People in Japan are going bananas over the Morning Banana Diet -- so much so that there are reports of a banana shortage there as eager dieters gobble them up. Banana sales went up 80% in one week compared to the same week last year.
But registered dietician Kerri Glassman said on Friday's Early Show that it's "a recipe for disaster."
Here's how the Morning Banana Diet works:
- Breakfast: As many bananas as you want, eaten with warm water. Then nothing until lunch.
- Lunch: Anything you want, even say, pizza and fries.
- Mid-Afternoon Snack: Whatever you like, it can even be a sweet.
- Dinner: Again, anything you want, but it has to be eaten before 8 p.m.
- After Dinner: Nothing after dinner, including sweets, and you have to go to bed before midnight.
Early Show co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez was skeptical, observing, "(You can have) as many bananas as you want (for breakfast)? Maybe the idea is you get so full, you don't want to eat a big lunch, or a big dinner?"
"That's part of it," Glassman agreed. "Bananas do have fiber, and they're gonna help fill you up to some extent. But still, many people we know, no matter how many bananas you have for breakfast, (if) they're told you can have whatever you want for lunch and dinner -- you could be having a turkey sandwich, trying to lose weight, and then all of a sudden, you switch to pizza and fries -- you're gonna gain weight. It's a recipe for disaster for most people."
People are going ape for it!