But the calorie savings are certainly not enough to loss weight.

2) Resistant starch to promote fullness and increase fat burning.

Ans 2) Resistant starch is found naturally in carbohydrate foods, but only when you eat them cold. It resists digestion in the small intestine, where most digestion occurs, and gets passed along to the large bowel.

3) Indigestible fiber may block the conversion of some carbs

Ans 3) However, bananas have 2-4 grams of fiber; to be considered a “good” source, a food must have 3.5-4.9 grams of fiber per serving.

4) Bananas, along with most fruits have long been a part of healthy diets and weight loss plans.

Ans 4) But while they are nutritious, they do not have special weight loss properties.

5) Eating whatever you like at lunch, dinner, and snacks are no recipe for weight loss.

Ans 5) To lose weight, you need to be physically active and control calories. And to stay healthy, you should choose healthy foods.

6) Not eating after 8 p.m. is good advice for those who tend to mindlessly snack after dinner.

Ans 6) There is nothing miraculous about not eating after 8 p.m. What matters are how many calories you consume (regardless of the time of day), and how many calories you burn.

7) And while eating breakfast does help to get your metabolism percolating, there’s nothing magical about having a banana for your morning meal. Eating a banana and water for breakfast is easy enough and certainly a low-calorie option.

Ans 7) But even though bananas have some fiber, a pure carb breakfast usually leads to hunger within a few hours, and hunger is the downfall of dieters.

In other words, bananas may be more nutrient dense but they fill you up and give you the same sugar crash as a cookie. So if your primary concern is weight loss then bananas may not be your best choice especially if you’re treating it as a stand-alone snack. That’s I not really agree that this Morning Banana diet that eat a banana in the morning. In fact, the banana has a higher Glycemic Index (GI) which can raise your blood sugar quickly. I only eat banana after my workout to promote an insulin release and replenish my muscle glycogen stores. In fact, you could combine banana with other foods to make your diet more balance! It may not be exciting, but to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat.


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Do share with us your experience with the Morning Banana Diet too. :-)

By Daniel N. Alexander
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