Rich in potassium, magnesium and many other minerals and vitamins, bananas help with digestion, improve your mood and fight PMS symptoms because they are a good source of tryptophan, one of the substances responsible for the feeling of well-being. As if that wasn't enough, the fruit can be a great ally in weight loss.
Morning banana diet
Created in Japan in 2008, the banana diet became popular for being extremely easy to follow and for promising quick weight loss. The plan consists, basically, in having only a banana and a cup of warm or room temperature water for breakfast. According to the creators, the fruit combined water creates a type of “gel”, that fills up the stomach and gives a feeling of prolonged satiety.
Some of the rules of the diet say you cannot ingest anything until lunch time, at which you can then eat whatever you want, except for desserts, reducing the intake of fats and high calorie foods. You must have dinner before 8pm and should not eat anything until bedtime.
When done correctly, the morning banana diet helps you lose up to 17 lbs in one month, according to the diet creators. Exercising is not mandatory, but researchers point out that a 30-minute walk would be enough to increase weight loss.
Banana diet pros and cons
Among the main advantages of the morning banana diet, there is the convenience of the plan and having a food that has great nutritional value. Besides, the diet does not demand any restriction of any type of nutrient, and even states the importance of sweet and fatty foods.
On the other hand, experts say that having only a banana for breakfast, which is considered the most important meal of the day, could lead to a lack of other nutrients, necessary for the body to work properly, and the necessary energy to face the day.