Bananas are great for weight loss because they have a variety of nutrients that support healthy weight loss. Eating a banana can help you feel full while giving your body what it needs to perform at its best. That means fewer junk food cravings and the energy to increase your workout intensity.
We are going to take a closer look at the individual elements of bananas that can assist your weight loss journey and then share a delicious smoothie recipe that’ll make getting your daily banana a pleasure.
Bananas are famous for their potassium content. Potassium works in partnership with sodium to control fluid levels in the body. That can be important in weight loss simply because excess water weight will make you feel and look bloated. Potassium is also involved in muscle function and can help minimize cramps that occur when you’re working out. And finally, potassium assists the proper function of your heart, also very important to power through exercise.
Magnesium may be helpful in terms of weight loss because it has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels as well as reduce water weight and bloating. More generally, magnesium is used by the body to conduct nerve impulses, contract muscles, and maintain a normal heart rhythm by helping to transport calcium and potassium.
Low phosphorus levels have been linked with high BMI (body mass index). A recent study found that supplementing with phosphorus helped obese people lower their BMI significantly. In addition, participants lost pounds, reduced their waist circumference, and reported feeling less hungry. The effect may have something to do with the role phosphorus plays in digesting carbohydrates, so adding a banana to any meal can be a wise choice when you’re dieting.
Tryptophan is the building block of serotonin, which is our body’s feel-good chemical. It is a natural antidepressant that also helps to regulate our appetites. Getting enough serotonin in the brain, therefore, not only keeps you feeling positive about your weight loss efforts, it makes it easier to avoid overeating.
While not directly tied to weight loss, phytoalexin is another substance found in bananas that can serve as a natural antibiotic. It may therefore protect against food borne illness. It is also an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound and can help to prevent premature aging, which can do wonders for overall comfort with your appearance. Phytoalexin has also been credited with reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, often brought on by a poor diet.
Magical Banana Smoothie
This smoothie is designed to help you slim down faster and more easily. The ingredients together prime your body to burn fat, sustain energy throughout the day, and maintain an even mood. If you don’t particularly like one of the ingredients, feel free to adjust the recipe to your liking. Other fat burning foods that could be used include green or oolong tea, whey protein, Greek yogurt, and kefir.
– 1 banana
– Half a glass of plain non-fat natural yogurt
The calcium and protein are thought to help rev up the body’s fat burning capacity without impacting lean muscle. In studies, people who included yogurt in their diet plans 3x per day lost an incredible 81% more fat around their middles than those who dieted without yogurt.
– Juice of two lemons
Lemon juice has long been used as a weight loss supplement, but the science doesn’t necessarily back up this claim. Still, lemon juice is full of vitamin C, which helps keep you looking young as well as reduces your risk of developing cancer. Plus, it’s tasty!
– 2 tablespoons flaxseed
Flaxseed is full of healthy fiber to keep you feeling full longer. It also contains lignans, which can lower cholesterol and support a strong metabolism.
– 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Though coconut oil is a fat, it contains mostly medium-chain fatty acids that are metabolized differently than other fats. Coconut oil passes straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where it is either used for energy or excreted, but not stored as fat. Coconut oil may also boost your metabolism so that you burn more calories at rest.
– 1 pinch of cinnamon powder
Eating cinnamon has been found to significantly lower fasting blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol. It may also delay stomach emptying after a meal, keeping you full longer. Researchers have additionally determined that treating fat cells with cinnamaldehyde, the element in cinnamon that imparts its flavor, improves the rate of fat burning.
– Half a teaspoon of ginger powder
Ginger gives you energy to fuel a good workout, as pep much as the caffeine in your morning coffee would. It also reduces the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which is linked to excess belly fat. Ginger can also help reduce appetite by regulating blood sugar and serum cholesterol.
To make the smoothie, simply blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Drink one every morning on an empty stomach for the best results.
If you have high blood pressure (hypertension), it may be best to remove cinnamon and ginger from your smoothie recipe. Pregnant women should restrict their ginger intake to 1 gram per day. Ask your doctor if this banana smoothie is right for you. The recipe can be adjusted to better meet your individual needs.
Whether you are deliberately trying to lose weight or just want to be healthier, this magical banana smoothie has what you need. Its ample nutrition and natural mood-elevating capacity makes it a fantastic choice for just about anyone.
If you’re a regular breakfast-skipper, the smoothie is light enough that you won’t feel bogged down. And if you usually rely on sugary cereals or starchy pancakes, you’ll find that this breakfast has a pleasingly sweet taste that actually provides sustained energy rather than a burst and a crash.
So enjoy your daily smoothie in conjunction with regular exercise and watch the pounds melt away. Good luck on your journey!