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Banana diet plan, or a banana island, is an easy and sweet way to detox, start your weight loss journey and aid your body’s healing.

I’ve done several banana diets (or banana islands) myself and many of my clients enjoy eating an abundance of bananas each day.

Today, I am going to talk about all the ins and outs of this cleanse for balanced hormones, weight loss and increased energy levels.

Here is a video about it:

The benefits of bananas

Bananas are one of the world’s healthiest foods. One of the greatest things about bananas is that they are available year round anywhere you are and they are also cost effective, if you look at the calories that they provide.

Great for natural weight loss, bananas are rich in B vitamins and magnesium and they contain zero cholesterol. When ripe they are also packed full of simple sugars and a great way to give your body an energy boost.

Bananas are high in potassium – a mineral that allows you to maintain healthy blood pressure and heart function. A medium banana contains 400+mg of potassium.

Studies (1) show that a diet rich in potassium helps you prevent high blood pressure and protects against atherosclerosis (heart disease).

Bananas also improve your digestion due to them being high in fiber, which helps regulate the speed of digestion and allows for regular bowl movements.

Bananas contain fructooligosaccharides (FOS) – a unique type of carbohydrate that helps maintain “friendly” gut bacteria in your lower intestine.

There was a study done (2) where participants ate 2 bananas per day for 2 months and this led to a significant increase of bifidobacteria, leading to a much better digestion and nutrient absorption.

What is a banana diet?

The banana plan is very much what it sounds like – you eat bananas for a period of time.

I’ve personally done the banana diet myself several times, lasting from 3-12 days and I often get questions from people that ask: “Should I just drink bananas? Can I add milk to my smoothies? Can I drink coffee? Can I add sugar to my smoothies?”

The point of a banana island is that you eat bananas.

In saying that, I would now definitely recommend adding greens (like lettuce, celery, micro greens) and even coconut water to your banana meals.

In this way, you will be getting more minerals and other nutrients.

Other than that, you don’t eat any other foods or substances. No coffee, sugar, spices, or any other foods other than just bananas, greens and coconut water. That’s it — simple and sweet.

How long should a banana diet last?

If you wanted to give your system a quick re-boot, you can do a one day or a weekend banana cleanse, starting on Friday and finishing on Sunday evening.

One thing that I have to point out is that you shouldn’t do banana islands all the time. In fact, you need to receive a diversity of nutrients in your diet.

So 1-2 times per year, for example in the spring or in the autumn can be an idea, if you wanted to cleanse your body with the help of a banana island.

Also, be sure to rest enough during your cleanse as your body will be going through a deeper detox and restoration.

Your bananas need to be ripe, which means soft and spotty, as unripe bananas will upset your digestion.

Does the banana diet work?

I don’t believe in quick fixes or short term cleanses to fix long term health problems. If you have health issues – such as general hormonal imbalances, thyroid issues, blood sugar imbalances or Candida – you need to have the right plan to balance your health.

In fact, most of our clients come to us with hormonal imbalances, weight issues and Candida. I talk about restoring hormones naturally here, natural weight loss here and restoring Candida naturally here.

However, a short term banana cleanse, followed by a whole foods plant lifestyle plan can work wonders.

Here are some benefits that you can get from going on a banana cleanse:

  • helps you detox
  • can speed up healing and recovery
  • can result in natural weight loss
  • increases vitality, energy levels and mind clarity
  • can boost your fitness level and sports performance
  • one of the best ways to switch to a whole food, raw or high raw food diet

Banana diet for detox and weight loss

“Don’t eat bananas because they will make you fat!” “Bananas are loaded with sugar!”

These are two popular statements that you can often hear. However, they are not true.

Both Paul and I have been following a fruit-based raw food plan since 2009 and bananas are our staples.

We’ve had a healthy level of weight all these years and know plenty of raw foodists who are in great shape and eating bananas daily.

Bananas can only promote weight gain if you over eat on calories. The same is true for any other food – and not just bananas.

A banana island is a great way to help your body shift excess weight and help your body detox.

The main reason for this is that you won’t be consuming the kinds of foods that lead to weight gain, such as processed foods (even if they are vegan!).

A banana island is also a tool to help you transition to a much healthier diet that’s vegan and loaded with raw fruits and veggies.

If you want to create a beautiful body and stay lean long term, the secret is a whole-food, plant-based diet, including other lifestyle factors, such as exercise, sleep, stress management, etc.

My banana diet results

I’ve now done several banana cleanses and I enjoyed them all.

Here are some of the benefits that I personally experienced:

  • Felt AMAZING throughout the whole “journey”
  • Experienced very sharp clarity of mind, which allowed me to restructure tasks and activities in my life and set goals for new projects
  • Felt balanced, in fact, discovered the kind of balance that I have never experienced before
  • Been even more positive than ever
  • My skin got even shiner and silkier
  • Run 22km in one day during my 7-day banana island. Recovered in double quick time, did not have any leg soreness. Also set a new PB for my 5km running!
  • Energy, energy and more energy! Did lots of fitness – cross-fit workouts, cycling, weight-training, dancing – didn’t want to stop!
  • Body felt more flexible than ever

Here is a video about my 12-day banana only detox diet and what happened to me (millions of views!):

Banana diet plan

The great thing about a banana island is that it doesn’t require you to restrict your calories. So you won’t feel hungry!

All you need to do is replace your regular amount of calories with bananas. A typical medium banana contains about 100 calories.

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Bibliography:
  1. Gylling H, Plat J, Turley S, et al. Plant sterols and plant stanols in the management of dyslipidaemia and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Atherosclerosis 2014;232:346-60.
  2. Mitsou EK, Kougia E, Nomikos T, et al. Effect of banana consumption on faecal microbiota: a randomized, controlled trial. Anaerobe 2011;17:384-7.

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‘Eating 10 bananas a day saved my life’

Just two years ago this woman’s party-hard, fast food lifestyle was killing her. She then tried a crazy-sounding diet. Now the Instagram sensation is simply killing it.

The 25-year-old, known as Loni Jane to her 92,000 Instagram followers, eats about 10 bananas a day. And that’s just for breakfast.

The Gold Coast designer/photographer for an action sports brand adopted US doctor Doug Graham’s 80/10/10 Diet – a low-fat diet and lifestyle program based exclusively around whole, fresh, uncooked fruits and vegetables – after her health hit rock bottom.

“It all started about three years ago. I started getting skin infections, acne and putting on weight which was weird because I’d always been so slim. I wanted to sleep all the time and ended up with a whole range of health problems including candida overgrowth, hormone imbalance, irregular periods and hair loss,” she said.

“I also got really sick on a trip (read: fully-blown bender) to Thailand and picked up parasites and dengue fever.

“If you scroll back to when I first started on Instagram you’ll see I was never as healthy as I am now, that’s for sure. It’s pretty crazy, the difference between then and now, but I like to keep it up there so people can be inspired that they can easily change their lifestyles as well and to also see what excessive partying, drinking alcohol and junk food can do to your body.”

After being prescribed endless antibiotics, which she says only made her scary health situation worse, Loni turned to self-healing.

“It wasn’t for weight loss or for a quick fix. I was internally really sick; I was killing myself slowly. If I’d kept living that lifestyle I would’ve ended up with a disease like cancer or early ageing. So giving up that food was really quite simple for me,” she said.

