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Morning Banana Diet Plan

Written by Diet Bites

Review of Morning Banana Diet, A fad diet plan for weight loss.

The Morning Banana Diet Plan is the Fad Diet Brain Child of Sumiko Watanabe, a Japanese pharmacist, who created the diet plan in an attempt to boost her husband's metabolism and encourage weight loss. Results: her husband experienced a 37 pound weight loss.

Needless to say, the Morning Banana Diet has become hugely popular in Japan with stores having difficulty keeping bananas in stock for would-be dieters. A book has been born and currently, the Morning Banana Diet Plan is hot!

Daily Menu for the Morning Banana Diet Plan

- 2 bananas for breakfast; room temperature water
- optional snack at 3 p.m.
- anything for lunch; anything for dinner
- no desserts
- dinner must be completed by 8 p.m.
- go to beddy-bye by the stroke of midnight (or you'll turn into a Diet Pumpkin)

Why the Morning Banana Diet Might Generate Weight Loss

- Evening snacking is one of the biggest contributors to weight gain. Ceasing to eat after 8 p.m. alone might be enough to drop all those pesky pounds.

- Desserts is another Weight Gain Clunker, generally filled with empty calories originating from fat and sugar overload. Again, simply cutting desserts from the daily diet might be enough to drop all of those unwanted pounds.

- Health studies have indicated that sleep is a key to keeping weight under control and therefore is a natural metabolism booster.

- Potassium encourages the body to release water and of course, water weighs heavily.

Benefits, Positives and Negatives of the Morning Banana Diet Plan

Various polls show that about 60% of the individuals polled have went on a fad diet at least once.

As fad diets go, the Morning Banana Diet Plan is relatively safe - with no risky medications or weight loss supplements or side effects that often accompany such. The downside is that the Morning Banana Diet doesn't keep a lid on calories during the lunch and dinner meals. Unfortunately, all the bananas in the world aren't gong to assist with weight loss unless calories are controlled. The bottom line is that weight is controlled by the number of calories consumed in the daily diet - not the types of foods consumed.

If Dieter Pam goes on the Morning Banana Diet Plan and consumes 2,400 calories when her body requires only 1,750, she cannot possibly lose weight. Although the following is highly unhealthy, if Dieter Pam enjoys 1,750 calories worth of cupcakes per day rather than her former (more) healthy daily diet consisting of 2,400 calories - she will lose weight. The body recognizes food sources based on calorie consumption when it comes to balancing weight - and it recognizes food sources rich in vitamins and minerals when it comes to nutritional health. It's all a balancing act - our weight, our nutritional state.

In turn, if Dieter Pam goes on the Morning Banana Diet Plan and has previously been consuming 2,400 calories per day, and currently consumes 1,750 - she will indeed lose weight. Therefore, the question that arises is, "Are bananas, an early bedtime, 2 meals per day filled with as much food as we wish to enjoy, and one snack per day the key in controlling weight loss?

In addition, exercise/activity is desirable for optimum health. Sad to say, but just because an individual is at their recommended weight doesn't guarantee that they are fit.

The Potassium Factor in the Morning Banana Diet

The current recommendation for potassium for all adults is 4.7 grams per day. When a severe potassium deficiency occurs, it is pronounced by hypokalemia. The adverse effects of hypokalemia include cardiac arrhythmias, muscle weakness and glucose intolerance. In the event of moderate potassium deficiency, symptoms include increased blood pressure, increased salt sensitivity, increase risk for kidney stones, increased bone turnover, increase risk for cardiovascular disease, particularly stroke.

The average intake for potassium in the United States is currently 2.8 to 3.3 grams daily for men, and 2.2 to 2.4 grams for women.

Potential Dangers of the Morning Banana Diet Plan

Potassium is one of the bodies all-important electrolytes which keep the body in balance, and is requires for normal cellular function. Bananas are rich in potassium and while many individuals struggle to consume enough potassium in the daily diet, too much potassium can be fatal. Of course, as indicated below - a couple of bananas in the daily diet isn't enough to create potassium overload.

However, those individuals with diabetes, kidney disease, heart conditions or other serious health issues should consult with their doctor before going on the Morning Banana Diet Plan as they may be at risk for impaired urinary excretion of potassium which can adversely result in hyperkalemia, where the body experiences a markedly elevated serum potassium concentration which can result in cardiac issues (arrhythmias).

Examples of food sources for potassium in the daily diet:

Potassium in Bananas

- 1 small banana about 7 inches long contains 362 mg of potassium (0.362 grams) and 90 calories

- 1 medium banana about 8 inches long contains 422 mg of potassium (0.422 grams) and 105 calories

- 1 large banana about 9 inches long contains 487 mg of potassium (0.487 grams) and 121 calories

Potassium in Potatoes

- 1 small potato about 2 inches in diameter contains 709 mg of potassium (0.709 grams) and 134 calories

- 1 medium potato about 3 inches in diameter contains 888 mg of potassium (0.888 grams) and 168 calories

- 1 large potato about 4 inches in diameter contains 1539 mg of potassium (1.539 grams) and 292 calories

Summary of the Morning Banana Fad Diet Plan

Bananas are not only tasty, they are healthy and of course, rich in potassium. They are also a good source for protein, calcium and Vitamin C while remaining ultra low in fat. One large banana contains 0.152 grams of saturated fat, 11.8 mg of Vitamin C, 7 mg of calcium and 1.48 grams of protein. Bananas are high in carbohydrates and natural sugar with one large banana containing 31.06 total carb grams, and 16.63 grams of sugar.

As to the Morning Banana Diet, we feel that lunch and dinner calories must be controlled in order to achieve weight loss results. We also feel that exercise is an important key to weight loss and weight maintenance and should be a part of the Morning Banana Diet Plan. We would also recommend an earlier bedtime.

With this said, the fact that desserts are trimmed from the daily diet paves the way for Weight Loss Success alone and is a fantastic aspect of the Morning Banana Diet. In addition, consuming adequate potassium comes with the positive healthy benefits mentioned above.

This is an independent review and Diet Bites makes no claims or disclaims on the Morning Banana Diet Plan. This review is provided as a service to our readers for informational purposes only. Please see your doctor before going on any weight reduction plan.

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