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 many of my clients enjoy eating an abundance of bananas each day.
Today, I am going to talk about all the ins and outs of this cleanse for balanced hormones, weight loss and increased energy levels.
Here is a video about it:
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.
Great for natural weight loss, 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 Friday and finishing on Sunday evening.
One thing that I have to point out is that you shouldn’t do banana islands all the time. In fact, you need to receive a diversity of nutrients in your diet.
So 1-2 times per year, for example in the spring or in the autumn can be an idea, if you wanted to cleanse your body with the help of a banana island.
Also, be sure to rest enough during your cleanse as your body will be going through a deeper detox and restoration.
Your bananas need to be ripe, which means soft and spotty, as unripe bananas will upset your digestion.
Does the banana diet work?
I don’t believe in quick fixes or short term cleanses to fix long term health problems. If you have health issues – such as general hormonal imbalances, thyroid issues, blood sugar imbalances or Candida – you need to have the right plan to balance your health.
In fact, most of our clients come to us with hormonal imbalances, weight issues and Candida. I talk about restoring hormones naturally here, natural weight loss here and restoring Candida naturally here.
However, a short term banana cleanse, followed by a whole foods plant lifestyle plan can work wonders.
Here are some benefits that you can get from going on a banana cleanse:
- helps you detox
- can speed up healing and recovery
- can result in natural weight loss
- increases vitality, energy levels and mind clarity
- can boost your fitness level and sports performance
- one of the best ways to switch to a whole food, raw or high raw food diet
Banana diet for detox and weight loss
“Don’t eat bananas because they will make you fat!” “Bananas are loaded with sugar!”
These are two popular statements that you can often hear. However, they are not true.
Both Paul and I have been following a fruit-based raw food plan since 2009 and bananas are our staples.
We’ve had a healthy level of weight all these years and know plenty of raw foodists who are in great shape and eating bananas daily.
Bananas can only promote weight gain if you over eat on calories. The same is true for any other food – and not just bananas.
A banana island is a great way to help your body shift excess weight and help your body detox.
The main reason for this is that you won’t be consuming the kinds of foods that lead to weight gain, such as processed foods (even if they are vegan!).
A banana island is also a tool to help you transition to a much healthier diet that’s vegan and loaded with raw fruits and veggies.
If you want to create a beautiful body and stay lean long term, the secret is a whole-food, plant-based diet, including other lifestyle factors, such as exercise, sleep, stress management, etc.
My banana diet results
I’ve now done several banana cleanses and I enjoyed them all.
Here are some of the benefits that I personally experienced:
- Felt AMAZING throughout the whole “journey”
- Experienced very sharp clarity of mind, which allowed me to restructure tasks and activities in my life and set goals for new projects
- Felt balanced, in fact, discovered the kind of balance that I have never experienced before
- Been even more positive than ever
- My skin got even shiner and silkier
- Run 22km in one day during my 7-day banana island. Recovered in double quick time, did not have any leg soreness. Also set a new PB for my 5km running!
- Energy, energy and more energy! Did lots of fitness – cross-fit workouts, cycling, weight-training, dancing – didn’t want to stop!
- Body felt more flexible than ever
Here is a video about my 12-day banana only detox diet and what happened to me (millions of views!):
Banana diet plan
The great thing about a banana island is that it doesn’t require you to restrict your calories. So you won’t feel hungry!
All you need to do is replace your regular amount of calories with bananas. A typical medium banana contains about 100 calories.
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Mitsou EK, Kougia E, Nomikos T, et al. Effect of banana consumption on faecal microbiota: a randomized, controlled trial. Anaerobe 2011;17:384-7.
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