“I’m a crazy researcher and I did a lot of research on the internet and read a lot of books. I looked at a lot of other health advocates and what they’ve done.

“I came across the The 80:10:10 Diet from an extreme fruitarian. She really taught me that you can live and thrive on this lifestyle by just eating higher carbohydrate vegetables, fruits and juices, and keeping your diet low fat. You even keep good fats low to keep your blood sugar stable. It’s been amazing.”

Before converting to low-fat, plant-based diet – which is 80% carbs, 10% fat and 10% protein – Loni tried the Paleo diet and did The Gerson Therapy.

“I still had problems with parasites and I wanted to a really good internal cleanse … I cleansed my body and then went straight into eating fruit and the rest is history,” she said.

Loni Jane, who is 26 weeks pregnant with her first child, says The 80:10:10 Diet ‘saved her life’.

“I usually wake up about 4.30am-5am and have up to two litres of warm water with lemon. I let that go down for two or three hours. In summer I like to eat half a watermelon to get hydrated,” she said.

“If I don’t have watermelon I’ll have a big smoothie with at least five bananas, but usually more than five because organic bananas are smaller, and about a litre of filtered water. I also always have oranges in the morning being pregnant. I’m obsessed with eating oranges.

“At lunch I usually like to have a mono meal, meaning one type of fruit, which is really good for digestion and goes straight through you. At the moment it’s mangoes I’m hooked on so my meal for lunch will be at least five or six mangoes. I might then have a salad later depending on how active I am that day.

“Dinner is always a huge salad with a tahini dressing. If I decide to have something cooked I’ll have it on the side like at the moment my crispy no-fat potatoes are divine.”

The former “heavy drinker”, whose life used to be “one big party”, now sticks to water and juice.

“I feel like a completely different person. I used to be quite closed off, a little bit angry and was a very ‘I don’t give a f***’ kind of person,” she said.

“I’ve become so much more grounded and connected with myself and all of my surroundings. I see things more clearly. I’m more accepting. I feel so different and like I have so much more to give to the world and people around me.

“I feel like now I can share who I really am and I’m not trying to hide behind alcohol and partying. I don’t need to alter my state and get drunk to feel like myself or to have fun. I didn’t quit alcohol altogether but it’s no longer five days a week, it’s more like once every five months.”

Since significantly changing her life Loni says she’s made new friends, grown closer to her family and has met the love of her life.

“It also changes your social life because you’re not out partying every weekend and you tend to float away from groups,” she said.

“You kind of realise who your friends are. I’ve had a lot of judgment from people and people thinking I’m nuts and saying ‘why is Loni eating 10 bananas for breakfast? Is she crazy?’

“People tend to shut you out because you’re not in the social circle of alcohol or drinking coffee.”

Loni says some seem “scared off” by her lifestyle.

“People do get a little bit uncomfortable. They don’t want to hear about because they’re in their comfort zones of eating junk and they don’t want to be around someone who makes them feel guilty. Not that I’d ever deliberately make anyone feel guilty. I’m not a preacher,” she said.

“I’m pretty good at picking up vibes and if I feel like someone’s interested and that they’d love to be in a position of good health then I’ll put the feelers out and perhaps mention it but I usually wait for them to bring it up and then I’ll happily talk about it because I love talking about it.”
Despite copping criticism, the soon-to-be new mum has amassed an impressive fan base since starting her personal Instagram account at the end of 2011.

“It’s still random to me. I still don’t get it. Some days, even on my Tumblr, the amount of questions I get asked is just insane. I’m like ‘why are people so interested in me? I’m just sitting here eating my bananas. I’m not anyone special’. I’m just a little earthling sitting here eating my fruit and trying to spread my message in a way that’s not offensive or preaching to people,” she said.

“I think it just became interesting for people to see my transition. When I transitioned into health I think it was intriguing to them. I’m not into tagging and all of that crap so my followers are genuine and follow because of what I’ve put up, not because I’ve got my boobs out or tagged a heap of people.

“If you live your passion people will see that. I’m just living it, and living exactly what you see, and that’s what inspires people I think. Because I’m at an age where most people are out getting super-drunk and taking heaps of drugs and having no self-respect, so I like to inspire girls because I was once in that position as well.”

This article originally appeared on News.com.au.

Before and after pictures of the most popular fad diets this year

shomova / iStockTime to start eating healthy again.

The INSIDER Summary:

• Google released data for the most searched for diets.

• The GOLO diet was the most searched.

• Also on the list were the taco diet, the mono diet, and the military diet.

The new year is fast approaching, which means many people are probably starting to think about dieting for their 2017 resolution.

In 2016, there were quite a few fad diets that popped up and became trendy. Now as the year winds down, Google has released the top 10 fad diet searches of the year and INSIDER included purported before and after photos along with a little info about each diet.

Keep reading to see them all.

10. Mono Diet

Freelee Banana Girl/InstagramFreelee the Banana Girl.

The Mono Diet was made popular by a self-proclaimed “guru” who calls herself Freelee the Banana Girl.

Essentially, the idea is to eat a massive amount of one single ingredients — thus the “mono” in mono diet. For Freelee, this ranges from potatoes to mangos to bananas and says she eats between 2,500 and 5,000 calories a day, most of which is raw food.

But before you go buy all the bananas you can get your hands on, lots of experts warn against this diet. You can read more about it here, or follow Freelee on Instagram here.

9. Dukan Diet

This diet is protein-based eating plan that was designed by French nutritionist and dietician Pierre Dukan. The theory behind the plan is to eat the way “primitive man used to eat” when we were hunter and gathers.

It’s low-fat and low-carb, and has four phases: attack, cruise, consolidate, stabilise. Reportedly, celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Kate Middleton have all tried this diet.

8. Pizza Diet

Yes, this is a real thing! This diet comes from a chef named Pasquale Cozzolino who said he exercised and cut calories, but also ate pizza for every meal — and he lost 94 pounds.

The Naples, Italy, native told the New York Post that he makes the dough from just water, flour, yeast, and salt and the toppings are fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and basil.

“It lets you feel satisfied, and because it’s only 540 to 570 calories, it’s a perfect and fast solution for a lunch or dinner,” says Cozzolino. You can read more about his journey here.

7. The Wild Diet

Fat Burning ManAbel James’s own transformation.

This diet, based on a book by Abel James, is all about eating mainly plant-based foods in the “quantities they naturally exist in the world.” The diet is very anti-processed foods and pro high-quality fats.

The Wild Diet says it “goes beyond Paleo” and claims you can “burn fat, beat cravings, and drop 20 pounds in 40 days.” It seems too good to be true, especially after you read about the meals you get to eat — from steak to pie — but a lot of people are loving the idea.

You can buy the book here and check out his website here.

6. Dissociated Diet

www.fitneass.com and www.pinterest.comThis woman claims to have lost almost 40 pounds on the diet.

The ‘dissociated diet’ was invented by Dr. William Howard Hay back in 1911. Hay thought that some foods when eaten together could slow down the digestive process and cause people to gain weight.

