How to Lose Weight Safely Eating One Meal a Day

Updated on January 15, 2018
Eat one main meal a day and lose weight, but make it a nourishing meal with lean protein, green vegetables, and a moderate serving of carbohydrate.
Eat one main meal a day and lose weight, but make it a nourishing meal with lean protein, green vegetables, and a moderate serving of carbohydrate.

The Most Natural Way to Eat?

Eating just one meal a day may seem like a crazy concept to you. It might even seem impossible or too hard to keep up. In fact, it’s really not only possible, it's how humans used to eat. It may not have been by choice, but early humans spent the day gathering and hunting for food, and then had one big meal at night, and they certainly didn’t have a problem with obesity.

You may have heard the term intermittent fasting. This is a way to describe diets that cycle between periods of eating and periods of fasting. Eating one meal a day would be considered a strict form of time-restricted feeding because most of the day is spent fasting with only one window of time spent eating.

How One Meal a Day Helps You Maintain a Healthy Weight

The idea behind eating only one meal a day is to eat less overall. Once the body acclimates to eating once a day, it turns to stored fat for fuel, and eventually, your body is trained to want less food.

"As a fat-burner, your body breaks free from blood-sugar swings and brain-fog, and you can actually become a more efficient mentally and physically," says Ashley Smith, a nutritional therapy practitioner in Berkeley. "It may take a couple of weeks to effectively flip the switch from 'sugar burner' to 'fat burner,' but it can be done— particularly when consuming a variety of high-quality fats, whole/nutrient-dense vegetables, and properly sourced meats."

The secret is to eat a nourishing meal and to eat until you are full. You can choose the time of day you want to eat, although it’s easier to eat at the end of your day. Most people lose weight with this regimen without having to monitor their portion sizes or count calories, but some people still keep track of how much they eat and when. It's up to you.

Can I Lose Weight Eating One Meal a Day?

Some diets claim that eating as many as six meals a day will rev up your metabolism, and keep yourself from getting hungry. The only problem is that eating constantly throughout the day may have helped led to the obesity epidemic. Eating more meals a day encourages food obsession and overconsumption. It also makes it easier to go over your daily calorie limits. The truth is it that eating six meals a day does not have a big impact on your metabolism. While it may help your body burn 10 or so more calories through the constant process of digestion, this can be offset by how many more calories you will most likely consume. Some experts say not eating for long periods of time will slow your metabolism. It would take three days of fasting to have any noticeable impact on your metabolism. If you eat enough calories in a day, it doesn’t matter how you spread it out.

It seems that the more you eat, the more you want to eat. Everybody has experienced this. When you start eating more often, you feel hungrier more often as well. This leads to food obsession and overconsumption. The opposite affect happens as well. The less you eat, the less you feel like eating. When trying to lose or maintain weight, it's easier to get a calorie reduction through eating less often. In the end, eating six meals a day makes you want to eat more, and more often than not, that's exactly what happens.

Not for Everyone

Not everybody will be satisfied with a one meal a day lifestyle. Some people will prefer to spread their nutritional intake throughout the day. Eating 2 to 3 meals a day will still provide many of the same benefits.

Some nutritionists caution against restricting food to only one meal a day and warn that it may foster an unhealthy relationship with food. Some nutritionists claim that restricting meals to once a day can encourage obsessing on food. While this may be true for some, many people who have switched to a one meal a day lifestyle may also notice a significant decrease in hunger and a healthier relationship food. When eating only one meal a day, the body and mind eventually become programmed to think about food less and to only become hungry when you have programmed your body to expect food.

Other experts question the claim that eating one big meal a day helps the body detoxify.

"You do not need to skip meals to detox your body," says Jennifer Kanikula, a registered dietitian with thesofulltraveler.com. "Your liver and your kidneys are working 24/7 to naturally 'detox' you. Also, this process of eating one meal a day does not eliminate extra water unless you actually are not drinking anything else throughout the day either, which is an awful idea. Water may increase your weight temporarily if you are drinking heaps of it, but does not actually cause weight gain or bulkiness."

Many dietitians and nutritionists have the misconception that the one meal a day, and other intermittent feeding lifestyles are simply ways to skip meals. During OMAD and other intermittent lifestyles, having fewer meals a day only work to reroute when you have your energy intake. Never on this lifestyle change should you significantly reduce your overall calories for weight loss. While the liver and kidneys are always working to detoxify your system, fasting produces extra benefits because you are not adding in more toxins that may interfere with the process. Drinking plenty of water will also help flush out excess water and toxins from your body.

This way of eating might not be for everyone, but if you feel like your eating plan is making you bloated or bulky, one meal a day might be something worth trying.

Here's how to do it.

Eat One Meal a Day to Lose Weight

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Why It Works
Eat one main meal with lean protein, green vegetables, and a moderate serving of whole-grain or unprocessed carbohydrates.
Lean protein and whole-grain carbs give you fuel without unnecessary fat, while vegetables provide essential fiber for digestion.
Eat as big a meal as you want.
If you're eating nourishing, healthy food for your one meal, you can eat until you feel completely satisfied.
Eat your meal at your least busiest time of day and at the same time everyday.
When your body expects food at the same time each day it will help to suppress your appetite and curb cravings.
No need to keep track of calories.
The amount you eat will depend on you and vary each day. Consuming plenty of calories ensures that your metabolism will stay high and you'll still continue to lose weight.
Snack on vegetables and fruit when you're first starting out.
By choosing vegetables and low-sugar fruit, your body can get fiber and minerals to stay satisfied before or after your meal.
Avoid meal replacement shakes.
Eating a really nutritious meal of whole foods is the best way to get the nutrients you need.
Stick to low-sugar fruits, like apples and citrus, as snacks during the day.
Stick to low-sugar fruits, like apples and citrus, as snacks during the day.

