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The Banana Diet

6a00d83451d48a69e20105359a89aa970c-800wiDid you know that the banana diet originated from the Japanese? Bananas are currently earning popularity in dieting all over the world. Bananas are easily accessible, thus making this diet regimen a quick hit in Asia, and has now spread even in the US.

Research shows that the Japanese, particularly Okinawans, live longer than any other people in the world. There are at least, 457 Okinawan centenarians (people who are or over 100 years old), as compared with 10 centenarians for every 100,000 US people.  The Japanese outlive any other race in the world which is attributed in living better quality lives. This outstanding phenomenon is accounted for by a proper Japanese diet, all based on the fundamental principle of good eating. This diet consists mainly of rice, fresh fruits, fish, and a lot of vegetables. The Japanese also serve a lot of dishes but only in small portions, so they tend to slowly savor each bite, allowing the brain to have enough time to signal the stomach that it has reached its capacity.

The current craze for the banana diet, however, has become more simple and elemental. The Morning Banana Diet was invented by a Japanese pharmacist, Sumiko Watanabe, for her overweight husband, who lost 37 pounds under this diet regimen. This is how the diet became popular not only in Japan, but all over the world.

Bananas were chosen other than any other fruits because of their flexibility. They are effective not only in shedding off those extra pounds, but are also proven effective in weight gaining regimens when coupled with milk. In addition to this, bananas have a few basic nutritional facts that are well underappreciated.

Bananas are rich in potassium. Potassium is important in the regulation of heart function, blood pressure, fluid balance, and also in the synthesis of nucleic acids, and serves to enhance muscle control. Bananas are also a great source of Vitamin C. Eating one banana is alone comprises 1/6 of the total daily value of Vitamin C, which your body needs. Furthermore, a banana contains only 90 calories per 100 g, which reduces a person’s calories intake, substitutes calories with fiber, and helps in weight loss.

The Morning Banana Diet is quite simple to follow. Under this diet regimen, a person only needs to remember 3 things. The first is to eat as many bananas as he likes for breakfast, accompanied by room temperature water; second is to stop eating by 8PM; and third is to be asleep by midnight. Its prime objective is to limit calorie intake, starting with the first meal of the day. Although desserts are a big no throughout the diet, you can eat whatever you want for lunch and dinner, plus, 3 PM snacks are alright.

Low Fat Foods

What you eat can affect your blood pressure. Some foods other than those labeled ‘fat free’ are naturally low fat, and can even be more satisfying than low-fat offerings. Some of these low fat foods are:

stethoscopeheart- Pancakes. A pancake has about the same amount of calories as a slice of bread. It’s what you top it with that makes a difference. You can try low-fat yogurt or jam.

- Potatoes. A medium-sized sweet or white potato has about 30 calories and a tenth of a gram of fat.

- Bagels. There is 1 gram of fat per bagel, which contains the same calories as 2 slices of bread.

- Pretzels. One ounce has only one-tenth of the fat as an ounce of potato chips.

- Buttermilk. One cup of buttermilk has slightly less fat than a cup of 1 percent fat milk.

Guilt-free gulps

You can do a lot for your health just by replacing soft drinks with better alternatives. Kick your soda poppin’ habit with these healthier thirst-quenchers:

  • 10-healthy-drinksPlain or flavored water
  • Milk
  • Soy milk
  • Tea
  • Coffee (without the cream)
  • Skim latte, skim cappuccino and skim café au lait
  • Low-fat hot cocoa

Also, do your kids a favor by not introducing them to soft drinks early in life. Encourage them to drink more milk and fruit juices to help them cope with the demands of their growing years.