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    Hey everyone!

    I've recently been able to lose a lot of weight eating 1 meal a day around 7pm. It's been a month with a few off days. Has anyone done this?

    I was eating plant-based vegan, but it wasn't keeping me full so I'm going to try broccoli and chicken every night.


    Le me know if any of you have tried this! I would love to hear feed back

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    I used to do unintentional OMAD back in the day. It worked for weight loss, but left me fatigued and with a talking stomach. I've gained some weight, and plan on starting back up. This time I plan on making my OMAD healthier and taking vitamins. I believe that was the main cause of my fatigue.

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    My natural eating habits (currently sabotaged by my SO who is an amazing chef and loves cooking for me ) line up with OMAD.

    Everyone is different, but for me, it's excellent for weight loss/maintenance, keeping blood sugar stable, energy levels consistent, and even improves my sleep patterns. Most of the time I've eaten OMAD, I haven't been entirely strict or deliberate about it; it's just easy/natural. Another benefit to my not so strict/maintenance OMAD diet was that my weight only fluctuated by around .2lbs per day when I ate like that for 6 years straight (I weigh myself at the same time each morning).

    When I'm focused on weight loss (and stay disciplined enough to turn down my SO's cooking throughout the day), a very strict OMAD is truly the best of all worlds for me: I can eat as little as 800 calories some days while feeling like I've had a feast. Most days on a strict OMAD "diet" I'll eat 1100-1300 calories, but it's a struggle to even get there most of the time. I can literally binge on Chipotle with extra fatty toppings every day and lose weight FAST, as long as it's just once a day. It's a beautiful thing! I really need to start doing this again.

    Like you though, it only works for me when I consume some animal protein. I was vegan for a while and only felt good eating several times a day. Was vegetarian for years, but would often binge unless I ate tons of avocado, nuts, etc.

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    This works for me, but I arrived at it not as a Big Plan, but simply by following my not fighting my natural inclinations: I don't wake up hungry and only get hungry early on when I start eating. So dropping breakfast has been pretty close to OMAD for me. Lunch often goes by the wayside, as well - though I'll commonly have something like an apple or some nuts at some point before dinner. And then that's it until dinner!

    If I have a truly LARGE meal (the kind where others will look at me and wonder how I can eat so much at my size - I have a freakishly huge stomach capacity, it seems), which I do once in a while, then I'm likely not to be hungry at ALL the next day. I could fairly easily do One Meal Every TWO Days. I probably would, if it weren't for the want/need to have meals with others, and so on.

    If I need to have lunch for social reasons, then I'll usually pass up on dinner, or that will turn into the apple+nuts meal, instead.

    In my case, it works largely effortlessly, because I "designed" it around my "low-hanging fruit", i.e., knowing that I don't wake up hungry, and taking advantage of that. My whole system basically gets down to "Whatever else, DON'T EAT IF YOU'RE NOT HUNGRY!".

    Being being able to do this, I had to "unhook" from sugar and the HABIT of eating all the time. That took me two-three days, and it was VERY unpleasant, but I haven't gotten hooked again. But 2-3 days of unpleasant not to have a lifetime of obesity is clearly worth it. Masturbation was my distractor of choice for that period, but... whatever works for others :-).

    (Now that I've developed an unrelated problem that means I need to cut down on salt, I actually have trouble keeping weight UP, because I have to limit large intakes of salty stuff like potato chips in social events, and those bouts of "overeating" seemed to be a significant part of my overall calories. I end up having to make a point of compensating by eating a bunch of unsalted peanuts. If it gets any worse, I may even have to sometimes eat unwanted sweet crap as "breakfast" once in a while to trigger being hungry the rest of the day on purpose.)

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    That's another good point, I also have huge spikes in appetite whenever I eat before I'm hungry. I think for me it has to do with blood sugar fluctuations to an extent, but when I eat for pleasure rather than hunger I become more focused on how delicious food is. Sometimes a lingering taste in my mouth makes me want to eat even if I'm stuffed.

