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Old 12-18-2014, 10:17 AM   #1
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I woke up this morning craving one of my favorite foods: banana with peanuts. The craving is so strong, I started elaborating recipe ideas of ground banana with peanut.

I love bananas so much that I can have them (and only them) for days...won't get tired of them and would have more anytime

Then the thought of eating only food that I LOVE and still lose weight crossed my mind and I absent-mindedly googled "banana diet" and woah!!! It does exist and (apart from the fact that it's a mono food and therefore fad diet)seems to work wonders!

Basically, it requires eating 30 bananas a day and just that. Truth is ... I was easily doing half of that on my own, only stopping because I knew bananas are too sugary. Most of the time, I stopped just because of the gilt.

I live in a tropical country and bananas here are so tasty, with such a nice flavor! In addition, they are cheap and easy to get.

I want to try it out. Actually I'm more than interested about it. I'm quite excited about it and want to check if someone's tried this (or another mono fruit diet) and how it worked.

P.S: I have researched the ups and downs of this diet, with all the negatives that go with it, so I wish to say that I'd preferably not get advice dwelling on the dangers of it.

Thx! I'm salivating...just thinking about it!

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Old 12-18-2014, 10:45 AM   #2
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I've not done this, but as part of a larger vegan community I've heard/read about it and only saw mostly negative things. Sorry I don't have anything positive to share, I wish you luck on your journey.
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:47 AM   #3
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I am not sure it would be very nutritionally balanced so would avoid it.

I love a banana as much as the next guy, ideally before a run, but 30 a day? Nope. Not even 15.

The reason is protein and fats, not to mention other vitamins and minerals. You might not be getting enough.

It's not so much a danger issue. You would just start looking and feeling like sh!t.
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Old 12-18-2014, 01:47 PM   #4
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperkalemia

I'm not sure how much potassium bananas actually have in them, but there is a point where you can have too much of just about any mineral or vitamin. Your body has to process things, some with more difficulty than others.

Keep eating bananas, for sure. You love them and they're healthy. But, I think it's a good idea to balance them out with some other foods ^_~

Edit: I somehow skimmed over your request for advice that doesn't dwell on the dangers. The thing is, this whole forum is about making healthy choices and supporting each other in doing what's right for our bodies. So I don't think you get to say "please just tell me all the good stuff and join in with me!" because that's not how this works. We're supportive of everything, as long as you're doing something good for yourself. I'm not sure you are, in this case.
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Old 12-18-2014, 01:52 PM   #5
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Yum! I love bananas too! This is a little TMI, but I started having one every morning after a year and a 1/2 of diarrhea and no success from my Dr in finding out why. I'd read it helped so I started eating one a day. Lo and behold the amount of times I had to go in a day dropped dramatically. My only frustration was that bananas go bad so fast I was having to go shopping every week for them. Me in store = buying things I should not. LOL At any rate there were times the bananas weren't gonna make it another day so I'd have a second one or 1/2 of one. I quickly found more than one a day caused me to have constipation. More TMI, but I haven't had a banana in a couple weeks now. Turns out my extremely high dosage of Vitamin D for my deficiency was also giving me an extreme case of constipation. I'm finally getting that under control, but boy do I miss my bananas! Besides being tasty they were very filling for me and really helped me curb any morning munchies after breakfast. Despite bananas having sugar I still continued to lose weight at a good rate. Maybe once the extreme vit d dosage has mostly left my body I can go back to having them regularly. At least I hope. I will have to look up the banana diet out of sheer curiosity.
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Old 12-18-2014, 04:31 PM   #6
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Yes, it will work.

If you eat less than 20 bananas a day (about 2000 calories) then you should be able to lose weight.

You will lose fat and muscle (you will be eating less than half your daily required protein). So you will look very bad aka gaunt. But, hey, if that's the look you're going for, go for it.
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Old 12-18-2014, 05:25 PM   #7
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I'm well aware of this diet. I'm well aware that it isn't really eating 30 bananas a day. I'm also aware that the leader of this has a severe eating disorder and to counteract her binging on fruit, she exercises excessively. I've known people who have done it and gained weight. I know people who have done it and became ill. But weight loss is about calories and if you burn more calories than you eat, you will lose weight.
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Yes, I have tried many, many of these types of single-food diets, including several variations of banana diets... most of them thirty plus years ago hen I was young and very foolish. Even then, I was warned about the dangers, and really only wanted to hear from people who had success with such diets and from people would encourage me (which definitely is the tome in your original post).

I was warned and I tried them anyway, and I had rapid and immediate successes, followed swiftly by catastrophic failure.

For years after I learned better, I couldn't even look at a banana (or cabbage, or hot dog)... without gagging.

These one-food and other severe-limitation diets are largely the reason I got to nearly 400 lbs - because such diets only reinforce the restriction/binge cycle, loss/gain and I learned the hard way that the BINGE/GAIN is ALWAYS much, much MUCH longer, and larger than the DIET/LOSS.

I am now in very, very poor health, and my early years of unwise dieting is to blame as much as the weight itself. Trying to lose weight by way of one ridiculous diet after another, destroyed my confidence, my self-esteem, my immune system, my joints, my pain receptors, my brain/nerve function, my muscular system, my endocrine system, my reproductive system....

I'm not just guessing at the causes of my health collapse. I've read extensively on the damages I've done to myself in the pursuit of rapid, easy weight loss - which only resulted in more-rapid weight gain.

I suspect you will try your banana diet anyway, because I didn't listen when I was warned, and neither did many of my friends and family (none of which had any better success than I did with these diets). The luckiest of us all, learned earliest that these diets are a road to misery, and stopped trying them.

I wish I had never tried this type of diet, or at least had learned after the first or second, or even tenth or fiftieth attempt.

These diets have terrible and long-lasting effects. They don't feel dangerous, only because you don't feel the damage and pain immediately. It can take ten or twenty years later to see the impact, and even then, you'll blame the weight before you blame your lack of nutrition.

I hope you're smarter ad less stubborn than those of us who ignored the warnings and had to learn for ourselves the hard way.
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Old 12-18-2014, 05:46 PM   #9
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I learnt about mono diets from an eating disorder forum I used to be a member of. Tried mono diets before. Very bad for health, that's all I can say.

If you want to, try it for a couple of days to get rid of the cravings. Won't do you any good in the long run. It's simply not sustainable.
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