After getting to know that bananas have a way of making me smarter, curing hangovers, relieving me of morning sicknesses and combatting depression, I fell in love with the fruit. I began to wonder if love could get any stronger, any deeper, and any “righter”. In my wonder, bananas swept me over my feet! They could help me to lose weight!
Bananas have weight loss properties. Because they are loaded with fibre, vitamins, minerals and a substance called Pectin, you end up feeling fuller for a longer period after eating a banana or two. A single medium sized banana is known to have about 80-90 calories. This is almost equal to 17.5 grams of carbohydrates and 0.5 grams of fat! This is awesome news for anyone trying to lose or maintain their body weight!
When trying to lose weight, the most important thing to do is to monitor your progress. This means that you should:
- Take note of the number of calories you are consuming per meal or snack.
- Know your body fat percentage.
- Track your workouts.
Have you ever wondered why athletes, more often than not, have bananas included in their diets? It is because bananas are by no means a high calorie food. They are known to offer fewer calories than many diet food snacks. When you compare a medium serving of fries to a medium sized banana, you will find that calories are at about 89 to 375 respectively. Both of which fill you up the same way!
Now, get ready to go bananas! The following are a 3 and 7 day banana diet menu which could help you lose up to 8 pounds during that period! Falling in love just got easier, didn’t it?
- THE 3 DAY BANANA DIET MENU
- 3 to 5 bananas (depending on the size)
- 4 cups of low fat milk or almond milk
- ½ cup of ice cubes
Mode of preparation:
- Wash the bananas thoroughly under clean running water
- Chop them up and put in a blender
- Add milk and blend till smooth
- Pour over ice cubes and stir
It is advised to substitute breakfast and dinner with this diet, while having a correctly proportioned balanced diet for lunch.
- THE 7 DAY BANANA DIET MENU
- 8 pounds of bananas
- Green tea
Mode of preparation:
For each day drink as much tea as you like and eat up to 3 pounds of bananas. To balance out your protein intake include 2 eggs into your 7 day plan.
Not only will this diet make you several pounds/kilos lighter, it serves as a mild natural cleanse. After completing this diet, make sure you gradually return to your normal eating habits to avoid the yoyo effect. Allow yourself 2-3 days to recover. Avoid eating processed or fat foods, sugar or alcohol. Start with fresh vegetable and fruits, slowly introducing the variety of foods and increasing the size of your meals.
Bananas are awesome. Don’t leave them to the monkeys!