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Trying one meal a day—OMAD

If you go down the Keto diet rabbit hole, you’ll end up reading about IF—intermittant fasting; and, if you spend enough time on reddit, you’ll eventually discover the OMAD subreddit: One Meal A Day.  It’s simple: eat like a king once-a-day, somewhere between 4pm and 8pm, but only for an hour. Then, stop eating for the next 23-hours.

When you’re following the one-meal-a-day diet you don’t eat anything for 23-hours-a-a-day; but, when you do eat, for that one hour-a-day, you eat like a healthy king: 1,500-1,700 calories consumed in a short hour somewhere between 4pm-8pm.

During those daily 23-hour intermittent fasts I am only allowed to drink black hot tea, black iced tea, iced water, and black coffee. That’s it. Some folks are good with lemon water, but that’s a controversial group on reddit.

Tomorrow’s my first day and here’s how I plan to do it:

  • When I feel hungry, I know I am probably thirsty: water, coffee, tea
  • Keep my kitchen completely empty of any food besides tea, coffee, and water
  • Make sure I go out to eat my one meal outside of home office
  • My one meal needs to be inclusive of all my calories and micronutrients
  • If I want some of my calories to be a beer or a wine, it’s good
  • If I want my calories for the day to be a burrito or a burger, that’s OK, too
  • Try my best to eat healthily but don’t beat myself up if I don’t
  • Having a beer or some wine kills every diet except this one, thank God!
  • I have chosen Sunday for my cheat day because I don’t want to say no to brunch

Here’s my schedule for next week. It’s pretty much weak tea but tea’s okay:

My One Meal a Day Plan OMAD Chris Abraham

My Proposed Weekly One Meal a Day Plan

I think that if I try to keep my food in the lean protein and raw vegetables as much as I can then burritos and beans and rice with guac and vegetables are close to perfect diets. And, just for reference, once nice meal plus a couple beers generally end up being around 1,500-1,700 calories.

This eccentric diet makes sense to me: satisfy myself once-a-day and then just focus on all the work I need to get done for the rest of the day without even being able to daydream about snacks or preparing breakfast or lunch or any of that stuff. 

Right now I have Eating One Meal A Day: The Intermittent Fasting Revolution For Beginners: Lose weight, beat disease and fight aging! by Eric Blackburn and One Meal a Day: A Breakthrough Diet with Health, Energy, and Focus: Seven Simple Steps to a Fast Bulletproof Diet by Ben Frank Ph.D. on my Amazon Kindle and my Goodreads bookshelf so I will follow-up with this, my rash dieting decision, when I get more information and medical advice from a couple experts.

The Keto diet just didn’t work for me. My biggest issue is portion control. When I am not eating, I don’t think about eating; but, when it comes to mealtime, I eat until I’m full. The Keto diet takes up a lot of time and money to follow correctly—and I still over-ate.

I’m one of the over-eaters who’s out of the closet, not anonymous, and it’s much easier for me not to eat than it is to just have not even half-a-chicken or not even an entire avocado! I don’t know about you but I can’t ever stop at 4oz of breast or just one-half future quac. It’s my truth.



One thought on “Trying one meal a day—OMAD

  1. Pingback: My One Burrito a Day (OBAD) One Meal a Day (OMAD) Diet – RNNR

  2. Sam

    I lost 40 pounds with OMAD and I did it low carb.
    Went off of it for the holidays and gained back 10 pounds.
    Back on it now, forgot how good it feels.

    Best of luck to you my friend 🙂


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