Banana Diet Rules
Eat a banana for breakfast
- You can eat more than one, and in fact the inventor of the diet often ate four bananas in the morning, but don’t stuff yourself to the point of fullness.
- Eat only raw, uncooked, unfrozen bananas.
- Other fruit may be substituted.
- If other fruit is substituted, some variants require it be restricted to one type of fruit per meal.
- If you are still hungry 15 or 30 minutes after your banana, you can eat other food
Eat normally for lunch and dinner
- Dinner must be eaten by 8 p.m. at the latest (6 p.m. is better).
- There are no restrictions on the types of food you can eat for lunch and dinner, or the amount. But in practice dieters report on Mixi that they try to cut the amount of rice they eat and find substitutions for fried foods. The diet avoids strict food rules to prevent a sense of deprivation.
- However, you should not eat a dessert with dinner or any of your meals; you’ll need to satisfy your sweet tooth during a snack.
- At all meals you should eat only until you’re satisfied but not full or stuffed. The Japanese have a proverb, Hara hachibu ni isha irazu, “A stomach eight-tenths full needs no doctor.” American dietitians define this level of fullness or satiety as a 7 on a 1-to-10 “hunger scale,” and they teach their clients to recognize this feeling.
Drink only water
- The only beverage allowed at most meals is water, preferably mineral or filtered.
- The water must be at room temperature, not chilled or hot.
- The water should be drunk in small sips and not used to wash down food.
- Outside of meals non-caloric beverages like tea, coffee, and diet soda are generally allowed but somewhat frowned upon, and in general water is encouraged as much as possible; frequent consumption of milk products is discouraged.
- On social occasions you may drink beer or wine.
You may eat an afternoon snack
- A sweet snack of chocolate, cookies, or the like is allowed at about 3 p.m.
- Ice cream, a donut, or potato chips are not recommended.
- Some substitute fresh fruit for their snack, but if you want sweets you should not deny yourself.
- Some Japanese who like salty snacks eat salted konbu (seaweed) snacks and some Japanese who are very hungry in the afternoon substitute a filling, fist-sized rice ball for sweets.
- A good alternative if a salty or more filling snack is needed is popcorn according to Morning Banana forum members, but watch out for excessive fat content.
- If you are hungry after dinner, you may have a second snack of fresh fruit, but this should not be a habit.
Early to bed
- And for this banana diet it’s recommendly to bed by midnight. If you can manage to go to bed earlier, all the better.