Also known as the ‘Hay diet’ or ‘food combining,’ practitioners can’t eat any acidic foods (proteins) with alkaline foods (carbs). A 2000 study suggests there is no difference in weight loss, but some people swear by it.

5. Ketogenic Diet

YouTubeThis YouTuber lost over 50 pounds on the Keto Diet.

The Ketogenic Diet was designed by in 1924 by a Mayo Clinic doctor, and is all about eating good fats, like avocados and nuts. You eat 10% carbs, 20% protein, and 70% “fat,” but it’s basically a whole lot of vegetables on this diet.

If that sounds weird, think of it as another low-carb option, like Atkins. There’s also apparently evidence that it can help control seizures in certain people with epilepsy.

4. Atkins 40

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images and Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesKim Kardashian is famous for the Atkins diet.

The Atkins 40 diet has been in the news recently for being the diet that helped Kim Kardashian lose her “baby weight.”

It’s very strict and pretty hard to follow for a long period of time, and basically cuts out almost all carbs. There’s no doubt that it does work, though. Here’s what more about what you need to know to succeed.

3. Military Diet

Food Porn/YouTubeThis YouTube video had three people try the diet, and they all lost more than four pounds in three days.

This diet is very, very restrictive. Like, really, really restrictive.

On the Military Diet, you can only consume coffee, peanut butter, canned tuna, grapefruit, eggs, shoe-grain bread, banana, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, broccoli, green beans, carrots, and Saltine crackers.

It’s supposed to make you lose 10 pounds, and only lasts for three days, but that’s almost three days too many.

2. Taco Diet

The “taco diet” aka the Taco Cleanse was started by Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger, and Jessica Morris who live in Austin, Texas, and spent 30 days eating nothing but vegan tacos.

Sadly, it’s just a joke.

The satirical diet book includes claims that it helps followers conceive children and grow out their facial hair, but it’s also filled with recipes on how to make some tasty-sounding vegan tacos.

Because this isn’t a real diet, there are sadly no before and after photos. But enjoy this taco picture, instead:

1. GOLO Diet

GOLO DietSuccess stories on the GOLO website.

Google’s number one search of 2016, the GOLO Diet, believes the secret to losing weight is managing your insulin with a dietary supplement, fitness plan, and eating plan.

The whole package costs money though, with most plans starting around $40. You can find out more info here.

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Could the Mono Meals Diet Help You Lose Weight?

There are a lot of new diets out there for weight loss hopefuls to choose from, but the Mono Meals Diet is quickly becoming the talk of the town. It turns out that one of the most effective ways of losing weight is to participate in this groundbreaking eating plan. Although it is not always recommended for everybody, it is an effective way to shed those unwanted pounds without having to resort to unhealthy methods.

What Is the Mono Meals Diet?

As the name suggests, the Mono Meals Diet is an eating plan wherein the participant eats only one type of food (usually fruit) for a given amount of time. Usually, those who use this diet plan as a means to lose weight will eat foods in a certain way for up to a week, combining no two foods in the process. Examples of a typical Mono Meals Diet regimen include, but are not limited to:

  • Eating only bananas for breakfast
  • Having only dates for an entire day
  • Munching on mangoes for lunch
  • Eating apples for dinner

Those who participate in this particular diet are usually welcome to choose freely which type of food or fruit they would like to eat. This helps to make this otherwise restrictive diet more accessible to all people.

What Are the Benefits?

There are a lot of great benefits to the Mono Meals Diet. Eating only one type of food, especially when it is fruit, can help to make your digestive tract function much more efficiently. On top of that, it is a great way to determine whether or not you are allergic or having negative reactions to certain foods. It is a simple and potentially delicious way to fuel your body, and it forces you to choose healthy options over not-so-healthy ones.

Are There Any Dangers or Side Effects?

As always when you are about to start a new diet regimen, you need to speak first with your doctor, fitness trainer, or a nutritional expert. Eating only one type of food may be effective for some people, but the diet is typically not recommended for those who have special dietary or blood sugar needs. Responsible dieting requires that you do everything in moderation. Some might suggest starting the Mono Meals Diet slowly by incorporating its healthy eating habits into your diet for small periods at a time. Simply speak with your doctor if you are uncertain as to whether or not this particular diet would be helpful to your existing weight loss plan.

It’s no illusion: Magician Penn Jillette is much slimmer these days.

He details how he lost the weight in his recent book, “Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales.” About to turn 60, topping the scale at 330 pounds and alarmed by his high blood pressure, Jillette set out to slim down last year.

Penn Jillette in 2013, before his big weight loss.Jason Kempin / Getty Images

Did he ever. Within a few months of drastically changing his diet, Jillette weighed 225 pounds. But even he admits the way he started was “very extreme.”

“I did a mono diet for two weeks, which could have been anything. I did potatoes because they’re funny,” Jillette writes, according to People magazine.

As the name implies, mono diets involve eating only one food. Some people have turned to bananas or watermelon; in Jillette case, he only consumed potatoes — about five a day — for the first 14 days of his diet. The goal of that first phase was “to interrupt his current relationship with food,” a scientist advising Jillette told the New York Post.

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Penn Jillette in December 2015, after he started his diet.Ethan Miller / Getty Images

Devotees say mono diets can jump start weight loss, but nutritionists warn against them, noting mono diets can be potentially damaging to your health.

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“The desperation of wanting to lose weight — and see results quickly — will lead people to choose a plan that makes no biological sense,” said NBC News Health and Nutrition Editor Madelyn Fernstrom. “This is not an advisable plan.”

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Why would anyone choose a mono diet?

It’s a way to reduce calories and feel in control — usually at the expense of nutrition. In Jillette’s case, he was eating around 600-700 calories with his five daily potatoes, so of course he would drop weight quickly, Fernstrom noted.

But while potatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, they are very low in protein. Jillette was likely eating up to 75 percent less protein than he needed for good health. After about 24 hours, his body would have taken the amino acids it needed to function from muscle, which is unhealthy, Fernstrom said. Such a low protein diet, even for two weeks, can impact brain chemistry, which uses amino acids from protein for normal function.

That two-week period would be very rough for the body and mood for anyone who tried it, she noted.

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Why would a mono diet jump start weight loss?

Studies show that when people eat the same food items and keep a structure with the same set of meals without a lot of variety, it seems to help restrain their desire for excess sugar, salt, and fats found in tasty high-calorie indulgent foods, Fernstrom said.

“People feel a sense of control when they are limiting variety. A sense of control coming from severe structure: No choice. One item. Easy,” she noted, even though they’re making an unhealthy choice by sticking to only one food.

“Sadly, many people are willing to try anything for the promise of quick early weight loss,” Fernstrom said.

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If you are set on a single food jump start:

Here are Fernstrom’s recommendations:

  • Discuss with your doctor if — and what kind of — jump start is right for you. Someone who is severely obese often needs that boost to get started on a more moderate, balanced plan, After a jump start, people are much more willing to follow a “slow and steady” approach.
  • Consider a series of daily high protein shakes containing 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals.
  • Stick with around 800-1000 calories, depending on your starting weight. Follow this routine for one week and see how you feel.

As for Jillette, after the two-week mono diet, he added other vegetables, fruits and grains to his eating plan. He says he now avoids eating animal products, refined grains, salt, sugar, and oil.

