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How I Discovered the One Meal a Day Diet

Updated on October 27, 2016

When I first started the one meal a day plan I had about 30 pounds to lose to get to my ideal weight. I had tried to lose this weight for a few years going the “recommended” way to no avail. I would eat small mini meals throughout the day and exercised vigorously. I would lose a little weight, but had trouble keeping up the routine and would gain the weight back.

I discovered that eating throughout the day always kept my mind on food, and always kept me craving food and unsatisfied. The exercise seemed to always make me hungrier, and I would end up eating more calories than I normally would or want to. Sometimes I would consume just as many calories as I had burned from exercise in the first place and I thought, “What’s the point?” When doing this for the first few days I could use my initial will power to keep me going.

After a week a so, I would no longer feel the drive to keep it up and I would inevitably fail. This is because it took a lot of concentration and motivation to keep it up which can fade over time. I realized that I needed to do something that would help me lose weight that didn’t take a lot of time, energy, and thought to do so. I needed something that would seem effortless and didn’t need a lot of concentration or motivation on a day-to-day basis. I also needed something that was comfortable and kept me satisfied at some point in my day. I thought there’s got to be an easier way.

I tried a variety of things. I tried not exercising and just reducing my calories. That seemed to work a little. I was able to reduce my calories more, and my appetite seemed more stable. I did lose a little more weight from that, and I didn’t easily gain it back. I tried that for a while, but I noticed that when eating throughout the day I still felt food obsessed and that I was still eating a little more than I needed to.

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I found myself gradually reverting back to eating more calories than what I wanted to. I had lost only five or six pounds before my weight just stabilized. I knew that reducing my calories (while randomly eating) would take a concentrated effort that from previous experience I knew would fade over time. I needed to do something that I wouldn’t need to think about and monitor all day long, and it would just be a clear do or don’t. Something I could keep up for life, so I could always be at my ideal weight, I could still enjoy eating, and it would seem effortless. At first I thought about just eating three square meals a day. But I realized that on a reduced calorie plan although it did work better, there was still a big margin for error.

I tried that for a while but I would still find myself snacking here and there. In fact, I realized that at the point when I first ate, was when the “seal of consuming” was broken. Once I broke the fast, all I could think about was eating. So I tried to push my eating back later in the day and once I did that, I was pleasantly surprised on how great I felt. I had more energy during the day, as I usually didn’t eat until 3 p.m., and when I did eat I felt full off of less food than normal. I also had a night job at the time so I just decided to eat all my daily calories within the 2 or 3 hours before I had to go to work.

When I was at work, I didn’t feel overly full and I still had energy. I still felt satisfied so I wasn’t tempted to eat at work at all. The next day when I woke up I did start to feel hungry again, but I also felt slimmer and energized. I liked how the day before went so I decided to implement the same strategy. I realized that even though I felt hungry, I felt more in control of when I wanted to eat. I enjoyed the slim feeling (and the energy) so it wasn’t hard to push my eating back to the time I wanted. I knew that if I ate earlier it would break the seal of consumption, so I decided to wait again till about 3 p.m.

When I had to work, 3 p.m. worked great. But I realized when I had the night off and no nightly activities to go to, it was more challenging to stop eating afterward I reached my daily calorie allowance. So whenever I stayed in for the night, I would push my eating back later to about 6 p.m. From there on I decided that I finally found what worked for me and I planned on sticking with it for as long as it fit my life. This is how I discovered the one meal a day lifestyle.

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© 2013 Michelle Barnes

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      Laura 7 months ago

      Do you still follow this eating plan?

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      Michelle Barnes 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks, glad this helps you!

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      Leena 3 years ago from new delhi

      nice tips...for me snacking is a problem.