Tips for Starting Out

  • Start by eating three meals a day and work down to two meals, and then one.
  • Make sure you are consuming enough calories or you will be hungry. Too few calories and your metabolism will eventually slow down. You might lose weight, but not efficiently. This will also make maintaining a healthy weight much harder, as you'll be more prone to gain weight when you eat normally again.
  • Start by eating fruits and vegetables throughout the day and your main meal at night. You can adjust the time of day when you eat your main meal later, if necessary.
  • Avoid processed snacks and foods. They are addicting and they don’t satisfy hunger.
  • Stick to lean proteins, fresh vegetables, low-sugar fruits, and whole grains. It's okay to treat yourself, but don't over-do it.
  • Don't focus on being perfect.
  • Never sacrifice health over perfection. If you feel light-headed at any point, eat!

Don't Limit Yourself to One Meal a Day if You Are Pregnant or Trying to Get Pregnant.

Snack on raw vegetables during the day while on the one-meal-a-day lifestyle.
Snack on raw vegetables during the day while on the one-meal-a-day lifestyle.

How to Make the OMAD Diet Work for You

  • Eat over the course of a few hours, rather than just one sit-down meal.
  • To curb hunger, drink tea, coffee, and lots of fluids throughout the day, and keep yourself occupied!
  • If you're an athlete, eat something small before your workout practice, and then have your main meal at night. Everyone can tailor OMAD to their own personal life. Don't see this as an all-or-nothing, strict plan.
  • The key is always to eat healthy foods that are not processed, and avoid high amounts of sugar and sodium. I generally cook my own meals, and that helps significantly. As with any new habit you want to develop in life, it will take one to three weeks to adapt.
  • While some people may respond well to eating once a day on an ongoing basis, others should only use this approach for one or two days a week.
  • Feeling hungry is normal, but when you do feel hungry, you should eat. Keep vegetables, nuts, hard-boiled eggs, and other healthy snacks handy. Eating one meal a day may not be enough for you!

Benefits of Eating One Meal a Day

  • Increased productivity
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss/better weight management
  • Maintain ideal weight
  • Increased mental clarity and awareness
  • Increased energy
  • Better health

What Do You Think About Eating One Meal a Day?

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Disclaimer: Before undertaking any diet or exercise plan, please consult your physician or healthcare professional. UltimateLife is not a doctor or trained health professional. Thank-you for your interest and support!

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      Neev25 41 hours ago

      Hey Guys... I am following this one day meal plan from past 50 days and the results are just amazing... I have lost almost 12 kgs, thank you so much for the wonderful plan...

      I have 1 question: Can I add rice and meat in my meal...

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      LynetteWood 9 days ago

      Well, it sounds good, encouraging, simple, easy, too good to be true. I am 59 years young, diabetic 2, morbidly obese 145 kg at 165 cm. At the moment I can't exercise much because a dented knee cap I had at age 15 is just starting to cause issues. Go figure.

      Thing is, I don't like the idea of cramming so many calories I need, or not need, into just one meal. Also, how would I get the nutrition I need in one meal. Saying all that, I am willing to give it a go starting today the date of 10 th January 2018. I will login and let you know if any ones interested. What have I got to lose?......

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      Michelle B 2 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Everyone,

      I hope you like my new edits! Just to clarify while some experts think that eating one meal a day increases food related thoughts and obsession, I find that eat less often actually makes me think about food less often. The opposite is true for me as well. The more often I eat, the more I think about food. So if you are interested in converting to an OMAD lifestyle try it for a full week an see how you respond. If you feel it is making you more obsessed with food then it might not be for you. Also remember that eating one meal a day does not mean that you eat one standard sized meal. It is best if you eat larger sized meal until satisfied.

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      Michelle B 2 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Robert, you can drink as much water as you like. In fact the more water you consume the better. As far as what to consume, I suggest eating whole foods that are fresh and not pre-made. It will help you to eat less and be healthy on the inside as well. Consult a physician if you have any health concerns on what you should be eating. Hope that helps!

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      Michelle B 2 weeks ago from USA

      Yes have your meal when it's convenient for you! It doesn't change the benefits either way.

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      Michelle B 2 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Jesse, That's awesome!

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      RobertKStephen 3 weeks ago

      Hi, Michelle, nice job on the common sense! So, here we go on your proposal - day one! A couple of questions - you mention getting rid of excess water, though I've heard often enough not to skimp on it, that the more the merrier, and 2l per day minimum is desirable. And that's my usual consumption; should I take it easier on the water?! Question two is regarding what I'll eat on that single meal. Living alone, and being practicality-oriented (if it's troublesome to prepare out wash up I won't do it) I'm planning to alternate Brazilian rice and beans with pasta and whatever sauce. Clearance on that? Starting at 93kg for 1.77m . Metric not imperial, and yes, I look and feel like crap.

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      Neev 4 weeks ago

      This is really awesome... started this plan 20 days before & I lost total 6-kg

      I have one question, I work in very odd shift times every week, so can I have my 1 meal any time as per my convenient.... waiting for your reply....

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      bobcat 4 weeks ago

      do you think you lose more weight with the one meal a day/one plate or the three day diet

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      jesse2020 5 weeks ago

      hi

      after 3months on this diet

      im glad to inform you that the diet really works

      and have lost 24kg

      i was 122kg

      now 98kg

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      sophie96 2 months ago

      Hi, any suggestions on how do I stop myself from getting hungry rest of the day?

