One-Meal-a-Day (OMAD) with a Preference for IF and OBAD

Things are going better with the diet. I refuse to keep any food in the house. I am even tempted to dump my stone-ground grits and my stone-ground oats—including yummy, yummy, bars of butter.

If I want to eat a meal, I must walk to it—and that does not include Sean’s convenience store right downstairs (I hope he doesn’t go out of business because of me—at least he’s got the slot machines now). 

So, I need to at least schlep to Burrito Bros for my favorite Chicken Burrito with Everything on It (around 1,200-1,400 calories) or the mile walk to get a chipotle everything steak burrito (1,385, according to Chipotle’s nutrition calc); or, on lovely nights, the two miles to enjoy a nice cardboard container of sundry treats from Whole Foods prepared foods.

My Burrito Bros one-burrito-a-day OBAD one-meal-a-day OMAD diet
My Burrito Bros one-burrito-a-day OBAD one-meal-a-day OMAD diet

But, my limit is 1,500-1,800 calories-per-day in one lump sum, taken in a half-and-hour or within a 4-hour window, if that’s the sort of day I am having. I am tracking rigorously using both Vora—to track my intermittent fasting (IF)—and the best investment UnderArmour ever made, MyFitnessPal. I have three rules when I am doing an OMAD diet:

  1. try to make sure all the macros and nutrients work out (I try to avoid keto or low-carb diets while on this diet)
  2. make sure I fill up on supplements and vitamins orally in the AM
  3. drink lots and lots of water (and only black tea or black coffee)
  4. drink even more water than that—it’ll help both the hunger and any stomach acid or reflux issues you may have while your body’s getting used to it
  5. give yourself a break because we all—and especially me—make so many mistakes all the time
  6. don’t believe anyone who says that you can eat whatever you want during an OMAD—one meal-a-day—diet—it’s essential, in any diet, to make sure you maintain a deficit between the amount of food you put in and the number of calories you expend (please see my other post, My personal keto diet mistake: overeating my calorie deficit).

Good luck. I’ll try my hardest to be as honest with you as I can be. I made a lot of mistakes. Maybe I will start recording and reporting my weight. I really had wanted to but I was just sabotaging myself and was just never getting anywhere. I just thought I would, at some point, take my own advice!


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