    Small meals work for many people but I have no idea how they exercise portion control 5x a day; much easier for me to just eat once and not concern myself with that at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lol1337a View Post
    My natural eating habits (currently sabotaged by my SO who is an amazing chef and loves cooking for me ) line up with OMAD.

    Everyone is different, but for me, it's excellent for weight loss/maintenance, keeping blood sugar stable, energy levels consistent, and even improves my sleep patterns. Most of the time I've eaten OMAD, I haven't been entirely strict or deliberate about it; it's just easy/natural. Another benefit to my not so strict/maintenance OMAD diet was that my weight only fluctuated by around .2lbs per day when I ate like that for 6 years straight (I weigh myself at the same time each morning).

    When I'm focused on weight loss (and stay disciplined enough to turn down my SO's cooking throughout the day), a very strict OMAD is truly the best of all worlds for me: I can eat as little as 800 calories some days while feeling like I've had a feast. Most days on a strict OMAD "diet" I'll eat 1100-1300 calories, but it's a struggle to even get there most of the time. I can literally binge on Chipotle with extra fatty toppings every day and lose weight FAST, as long as it's just once a day. It's a beautiful thing! I really need to start doing this again.

    Like you though, it only works for me when I consume some animal protein. I was vegan for a while and only felt good eating several times a day. Was vegetarian for years, but would often binge unless I ate tons of avocado, nuts, etc.
    YES GIRL! It's amazing. I couldn't maintain it being vegan because I wasn't feeling full enough. I'm going to continue with OMAD and once I get down to my desired weight I will go back to vegan. So glad someone else had such a good experience as I've had so far. I love being able to have a whole pizza for like 1100 calories and still be in a calorie deficit lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clara_M View Post
    This works for me, but I arrived at it not as a Big Plan, but simply by following my not fighting my natural inclinations: I don't wake up hungry and only get hungry early on when I start eating. So dropping breakfast has been pretty close to OMAD for me. Lunch often goes by the wayside, as well - though I'll commonly have something like an apple or some nuts at some point before dinner. And then that's it until dinner!

    If I have a truly LARGE meal (the kind where others will look at me and wonder how I can eat so much at my size - I have a freakishly huge stomach capacity, it seems), which I do once in a while, then I'm likely not to be hungry at ALL the next day. I could fairly easily do One Meal Every TWO Days. I probably would, if it weren't for the want/need to have meals with others, and so on.

    If I need to have lunch for social reasons, then I'll usually pass up on dinner, or that will turn into the apple+nuts meal, instead.

    In my case, it works largely effortlessly, because I "designed" it around my "low-hanging fruit", i.e., knowing that I don't wake up hungry, and taking advantage of that. My whole system basically gets down to "Whatever else, DON'T EAT IF YOU'RE NOT HUNGRY!".

    Being being able to do this, I had to "unhook" from sugar and the HABIT of eating all the time. That took me two-three days, and it was VERY unpleasant, but I haven't gotten hooked again. But 2-3 days of unpleasant not to have a lifetime of obesity is clearly worth it. Masturbation was my distractor of choice for that period, but... whatever works for others :-).

    (Now that I've developed an unrelated problem that means I need to cut down on salt, I actually have trouble keeping weight UP, because I have to limit large intakes of salty stuff like potato chips in social events, and those bouts of "overeating" seemed to be a significant part of my overall calories. I end up having to make a point of compensating by eating a bunch of unsalted peanuts. If it gets any worse, I may even have to sometimes eat unwanted sweet crap as "breakfast" once in a while to trigger being hungry the rest of the day on purpose.)
    I have the worst salt-tooth too lol. I shockingly have no want to eat during the day as long as I'm keeping busy but if I'm not I just sit there and think about what I could be eating. Just brought coffee back into my diet so that actually helps a ton with pushing off my appetite. I love this way of eating.

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    Default Re: One Meal A Day? 23:1?

    I have energy when I eat 3 times a day or 2 full meals. Drink lots of water of course.

    One meal on a busy day/night = brain fog to the max.

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