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      Jazz 2 months ago

      I have tried it and lost 11 kgs in 3 months..was doing 30 to 45 mins of walking/jogging 5 times a week..

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      Michelle B 2 months ago from USA

      Hi Facundo, the number is going to be different for everyone depending on your goals. Just remember that if you're eating to maintain you will feel really full after eating. You might want to eat over the course of a few hours rather than just one sit down meal if that helps.

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      Facundo 2 months ago

      Hi. One question, what would be the suggested amount of calories that i should eat in this one meal. Im 24 yo. 80kg 1.84 mts and i work out daily. Im asking cause even when i eat until im full the amount of calories its less that 1.500 and im worried is not enough

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      Deekshi 2 months ago

      How many days it may take to loose 5kg

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      Michelle B 2 months ago from USA

      Hi Leia, yes you can have an apple. I usually suggest fruits and vegetables before your meal when first adjusting.

      Hi Sara, that seems like a lot but anything is possible. It depends on how much you weigh and if you have a lot of "water weight" to lose.

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      sara 2 months ago

      is it possible to lose 20 kg in 1 month? will waiting for reply

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      leia 2 months ago

      is it ok for eating apple beside the one meal? just incase if you're craving . really hope u can reply to this

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      Johnc655 2 months ago

      A big thank you for your article.Really thank you! Cool. gfeacfafkeee

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      Vitto 3 months ago

      30 years on one meal a day and perfect results so far

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      Michelle B 3 months ago from USA

      Hi jesse2020, yes you can eat chocolate! It all depends on what particular goals you have, and if eating chocolate doesn't trigger you to overeat.

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      Pradosh 3 months ago

      Eating one meal a day surely works. Worked for me. I am on keto diet and have been eating a big meal before bed comprising of fats and protein. No carbs. I have significantly reduced tummy which i was not able to since a year of gyming. Also hunger has come down drastically compared to 6 meals a day i used to have once upon a bad time. :P

      I am enjoying it. Carbs are villain, Fats are hero and Protein sweet Actress. :P

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      jesse2020 3 months ago

      have been eating one meal a day around 2 0r 3 in the afternoon and the drink just water.

      im asking if it is okay to eat chocolate once every week or every 2weeks.

      await your reply

      thx

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      Chris Wager 3 months ago

      Best thing to ever happen to me is start eating 1 meal a day.

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      Michelle B 3 months ago from USA

      Hi MM, glad you are liking the results! The best way to curb hunger that works for myself is (1) Drink tea, coffee, and lots of fluids throughout the day, and (2) Keep yourself occupied!

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      MM❤️ 3 months ago

      So, i am planning on doing this. Really excited because of all the results i have heard so far. This post motivated me even more, but i have a question.. Since i know i am gonna be hungry first week or maybe even more, is there some effective way to kill hunger without eating any food? e.g. some drinks or something to kill that appetite? Thank you!

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      vickyallum84 3 months ago

      I have just started the one meal a day diet a few days ago. Previously I was doing the 5:2 diet but do find that fast days on 500 kcal can be difficult, moved over to this and it seems easy. I have actually started to enjoy the feeling of hunger because I know my body is burning fat. It is also a more manageable diet when you have children. You know you only have to wait till tea time to have a nice meal.

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      Michelle B 4 months ago from USA

      Hi Lee, I think as long as you are healthy and not underweight you should be fine. Yes, sometimes when you are not used to being thin, you can sometimes feel you are too slim when you're perfectly healthy!

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      Lee 4 months ago

      have been eating 1 meal a day since April last year. It was totally unplanned and mainly due to a life change mental health problems where my whole eating habit changed.

      I was 16 and a half stone since I was 17 I am big boned and 6f 3" I did used to drink a lot of beer and aside from a bit of a belly was slim.

      I am now just under 15 stone have hardly any body fat whatsoever and have lost 4 inches off my waist, neck was 18 half now 16 half inches ,

      The thing with me is I cant help feeling like I am ill sometimes I ache so bad, have had full bloods done everything is ok, I actually feel a lot better when waking, previously I would wake feeling so sick, now I'm up and feel great for the most part.

      the one thing because none of this was planned is the worry it caused watching weight fall off until I became convinced I was seriously ill and now I cant seem to get back into how I ate before and gain weight.

      I'm in i dilemma I also wanted to have a flat stomach and look better than I did at 16-161/2 stone, and I do. I just think we are embedded with weight loss is bad, despite how we are losing it, if that makes sense, every single day people I see regularly will comment how much weight I have lost and it send me into a panic.

      reading this makes so much sense and makes me feel a little more focused on what has been achieved here albeit unplanned.

      Also recently read I should be getting 2500 calories a day to maintain weight just makes sense if you are eating once in any 24 hours your body begins to use fat reserves and weight falls off. This makes sense but even after speaking to an ex gym fanatic who was 18 stone no juice natural and is now 15 stone he said he went through the same thing worrying , is this like some kind of body dis morphia reversed, think there is definitely physiological attachment. not dissimilar to a slim person thinking they are overweight, a slim person thinking they are too slim and ill?

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      Donna 4 months ago

      This way of eating is the way to go. I started one meal a day a few days ago, and I love it. Before I used to be so hungry all of the time and snacking. But now my body only gets hungry during 5 or 6. Six meals a day is a waste of time. The more the person is snacking, the more they are training the body to want to eat.

