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I started eating a banana every day on an empty stomach and lost weight!

Updated on:20 June 2020, 13:37pm IST
Like it or hate it but you can’t ignore the benefits of eating a banana every day.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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I belong to the group of people that believes banana cause weight gain. But, thankfully my partner put an end to my foolishness by pushing me to indulge in this power-packed superfood. And now there is no looking back because eating one banana everyday changed my life. 

But what’s so great about bananas?
I have always felt low on energy and used to crib about being exhausted even after a good night’s sleep. On top of that, I love snacking. I can eat anytime of the day, mostly because I am always hungry. As a  result, I end up over-eating.

When I told this to my partner, he insisted that I include at least one banana in my daily diet

You know what I said? I said: “Kuch bhi matlab! You know I’m on a diet. If I eat bananas, I’ll gain weight.” He just smiled and said that I must try it for a month. Reluctantly, I did. It’s been three months now and trust me I’ve never loved bananas so much before. 

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A mushy banana shall is all you need to live healthily. GIF courtesy: GIPHY

Here’s what eating bananas did for me
Well, after my workouts I used to feel so lifeless that even a proper meal wouldn’t replenish my energy. But when I started eating bananas, that changed: 

1. Banana packed me with energy
Eating a banana after my workout keeps me charged up for almost half of my day.

To make me believe that all this is happening because of bananas, my partner showed me a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Men! And yes the study suggests that banana is a powerhouse of energy.

2. It cleared my gut too
Although my bowel movements have never bothered me that much, but ever since the lockdown it’s been a little difficult for me to poop. Bananas changed that for me too.

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No more constipation if you eat a banana every day. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Ripe bananas have dietary fibre called pectin which draws water from the intestines towards the stool, thus making it easier for you to poop and relieve constipation.

3. I snack less now
I won’t lie and say that I have stopped snacking between meals completely. But yes the hunger doesn’t strike as often anymore. Plus, whenever I crave for a sugary treat, I snack on a banana.

4. It helped me lose weight
Since bananas have put a stop to my binge-eating sessions, weight loss had to happen. And it’s all because of the fibre in this wonder fruit.

5. Surprisingly, it also helped with soreness
When shortly after including bananas I started noticing less body pain post workouts, I became curious. So I did across research and stumbled upon a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition which says that the calcium in bananas helps in better absorption of it in the body.

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No pain in your muscles and joints, thanks to bananas. Image Courtesy : Shutterstock

6. I don’t fall ill as often
Before banana, I would have given my immunity a 4 out of 10 but now I can proudly give it a 7. You know the moment I used to drink a glass of cold water my throat would go for a toss. This shows how weak my immunity was and right now the entire game is about keeping your immunity high.

But since my banana life, that’s slowly changing. I don’t fall ill as often and also feel stronger. And a study published in the International Journal of Biological Macromolecules also ratifies my experience.

Takeaway…
Although there are lots of claims about banana’s ability to keep anxiety away, I am yet to experience this miracle. 

But one thing is for sure that I have found my soulmate in a banana and we are going to stick to each other for like forever.

1 Comment

  1. This article is complete nonsense. It is ignorant of the role of insulin and unless you understand the role of insulin you will not understand weight loss. A banana contains around 24 grams of carbs which when ingested causes a large insulin response and insulin is a fat storing hormone preventing the body accessing fat stores for energy.

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.