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SUPERMODEL2BE SparkPoints: (0)
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8/20/14 4:35 P

Bananas that are frozen dipped in chocolate emoticon yum

CAROLINERSA SparkPoints: (4,035)
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8/20/14 4:02 P

I eat bananas every other day and have been losing weight consistently. I think it is a great fruit to add to the mix. :)

FITTEREVERYDAY SparkPoints: (29,419)
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8/13/14 1:17 P

I've lost plenty of weight and I eat bananas regularly. I'm not sensitive at all to sugar (other than hating the cloying sweetness of things that are too pop) though. I've been losing about a pound and a half a week.

ADZY86 Posts: 1,150
8/13/14 10:52 A

Did someone really just say "Weight loss is basically about calories in versus calories out. "What" you eat is not so important as "how much"." I'm not sure about that one.

I try to stay away from bananas because of the high carb (sugar) content. I guess it all depends on what your eating plan is and if you can fit it in. For me, I'm very sensitive to high sugar and bananas leave me feeling hungry very soon after, so I don't eat them very often at all.

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8/6/14 2:46 P

I usually eat a small one every day. I don't pretend to know it all, but I know what works for me. It is a great food. It's like a guilty pleasure without the guilt. Fruits, veggies, proteins work best for me and I feel great. Try a frozen one...yum!

POXYFAIRY Posts: 1,498
7/22/14 11:43 A

I eat a banana practically everyday. I actually have trouble getting enough carbs and potassium, so this works great for me. Sometimes I'll have 2.

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7/21/14 12:18 P

I eat bananas. I like them in my oatmeal with peanut butter. I have never noticed a problem when I ate them, but everyone is different.

ASIZE081: I am going to try the egg/banana combo you suggested.

ANARIE Posts: 13,205
7/21/14 10:59 A

For every list that says bananas are "bad" for weight loss, you'll find one that says you absolutely cannot lose weight without them. It all depends on how bananas fit into the rest of your nutrition plan.

I ate bananas frequently when I was losing weight. Where I live now, it's very hard to get them (or any fresh fruit.) When I go to the city and get some, I eat a lot of them in the first few days back home. It doesn't seem to do any harm.

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7/20/14 5:38 P

I eat them everyday. I have to stoop and pick stuff off the floor all day. The potassium is needed.

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7/20/14 4:50 P

Exactly. Bananas are good for you. There are other things that are just as good for you, though, if you don't like bananas for whatever reason.

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7/20/14 3:23 P

everything in small portions is ok

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7/20/14 3:01 P

There are tons of other things that have potassium. I never eat bananas and never have leg cramps. Tomatoes, nuts, potatoes, fish, legumes...all kinds of things have potassium in them without the sugar of a banana.

I absolutely CAN gain weight by eating too much fruit. One or two fruits (much lower in carbs and on the GI than bananas) is my absolute limit. I gained ten pounds in June 2013 just by indulging in too much fruit salad--no sugar, just fruit.

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7/20/14 1:56 P

Potassium is also needed to prevent muscle cramps.

SLYSAM SparkPoints: (43,184)
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7/20/14 1:21 P

I had good weight loss results eating a banana every day--often a large one. And my weight loss allowance wasn't event hat high comparatively (usually 1200-1500 calories). I really don't think any particular food is going to make or break results. I don't know anyone who is overweight that got that way from eating fruit (maybe there is someone, but every one I have known well that is or was overweight was inclined to overeat for their metabolism at some point in their lives--myself included. And usually what they overeat was not fruit or vegetables.) It is the overall balance that matters. Some people may respond better to worse to some foods due to sensitivities, allergies, blood sugar regulation, whether that food triggers binging in them, etc. So some might do better not eating bananas, and some are fine eating them. They would certainly be better than eating candy, cookies, chips etc since they are rich in nutrients. I will say with my daily banana... I was exercising 6 days a week and would walk anywhere for transportation (if it was safe and within a 45 minute walk). I would usually eat the banana right before or right after a workout--depending on my hunger.

Edited by: SLYSAM at: 7/20/2014 (13:22)
REGINAROLLINS SparkPoints: (66,618)
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7/20/14 7:42 A

Love bananas-but they are high in calories-recommend one half per day-my husband eats half in the morning on ceral and I snack the other half when I get home from work. They are supposed to be good for leg cramps, but they haven't seemed to help me. Anybody had luck with leg cramp remedys????