      I believe that as long you are eating enough calories for your body, then it is fine. It's about the calories.

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      Michelle B 4 months ago from USA

      Hi Karie, the best way in my opinion to get over emotional stress eating is to get to the bottom of what's cause you stress. Then work to fix that problem or find another way of coping. You have to understand that you can't control your feelings, you have to feel them and accept them. You also have to love yourself enough to not be controlled by them. Eating patterns are habit. Once you allow yourself the time to develop a new habit (OMAD), you'll see how easy it becomes over time and you won't even feel like eating when going through your emotions.

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      KARIE 4 months ago

      IM KIND OF NEW TO THIS OMAD. ANY ADVICE TO AN EMOTIONAL STRESS EATER? I DONT EAT MUCH REALLY BUT I DO EAT WHEN IM BORED OR JUST FEELING SAD. & WHEN I FINALLY DO EAT ITS NOT ALWAYS THE BEST OPTIONS. BUT DEFINITELY MY FIRST MEAL OF THE DAY. ITS HARD FOR ME BECAUSE I DONT HAVE THAT FAMILY/FRIENDS SUPPORT. IM ALWAYS TRYING TO LEARN ON WAYS TO STOP LETTING MY EMOTIONS GET THE BEST OF ME BUT I ALWAYS FIND MYSELF FAILING. MEAL PREPPING IS SOMETHING I AM TRYING TO DO RIGHT NOW AND I AM GOING TO STICK TO IT FOR AS LONG AS I CAN. I FIGURED SOME PROFESSUIONAL ADVICE WOULDNT HURT.

      IM 230 PDS/// 5'4 //22 YEARS OLD :(

      IM JUST WAITING FOR THAT ONE DAY THAT I WILL BE HAPY WITH MYSELF, AFTER 22 YEARS I THINK I DESERVE TO BE HAPPY IN MY OWN SKIN FOR ONCE.

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      Michelle B 4 months ago from USA

      Hi Timeno1990, yes you can gain or maintain weight on OMAD. It all depends on how many calories you consume during your meal. My suggestion would be to find out how much energy you are currently burning daily on average, and initially track your calories to make sure you are eating that much. Don't be surprised if you feel very full during your meal, that's actually normal when eating to maintain.

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      Johnny-Z 4 months ago

      Started 2days ago before reading this article... After reading it, motivated to try for at least 1 month.. No harm in trying:)

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      tanisha 4 months ago

      started today! will give an update in a week :) fingers crossed

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      Timeno1990 4 months ago

      Michelle, everyone is covering the benefits of OMAD based on the desire to lose weight. My situation is totally different, I have always had a super fast metabolism and I actually am considered under weight for a 27 year old man of my height, but I'm healthy. I want to start OMAD because of the convenience. I am very active, running a business all day everyday, I want to be able to stop taking a break every 4 hours to eat. Being someone as active as I am (burning calories all day) and being too thin to chance losing weight, my question is, is it safe for me to switch to OMAD? And can I do it without losing weight?

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      Ashleen Darbey 5 months ago

      Starting tomorrow and can't wait ! I did this before and felt great and lost 20 lbs. the first week was tough but after that felt great

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      Yondy 5 months ago

      I do feel better mentally and physically. After two kids my life is changing . Thanks Michelle . The other diets don't work this is it. I drink lots a water in the day and have a balanced meal in the afternoon and a bit of walking in the evening . When I get up in mornings my energy levels r up .

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      Michelle B 6 months ago from USA

      Hi Lucy, I will write an article in the upcoming week about meal examples. For now, eating chicken and tuna as protein is just fine, and with OMAD you don't have to go low-carb to lose weight. I don't believe in low-carb anyway so eating whole grain bread, pasta, and rice is just fine!

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      Lucy Gracey 6 months ago

      Hi Michelle,

      I would really like to give this a go but the only meat I eat is chicken and the only fish, is tuna. Could you possibly give me a few examples of main meals? I understand there should be the protein and the veggies, what could I have as whole grain carbs?Thank you so much. ☺

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      rjmagno85.rm@gmail.com 6 months ago

      I HAVE TRIED IT AND I STARTED 3 MEALS AND DOWN TO 2 MEALS FOR ONE MONTH AND FROM 76 KG I 'D DROP 5KG SO I'M NOW 70KG AND WILL TRY TO DO 1 MEAL A DAY. I FEEL GREAT NOW BECAUSE I FEEL LIGHTER AND LEANER. THANKS TO INTERMITTENT FASTING IT REALLY HELP IN OVERALL OF MY BEING.

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      Michelle B 6 months ago from USA

      Hi Maxine, yes your one meal should generally be a combination of 2 or 3 meals so that you are not starving. It's ok to have minimal snacks (fruits/veggies), but once you get more accustomed try drinking only water and herbal teas outside of the meal for even better results.

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      Michelle B 6 months ago from USA

      Thanks Kiwi Jane, that's really helpful!!

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      Michelle B 6 months ago from USA

      Thank-you for sharing Brian!

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      Brian 6 months ago

      Two months today since starting one meal a day. (207 lbs at start)

      Male in 60 th year. (5 ft 8)

      Lost 13 lbs the first month and 10 the second month.

      This month my goal is 9 lbs. Next is 8 lbs for a total of 40 lbs in 4 months.

      I eat my meal between 6 and 8 pm ...including something sweet and have a 20 minute excercise program daily.

      Before I started my joints were sore especially in the morning.

      Now have no pain at all , psa is below one and cholesterol is down.