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This week, I decided to experiment with the ‘Mono Diet’. This is not one that I have come across in terms of knowing people who have done it, however it was one of the top 10 most googled diets of 2016.

Mono dieters will only eat one type of food per meal or food group per day. There are different ways that people approach this diet. Extreme cases of the mono diet include bloggers such as ‘Freelee the Banana girl’, who sometimes ate 51 bananas a day. In most cases though, people only eat one food group, replicating the diet of a fruitarian but even more strict because one meal only consists of one type of food, such as eating three bananas for breakfast. A different take on this diet that I preferred to test out was the idea of ‘mono meals’. This gives more flexibility and is more healthy than the other two branches of the diet, since you can eat protein rich foods for breakfast, fruits for lunch, and vegetables for dinner (as an example).

What are the positive and negative aspects of this diet?

As dieting goes, it makes things pretty simple in terms of what you’re going to eat. Many of us ask ourselves the question, ‘what am I going to eat for dinner?’, and the answer isn’t always clear because there’s so much choice. Mono dieters on the other hand don’t have much to choose from, so there’s not much hassle when it comes to choosing and making dinner. This is a more practical stance though. Clearly, the diet reduces calorie intake, and weight loss does occur at a very fast pace. This sounds like a dream to those who want a summer body fast, however with any diet that leads to fast weight loss, there are consequences.

Malnourishment is extremely likely if you only eat a specific food group or type of food for several days/weeks. It doesn’t take a genius to realise that you’ll be missing out on important vitamins and nutrients if you’re only eating bananas for most of the week. Not only this, but muscle loss is likely too, which can result in a slower metabolism and weight gain when you resume your normal eating habits.

My one day experience on the diet

I opted for the easier spectrum of the diet, whereby I didn’t restrict myself to just bananas or just fruits for the whole day. This was to test how it feels to go about normal day-to-day routines on the diet, and see whether it could be a sustainable choice for a long term weight loss goal.

Breakfast

I felt disheartened. Usually I enjoy avocados, but with eggs and toasts – not completely by itself. Sure, salt and pepper helps, but it was so boring eating an avocado for breakfast. I decided that I can’t live without snacks, so I swapped the oreo’s for dates, which wasn’t too much of a sacrifice. Naturally, I was pretty hungry so the dates served as a second breakfast.

Lunch

Once again, the thought of only eating apples for lunch was quite depressing. All around me, people were eating lovely, filling meals. All I had were apples – how appetising. I already knew several hours into my day how boring a life of mono eating must be. I find a lot of joy from exciting and adventurous food, therefore this seems like a joyless existence. Admittedly, I had to buy a homemade biscuit from the greek shop down the road just to spice up my day a bit.

Dinner

So… does only eating pasta count as a mono meal? I decided it most definitely did. I can’t tell you how good it was to have something stodgy and non-healthy. I know I probably cheated on the diet a bit there, but I had already concluded that this was a very unsustainable diet. I can’t seem to justify putting oneself through such a restrictive and quite frankly boring diet in order to lose a few pounds for the summer. It’s not even very healthy, so to me there just doesn’t seem to be any real benefit to the mono diet.

I’d also like to point out something else. I’m no psychotherapist, therefore I cannot tell you whether someone may suffer from an eating disorder or not. However, I do believe that people with eating disorders are able to disguise their problem by labeling their eating behaviour as ‘mono dieting’, or any other one of these extremely restrictive diets. Since such diets have been glamorised by Instagram and are seen as trying to achieve a more ‘healthy’ body by cutting out processed foods/getting back to basics, people are far less likely to question whether there is an issue of eating disorders involved. Take Freelee the Banana Girl for example. She stated that she only drank banana smoothies for 10-14 days, and she only ate melons for a month. If one of your friends was putting their body through this, I’m sure you would express your worry for them. Whilst Freelee makes claims that verge on the ‘it’s more natural’ argument, we must remember it’s not at all. Your body is able to digest different types of foods, and your body can still heal itself perfectly well (if not better) when you consume a variety of foods, not just one, as she claims in one of her lectures.

It’s also important to remember that many psychologists have stated that a factor as to why patients with anorexia carry on refusing to eat is because it gives the individual a sense of control amidst an uncontrollable life/world (please do research this yourself if you question it). Of course Freelee is eating, but she is eating in a way that is extremely controlling and allows no room for deviance. Whilst she may not suffer from anorexia, there is more research now into diets like mono eating or raw food diets as to whether this could count as another branch of eating disorders.

I find it important to highlight this as I believe that such labels and blogs/instagram pages may be hiding a more deep rooted issue. What’s even more worrying is that it is being presented to the masses as a positive thing, when in fact they may just be educating people to adopt a negative outlook on their own healthy eating behaviours.

In conclusion, the mono diet neither seems sustainable nor healthy, and is quite likely to lead to weight gain when normal eating behaviours are resumed. If the diet does interest you though, I would recommend that you only do it for a day or two a week, or have a mono meal once a day so that you do not experience malnourishment nor muscle loss.

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What You Need to Know About the Mono Diet

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If you’ve done any research on losing weight, you’ve probably heard about the mono diet. One of the top 10 most Googled diets of 2016, the mono diet has nothing to do with the “kissing disease.” Instead, it involves eating just one food or food group as a way to lose weight.

The mono diet has mondo online popularity, thanks in part to buzz from bloggers like Freelee the Banana Girl. This Australian YouTuber is known for touting raw food diets and mono meals — and eating only bananas for days at a time (yikes!).

While the idea of eating only one food for any length of time probably doesn’t appeal to most of people, the potential weight-loss results might seem tempting. But is a mono diet even healthy? Could it hurt more than it helps? We talked to nutrition experts to get to the bottom of this diet trend.

What Is the Mono Diet?

There are two different takes on the mono diet, says Paige Benté, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D.. “One take that’s not safe and not recommended is where you’re literally only eating one food group,” she says. “So, you would be a fruitarian, and all you eat is fruit.”

That could be as extreme as Freelee’s banana diet, or it could mean eating oranges for breakfast, strawberries for lunch, bananas as a snack, and apples for dinner, for example. This niche diet doesn’t seem to have strict guidelines other than restricting the number of food groups, says Benté.

What Are Mono Meals?

The other approach to this diet is eating mono meals, or eating one food, macronutrient, or food group at each meal. “That could be only protein at breakfast,” Benté says. “Then for lunch, you might only eat fruit, and then for dinner you may only eat vegetables.”

There’s also a mono raw diet, in which you can eat raw fruits or veggies for any meal, says Benté. Sound confusing? “That’s because people are making it up as they go,” she says. There doesn’t seem to be any one definition of the mono diet, mono raw diet, mono fruit diet, or even how to eat mono meals.

Why Mono Diet?

As with a lot of diets, the rationale behind a mono diet is to “put really rigid structure around eating,” says Sonya Angelone, M.S., R.D.N, and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Diets are just rules that people try to follow, and sometimes the stricter the rules, the easier it is to follow because there are fewer choices and decisions to make during the day.”

Making all of those eating decisions is challenging for people, says Angelone, a San Francisco Bay Area-based nutritionist. Research from Cornell University found that people make more than 200 food decisions every day.

