The Theory behind the Diet

Given its origins as a group-developed diet program, there are many theories about why it has proven to be effective to many. The prinicple creators of the diet have their ideas about why it worked for them. Members of the various internet groups devoted to the diet have offered various explanations. And physicians who have tried the diet or who have been consulted in connection with the books, magazine articles, and television reports about the diet have also offered their theories. And finally, as the diet enters the Western mainstream, various theories have been put forth by researchers, banana promoters and members of the forum here on this site.

At any rate, here are some of the ideas that have been thrown around to explain various aspects of the diet:

  • Bananas contain a large amount of an insoluble carbohydrate called “resistant starch.” Resistant starch has been credited with various weight management benefits, including the ability to initiate fat burning (or “lipid oxidation”) (See Wikipedia, Prevention Magazine, Dole Nutrition Institute, and Gail Gedan Spencer.)
  • Bananas contain enzymes that assist in digestion, speeding it up and thus reducing the amount of time the intestines need to work to digest food, resulting in a metabolism more suited to losing weight. These enzymes only exist if the bananas are eaten in their raw state.
  • Bananas plus water results in faster and more frequent elimination and improvement of constipation symptoms. Some Morning Banana Diet followers report two or three trips to the toilet daily for “number 2.”
  • Finishing dinner early and avoiding or reducing evening snacks allows the most active portion of the digestive process to complete before bedtime, making for a sounder sleep and more energy in the morning.
  • Laying off the manditory exercise and allowing afternoon sweets reduces stress, which would otherwise lead to overeating.
  • Even though you can eat “anything you want” for lunch and dinner, the filling, high-fiber banana breakfast, the early dinner, and the limiting of meal beverages to water (preventing the washing down of food in the manner of the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest “gurgitators”) tend to influence Morning Banana dieters to eat reasonable amounts.
  • The three meals and one or two snack rule, along with the early bedtime, act as a throttle on grazing and unmindful eating throughout the day.


Albert Maruggi 11.20.08 at 12:01 am

I can attest to this pattern of eating. However, critical to get something in system around 10 to avoid over eating at lunch. I had a rule of eating a fruit or vegetable first, then if I was still hungry I would do half a sandwich.

Lastly, there has to be exercise, without that combination it is a frustrating endeavor.

alice 01.07.09 at 2:53 pm

I cant’ resist coffee in the morning. is it possible to take a few sips of coffee before taking eating bananas?

kix 01.24.09 at 2:29 pm

what kind of banana should i eat for this?can i eat the long yellow ones?

mw 02.06.09 at 2:02 pm

I am new to Banana Diet started just for 7 days back.
Still waiting for a good result
Also doing regular exercise.

Renee 04.03.09 at 9:53 am

This is day 4 on the banana diet for me. I read it in woman’s world mag. & figured why not try it. I’ve lost 3.5 # so far. I have not changed the type of food I eat-but I have watched the amount of soda intake. I do not like bananas but I figure I will get use to them. I do not eat breakfast-so the banana is actually just right for me-since I do not want to sit down for a big breakfast etc… If nothing else it is at least making me mindful of what I eat & helping me start to make a little better choices & actually getting the breakfast into my day is helping with energy etc… a lot. So far so good! :)

eduard trexx 04.04.09 at 6:45 am

you must eat banana the big one ^^ a filipino size banana in short latundan and lakatan the mos famous banana here in the philippines.

Nobody 04.09.09 at 1:41 am

I’ve been on this for 7 months. But I also do twice weekly strenuous exercise (Karate).

Six feet tall, gone from 225-230 to 189 pounds. BMI from 29.x to 25.x

I believe the exercise is important, it revs up the metabolism and improves muscle tone. I’ve observed late night snacking adds pounds immediately.

Most of the rest is common sense stuff, really. The Banana is no silver bullet.

shaima kamal 05.09.09 at 9:54 am

what kind of banana should i eat for this? can i eat long yellow banana?

shaima kamal 05.09.09 at 9:56 am

it,s ok taking banana in moring and after 3 hours takeing glass of milk ?

Steve 06.10.09 at 5:17 pm

What makes it work is the banana + water in the morning and doing the exercise that you should already be doing, anyway. You should eat balanced meals for lunch and dinner and not snack at night. Also - don’t leave more than 3-4 hours between eating.

I changing nothing apart from instead of toast in the morning, I changed it to a banana and water. It worked very well for me, but also kept the exercise. The rest of what you read on the net is a myth.

I feel it works because the banana kick starts the day for us. All this about room temperature water is also rubbish - in fact cold water takes more energy for our bodies as it needs to warm it up to body temp. So colder water is even better than room temp for losing weight.

Reginald 07.24.09 at 1:44 pm

Steve, Your logic sounds good, but it’s a little bit backwards. You see, It does “require more energy” to bring the water to room temperature, the problem is, that “energy” is supposed to be being used to digest your food not heat up cold water. By drinking ice water you are essentially freezing the furnace that breaks down your food. The designers of the diet knew this, and that’s why they specified room-temperature water. Just go with it.

Sonam Zutshi 11.28.09 at 4:08 am

Hie….. i really believe the “morning banana diet” would help me shed some weight quickly however wana know if i can possibly have tea or coffee before of after the banana? n how much water should i sip with the banana?


icko 12.07.09 at 8:26 am

eat saba

simon 03.24.10 at 2:47 am

I have been ‘accidentally’ following the banana diet for five years now. I am 44 years old (that middle-aged spread time of life!), 6 foot tall and have weighed 160 lbs for the last ten years. So, no middle aged spread! (yet… )

Vehilien 06.03.10 at 6:52 pm


I have a question, my parents won’t allow me to diet (I’m almost 20, but live at home). Would it be okay if I eat normal breakfast (2 slices of bread and tea without sugar or water), and instead of bread for lunch eat a banana and drink water?

So switch breakfast with lunch?

bear 06.29.10 at 4:19 pm

i’m weighing 79kgs and would like to try the banana diet starting tomorrow . hope this works m looking at loosing 9kgs .

ida 09.22.10 at 10:27 pm

i started the banana diet yesterday and already feel better>I dont normally eat bananas or any other fruit so we”ll see

thanhha 11.17.10 at 1:48 pm

I wonder if i eat banana in the morning, at this time the stomach is empty, I also found that eating banana when stomach is empty can lead to the stomachache because banana has a mount of acid, so what should I do to avoid the stomachache?

Chaun 06.25.15 at 11:30 pm

This is my first time trying this diet. I have search the web, I haven’t found anything up to date about this diet. I will start it up. I’m not new to the weight loss journey. I’m almost at my goal however; I still about 20lbs I want to lose. But I’m looking for a new long term eating habit. Once I have reached my goal. I don’t eat breakfast most of the time but I do like bananas. I have heard all the bad things about bananas. I’m willing to try this anyway just to see what will come out of it. I will still continue to work out. I will post back with updates.

DAL from London UK 08.07.15 at 4:22 pm

Thanhha - I get the same reaction to eating a banana on an empty stomach. I’d suggest a cuppa tea with banana or water first then banana. Should do the trick.

sammy 02.24.16 at 12:30 pm

can you still drink coffee in the morning? black no milk!

glyn r. recto 06.16.16 at 10:53 am

i wanna try this kind of diet since i gain 3 kilos from my original weight which was 50kilos..hopefully this would be the answer..

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