      It takes determination especially when others around you are eating, camping , travelling etc. But it is well worth it.

      Save money ...better health...as good as quitting smoking.

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      Kiwi Jane 6 months ago

      Technically, I suppose I 'graze' ... but it IS a single meal! Judge for yourself :) I rarely eat meat (except weekly steamed oily fish which I nibble on) so put everything I need: raw eggs, fruit (whole - skin, pips'n'all in most cases), veggies, nuts, grains, whey powder et al; in a Bullet-blender with water, varying the combinations for a good balance. I keep it in the fridge and slurp a mouthful when I feel the need. Start time doesn't matter but I always finish by 3pm. As it becomes too much, I reduce the volume. I drink lots of water and herbal teas too. Dropped 18kg (40lbs) over 12 months (having yo-yo'd since puberty - I'm 62 now). No hunger, no bloating, more energy, better sleep ... all good! Have been at my ideal weight for nigh on 12 months but maintain the same regimen and remain the same weight ... my body is smarter the I am! (No surprise there!)

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      Maxine Elliot 6 months ago

      If you snack while on the one meal a day, wouldn't that be considered a meal? Would you make your one meal a day meal be very large and therefore more of a couple of meals in quantity?

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      Michelle B 6 months ago from USA

      Hi Emma, thanks for sharing your experience! I'm a big advocate for drinking lots of fluids before your meal!

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      Emma Lea 6 months ago

      Hi Michelle,

      Thank you for sharing and providing a platform for us to share our experiences. Hubby and I just stared OMAD this week and we like how we feel. I take in about 1 gallon of water/teat/coffee zero calorie fluids. And when I feel like my energy is low or I need a little something I warm up chicken broth and eat it with a soup spoon. It does several things, the salt seems to have a rejuvenating affect, the warm liquid is soothing, eating with the spoon satisfies my mental desire to eat and makes me eat slower so my headspace can register "I'm ok".

      I just convinced hubby to try the chicken broth as well and he said it really helped.

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      Michelle B 6 months ago from USA

      Hi Emma, you could eat something small before your practice, and have your main meal a night. Everyone can tailor OMAD to their own personal life. Don't see this as a all or nothing strict plan. You still get so many benefits just from cutting down the amount of times you are processing food everyday.

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      Phillip H 6 months ago

      Been doing this for 4.5 months.

      It's amazing I have lost 40 pounds so far!!

      Push through the hunger it's totally worth it!

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      RICO Cook 7 months ago

      Yes I did it before for 30 days and I like it but I started craving for pizza and beer and got off of it I am going back on it next week on Monday but I'm eating two meals a day now and nothing but vegetables and fish and I'm looking for a female partner that we can switch recipes and have a good day

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      emma s 7 months ago

      I am a 16 year old gymnast. i practice 4 hours a day 5 to six days a week. is this a healthy diet plan for me. i definitely would not want to go the whole day without food before practice, but if i eat before practice, how am i supposed to recover from my workout. i think that this diet does not take into account the energy and calorie requirements of high level athletes

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      Steve T 7 months ago

      Look I'm going to be very serious ...I've been doing this on and off whenever I've felt that I've let my body down and your own body will give you subtle feelings when it's time...maybe you just walked up a flight of stairs and was out of breath or you can no longer see you penis when looking down. Come on people I'm being so serious that I be been doing this for the last 12 years on and off that I know that food is a drug just like drugs...go ahead and laugh at me but believe me if your body knows that you have access to double cheeseburgers with fries and a shake it likes it a lot . Think about it being a hit of cocaine! You did it yesterday and now your body wants it again! Your body knows it has access to these cheeseburgers and fries so it wants you to eat more if you've got the resources to acquire them.

      Back in the caveman days we didn't have MacDonald's to satiate our desires? Do it learned how to conserve energy. This meaning when food is plentiful....we eat our asses off, but if not we go into a survival mode to conserve all our nutrients until other good sourced present themselves!

      We as humans won't die if we don't eat for a very long time @ three to four weeks! so don't go more than three days in a fast and I'm sure you'll be o.k.

      But if you feel hunger pains then yes it a little like a sandwich about 200 Cal's and you'll be fine!

      Believe me people,. I know for a fact that humans can get by on one humongous meal till your hearts content and then take on they day and stay at a normal weight!

      Try it you won't die I promise!

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      Michelle B 7 months ago from USA

      Hi Elizabeth. I think it depends on what you are eating, and how much. Generally I feel more energized, have a positive mood and feel alert while fasting during the day. But eating less food in general can make anyone a little cranky!

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      Elizabeth 7 months ago

      Is this really healthy for both body and mind? Are there any physiological effects? I ask ask my husband has lost some weight, he thinks much more than he actually had but his behaviouris so much different. I'd genuinely appreciate your thoughts.

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      Shawna Ann 7 months ago

      Starting today. Only eating once a day around 4pm. I'll update how it goes for week 1.

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      Karen 7 months ago

      I started this way of life mid January. 4.5 months later I have lost 18 kgs which is just short of 40lbs. I don't count calories for my evening meal at all. Also one day a week I eat whatever I want at whatever time I want. I don't let it interfere with social activities either. If the ladies want to go to lunch or bring in a cake for a special occasion - I am there stuffing my face. I would say I eat once a day most weeks 6 days of 7 but on occasion 5 and I am still getting great results. I feel better look better. I think if you still allow yourself to be social (but not too social) and stick to it most days you will get life changing results

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      Lynne gough 7 months ago

      Eighty four year old lady can vouch for the one meal a day, fit well look and feel years younger, only started a year ago results fantastic , listen to your body the wisdom is there not with the doctors .

