Thought I'd heard of them all, but apparently Japan is in the midst of a banana shortage because of a crazy new diet called the Banana Diet. Bananas started flying off the shelves when Japanese Opera singer Kumiko Mori claimed to have lost 7 kilos on it. Once the weight loss claim of this famous Japanese star hit the airwaves, it started a banana buying frenzy.
Fad dieting seems to be big in Japan, and this is the most recent one to come down the pike. As a result, banana sales in Japan are up between 70 and 80% compared to last year.
Now, what I want to know is how the heck eating a banana is supposed to make you lose weight? I've been eating them all my life, and I haven't seen them do anything except kill my hunger for a couple hours. Hmmmmm..... maybe that's part of it.
According to the plan, you're supposed to start the day out with a banana and a glass of warm water, eat what you want for lunch and dinner, eliminate desserts, alcohol and sweets, and eat dinner by 8pm. It also recommends that you be in bed by midnight. According to those who follow the diet, exercise is optional.
Well, it sounds good at first, and then it doesn't. First of all, I know that fad dieting is one of the worst things you can do to lose weight. No matter what the diet, if it's not well balanced and giving you all the nutrients you need, you're going to end up making yourself ill, or you'll end up binge eating. Totally defeats the purpose. Secondly, any program that's telling you that you don't have to exercise is leading you down the wrong path. Being healthy includes exercising in some fashion or form. Sorry, but there's just no way around that. Once people get that one point alone, half of their weight loss issues will start to disappear.
Anyway, back to this crazy banana diet. Taking a closer look, this would be easy for me to test out. I eat bananas just about every morning already. The other things that go along with the rules of this diet just make sense, when you think about it. Cut out desserts, sugar and alcohol, eat your last meal by 8pm, and go to bed at a reasonable hour. There's no magic here. Just some basic rules that anyone who's trying to lose weight should follow anyway.
Now, the "eat anything you want" along with the bananas..... I'm not buying that.
You cannot just stuff your face with fatty food, go eat a banana, and then "poof", those extra calories disappear. Uh uh! No way! Not gonna happen!
Anyway, I'm curious. I'm gonna play with this banana diet for a few days and see if some pounds do just roll right off. If done following the basic rules, I'm thinking that at best, I should maintain the weight that I am right now. But if some major miracle happens, you bet I'll be back here to tell it!! ')
You can read the Time magazine article about the banana diet craze here: Banana Diet