It’s been 60 days since I started my One Meal A Day (OMAD) regimen. The first few days were tough. I slogged it out and it all turned out to be more than worth the wait.
What is it?
OMAD consists of restricting your entire caloric intake for the day to just one hour of the day. ONE HOUR. Let that sink in. In a day you only eat for one hour. Of course, if you think about it this was the diet that was followed by out hunter-gatherer ancestors, though they did it out of necessity rather than to lose a few pounds.
The best place to learn about the OMAD is here.
Is it worth it?
Totally. And I mean it. I do not recommend a lot of things that people do in the internet, so you can take my recommendation seriously. After 60 days I now weigh 35lbs lighter and am more energetic than ever.
Here’s a similar story of a person that lost 26lbs over the same period and boy is her proud. The man has earned his right to brag. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure this has been the best idea I’ve ever had. There has been no study about the long term effects of this diet. So take OMAD with a grain of salt!
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Are there any side-effects?
Well, here’s the thing. When I say you can eat whatever you want in the one hour you feast I do mean it seriously. Pizza? Sloppy-Joe burger? Cheese-melted nachos? Go ahead, indulge yourself. Discipline is a muscle. And like every muscle it experiences fatigue when exercised constantly, which is what every other diet out there expects you to do.
And that is where OMAD emerges as the winner. The diet regimen for the weak of will and undisciplined. You CANNOT go wrong with OMAD.
You can save some serious cash with OMAD as opposed to the serious dough you need to shell out for other diets like the Paleo diet or something.
The best part? You don’t have to hold back for that one hour of the day! Go crazy!!
Too good to be true? MAYBE!
Will OMAD help me bulk up and build lean muscle?
No. Not by itself and not even with some weight training thrown in. But it is a good place to begin to lose those initial unwanted mass to sculpt your body to only the bare essentials. Once you get there you can switch to intermittent fasting and hitting the gym to gain some serious muscle mass. Guaranteed to get you ripped.
So what are you waiting for? The internet is a treasure trove of information about the OMAD. People are going crazy over OMAD on instagram, twitter and reddit.
r/OMAD is a good place to start for information and inspiration.
The Rationalist’ view: Of course, as with any diet you should seek out the advice of your doctor before you embark on it. Something tells me not a lot of doctor will ask to go on OMAD.
These papers seem to be echoing my skeptical views:
A controlled trial of reduced meal frequency without caloric restriction in healthy, normal-weight, middle-aged adults
Impact of Reduced Meal Frequency Without Caloric Restriction on Glucose Regulation in Healthy, Normal Weight Middle-Aged Men and Women
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