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      Live Long 8 months ago

      I typically eat one meal a day on a raw vegan diet and it works extremely well for me. Everyone should give it a try.

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      Jacob 8 months ago

      I did this. or something close to it. last week i was out all day. and ate around 6pm. then me and my friend came to our minds that it might work. feast like a king but once a day. i am starting to notice a HUGE difference in one week. i haven't took my weight yet. but my friend who i did not see me a week ago noticed i am thinner. tis WORKS.

      best tip:

      eat it mid day. i get up at 9. eat at 5-6pm sleep at 12-1am. why mid day?. this way you don't feel super hungry during the day. also no or little hungry at night.

      I also noticed this. after the 2nd day. my meal at 5-6pm feels like a normal sized one. i don't feel starvation. and i ate today at 7.

      calorie math for no brainers. and geniuses:

      i used to eat the same amount at lunch and dinner. not counting breakfast. my one meal a day = lunch or dinner only.so my calorie intake has decreased to 50% at least. timing is the game of this one.

      good lady. please spread the word. i am thinking of making this my everyday life habit. i don't even think about it these days. it feels super normal . i ate at 7 today and now it is 2 am. i still feel 0 hunger. if me. a guy with no self discipline can do it. then a gorilla or even a rabbit can!.

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      Michelle B 8 months ago from USA

      That's great Erin, thanks for sharing!

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      Erin 8 months ago

      I'm starting my third week of OMAD and so far I'm down 6.2 from 218 to 211.8 this morning. I've been super conscious of how I've felt over the two previous weeks but other than feeling hungry at times, I have not been light headed or felt any fatigue. I still get in my gym time with my sister and I walk my dogs but I have desk job so I'm sedentary most of the day.

      If I have a snack I stick to carrots or an apple. I love that I don't have to try to track all my calories in three or four meals. I naturally ate like this when I was younger, I just wasn't that hungry throughout the day. But with family pressure to eat more I got in the habit of eating more throughout the day which has led me to gain a significant amount of weight.

      Over the last several years I tried to restrict and count my calories and exercise more all the things that you are traditionally supposed to do but it never really worked for me and when I would get down to 190 my weight would become stagnate.

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      Michelle B 8 months ago from USA

      That's great Clay! Some may think one meal a day is a starvation diet, but it's really life-saving.

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      Clay 8 months ago

      I have a desk job and activity level has dropped to basically nothing. I started the one meal a day one month ago to the day today. I'm 37 years old and by far the biggest one of my friends. I started at 333 pounds and I'm now at 305 and feel like I'm 20. My energy level is huge, I used to come home and couch it, now I can't sit still get bored need to do something, take dog for walk or just play in garage. I also have sleep apnea and high blood pressure, high blood pressure gone and sleep apnea has improved

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      RooseveltPaul 8 months ago from England

      Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for making this Blog, for what I have read so far I love it, I just started the one meal plans and so far I am feeling positive about it especially after what I read.

      I'll keep you posting in a few days.

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      Michelle B 9 months ago from USA

      Hi Gurps, yes it is easier to cut down the number of meals gradually. Even when cutting down to two meals a day, you will still receive the benefits.

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      Gurps 9 months ago

      Hi

      I'm doing one meal a day for insulin resistance, my question is how do i start it? I went from having 3 meals a day to just one in 2 days, i felt good for the first 2 days (maybe increased adrenaline), now i'm feel hungry and have brain fog.

      Should i have started with 2 meals then worked my way to one meal?

      Thanks

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      Michelle B 10 months ago from USA

      Hi Raebo, that's great, do what works for you! I do believe that our ancestor's lower lifespans were due to other reasons than the way they ate. There have been many studies showing that humans and other animals have longer life spans directly related to eating less, and less frequently.

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      Michelle B 10 months ago from USA

      Hi Mike, I am not a doctor so I can't give you medical advice. The only thing I can say for myself is that when I was eating all throughout the day, I was more likely to have those problems then when I eat one to two meals in a day. I personally think that all comes down to food choice, and paying attention to what's going on with your body.

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      Raebo 10 months ago

      I could never understand the Paleo craze, why are we trying to emulate our caveman ancestors, they had a very lousy life span living less than 40 years on average, not including those dying of unnatural causes.

      As far as eating once per day, Im a big fan, just eat a small portion of any unprocessed meat about 6oz, and loads of vegetables at or around noon each day just as the Romans did.

      I also snack on three to four servings of fruit spread over the 18 hours I am awake.

      Do some light exercise everyday for an hour like walking the dog, or going for a bike ride, and drink lots of clean water as required.

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      Mike 10 months ago

      I have been on the 1 meal a day for three weeks now and i have found it really easy! my energy levels have been good and three weeks on i don't get hungry in the day,

      unfortunately i have meet a lot of negative comments as to how unhealthy the 1 meal a day plan is, pointing me to studies which have been proven to be damaging to your health such as strain on your heart through increased blood flow to the gut and elevated blood pressure with a risk of high blood sugar leading to diabetes and weight gain ,

      i have embraced the one meal a day, but now i am uncertain weather i should carry on because of the health risks!

      i don't really eat any more in the 1 meal a day to compensate! and the meals i do have contain a good balance of protein and vitamins!

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      Michelle B 10 months ago from USA

      Hi Jay, eating one meal a day will not slow your metabolism if you are eating enough calories!

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      Zinhle 10 months ago

      Today is my first day I hope all will be well. I am scared of hunger.

