My One Burrito a Day (OBAD) One Meal a Day (OMAD) Diet
February 19, 2018
For a couple weeks now, I have been following the one meal a day—OMAD—diet. I am trying it out because after reading about and trying the keto diet, which is very prescriptive, I wanted something easy that amalgamates intermittent fasting, one very satisfying meal that fulfills all the calories I need for a day that actually satiates me, and no food to cheat with in my fridge, cupboard, or larder.
If I do a good job of tracking my macros—50% carbs, 30% fat, and 20% protein—the chicken burrito with everything on it that I can get from Burrito Bros on Columbia Pike, South Arlington, is perfect: flour tortilla, grilled chicken, yellow rice, black beans, pinto refried beans (the mixture of the two is called “black and tan“) , cheese, guacamole, sour cream, cucumber, lettuce, pico de gallo, and sweet corn with a squirt of chipotle and cilantro hot sauce.
It’s almost perfect.
Burrito Bros is closed on Sunday which is why it’s my cheat day when I can eat brunch and dinner like a normal yuppie.
I’ll report on how it is working for me. Today, on Presidents’ Day, I did another OBAD but in this case, it was a double gruyère and onion burger with fries—one burger a day, in this case—but two patties are too much.
On that note, Burrito Bros, which also owns L.A. Bar and Grill, where I got my 1/2 priced lunch burger, also offers double meat burritos but that’s too much food as well. I don’t want leftovers because they’re too tempting for me, so I just ate them—the double burger and the double steak burrito, both—but I regretted it and won’t do that again.
A single-patty burger and a regular everything burrito are good for me.
And burgers and fries are only for special occasions. I would really like to make sure my single meals aren’t a series of junk foods with a multivitamin chaser. I would like to cycle in big salads with chicken and those sorts of things, but I don’t want to become a slave of cooking for myself.
With food in the house I tend to be seduced into breaking the essential daily 23-hours-a-day fast, drinking only coffee, water, tea, and sometimes broth or bone broth and sometimes some dill picked juice.