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I am trying to lose some weight and recently is having a smoothie (for lunch) consisting of about 8 bananas and a few strawberries plus some milk. Nothing more added.
Is that a good idea? Is that an overload of bananas? Are there any bad health effects from eating so many bananas?
Is this a joke? 8 bananas sounds excessive for lunch if you are trying to lose weight, would you sit down and eat 8 bananas with a glass of milk and a few strawberries? I wouldn't, that's got to be nearly 1000 Calories (4000kj)! For reference a McDonalds big mac is about 500 Calories.
If you want to lose weight using diet then use something like MyFitnessPal to track your intake so you have some idea of how much you are eating.
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Wow... Firstly, Banana's are not cheap. At 8 a day, surely it'd start getting cost prohibitive (if not anything else) after a little while?
Is there a reason you are having to / wanting to use so many?
Eg - is it because you need that many for it to taste good, or you need that many otherwise you are hungry?
Surely it'd be a pretty thick smoothie with that much banana? I mean, that'd fill up a blender on its own, you wouldnt need much milk...
Taste? why not throw a bit of honey in? If you are generally needing that many because you are just hungry, maybe try packing the smoothie out with more milk or some low fat yoghurt. Throw a bit of protein powder in with it?
I have no scientific backing on this (havent bothered looking), but I wouldnt think you'd get any more benefit using 8 Banana's than using say 2 or 3? Hope there are no side effects from potassium overload or something... I also dont think it'd do too much for your weight loss... I mean, in a normal situation could you comfortably sit down and generally eat 8 Banana's? I couldnt.
Other than that, I like the odd Banana, but if I was having 8 a day, I know id get over them pretty quickly!
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I am sure there are.
You can die from eating or drinking too much of anything.
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Wouldn't an 8 banana smoothie be high in calories?
Hmmm, let's see - a banana has around 100, so your smoothie would have 800 calories. Not sure that you will lose much weight.
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Search Durianrider on YouTube. He eats 30 bananas a day and ride 6000km in January.
Replace your milk with fruit juice. Nothing too tart. I also use frozen blueberries and mangos.
Nothing wrong with eating that many bananas but I only use 2 in a smoothie.
Serious question, why replace the milk with fruit juice? Obviously there's vitamin c etc but also a fair bit of sugar.
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Trying to lose weight - don't touch fruit after a meal.
Fruit causes a sugar spike which makes you hungry. Try to eat some fruit just before a meal, (i.e. at 11am or 5pm) Then smash out the meal.
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Milk has fat in it.
Seriously though, check out Durianrider on YouTube for an alternative to all the no carbs fad diets out there. He lives on a high carb low fat diet.
I'm no expert but believe it has merit. When I try it, it works for me and I feel great, with a lot of energy. But it's hard to maintain with the family. Not everyone wants to eat a whole lot of fruit for lunch.
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We all know about Durian rider here ... he has trolled this forum many times before. He isn't raw anymore, plenty of other vegans on this forum who give better advice.
OP... don't get put off the big ( 8 banana + fruit ) smoothie, cut out the milk... a bit of water or juice will do, bananas liquify well, chuck in some dates etc. It goes through you very quickly... your bowels will thank you . Organic bananas ... lot less sprays apparently. Yes it is high in calories, just keep your other meals in check. The calories come with a lot of bulk so you feel full... unlike have two bigmacs where you just crave more. Drink lots of water... takes a lot of fluid to process all those carbs.
Sorry to go off topic. But can I ask about blenders? I have a generic $40ish blender. It works ok but struggles at times to make a smoothie. If I put in firmer things in like dates all I get is chopped up dates in my smoothie.
So are the $200+ professional style blenders that much better? Would I get a smoother smoothie with the better machines? Or are they just marketing?
I have a Thermomix. It's awesome. But really really pricey (almost $2000).
In my banana smoothies I use frozen bananas, and the Thermomix goes through them no problems. I actually add oats before the bananas, and mill it into a fine powder.
I believe Target sell some kind of Thermomix copy for around $200. No idea how much better it is than something cheaper.
However Thermomixes and their copies are meant for much more than smoothies. So if all you want is to make smoothies, look for something geared toward smoothies and juices only.
I know large health food shops often sells good machines.
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Yes, it is the fact that I seem to get hungry easily by just eating a banana and strawberry smoothie. The liquid nature of the thing makes it seem like I haven't eaten a meal at all. Hence the high number of bananas. I have actually lost weight after starting this smoothie diet for lunch only. I am only a medium tall person so I don't know why many of you are saying that 8 bananas is too many.
Is that why a big mac doesn't make me full either!
I once had a medium big mac meal when I was 8 years old and recall it to be a statisfying (not overly full) meal. However, I did weigh 52kg at the time - obese for an 8 year old.
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