Japan has been crazy about these banana diets, so much so that grocery stores run out of bananas as early as noon. The premise is that you need to consume one (or more) banana and a glass of room-temperature water in the morning. You can eat anything for lunch and dinner, but not after 8:00 p.m.
But as some dieters realize, they end up not losing weight at all, which raised doubts as to the efficacy of this diet program. While it is true that bananas are high in carbohydrates and sugar, a bad combination for those who want to lose weight, the fruit offers more than just that.
The basics of weight loss – In order to lose weight effectively, you need to create an energy surplus. A pound of body weight is equal to 3,500 calories. To lose just a pound per week, you need to burn off 250 to 500 more calories than what you eat everyday. An ideal weight loss regimen is to consume 1,200 to 1,800 calories, together with 60 to 90 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity.
The nutrition facts about bananas – A medium banana measuring 7 inches long contains 105 calories, which accounts for only 9 percent of a daily 1,200-calorie diet. It also provides the body with 17 percent of daily value of vitamin C, as well as 22 percent of vitamin B6, if we base it on a 2,000-calorie diet. A piece of banana also provides 422 milligrams of potassium.
Carbohydrates and sugar in bananas – Low-carb diets dictate that you should only consume between 50 and 150 grams of carbohydrates every day. While a medium banana contains 27 grams of carbs, which seems high, its carbohydrates are not processed compared to that in white bread or softdrink. It also has 3 grams of fiber, which helps you feel full. A single banana also contains 14 grams of sugar, which it is naturally occurring rather than added.
Why banana diet does not work for you? – As a snack choice, a single banana is better than 100-calorie processed snack packs or a 100-calorie serving of frozen yogurt, thanks to its natural sugars. Instead of putting the blame on the poor banana, consider what other foods you eat regularly, like the whipped cream-topped coffee drink to ordered before work, the handful of chips you munched, or a can of softdrink as you eat your lunch.