We hear a lot about the different diet fads going around but have you ever heard of the ‘one meal a day’ diet? This diet consists of exactly what you might assume, eating just one meal each day.
This diet is a form of intermittent fasting that involves going for seemingly long periods of time without eating or drinking anything with calories. That meaning outside of your one meal you would only be drinking water. You spend 23 hours of the day fasting and just one hour of the day eating, drinking and overall consuming calories period.
Depending on the variation of this diet you choose to try out you could eat anything you want or specifically more healthy meals. On the surface this kind of a diet would be ideal, right? You don’t have to count calories or wait for cheat days. This kind of thing has been proven to help reduce weight in those with type 2 diabetes and help lower the blood sugar of many.
With that being said, this kind of a diet might not be good for everyone. There are some risks that could come with it. If you have any kind of underlying medical condition you might need to avoid it, for instance, if you are hypoglycemic and need to eat regularly to avoid health issues. People who begin this diet tend to report feeling weak, irritable, and hungry for the first few days or first week in general.
Personally, I think that it could be a great thing if done correctly and partnered with the right amount of working out. When you eat one meal a day you are free to eat different things and end up reducing your appetite after a few days. This makes sense as it has been said time and time again that fasting shrinks your stomach.
One of the biggest problems I have seen with a lot of people is keeping the weight off once they stop their diet. This is because most people don’t realize that they need to ease themselves back into eating three meals a day and should not binge. If you do take the proper when going back to normal eating you can keep the weight off.
I recently came across a video going over someone’s progress with a mere 30 days of the OMAD diet and they seem to have had quite a positive experience with it. You can check out that video below and let us know what you think. Would you ever give this diet a try? I for one think it might be exactly what I need in my life.