“When you have a mono fruit diet, there just aren’t decisions to make,” she says. “All you’re eating today is bananas, or simply fruit. It takes some of that stress away of having to make food decisions, having to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to certain things. It just becomes very automated.” While that is a benefit, says Angelone, she would not recommend the mono diet to her clients.

If you follow the mono diet by eating only one food group per meal, it is possible to eat an overall balanced diet that way, according to Benté. “You can do it and get all your macro and micronutrients,” she says, adding a caveat: “It just has to be very well-planned.”

But safety aside, a mono diet sounds really boring, she adds. “Who wants to eat just two chicken breasts for lunch and then just kale for dinner?”

The Mono Diet Myth

So why do it? Benté says the argument she’s heard for eating a mono food diet is incorrect but could sound enticing. The claim is that your body can release the correct digestive enzymes so that you’ll digest a food more fully or that this eating pattern helps burn more fat..

But that thinking — dispensed by vloggers and bloggers not doctors or dietitians — is wrong, Benté says.

“Our bodies are adapted to digest proteins, fats, and carbs all together,” she says.“We’ve made it this many millennia doing that, so to say that it’s necessary to only eat one food at every meal is silly.”

In some cases, mono meals may actually limit how much of a nutrient you’re absorbing. For example, the plant-based iron from beans is better absorbed when you pair it with a food that contains vitamin C, like bell peppers, says Angelone.

Can I Lose Weight on a Mono Diet?

“If you eat one food, you’re probably going to lose weight,” says Benté. She and Angelone agree that you’re likely going to get sick of any one food, so you’re going to eat less.

Interpreted that way, the mono diet is just that — a diet. “It’s not sustainable because you’re not getting all of the macro and micronutrients, so you’re not going to be able to stick with it,” Benté says.

When you’re drastically cutting calories because you’re sick of eating bananas, the problem is that your body doesn’t just let that happen without consequences, says Angelone. Your body thinks it’s being starved, so it releases certain hormones that can lead to a less active thyroid, thus decreasing your metabolism, says Angelone.

“Then, once you start eating a little bit more — because you can only stay on a mono diet so long — your metabolism is depressed, and now you gain weight,” she says. “The best way to really, truly lose weight and keep it off is to change your lifestyle and your habits.”

Mono Diet Risks

Eating mono meals could lead to loss of muscle mass, impaired brain function, and a compromised immune system, not to mention fatigue and irritability if you’re hungry all the time. (See: 10 Reasons Why You Feel Like You’re Always Hungry.)

No matter which food group you pick, you’re going to be missing out on other macronutrients, says Benté. “If you’re eating non-starchy vegetables, you’re not going to get enough protein to sustain your muscle mass, and you’re going to wither away,” she says. “You’re also not going to get enough calories to sustain your weight or really enough carbohydrates to maintain proper brain function.”

Angelone warns that when you’re not getting enough protein, your body starts breaking down your own muscles to get those amino acids (the building blocks of protein) into your blood so they can be used for essential body functions.

Your digestion could also be compromised, says Benté. For example, if you eat protein-based mono meals with a lot of meat, you’re not going to get enough fiber, which can cause gastrointestinal issues like constipation and bloating. Eliminating any macronutrient would cause its own set of issues, as there’s no single food or food group that can provide all you need.

“Every one of the food groups corners the market on a specific micronutrient or macronutrient,” says Benté. “That’s why it’s really important that we eat a balanced diet. I don’t ever tell people to cut out a food group completely. There’s always a balance between proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.”

And then there’s the issue of portion control, one of the biggest problems that people have when it comes to weight loss and weight maintenance. With mono diets, you really have no concept of portion control, says Benté. “We really try to teach people about appropriate portions and the balance between the different foods,” she says.

That’s not happening at all with a mono diet. “The mono diet is a crash diet that’s not sustainable,” Benté says. “And depending on which foods you pick, it could lead to deficiencies in the long run.”

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The Mono Meal Plan Is One Fad Diet You Shouldn’t Follow

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Sure, you may say you could survive on just pizza-or, in healthier moments, swear you could get by on your favorite fruit. But what if that was all you could eat for every meal, every day? That’s the idea behind the mono diet. And we’re not talking about scarfing a banana because you missed lunch. We’re talking about downing 15 or so bananas at each meal.

Mono diets are nothing new: There’s the Apple Diet, the way-too-good-to-be-true Chocolate Diet, and even the Milk Diet (which was actually developed by two doctors). In the slightly less hardcore realm, there are fruitarians, or people who limit their fuel to the food group of fruit (fruitarianism is the diet that famously sent Ashton Kutcher to the hospital in 2013). Today, the #monomeal hashtag on Instagram-highlighting people’s beautiful pictures of a plate loaded with a single kind of food-has over 24,000 uploads. (But is it as bad as The 8 Worst Weight Loss Diets in History?)

The most famous of mono diet devotees, though, is Freelee the Banana Girl, an Australian who regularly blends 10 to 15 bananas into one breakfast smoothie-then repeats that for lunch and dinner, downing about 50 bananas a day (that’s including a few whole ones she eats to tide herself over between meals). Freelee has been blowing up the internet for the past year or two, garnering a massive social media following and even writing a book, 30 Bananas a Day.

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Why on earth would you want to eat 50 bananas in one day? Advocates argue that eating a single type of food can not only help you lose weight and solve digestive issues like bloating, but also takes the guesswork out of healthy eating and streamlines your meals.

But, while Freelee the Banana Girl’s flat stomach and pseudo-credentials may be tempting, no social media following matches up to an actual nutrition degree. “I would never recommend a mono diet, and I don’t think any dietitian would suggest you just eat fruit for an extended period of time,” says holistic nutritionist Laura Lagano, R.D. A day or weekend of paring down your diet to a few nutritious staples can certainly help people who get overwhelmed about food decisions. But sticking to just a few foods-let alone a single source-for any longer than that deprives your body of essential nutrients, she says.

“We need to eat a variety of foods because they each provide different nutrients essential to the functioning of our bodies,” says Manuel Villacorta, R.D., author of Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Super Foods Diet to Detoxify, Energize, and Supercharge Fat Loss. “Eating 50 bananas a day is crazy-it would create a massive nutrient deficiency.” (And so do these 7 Ingredients That Are Robbing You of Nutrients.)

Mono diet disciples typically do allow themselves to trade out their food of choice-sometimes. Freelee, for example, will turn to a single fruit that’s on sale that day, and she eats one head of lettuce a few times a week-and she recommends 2,500 calories a day to her “banana girls,” including a miniscule amount from additional sources like coconut water, potatoes, or other fruits and veggies. One banana, by the way, has 105 calories. That means she herself is consuming upwards of 5,000 calories.

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But her guidelines for where your calories should come from suggest 90 percent carbs and max five percent from fat and protein a day. Most other monomeals, like those of fruitarians, fall into a similar realm. The problem? Fat-which no fruit has a sufficient amount of-is essential for neurological functioning, Lagano says. And many vitamins, like E, D, and K, are fat-soluble, so your body can’t even digest the great nutrients you’re trying to load it up with, Villacorta explains. As for protein, the amount in fruit isn’t enough to sustain a sedentary person, let alone the levels needed by the body of an active person-a category we assume people using this extreme diet to be “healthy” fall into, he adds. (You also need these 7 Nutrients That Help Increase Muscle Tone.)

