Apparently, bananas are flying off the shelves in Japan. The banana diet craze has hit Japan so hard that by early afternoon it’s nearly impossible to buy a banana in any of the grocery stores. Here’s the magic formula for the diet:
Breakfast: Eat as many bananas as you want with one glass of warm water
Lunch: Anything you want in “appropriate” portion
Snack: A small serving of anything you want
Dinner: Again, eat whatever you like but it must be before 8:00 P.M.
*You cannot eat anything after 8:00 P.M. and must go to sleep by midnight.
Goodness, this diet is B-A-N-A-N-A-S. Bananas do not have a magical weight loss enzyme or a miracle fat-blasting vitamin hiding within them. They are healthy and can support the body in many ways, but cannot offer the silver bullet for weight loss. Of course, the Dole company is racing to find support for the diet. On their website, under the tab “Dole Nutrition Institute” you can find a bunch of “support” for the new diet. Is anyone else picturing 6 foot bananas and pineapples in white lab coats conducting research? But really, the nutritional claims and studies cited do not add up to enough evidence to support this crazy diet- nice try Dole.
Thankfully, there are a few admirable characteristics for the diet;
- Eating breakfast is a metabolism boosting and energy surging habit to have. Tons of research has found that those who eat breakfast will consume fewer calories throughout the day.
- Warm water is absorbed by the body more efficiently. If you are dehydrated, your body will send you signals to rehydrate- often, we eat instead of drink water to satisfy these signals.
- Reducing food intake after 8:00 P.M. can be helpful for a variety of reasons. Unless you’re working nights, you don’t need the extra calories to fuel activities in the late hours. Additionally, if you’re eating close to bedtime, the digestion process must occur during the night which can interrupt sleep. Studies have shown that those who have consistent sleeping patterns (with enough hours of sleep to restore the body) show lower body weights.
The rumor is that the banana diet is actually a list of “rules” made up by a pharmacist in Osaka, Japan who wanted to help her husband lose weight. There is no “banana diet study” that can confirm the success of this diet. If you are looking to lose weight, take a few of the tips and create an eating style that works for you (i.e. eat breakfast, drink water, have healthy snacks between meals, give your body at least 2 hours to digest a meal before bedtime and get a good nights rest.)
Have a fabulous weekend 🙂