The Morning Banana Diet
The Morning Banana Diet: Bottom Line
Eating whatever you like at lunch, dinner, and snacks is no recipe for
weight loss. To lose weight, you need to be physically active and control
calories. And to stay healthy, you should choose healthy foods.
Not eating after 8 p.m. is good advice for those who tend to mindlessly
snack after dinner. But make no mistake about it: There is nothing miraculous
about not eating after 8 p.m. What matters are how many calories you consume
(regardless of the time of day), and how many calories you burn.
And while eating breakfast does help to get your metabolism percolating, there's nothing magical about
having a banana for your morning meal. Eating a banana and water for breakfast
is easy enough and certainly a low-calorie option. Bananas range from 72-135
calories and 10-20 grams of sugar, depending on size. But even though bananas
have some fiber, a pure carb breakfast usually leads to hunger within a few hours, and hunger is the downfall
Instead, you could blend a banana with a few cubes of ice and a cup of
plain, low-fat yogurt (150 calories and 12 grams protein) for a delicious, nutritious smoothie with
The Morning Banana Diet: Food for Thought
To feel full on the fewest calories, focus on eating healthy foods high in
water and fiber, like beans, soups, vegetables, and fruits. Be sure to include
lean protein, such as low-fat yogurt, lean meat, eggs, or nuts, to help keep
hunger at bay.
The truth is that fad
diets that restrict calories can result in weight loss, but it's
almost always followed by quick weight regain. And experts agree that there is
no food capable of burning off fat. If there were, we would not be coping with
an obesity epidemic.
It may not be sexy or exciting, but to lose weight, you need to burn more
calories than you eat. Period.
Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is director of nutrition for WebMD and the WebMD
Loss Clinic. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.