And those are just the macronutrients. The reason nutritionists recommend eating a rainbow of colors is because there are different micronutrients, like phytonutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins, in each kind of food. If you’re only eating oranges or bananas, your body isn’t garnering the lycopene in tomatoes and red bell peppers or the beta-carotene in carrots and sweet potatoes, not to mention countless other essential nutrients.

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On top of all the physiological damage monomeals do to your health, it can be psychologically damaging. “Limiting your food to a single source sounds like disruptive eating,” says Lagano, referring to an eating disorder. In fact, Freelee does say on her site that she has a history of bulimia, anorexia, and extreme dieting (which her banana diet supposedly cured as monomeals throw portion control out the window). This idea of qualifying mono diets as an eating disorder, which is echoed by most nutritionists, is made even scarier considering the fact that Freelee has over 230,000 Instagram followers. But followers aren’t everything: Mono dieting can also limit your socialization-so much of our social life revolves around food, and interacting with friends is one of the most crucial factors to your health as well, Lagano adds. (Sound familiar? Check out these other 9 Signs You’re on a Fad Diet.)

Just like with all fad diets, monomeals won’t help you lose weight or “reset” your psyche without causing serious damage to your health. But there are ways to achieve both: Cutting out processed foods and incorporating more smoothies of all colors can help your body reboot, says Villacorta. Opt for something like The Clean Green Food & Drink Cleanse which focuses on robust smoothies and clean foods. You’ll only have to scarf down two bananas a day, max-we swear.

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The science behind diet trends like Mono, charcoal detox, Noom and Fast800

By Clare Collins, Lee Ashton and Rebecca Williams

Posted August 28, 2019 06:10:51

Every year a new batch of diets becomes trendy. In the past, the blood group, ketogenic, Pioppi and gluten-free diets were among the most popular.

These have made way for the mono diet, charcoal detox, Noom, time-restricted feeding and Fast800.

So what are these new diets and is there any scientific evidence to support them?

1. Mono diet

The monotrophic or mono diet limits food intake to just one food group such as meat or fruit, or one individual food like potato or chicken, each day.

The mono diet has no scientific basis and no research has been done on it. It’s definitely a fad and should not be followed.

It leads to weight loss because your food intake is so limited (one food per day) that you get sick of that food very quickly and so automatically achieve a reduced kilojoule intake.

If you ate three apples at each main meal and had another three as between-meal snacks then your total kilojoule intake from the 12 apples would be about 4,000 kilojoules (950 calories).

The mono diet is nutritionally inadequate. The nutrients most deficient will depend on the individual foods consumed, but if you follow the mono diet long term, you would eventually develop vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

2. Charcoal detox

The charcoal detox diet claims to help people lose weight by “detoxing” them. It involves periods of fasting and consumption of tea or juice drinks that contain charcoal.

It is definitely not recommended.

Medical professionals use activated charcoal to treat patients who have been poisoned or have overdosed on specific medications. Charcoal can bind to some compounds and remove them from the body.

There is no scientific evidence to support the use of charcoal as a weight loss strategy.

Charcoal detox plans also include dietary restrictions or fasts, so people might lose weight because they’re consuming fewer kilojoules.

Charcoal is not selective. It can bind to some medications and nutrients, as well as toxic substances, so there is the potential for charcoal to trigger nutrient deficiencies and/or make some medications less effective.

Side-effects of using charcoal include nausea and constipation.

3. Noom diet

The Noom diet isn’t actually a diet at all. It is a smartphone app called Noom Coach that focuses on behaviour change techniques to assist with weight loss. It allows users to monitor their eating and physical activity, and provides support and feedback.

The Noom diet does not provide a diet plan, but it gets users to record within the app all foods and drinks consumed. It then uses a traffic light system (red, yellow, green) to indicate how healthy the foods are.

One advantage of Noom is that is doesn’t eliminate any foods or food groups, and it encourages healthy lifestyle behaviour change to assist with weight loss.

A disadvantage is that while you can download the app for a free short-term trial, membership is about $50 per month for four months. And additional services cost extra. So consider whether this approach suits your budget.

One study has examined the app’s effectiveness. In a cohort of 35,921 Noom app users over 18 months, almost 78 per cent reported a reduction in body weight. About 23 per cent of these people reported losing more than 10 per cent of their body weight.

Although the data are observational and don’t compare Noom app users to a control group, the results are promising.

In other weight-loss interventions in adults at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, researchers found losing 5-10 per cent body weight and being active for about 30 minutes a day lowered the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than 50 per cent.

4. Time-restricted feeding

Time-restricted feeding is a type of intermittent fast that involves restricting the time of day that you are “allowed” to eat. This typically means eating in a window lasting four to 10 hours.

While energy restriction during this period is not a specific recommendation, it happens as a consequence of eating only during a shorter period of time than usual.

The difference between time-restricted feeding compared to other intermittent fasting strategies is that recent research suggests some metabolic benefits are initiated following a fasting period that lasts for 16 hours, as opposed to a typical overnight fast of 10 to 12 hours.

Researchers have reported some promising effects on the amount of body fat, insulin sensitivity and blood cholesterol with time-restricted feeding windows, although some studies have reported benefits for weight but not for fat mass, blood cholesterol or markers of type 2 diabetes risk.

Further research is required to determine whether any health effects of time-restricted feeding are due to regular 16-hour fasting periods, or simply because eating over a small time window reduces energy intake.

If this approach helps you get started on a healthy lifestyle and your GP gives you the all clear, then try it. You will need to follow up with some permanent changes to your lifestyle so your food and physical activity patterns are improved in the long term.

5. Fast800

The Fast800 diet by Dr Michael Mosley encourages a daily intake of just 800 calories (about 3,350 kilojoules) during the initial intensive phase of the Blood Sugar Diet.

This lasts for up to eight weeks and is supposed to help you rapidly lose weight and improve your blood sugar levels. You can buy the book for about $20 or pay $175 for a 12-week online program that says it includes a personal assessment, recipes, physical and mindfulness exercises, tools, access to experts, an online community, information for your doctor and advice for long-term healthy living.

Two recent studies provide some evidence that supports these claims: the DiRECT and DROPLET trials.

In these studies, GPs prescribed patients who were obese and/or had type 2 diabetes an initial diet of 800 calories, using formulated meal replacements. This initial phase was followed by a gradual reintroduction of food. Participants also received structured support to help them maintain the weight loss.

Both studies compared the intervention to a control group who received either usual care or treatment using best-practice guidelines.

They found participants in the 800-calorie groups lost more weight and more of the adults with type 2 diabetes achieved remission than the control groups.

This is what you would expect, given the intervention was very intensive and included a very low total daily energy intake.

But the low energy intake can make the Fast800 difficult to stick to. It can also be challenging to get enough nutrients, so protocols need to be carefully followed and any recommended nutrient supplements taken.

Fast800 is not suitable for people with a history of eating disorders or health conditions such as liver disease. So if you’re considering it, talk to your GP.

When it comes to weight loss, there are no magic tricks that guarantee success.

Have a health check up with your GP, focus on making healthy lifestyle changes and if you need more support, ask to be referred to an accredited practising dietitian.

