Banana Diet Plan for Weight Loss
How To Do A Banana Diet Plan For Detox, Weight Loss And Health
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 have also coached other people through their own banana cleanse.
Today, I am going to talk about all the ins and outs you need to know about this process and how you can do it yourself.
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 (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 Continue reading