My hubby and I tried the Banana Diet for week with 30 bananas a day, also known as “Banana Island”. Here is our review of our experience. Enjoy!
Here’s some info on what the banana diet is all about:
WHAT IS A BANANA ISLAND DIET/DETOX?
Banana diet plan, or a Banana Island, is an easy and sweet way to detox and start your weight loss journey and aid your body’s healing. The banana plan is very much what it sounds like – you eat bananas for a period of time and can last for any number of days you desire. Typically, majority of people on the detox program eat bananas from 5-21 days straight!
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. 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 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 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
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?
Yes, however only if you continue with the healthy, whole-food plant based diet that includes plenty of raw foods following the banana cleanse.
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. 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 shed excess weight 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.
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.
So if you are a female eating 2,000 calories per day – that’s about 20 bananas. If you are a male eating 3,000 calories per day, that’s about 30 bananas.
Divide your regular daily calories by 3 and you will get the amount you need to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
For example 2,000 divided by 3 = approximately 660 calories, or about 6-7 bananas per meal.
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