Yesterday, I received an article and question about 'The Morning Banana Diet'. Apparently, it's the hottest selling diet book in Japan. Below is a quote from the story:
"The Morning Banana Diet consists of one
or more bananas with room-temperature
water for breakfast; an optional snack at 3
p.m.; and anything you want for lunch and
dinner. The catch: You can’t eat desserts after
meals, dinner has to be consumed by 8
p.m. , and you have to go to bed by midnight.
The diet was created by Osaka pharmacist
Sumiko Watanabe, who wanted to help her
husband lose weight, and aims at boosting
the dieter’s metabolism. Watanabe’s husband
ended up dropping 37 pounds."
So why is this diet working? Are bananas the next 'superfood'? Heck no, this is another fad which has helped sell more than 730,000 books so far. Sure, the banana is a rich source of potassium and helps prevent both constipation and diarrhea.
Bananas are relatively high in calories (a medium-sized banana has about 110 calories). However, one should not eliminate bananas from the diet when trying to lose weight. Bananas also provide calcium, carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B6, etc. So they are nutrient-dense food.
So why are people losing weight? Here's the catch, and I quote, "You can’t eat desserts after meals, dinner has to be consumed by 8 p.m."
I don't care if you eat a watermelon, apple, or any other fruit for breakfast. If you eliminate dessert, you will save several hundred calories a day. And that, my friends, will surely help you to keep your overall caloric intake low which equals weight loss.