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What's the Deal With the Morning Banana Diet?

What's the Deal With the Morning Banana Diet?

I've been hearing a lot about this new Morning Banana Diet that is taking Japan by storm, so I decided to do a little investigating on whether or not it's worth all the hype.

Basically, the rules behind the Morning Banana Diet (MBD) are relatively simple. Eat at least one banana for breakfast and anything you like for lunch and dinner, as long as you don't eat after 8 p.m. An afternoon snack is OK (even if it's unhealthy), but no desserts after meals and you're encouraged to drink only room temperature water. You'll need to go to bed by midnight and keep a food journal. Exercise is not necessary, and you shouldn't force yourself to do it if it stresses you out (WTF?).

If you remember the general rules of for spotting an unhealthy diet, you probably also remember that all diets should promote healthy eating and exercise. Clearly, the MBD does not, and therefore does not get a thumbs-up in my book — not to mention the fact that it's really not something you could do for the rest of your life (I don't care how much you love bananas). Yes, bananas are good for you, but so is exercise, as well as a lot of other fruits and veggies that you could incorporate into your breakfast.

When you read about a new diet and it seems too good to be true, chances are it is — a silver bullet does not yet exist, and we'll know if and when it does. Until then, the real key to keeping yourself healthy is to maintain healthy eating and keep moving.

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jazzybelle jazzybelle 7 years
if only..........if only it was that simple!!!
swati05 swati05 7 years
Interesting
svn svn 7 years
See about banana in Ukraine - www.polly.ua Our peoples like this fruits
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
this is really interesting. for the LONGEST time i would have just a banana for breakfast and then nothing really until much later in the day but that was because i was getting leg and foot cramps all the time and i felt that by eating a banana, i would feel better. now to know that there is some truth behind it all, well that's kind of interesting. the shame there is that i really don't care for them - they seem to have more fat than i'm comfortable having in just one food.
Swen Swen 7 years
Oh, too bad. This seems super easy, and I love bananas.
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 7 years
i think banana + warm water = shitting you brains out so you feel light or something lol.
mtiger mtiger 7 years
I think parts of this diet work...going to bed early, not eating really late at night, eating a snack(although I think it should be healthy)...I just think the banana has nothing to do with it.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Whatever.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Whatever.
kristints kristints 7 years
I agree that it sounds ridiculous, but my dad (who is also a vegetarian) eats bananas every morning and eats fairly healthy (except for all the cookies!) and he's very thin, he does have a physical job (installing countertops) but he doesn't do any cardio ever at all, so, who knows? Maybe it works.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
i love bananas but they're not going to help with weight loss alone if ou don't ecxercise. :) no way around the workout, but i do love bananas as a snack before or after the gym. Yum.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 7 years
wow, this is what I do every morning but I excerise three times a week. I cannot give credit to my morning banana for my weightloss or toned arms/legs! Nope, cant do it! My work my ass off at the gym.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 7 years
wow, this is what I do every morning but I excerise three times a week. I cannot give credit to my morning banana for my weightloss or toned arms/legs! Nope, cant do it!My work my ass off at the gym.
EmyAnne EmyAnne 7 years
I don't understand how this is a diet? Just because you eat a banana? Couldn't they just change the fruit to an apple, pear, grapes and call it the Apple Diet as long as you ate an apple in the morning? Sad.
EmyAnne EmyAnne 7 years
I don't understand how this is a diet? Just because you eat a banana? Couldn't they just change the fruit to an apple, pear, grapes and call it the Apple Diet as long as you ate an apple in the morning? Sad.
foxie foxie 7 years
I could never do any diet that is regulated by timing. I work at night, and my sleeping is sporadic. Sometimes I sleep right when I get home, sometimes I split it, and on my weekends who KNOWS when I sleep.
356UIK 356UIK 7 years
Hm. I hadnt heard this was a new "diet". This is actually a new way of life for me and I've lost 20 pounds in less than 6 months this way. I eat one for breakfast usually with another piece of fruit and some coffee, and I do the food journal and get 8 hours of sleep a night and I go to the gym everyday. I really think its more of the food journal than the banana but who knows.
356UIK 356UIK 7 years
Hm. I hadnt heard this was a new "diet". This is actually a new way of life for me and I've lost 20 pounds in less than 6 months this way. I eat one for breakfast usually with another piece of fruit and some coffee, and I do the food journal and get 8 hours of sleep a night and I go to the gym everyday. I really think its more of the food journal than the banana but who knows.
yasume yasume 7 years
I eat bananas all the time but as apart of a healthy, balanced daily diet. I still don't get why people are always trying to take exercise out of it. Research has shown time and time again that exercise and diet are the key to a healthy lifestyle during and after weight loss. Too many people want the quick fix and that's how weight comes back.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 7 years
A banana is a good PART of a balanced breakfast. It shouldn't be the only part of it, though.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 7 years
Haha, well... I do eat a banana everyday for breakfast, but I'm still very conscious about what I eat throughout the day. Exercise and physical activity is the reason WHY I make sure to eat a banana every morning, for the potassium.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Geez that was my normal diet in middle school. A banana for breakfast because I woke up too late for oatmeal. For lunch delicious reconstituted bean and cheese nachos from the cafeteria, a honeybee carob and peanut butter cup and this weird juice that came in milk cartons. Dinner - whatever my mom and I cooked. My mom always ate a banana first thing in the morning and another in the afternoon so she wouldn't have to taken potassium pills.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Geez that was my normal diet in middle school.A banana for breakfast because I woke up too late for oatmeal.For lunch delicious reconstituted bean and cheese nachos from the cafeteria, a honeybee carob and peanut butter cup and this weird juice that came in milk cartons.Dinner - whatever my mom and I cooked.My mom always ate a banana first thing in the morning and another in the afternoon so she wouldn't have to taken potassium pills.
iamangiepooh iamangiepooh 7 years
This is ridiculous. :-/
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