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      Francheska Irizarry 10 months ago

      Today is my first day :) and I feel good.

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      Jason Richard 10 months ago

      Great article! Eating one meal a day will benefit your body and mind in so many ways. Herschel Walker has been eating like this since he was a teenager. The Nation of Islam also promotes eating one meal a day for a healthier lifestyle. It creates a sense of discipline that you can apply to other areas of your life. Frankly, the average person eats too much, we literally dig our graves with our teeth!

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      Rob 10 months ago

      My 4th day in a row on the 1 meal a day LifeStyle (not diet), about 7th in 10 days. I dont feel too much different - I never really ate breakfast before. I admit I did used to look forward to lunch, but I think it was more because it was a break in the day vs actually being hungry. I dont find myself overeating during dinner which I feared would happen at first.

      I'm trying to limit calories to about 600 every other day.

      Just turned 38, 5'9", started at 173lbs, today I'm 170 - obviously weight fluctuates so lets see how this goes . My goal is get back to my college weight of 155.

      White collar desk job, only exercise I get is golf.

      I've bookmarked the page so hope to continue to give updates should anyone be interested or care.

      Good luck all!

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      Rob 10 months ago

      Hi all - I've read all the comments and congratulations to everyone.

      How many pounds have you folks lost and in how much time? Also how old are you?

      Thanks!

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      Jay 10 months ago

      Question. So should I not eat one meal a day for three days straight since it slows metabolism? or as long as i'm eating an adequate amount in my one meal I should be okay?

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      Michelle B 10 months ago from USA

      Hi JoyAnn, the amount of calories to consume depends on several factors. First, you need to determine your goals. Do you want to lose weight, maintain weight, or gain weight? Then you need to research, or visit a physician to find out how many calories you are currently burning (which depends on you weight, age, and activity level), and adjust that amount to meet your goals. Hope that helps!

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      JoyAnn 10 months ago

      If I fast all day, how many calories should I consume for supper?

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      Brenda 11 months ago

      I really think I can do this!

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      Michelle B 11 months ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing KateJ!

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      Sheshe 11 months ago

      I am going to try it beginning 2/21/17

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      KateJ1080 11 months ago

      I'm sharing this because I BELIEVE in this diet.

      I lost 40 pounds eating one meal a day and have kept the weight off over a year (I'm mid-30s, F, 5'2"). I went from 160 to 120 - so I'm not underweight at all. It's the only diet that's ever worked for me - I was born plump and stayed that way, except for one inane year in high school when I ran cross country track and topped off the workouts with a 15 mile bike ride. So, like, untenable even for a 16-year-old.

      Get ready, when you try this, to face a whole lot of people getting worried about your "unhealthy" eating habits. But you gotta stay true to what your body is telling you. My body told me that this works because I *feel* amazing. Other people's bodies may tell them other things. To anyone who's struggled with weight all their lives: take back your body. Turn down the volume on the peanut gallery that's instructing you on how to optimize how your occupy your space.

      My body does NOT do well eating 6 small meals, or 3 meals and a snack. The yo-yo of energy and then crash (even on low carb diets) was killing me. Or maybe it's my willpower - once I start eating, I have a hard time turning off the faucet. Whatever "stop eating now" signal other people have, I don't. Or if I do, it's buried or emotionally repressed or *something* - and so, as I reach my late 30s, I'm tired of trying to find it. So I went with plan B: given I have this issue, what can I do? so the IF diet seemed worth trying.

      Now, when I do eat my one meal, I feel fuller, faster - I am *feeling* the impact of food on my metabolism. I enjoy, taste food better. I find myself willingly selecting healthier foods to eat. Because they make me feel better. On any other diet, forcing green stuff down my throat felt like sacrifice and punishment. I pull out a salad full of spring greens and spinach and eggs and beans and cheese and mushrooms and corn and sunflower seeds and YUM. I can't believe I just wrote that.

      My energy levels are FINE - in fact, better than they've ever been. For those who've ever done atkins (of course I have, because I tried everything) - it's constantly being in ketosis - so after a sluggish few first days, I felt amazing. In fact, I started jogging again and regularly run 6-10 miles 3-5 times a week (no shit! ME?! yes ME!) *before* eating that one meal (but when I do this, an apple and an egg right afterwards). NOTE: I lost a lot of weight before I started seriously working out again, so I can rule this craziness out in terms of its necessity for weight loss.

      Having your one meal at night, after all the work is done, also works well with my willpower. Emotionally, I want to reward myself at the end of the day. Now I can!

      PROBLEMS: It's socially inconvenient. You can't do impromtu lunches with the ladies without first committing to making it your one meal. Also, it's hard to build in enough fiber, fruit and veg - my meal usually begins with BIGASS salad (that's a term of art) and I allow myself 1-2 apples or other high-fiber fruit during the day.

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      Michelle B 11 months ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing Lorena!

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      Lorena/Phoenician 11 months ago

      Fruit in the morning, then lunch is a big meal with meat and potatoes and vegetables, also, either slice of pie or a small peice of chocolate candy. The rest of the day is tea, water, and diet one soda. The plate was a dinner plate at first now down to a small plate. I am much more fuctional threw out the day in my internet research, in cooking, domestic chores are done in no time. However, the one meal a day is not full proof until you try it and then adjust to what works for you. Example, I find I need hearty food like beef, pork, chicken and sea food, and tortillas, yes I said tortillas because I not afraid to eat what I need to eat to keep me content threw the day and night. With that I hope this help somebody out the way somebody help me by putting their one meal a day story online google, thank you and I'm am greatful.

