Morning banana diet
The Morning Banana Diet is a weight loss diet. It was popular in Japan in 2008, causing shortages of bananas in food stores. Niigata University School of Medicine Professor Masahiko Okada described it to be a fad diet due to lack of nutrient balance.
The diet plan allows consumption of unlimited bananas as they want with room temperature water or a serving of milk for breakfast. Lunch, and dinner food choices are unrestricted. They can have one or more bananas as a snack between meals, but no other desserts are permitted. Nothing is eaten after 8 pm, and the dieter must go to bed by midnight.
Creation and promulgation
The diet was created by Osaka pharmacist Sumiko Watanabe, for her husband Hitoshi Watanabe, who lost 37 pounds (16.8 kg) in weight. He popularized the diet when he wrote about it on Mixi, one of Japan's largest social networking services. Over 730,000 Morning Banana Diet books have been sold since March.
- Eat a banana for breakfast (you may eat more than one, the original dieter had 4 small ones for breakfast)
- Eat a banana for lunch with a small salad
- Sip water whenever you require (room temperature only)
- Have a banana for an evening snack
- Take the dinner before 8 pm (normal dinner)
- Go to bed earlier than midnight
Possible problems with the diet include the misuse of the unregulated lunch and dinner. "Whenever you have a diet that says eat all you want, there's the possibility that people who are prone to overeating will have problems" reports the American Dietetic Association.
Bananas are an excellent source of dietary fiber, both soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. The six grams of fiber in a two banana breakfast can reduce caloric intake in two ways. Fiber bulks up in the stomach, lengthening feelings of fullness, and pulls some calories through the digestive system before they can be absorbed. Resistant starch, one of the fibers found in bananas, ferments in the digestive tract, creating by-products that increase fat-burning by 20%-25%. Increased resistant starch consumption can increase fat burning and decrease fat accumulation.
Effects on banana market in Japan
The diet caused bananas to become scarce in Japan for a short period, with retailers unable to meet the demand.
Affects one in three adults
Affecting about 35 percent of all adults in the United States according to the CDC, metabolic syndrome contributes to weight gain, by causing a state of internal starvation called metabolic starvation. This in turn leads to increases hunger, sugar cravings and increased portions leading to overeating and weight gain.
Cause and effect misunderstood
Since we traditionally thought that the portion control (which in turn was attributed wrongly to poor will power)is the cause of weight gain, rather than the effect of this metabolic starvation, all our traditional ideas about cause and effect of obesity were not only wrong but lead to the “blame the victim” attitude when it comes to obesity.
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- Time Magazine "Japan Goes Bananas for a New Diet" (17 October 2008). Retrieved 30 June 2010.
- NY Daily News: "The Morning Banana Diet may be the cheapest, easiest ever. But does it work?" (22 October 2008). Retrieved 30 June 2010.
- "Hot New Japanese Diet Craze" Woman's World Magazine (9 February 2009)
- USDA Nutrients “63107010 Banana, raw”
- University of Colorado Health Sciences Center: "Resistant starch consumption promotes lipid oxidation" (6 October 2004). Retrieved 30 June 2010.
- Mail on Sunday: "Fad diet declares bananas 'superfood' and has shops struggling to meet demand" (29 September 2008). Retrieved 30 June 2010.