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04-12-2012, 09:17 AM
so i'm sure you've all seen those ads for weight loss, with the crude drawing of a chunky woman that goes skinny. there is also one with "follow these rules and avoid these 5 foods to lose weight!" and they show an arrow with a cartoon drawing of a banana.

whats with that? should i not eat bananas? i ate a banana yesterday and my weight kinda shot up today. related? what the **** is going on! lol

04-12-2012, 09:21 AM
those ads are crap.

i've seen two variants - one says no pop, no fried foods, no sweets, etc - basically, no brainer stuff. the other says things like no fruit, no dairy, etc - diet myths, essentially.

one banana - for real - is not 3500 calories plus whatever your basic metabolic needs are. it is not physically possible to gain actual weight from eating one banana.

weighing yourself daily will drive you nuts.

04-12-2012, 09:29 AM
one banana - for real - is not 3500 calories plus whatever your basic metabolic needs are. it is not physically possible to gain actual weight from eating one banana.

weighing yourself daily will drive you nuts.

lol..yes..i need to remember this. thanks for clearing up as to why they would be dissing bananas.

04-12-2012, 09:53 AM
LOL I saw those and really am shocked they are allowed to be adds on there! Bananas are GREAT to eat...tons of potassium, which will help you reduce water retention. Full of lots of other good stuff....

It is funny how a lot of diets try to tell you not to eat certain foods (Like potatoes) when they are really good for you. (if prepared without fatty stuff!)

04-12-2012, 10:08 AM
Bananas stall my weight loss because I'm carb-sensitive and they are very starchy, so for me bananas are off limits. That's probably why you're retaining water; the banana carbs require more water to process through your system.

I have never clicked on one of those ads, but for me, the banana thing (and the potato thing) is true. For other people, it's not. It all depends on what works for your body, and we are all very different creatures.

Also I weigh myself daily and it does not 'drive me nuts', because I understand how my body loses fat over time. Again, we're all very different, and there's no such thing as 'one size fits all' when it comes to clothes *or* diets, as we should all know very well.

04-12-2012, 10:12 AM
I eat bananas alllllll the time. Right now I am mad I have to wait for the bananas we have to ripen because I REALLY WANT ONE. Screw those ads. I'm going to eat bananas.

Also, daily weighing only drives you nuts if you let it! Use it to learn about your body's fluctuations instead :)

04-12-2012, 11:07 AM
I eat a banana every day, without fail.

Madame Souza
04-12-2012, 11:29 AM
I eat a banana every day on my oatmeal. I think different things work for different people. I eat bread if it's whole grain but many people don't. I have been eating a banana almost every day I have been dieting and I have lost weight. Is it due to the banana? no, it's due to my lifestyle change. I think the ad is just a scare tactic. I like the ad with the banana that rots so you are supposed to be even more disgusted with bananas. Has anyone ever clicked on the ad?

04-12-2012, 01:50 PM
I also eat bananas pretty much everyday. There is no physical way bananas will make you gain. They are really good for you and filling! I have lost pretty much 40lbs with eating one a day. :)

Beach Patrol
04-12-2012, 02:08 PM
I love bananas. :cb:

I clicked on that ad once. It was TOTALLY STUPID. Just a bunch of hoo-ha like most of those things are!!

04-12-2012, 03:17 PM
A bannana does NOT cause water retention. Where do you people come up with this stuff?

04-12-2012, 03:19 PM
This sh!t is bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

04-12-2012, 03:22 PM
I love bananas, too. I try to remind myself that for most foods, moderation is key. A nurse practitioner once lectured me for eating bananas, as well as other fruits, so for a while I wouldn't touch them. After a few weeks of missing them in my diet, I just decided they had to be better than potato chips or twinkies so I added them back in. :) Now, after my meal, I can eat some sliced pineapple and satisfy my sweet tooth, instead of reaching for oreo's! lol

04-12-2012, 03:27 PM
Are they online? I think I've seen the one secret rule to loosing belly fat, pssh whatever.

Eat what ever fruit you want its hard enough work restricting myself from simple carbs and junk food I am not going to put mental energy into trying to avoid fruit of all things.

04-12-2012, 03:30 PM
This sh!t is bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

LOLOLOL! How can you read that and *not* sing it in your head? :carrot:

ETA: I eat bananas like Friar Tuck eats turkey legs. Hasn't stopped my 45lbs in 35 days loss.

04-13-2012, 02:15 AM
Wow Luceia! 45lbs in 35 days...that's awesome!

04-13-2012, 11:35 AM
Wow Luceia! 45lbs in 35 days...that's awesome!

Thanks!! I completely attribute it to only eating for one now, instead of 6 (no joke, I calculated and I was eating 7000-10000 calories/day just to maintain). Of course now the loss is slowing down, but I feel so much better that I'm motivated to push through. And you know what helps? BANANAS! :p Seriously, bananas and greek yogurt are like my new wonder foods. SO FILLING for so few calories!

04-13-2012, 04:16 PM
I eat a banana for breakfast every day; and I have eaten them for all the time I lost weight -- and, I eat new potatoes, sweet potatoes, pasta, beans, brown rice, barley, corn, and whole grain bread too -- all in measured servings ... :D

04-13-2012, 04:20 PM
If you're eating the right amount of calories a banana will not make you (or anyone else) gain fat. Same is true for bacon, full-fat cheese, potatoes, bread, rice, mayonaise, chocolate, ground beef, carrots (oh, the sugar!), and every other food that we've been told not to eat at one time or another.

04-15-2012, 01:32 PM
When I'm dictator of the universe those cheesy-looking ads will be banned from ALL media (the same goes for those "1 weird old tip. >Tip" ads) ... When I click on them you have to watch a video to get an answer, and I suppose that answer is what we already know is bad for us. I don't know whether the banana is something to eat or something to avoid and to be honest I cop the Rhett Butler 'tude

04-15-2012, 10:15 PM
i eat a banana with breakfast every day, and after every workout because i'm prone to leg cramps and the potassium in the bananas apparently helps prevent that. LOVE me some bananas. :)