Clare Collins is Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics, Lee Ashton is a postdoctoral research fellow and Rebecca Williams is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Newcastle. This article originally appeared on The Conversation.

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The dangerous diet that could ruin your health

When Alicia Hunter, 49, heard about a diet where she could eat as much of her favorite fruit as she wanted, the Upper East Side woman was hooked. There was one small catch, though: It was the only thing she could eat.

“In an attempt to lose weight for the holidays, I ate only melon for almost 30 days after I heard about the Mono Diet,” says Hunter, an eyelash-extension professional. “I lost 7 pounds, but I never want melon again.”

The diet dictates that you eat only one food for several weeks to lose weight fast, something that many experts warn is dangerous and only successful in the short term. Hunter, however, used it to kick-start a long-term weight-loss plan to shed the pounds, and raved about the benefits.

“I kept the weight off and actually lost another 8 pounds since then on other diets,” she says.

The Mono Diet (sometimes referred to as Banana Island or Monotrophic Diet) has become increasingly popular since a YouTube star nicknamed “Freelee the Banana Girl” (real name: Leanne Ratcliffe) boasted about her weight loss in 2014. She claimed to have lost 40 pounds eating close to 30 bananas a day.

‘It’s an incredibly restrictive and unbalanced diet and I do not recommend that anyone follow it.’

Since then, a new version, the Sweet Potato Diet, was released in April, touting how the spud can help you lose 12 pounds in just two weeks. Meanwhile, the hashtag #monomeal on Instagram, which highlights pictures of people’s meals containing a single food, has more than 38,000 posts, and the diet was one of the most searched in 2016, according to Google. Comedian and magician Penn Jillette even wrote a book last year about how he lost 100 pounds by eating nothing but potatoes for two weeks to kick off his diet. And Matt Damon revealed he ate only chicken breasts to drop weight for his role in “Courage Under Fire.”

“Yes, this diet can produce weight loss,” says Frances Largeman-Roth, registered dietitian and author of “Eating in Color.” “But, the weight loss is a result of caloric restriction — not because any particular food is magically producing weight loss. It’s an incredibly restrictive and unbalanced diet and I do not recommend that anyone follow it.”

In addition to a low caloric intake (Hunter estimates she ate about 800 calories a day worth of melon), which can cause symptoms like dizziness, a Mono Diet can also lead to some serious health problems. The diet landed Ashton Kutcher in the emergency room in 2013 after he followed the “Mucusless Diet Healing System,” and based his diet solely on fruit.

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“I ended up in the hospital two days before we started shooting ,” he told reporters at the Sundance Film Festival. Months later, at a press conference, he said that, “My insulin levels got pretty messed up and my pancreas kind of went . . . crazy. The levels were really off, and it was painful.”

Amy Gorin, a Jersey City-based registered dietitian and nutritionist, says such diets can have “a negative effect on your metabolism and may cause muscle loss. By eating just one food, you’d be taking in too much of certain vitamins or minerals — for example, potassium from bananas. Additionally, it will be very hard to maintain any weight loss once you go back to eating a normal diet.”

While Hunter didn’t have an issue keeping off the initial weight she lost, and raved about her glowing skin, others who tried it didn’t have as great an experience.

“I was desperate to lose weight, so I decided to eat only carrots for an entire month,” says New Jersey music teacher Beth Glickman, 58. “I lost about 10 pounds in one month, but the palms of my hands turned orange! Needless to say, the diet didn’t last much longer than that.”

A Woman Ate Only Bananas For 12 Days And Look What It Did To Her

Bananas are fibre rich fruits with a number of health benefits. But do bananas and weight loss go hand in hand?

Bananas are the fourth most popular food after rice, wheat and corn.With its high nutrient content, low price and easy availability it is the most ideal fruit to include in your daily diet and is also good for weight loss.

If you eat almost nothing and just bananas, you lose weight, but if you eat eight to ten bananas a day, apart from consuming regular meals, you can gain weight.

Nutritionist Yulia Tarbath tried the banana diet for 12 days to detoxify her body and lose weight naturally.

Also read: Security Guard Left With Bananas In Hand While Thieves Run Away With Rs 90 Lakh!

What did she do?

Yulia, a nutritionist and a motivational coach tried the mono-fruit diet (One fruit diet for stipulated days) to test the health benefits of bananas. She calls it banana island diet.

What does the banana island entail?

· You eat all the bananas you desire and bananas are all you eat (you can also do it with other fruit). It is a mono island, however, occasionally; people also add 1 type of greens, such as lettuce in the last meal of the day.

· You eat ONLY ripe bananas, you eat your usual calories – no under-eating or calorie-restricting is involved.

· You drink plenty of water, up to 3 litres a day.

· You exercise as normal.

· You rest enough as your body will be going through deeper detox and restoration.

· Research shows that bananas can actually be a perfect fit in your weight loss diet plan. A six inch banana has about 90 calories, which makes it much lesser than the calories in any candy bar. Moreover, the fibre content in this fruit is soluble, which causes it to absorb water and slows down digestion.

Also read: Somebody Tried To Smuggle Foreign Currency Worth Rs 45 Lakh Concealed Inside Bananas

Here is what happened during her banana only diet:

· Did not have any detox symptoms whatsoever, felt amazing throughout the whole “journey”.

· Experienced very sharp clarity of mind, which allowed her to restructure tasks and activities.

· She says it was a busy inner journey for her.

· She felt balanced and positive.

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Please do not try this banana-only diet

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We at Hello Giggles don’t like to criticize other people’s lifestyles. But when we see a potentially unhealthy lifestyle, we must speak out.

A recent article in the India Times described nutritionist Yulia Tarbath‘s “banana island” diet. For twelve days straight Tarbath ate nothing but bananas. She went on this diet both to detoxify her body and to lose weight. Tarbath has been in the news before discussing her raw-vegan diet and lifestyle while pregnant.

Yes, research shows that bananas are actually a perfect fit in your weight loss diet plan. A six inch banana has about 90 calories, and the fiber in bananas is soluble, which means bananas can absorb water and slow down digestion. But to solely consume bananas for a consecutive twelve days? We’re not sure about this.

This fruity diet doesn’t just stop at bananas. According to Buzzfeed, others have followed this diet (also called the Monomeal Diet), eating watermelons, orange slices, and apples.

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Okay, first, let’s go over the specifics of what the banana-only diet entails:

  • You can eat all the bananas you desire. Yet, bananas (or whatever fruit you choose) are all you can eat. If you are desperate to shake things up, you can occasionally add lettuce.
  • You must eat your usual calories. No calorie-restrictions are allowed. This, at least, makes sense.
  • You must drink plenty of water.
  • This diet is no excuse not to exercise.
  • Allow yourself to rest, as your body will be experience a “deep detox and restoration,” according to Tarbath.

These are the symptoms Tarbath reported experiencing in her YouTube post and blog:

  • Absolutely no detox symptoms. She claims she “felt amazing throughout the whole journey.”
  • Clarity of mind.
  • “Beautiful, glowing skin.”
  • Improved flexibility.
  • “Energy, energy and more energy!” Tarbath claims the banana-only diet gave her the energy to attempt all kinds of fitness activities, including cross-fit, cycling, and weight training. In fact, she also says she ran over thirteen miles up and down the Thailand mountain Doi Suthep and recovered in half the amount of time, without any leg soreness whatsoever.

