Friday, November 7, 2008

Bananas for Breakfast?

There's a new diet craze booming in Japan. It's called the "Morning Banana Diet".

Good Morning, Banana!
A Japanese opera singer named Kumiko Mori revealed she lost 15 pounds in just 6 weeks!

The whole concept of this diet is to eat a banana in the morning for breakfast and for the rest of the day, you could eat normally. Note, the term used here is "normally". Cut your rice intake in half and find a substitute for fried foods. The only liquid you can drink is water at room temperature (not hot or cold). You should eat dinner between 6-8pm, go to bed before midnight and have enough sleep. There was a study that lack of sleep could actually contribute in weight gain! So people, count your Zzz's and befriend atleast one sheep. Haha. These are just some of a few reminders in doing the diet.

So, what's with the banana you ask? Actually you could substitute a banana with another fruit, but then again, you can't call it "Banana Diet" would you? Haha. Well anyway, Bananas contain resistant starch, which ferments in your large intestine, creating by-products that block conversion of some carbohydrates into fuel. A University of Colorado study found that an increase in the amount of resistant starch contained in a meal "significantly increased post-prandial lipid oxidation and therefore could decrease fat accumulation in the long run." Replacing 5.4% of ordinary carbs with resistant starch could boost fat burning by up to 30% Practically speaking that means eating two bananas in the morning could enhance fat burning for hours.

This kind of diet is proven effective based on scientific findings. The good thing about this diet is it doesn't require exercise. Well, you could exercise if you want to, I think it would be better. This diet is also good for chronic breakfast-skippers for it provide metabolic boosts. I'm really interested in this kind of diet, if I won't go for vegetarianism I might consider this.