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      Michelle B 12 months ago from USA

      Hi Ivan, yes I still eat one to two meals a day. My health has been great, and I've been able to effortlessly maintain a healthy weight and have tons of energy throughout the day. Some people may think that eating one meal a day means you eat very little, but that is not the case. If you're eating very little it will be hard to keep up, and is not healthy. The key is always to eat healthy foods that are not processed, and avoiding high amounts of sugar and sodium. I generally cook my own meals and that helps significantly. As with any new habit you want to develop in life, it will take about 1 to 3 weeks to adapt.

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      Iván Quinones 12 months ago

      Hello Michelle, this is Iván from Monterrey, México. I would like to know if you are still eating once a day? have you got any health issue? How long does it took you get used to it? Thanks a lot for your article and for your time reading the my post. Best regards¡dd Your Comment...

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      Win 12 months ago

      I eat Thru out the day fruits veggies and a regular meal around 4-5 pm I don't get hungry I don't gain weight. I eat right, drink plenty of water and exercise 3 times a week

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      Dan 13 months ago

      Thanks for the excellent info

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      PARAMESH 14 months ago

      Please eat the one meal at breakfast or lunch and not for dinner because studies have shown that timing of meals is equally important

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      Ivy 14 months ago

      I started cutting back eating a few weeks ago by just eating breakfast and lunch. Then I cut down to just a big breakfast. I dont think my body at age 33 is designed to eat 3 big meals a day. I get bloated, sluggish and constipated and also gain weight. At one big meal a day, I feel better, I don't get bloated, I shed excess pounds and I experience minimal PMS symptoms. No painful swollen breasts before my period. I also get more done because I dont have to plan for meals. I think people are mislead into eating too much. 3 meals is fine for a growing kid or teen, but I don't think adults need as much food anymore, since we're no longer in the growing phase of life.

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      mrjansanman 15 months ago from USA

      I became intrigued with this way of eating when I heard of it a few months ago. I'm on a plant based diet and feel better that ever. However I have a very big appetite and although I've lost over 40 lbs eating plant based I felt bloated from eating so much fiber and great tasting foods.

      I started by skipping breakfast then worked down to a 2 hour window in the evening. I actually feel better now while I'm fasting. Once I eat I don't have the same energy as I did. Right now I eat a lot during that small window because in my mind I feel I have to but in the coming days and weeks I feel as if this feeling will subside. The bloating is gone now and so I'm going to continue trying this for a while. It gets pretty easy to do after a couple of weeks weaning yourself down to a narrower window.

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      Zen 15 months ago

      yeah! to be honest I've been doing this for almost 6 years now, and I'm healthy i do medical checkup every 2 months and the results are satisfying.

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      Just me 15 months ago

      Hello I have been eating this way for a year and a half going from 312lbs to now 175lbs. I drink water all day long but at 6 pm I eat a huge healthy meal. I have not lost any energy, plus I eat dessert everyday. It's no longer a diet it is a way of life that is now second nature. I just hope that any one that Is overweight high blood pressure diabetic will give this a try. It has changed my life in so many expected and unexpectent ways. All my health problems have cleared. U can say for the first time on 25 years that I am healthy.

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      Amanda 16 months ago

      This page is great! I am so glad i have stumbled upon it. I know someone whom eats this way and she feels great and has lost a lot of fat. I think this could really help with my food addictions and cravings. Going to do it!

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      jalbert 16 months ago

      hey I'm a 33 year old black male and ive been doing the one a day meal for 2 years now. I work three jobs to make ends meat to pay bills and have a life, but working is the way that keeps me active and before I get home at like 11pm I get a double wopper meal, but I never eat all the fries cause I don't like to much fried foods and I notice besides it being processed meat I still get all the food groups in that wopper meal. In the past year and a half ive been able to lose 34lbs and still counting if I drunk more water and less sodas Ill probably lose more but ill get there baby steps first...lol

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      lunesoleil 16 months ago

      This definitely works for me. I normally eat mid afternoon and that's my meal. Sometimes a follow-up salad later while the rest of the family eats dinner. I have FAR more energy. The one meal normally consists of an avocado, cheese omelette or something similar. Low in carbohydrates, high in fats and proteins. It has the calories I need, the fats to keep me satiated and lacks the foods that can create a huge insulin spike if you have too large of a single meal. My energy levels are SO much better and I simply feel much better also. (and have lost app 50 pounds for 2 years)

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      ST 17 months ago

      Human bodies contain a system of filters which are organs. Just like a car , doesnt it make sense that the less you tax those systems, the less stress means they would last longer and perform better? Less food being processed by the body after age 25 means that much less stress on our heart, kidneys, liver, pancrease ect. Not to mention less chance of clogged arteries due to years of reduced intake. I have eaten 1 meal a day x 20+ years. With daily weight workouts i have plenty of energy and can still handle heavy weight as 30 yrs ago when i did eat 6/8 x a day .And that is after working a 10 hour day. Am now 59 no blood pressure or cholesterol problems, and no fatigue after eating so many meals during the day . Athletes do need more intake because they burn it off quickly. ALso this is not for childen obviously due to naturally high metabolism. For average people with 8/5 or whatever job , 1 main meal works. I would recommend fluids throughout the day and a power bar here and there. Also supplements like tumeric, beet juice, red yeast rice( for bp and choiesterol) , tribulus , arginine and creatine for power and blood flow. Pretty cheap compared to 28 to 56 meals a week . Dont reject this idea until youve tried it