Please note, she has no scientific data to back up any of these claims. Most of these involve a state of mind.

We asked Dr. David Heber, Founding Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition and Founding Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition and author of The LA Shape Diet, for his input. He said:

“Protein is the most important nutrient we eat as it both controls appetite and helps to maintain your body’s metabolism. Many religions fast for up to 3 days with no bad effects, because we are all adapted to starvation.

The banana has fiber, sugar, and potassium, but no protein, and eating it as the only food is not safe for long periods of time. What is important is not just losing weight but what your body composition is like afterwards. If you starve or eat only carbohydrates, half the weight you lose will be from your muscle and lean body. Every pound of lean muscle you lose will reduce your metabolic burn by 14 calories per day. So ten pounds of lost lean muscle means you burn 140 fewer calories. You will be “skinny fat,” that is thin on the outside and fat on the inside, doomed to restrict your calories. Exercising daily and eating enough protein along with colorful fruits and vegetables with limited refined carbohydrates are the keys to healthy weight loss.”

Curious about the phrase colorful fruits and vegetables? Nutritionists suggest eating “a rainbow of colors” because there are different micronutrients — like vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients — in different kinds of food. If you restrict yourself to solely eating oranges or apples, your body isn’t getting, for example, the beta-carotene in carrots and sweet potatoes, not to mention the lycopene in tomatoes and red bell peppers.

And that’s just the tip of the essential nutrient iceberg! Combining different foods can help you absorb nutrients even more thoroughly. For example, eggs contain iron. If you eat foods with vitamin C, such as spinach, with those eggs, you’ll absorb even more of the iron. (This is why people love to combine beans and rice, which when eaten together work as a complete protein.)

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Dr. Heber isn’t the only one to speak out against this diet. Shape.com spoke to holistic nutritionist Laura Lagano, R.D., about the banana-island diet. She, too, was quite firm in her disdain:

“I would never recommend a mono diet, and I don’t think any dietitian would suggest you just eat fruit for an extended period of time. A day or weekend of paring down your diet to a few nutritious staples can certainly help people who get overwhelmed about food decisions. But sticking to just a few foods—let alone a single source—for any longer than that deprives your body of essential nutrients.”

So, next time you feel like trying this mono-fruit diet — which, if Instagram is to be believed, has thousands of practitioners — think long and hard. Look into the actual science of the diet. And remember: being “thin” isn’t all there is to being healthy.

  • By Emily Baines

While other diets leave you feeling dull and zapped of energy, the banana diet satisfies your hunger and also your sweet tooth. And the best part is that you can eat as many bananas you want, since it doesn’t take many to actually feel full.

Health benefits of bananas

Bananas are 74 percent water, but the fructose and carbohydrates in them give them a reputation as being the weak link of the fruit and berry family. Their health benefits, however, far outshine any negatives.

The carbohydrates in bananas are an amazing source of energy. For example, many people eat a banana just before exercising, giving them the energy they need for peak physical performance.

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Starting the banana diet

Start by bringing home a couple bunches of bananas. They’re the only things, along with water and milk, that you’ll consume over the next four days. The best part is that you can eat the bananas in whatever form you want. Blend them with milk to make a smoothie. Slice them and put them in ​ a bowl or even freeze them to make a cold snack. At mealtimes, eat about three bananas and then eat another every time you feel hungry. At first, you might feel a bit hungry, but your body will quickly get used to it.

What happens to the body on the banana diet

Because your body won’t be getting any other nourishment, you’ll be cleansing and flushing out toxins for the entire four days. Drink a lot of water to maximize this effect. And don’t worry. Because bananas contain serotonin, or the happiness hormone, your mood will stay up during the four days, and you’ll lose both fluid and fat, especially around your waist.

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Are Bananas Good For Gaining Weight Or Losing Weight?

Whether or not you like them, bananas are great. They are full of nutrients like fiber, potassium, good carbohydrates, Vitamin C and many more important vitamins and minerals. They are a breakfast staple in almost every household as it gives you instant energy to kick-start your day. You may have often been advised to eat bananas to gain weight but you may have also heard that bananas are great for weight loss. Confused? Does eating bananas help you gain or lose weight? We have all the answers you’re seeking right here.
Yes, it is true that bananas are loaded with carbohydrates that you are often told to limit or not avoid in order to lose weight. But bananas contain the good carbohydrates in the form of the resistant starch – the kind that supports both weight loss and weight maintenance. Moreover, they are packed with fiber that keeps you full for longer and are also low in calories.

Although high in carbohydrates, bananas have a low to medium glycemic index and therefore they do not cause sudden spikes in the blood sugar levels as compared to other high-carb foods and so, keep you metabolic rate in control. By keeping your blood sugar levels and metabolic rate in control, your body will burn more fat for energy. But these are just the basics and the confusion still lingers – are bananas good to gain weight or to lose weight?

(Also read: 7 Wonderful Benefits of Bananas)High in carbohydrates, bananas have a low to medium glycemic index. Photo Credit: Istock
According to Dr. Sunali Sharma, Dietician & Nutritionist, Amandeep Hospitals, “Bananas are full of nutrients and energy, and are a great source of essential minerals and vitamins. Bananas do not make you lose or gain weight by themselves. The combinations in which you take, the timing and the way you consume bananas contributes to the weight management.”

How to Eat Bananas to Lose Weight

Dr. Sharma tells us, “A medium banana contains just 105 calories, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of satiating fiber and about 14 grams of naturally occurring sugar along with a host of essential micro-nutrients. The fruit boosts your metabolism and keeps you full longer preventing you from snacking in between meals.”
(Also read: How Banana Peels Can Help You Lose Weight)


A medium banana contains just 105 calories. Photo Credit: Istock.
As compared to other fruits, banana contains slightly more calories and carbohydrates. So, in order to incorporate bananas in your weight loss diet, Dr. Sharma suggests some ground rules:

1. Limit your consumption to one 5” piece a day.

2. The perfect time to have a banana is pre or post-workout as a snack. It helps in boosting your stamina and also in recovery.

3. Use them to tame bloating that some diets tend to cause. The potassium bananas helps reduce water retention which aids weight loss.

Bananas can be eaten to lose weight in a healthy way as they don’t make you starve or bring your energy levels down.

How to Eat Bananas to Gain Weight

Bananas are often one of the fruits that we resort to when we are trying to gain weight. They are high in good carbohydrates and may help you gain weight when consumed in certain ways. “The best way is to use them in a milkshake. Add lots of nuts, milk and other fruits to make a power packed shake. Another way is to combine it with yogurt and make smoothies. These banana smoothies and shakes can help you gain weight effectively without consuming unhealthy, empty calories. The nutritional value of these recipes is high and the weight gain happens in a healthy manner,” suggests Dr. Sunali Sharma.

Banana milkshake is great for gaining weight in a healthy way. Photo Credit: Istock
CommentsSo, for whatever purpose you choose to, don’t forget to add this wonder fruit to your daily diet. It is an all-rounder and provides some super benefits for your overall health and well-being.

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