Top 4 Benefits of Eating One Meal a Day
One Meal A Day
Eating one meal a day can really help you achieve your weight loss goals and maintain your ideal weight. It’s not a starvation diet (you still eat your recommended calories for weight loss), you just eat during one time a day instead of throughout the day. While weight loss is one of the main benefits of this way of eating, there are many more. Here are the top four benefits you can receive from eating only one meal a day.
Benefit #1 – Weight Loss
The first benefit from choosing to eat one meal a day is weight loss. It’s easier to lose weight this way because when you do eat you feel full faster. Your stomach naturally shrinks when food is not being consumed, so if you don’t eat during the day and eat only at night, the size of your stomach is reduced so eating less becomes less of a challenge. You are also eating a large amount at one time, so you don’t feel deprived and you feel full. If your goal is to lose weight, monitoring your calories is easier when eating one meal, than when counting calories for six. Some may not even need to count calories. You will naturally feel full off of less food for the reasons above.
Benefit #2 – Increase Productivity and Energy
Another benefit from eating one meal a day is increased productivity and energy. When you are not focusing on when and what to eat all day long, you have more time to get things done. You may even feel compelled to become more productive especially in the beginning because it takes your mind off of food and eating. You will have more energy to get things done and more mental clarity. If you’ve ever been on a fast before or couldn’t eat for part of a day you might have noticed that you had more energy, and your mind was sharp. There are a lot of things in food such as sugar and carbs that can make people feel sluggish. Fasting for part of the day eliminates a lot of substances that slow the mind and body. Your energy also becomes freed up when it’s not being to constantly digest food.
Benefit #3 – More Satisfying Meals (Without the Weight Gain)
Eating more satisfying meals is also another benefit to the one meal a day lifestyle. It’s satisfying because you virtually get to eat whatever you want (within reason), and you get to feel full. On most diets what you can eat is limited. This is because you have to focus on eating smaller calorie meals, which means eating mostly low-calorie foods. This is to prevent overeating and to keep the calories down. You also have to watch the amount, as it’s easier to overeat when you are having multiple meals a day than with one. When you eat one meal a day, you get to eat a lot of calories at once so type of food is not as big of a problem, and because you will feel full faster, neither is the amount.
Benefit #4 – You Have More Control Over Your Weight
One of the last main benefits is that you have more control over your weight because it's easier to control how many calories you eat in a day. It’s easier to stick with a calorie amount because you only have one meal to work with, and being able to eat a lot of calories at once will prevent hunger from coercing you to eat more. Whether you want to lose or maintain weight, making adjustments to your calorie amount is a lot easier when you have more calories to work with, while still keeping nighttime hunger at bay.
There are plenty of other benefits from choosing to eat only one meal a day. Personally I’ve noticed that I sleep better, my skin is better, and I feel a lot happier. Any other benefits you’ve noticed? Comments are welcome!
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