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Are Bananas Good for Gaining Weight or Losing Weight?

Whether or not you like them,  are great. They are full of nutrients like fiber, potassium, good carbohydrates,  and many more important vitamins and minerals. They are a in almost every household as it gives you instant energy to kick-start your day. You may have often been advised to eat s to gain weight but you may have also heard thats are great for . Confused? Does eating help you gain or lose weight? We have all the answers you’re seeking right here.

Yes, it is true that s are loaded with carbohydrates that you are often told to limit or not avoid in order to lose weight. But s contain the good carbohydrates in the form of the resistant starch – the kind that supports both and weight maintenance. Moreover, they are packed with fiber that keeps you full for longer and are also low in calories.

Although high in carbohydrates,  have a low to medium glycemic index and therefore they do not cause sudden spikes in the blood sugar levels as compared to other   and so, keep you metabolic rate in control. By keeping your blood sugar levels and metabolic rate in control, your body will burn more fat for energy. But these are just the basics and the confusion still lingers – are  good to gain weight or to lose weight?

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According to Dr. Sunali Sharma, Dietician & Nutritionist, Amandeep Hospitals, “ are full of nutrients and energy, and are a great source of essential minerals and vitamins. s do not make you lose or gain weight by themselves. The combinations in which you take, the timing and the way you consumes contributes to the weight management.”

How to Eat s to Lose Weight
Dr. Sharma tells us, “A medium contains just 105 calories, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of  and about 14 grams of naturally occurring sugar along with a host of essential micro-nutrients. The fruit boosts your metabolism and keeps you full longer preventing you from snacking in between meals.”
A medium  contains just 105 calories. Photo Credit: Istock.
As compared to other fruits,  contains slightly more calories and carbohydrates. So, in order to incorporate s in your  diet, Dr. Sharma suggests some ground rules:

1. Limit your consumption to one 5” piece a day.

 

2. The perfect time to have a is pre or post-workout as a snack. It helps in boosting your stamina and also in recovery.

 

3. Use them to that some diets tend to cause. The potassium s helps reduce water retention which aids

 

can be eaten to lose weight in a healthy way as they don’t make you starve or bring your energy levels down.

How to Eat  to Gain Weight

are often one of the fruits that we resort to when we aret. They are high in good carbohydrates and may help you gain weight when consumed in certain ways. “The best way is to use them in a  Add lots of nuts, milk and other fruits to make a power packed shake. Another way is to combine it with yogurt and make smoothies. These smoothies and shakes can help you gain weight effectively without consuming unhealthy, empty calories. The nutritional value of these recipes is high and the weight gain happens in a healthy manner,” suggests Dr. Sunali Sharma.

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So, for whatever purpose you choose to, don’t forget to add this wonder fruit to your daily diet. It is an all-rounder and provides some super benefits for your overall health and well-being.