BONNIEMCC488 Posts: 6,800
7/18/14 2:52 P

I think it just depends, but the potassium is good for preventing (and maybe easing) muscle cramps. I eat one a day most days in addition to other fruits... They're the easiest fruit to eat in a pinch, especially if you can't chew the peel of most fruits and veggies and have to take the time to peel them.

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7/18/14 8:45 A

I have read on here that they are good for you but keep the portion size down. I am also told that they are good for cramp if you get it.

BARBANNA SparkPoints: (108,384)
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7/17/14 8:23 P

Not according to SP recommendations!

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7/17/14 8:18 P

Caroliner, it probably has something to do with carb sensitivity.

For me, a large banana would be about half of my carb allowance for an entire day--and that is just for maintenance, not for weight loss. It's just not worth it in my case.

Banana size varies a lot, so pay close attention to servings if you chose to consume them. Half of a banana might be a better choice than a whole one. Another thing to think about is how bananas compare (unfavorably) to other fruits in terms of fiber content.

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7/17/14 1:47 A

I work out three hours a week and eat quite a lot of bananas. Never had an issue with weight loss (because of eating bananas). In fact, even when I wasn't exercising, I lost weight whilst eating bananas as my fruit portions for the day. Perhaps it just depends from person to person.

Edited by: CAROLINERSA at: 7/17/2014 (01:49)
CICELY360 Posts: 4,140
7/16/14 8:48 P

It sounds like something friends of mine who liked fad diets told me. I ate bananas almost every day and lost weight. Besides, bananas are rich in nutrients like potassium.

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7/15/14 3:47 P

I don't think they are bad for weight loss. I don't eat bananas because I don't like the texture or taste. I usually eat apples.

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7/15/14 3:29 P

I work out hard for 2 hours 4 days a week and bananas are great for replenishing my energy without too many calories, Sometimes I blend iced coffee with a frozen banana and a scoop of protein powder before I work out, gives me the energy boost I need. Other times I eat a banana with nut butter after I work out to replenish. Very versatile and nutrient packed.

JLANIJ Posts: 1,183
7/15/14 11:53 A

Thanks All for the information - it seems it's very individualized to your lifestyle as to whether bananas are a good fit for someone. I have anemia and blood sugar issues, so as much as I love bananas, I best be careful of the crash aspect after eating them. I will work them in before workouts or hikes. I appreciate everyone's knowledge!

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7/14/14 10:26 P

One of the easiest and nutritionally dense fruits you can eat!

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7/14/14 8:39 P

Weight loss is basically about calories in versus calories out. "What" you eat is not so important as "how much".

But as others in this thread have noted, bananas are higher in simple carbs than some other fruits. The body breaks down simple carbs into energy quickly (20 minutes) which can spike the blood sugars, and then lead to a subsequent crash as the body processes those sugars. The subsequent crash can leave you hungry, and perhaps wanting to eat more. This only becomes a problem for weight loss IF you then do eat more.

Complex carbs (2 hours), fats (5 hours) and protein (7 hours) break down much slower, and do not lead to the same "spike and crash" as simple carbs, and can leave you feeling fuller for longer.

However, bananas are also very high in potassium, and this is very beneficial in replacing body salts lost in sweating. So if your weight loss program includes extended exercise sessions in a warm/humid environment, bananas might have a very good place in your nutrition plan. I was watching some of the Tour de France cycling over the weekend (where riders ride intensely for 5-6 hours each day for 3 weeks), and many riders were very prominently eating bananas while they were riding along.


LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,807
7/14/14 7:33 P

Some bananas are two servings, on top of being high in carbs and high glycemic.

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7/14/14 6:51 P

I love bananas and work them into my diet all the time. I love slicing them on toast with PB or my FAVOURITE snack of all time: smash 1 banana, mix with two raw eggs and cook them like a pancake. They taste yummy with PB and honey (if you can afford the calories of honey). ;)

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/14 6:41 P

Bananas are incredibly high in carbs and are very high on the glycemic index.

If you tend to be sensitive to carbs at all, bananas are not a good choice.

I would recommend tracking before you actually eat a banana to see if you can work it into your nutritional goals for the day.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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7/14/14 5:28 P

If bananas fit into your lifestyle and nutrition goals, then I wouldn't worry about it. Yes, bananas are higher in simple carbs than some other fruits but 100 calories of banana will probably do more for your goals than a can of soda.

JLANIJ Posts: 1,183
7/14/14 5:18 P

I love bananas, but I keep seeing them on lists that say they aren't good for weight loss. Anyone know the real scoop?

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