New Fad – A Banana to Lose Weight?

By: Bel Marra Health | Functional Foods | Monday, August 20, 2012 - 12:50 AM

Lose weightIt appears to be taking the weight loss community by storm,  but with so many different diets and ways to lose weight, many people might consider it just another fad diet. But with a few celebrity endorsements to back the newest weight loss idea, and the general simplicity of it, perhaps it isn’t the worst idea to incorporate into your daily diet.

The Morning Banana diet was developed by Hitoshi Watanabe, and has really started to pick up steam in the weight loss community, not to mention within the media. But is it really possible to lose weight just by adding a banana in the morning? Well maybe…

The idea is simple, and skeptics are saying it is almost too simple. The Morning Banana Diet is pretty simple. Bananas in the morning along with a glass of room temperature water. Then eating whatever you want,  but you must stop eating by 8pm. There are certain restrictions according to the new craze diet though.

No Weight Loss Happens Without Restrictions….you can’t eat
*Ice cream and dairy
*No desert after dinner
*Only room temperature water, no other drinks
Experts say that a big reason why the banana diet is so popular is not only because of it being so simple, but because it has less of an impact on physical activity. As a matter of fact, those who are on the diet are told that if they do decide to exercise, they should do so in a manner that doesn’t stress out the body.

This brings on a pretty obvious question, which is how exactly are bananas used to help with kicking those stubborn pounds to lose weight?

There is a few different definitions of the banana diet which make different claims, but the common theory seems to be that there are certain enzymes in bananas which help to speed up digestion and elimination, which can hopefully cause rapid weight loss. And eating one of these popular fruits in the morning could help you to speed your digestion throughout the day.

Bananas have long been touted as a healthy food. They are high in fiber and potassium, as a matter of fact, they pack up to 2-4 grams of fiber, which makes it a “good” source of fiber. While the banana, alongside most fruits have always been considered a healthy part of our diets, and they have a high nutritional value, whether they have special weight loss properties should be looked at with a skeptical eye and plenty of research. As should every weight loss trend.

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