How to Lose Weight Safely Eating One Meal a Day
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 were meant to eat.
Early humans would spend the day hunting and gathering food and have one big feast at night. They didn’t have a problem with keeping up that lifestyle. They didn’t experience slow metabolisms or low energy. They certainly didn’t have a problem with obesity.
How One Meal a Day Helps You Maintain a Healthy Weight
Eating only one meal a day can actually make you eat less. You retrain your body to want less food and break the habit of constantly eating.
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, but some people still keep track of how much they eat and when. It's up to you.
One of the benefits of eating this way is clearing out and detoxifying the body properly between meals. This process, and the reduction of calories, eliminates excess water weight that adds extra pounds and bulkiness to your figure. It’s kind of a dual effect.
It is worth noting that research backs up the idea that reducing the number of daily meals encourages the body to burn fat. A 2008 study found that people who ate one meal a day, compared to others who ate three, experienced reduced body mass and cholesterol levels after two weeks. Less clear is the effect on blood glucose levels, which is a critical question for diabetic or pre-diabetic people.
This way of eating might not be for everyone, but if you’re tired of constantly eating, being obsessed with food, or 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
Why it Works
Eat one main meal with lean protein, green vegetables, and a moderate amount of whole-grain carbohydrate.
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 in the evening.
Snacking on fruit and vegetables (if necessary) during the day suppresses your appetite so you will be able to eat less overall.
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 necessary and 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.
Tips for Starting Out
- Start by eating three meals a day and work down to one meal.
- Make sure you are consuming enough calories or you will be hungry. Too few calories and your metabolism will eventually slow down and 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 ok 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!
The Rise in Obesity and the "Six Meals" Craze
Some diets claim it that eating as many as six meals a day will rev up your metabolism, keeping you from getting hungry. The only problem is that eating throughout the day has led to the obesity epidemic. The truth is it that eating six meals a day does not have a big impact on your metabolism. You’ll burn maybe 10 more calories a day if you’re lucky, but that will be offset by how many more calories you will most likely consume. It would take three days of fasting to have any noticeable decrease in 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. 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.
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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