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Going Bananas Diet

October 20, 2008

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We are all privy to fad diets like the cabbage soup diet or juicing, but this new one takes the cake. The newest hype in Japan is The Morning Banana Diet. This is exactly what it sounds like: one banana or as many as you want with water for breakfast, and anything you want for lunch and dinner. This diet says that a snack around 3 PM is fine, but no desserts after meals and you have to go to bed before midnight.

As you can imagine Dole, a major manufacturer of bananas, has had to increase its banana imports by upward of 25 percent. The Morning Banana Diet books, which went on sale in March, have sold over 730,000 copies. Celebrities are usually the ones to put diets in the spotlight and this diet is no different. After a singer announced they had lost 15 pounds in just six weeks on this diet, bananas started to fly off the shelves.

The interesting thing about this diet and others is that they work. When we decide to go on a diet, we have become conscious of our eating habits and realize it’s time for a change. Whatever diet we choose is going to work for a time because we have shifted from a chaotic, disorganized way of eating to an ordered way of eating.

Most people will lose weight on any given diet program for a limited time and then revert to a less disciplined way of eating. Why? Because most diet books instruct us to eat a limited spectrum of recommended foods. We start with the best of intentions, but eventually we might just go bananas. We all have unique bodies, cravings and lifestyles and a list of acceptable foods is not always going to align with our individual needs.