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zainabanwerzainabanwer Posts: 25Member Member Posts: 25Member Member
What are your views on the one meal a day diet, is it effective?


  • Chef_BarbellChef_Barbell Posts: 4,692Member Member Posts: 4,692Member Member
    Depends on your preferences.
  • kommodevarankommodevaran Posts: 11,689Member Member Posts: 11,689Member Member
    Effective how? One meal a day isn't a diet, it's a meal pattern. I wouldn't want to do it, I like to spread my daily intake over three or four meals.
  • GamlielaGamliela Posts: 1,987Member Member Posts: 1,987Member Member
    I could not do this!
  • Ironandwine69Ironandwine69 Posts: 2,196Member Member Posts: 2,196Member Member
    It is not easy to get all your nutrition needs in one seating, especially protein. I like having one meal a day but the only way to get all your calories in one meal is either not clean eating or Thanksgiving dinner. So I stretch it and make it a 6 hour feeding window.
    With that said, if I know I have a big meal coming ( going out or going to Mom's for dinner), I save my calories for that meal.
  • tsortsortsortsor Posts: 830Member Member Posts: 830Member Member
    I did it as an experiment I had a feeding window 6pm to 9pm. Waiting all day was worth it when it was time to feast. It was amazing but problem is i lost 6 pounds in 2 weeks
  • BrooklynBootyBrooklynBooty Posts: 39Member Member Posts: 39Member Member
    That is ridiculous! I could never live on one meal a day. I eat 6 small meals a day and lost tons of weight. Your body needs fuel just like a car. When it starts to run low on gas you need to fill it up. Not overflow the tank but enough to get it to the next stop. If you don't it will just run on fumes which we all know is really bad for your car and starts to affect other parts.

    That's how I feel about it.
  • CharlieBeansmomTraceyCharlieBeansmomTracey Posts: 5,227Member Member Posts: 5,227Member Member
    DaveC29 wrote: »
    If you eat a lot of fats in your diet (like a keto style diet) it is a lot easier to do. The fats keep you satiated longer and will make it easier to go a longer period of time before you feel hungry again.

    I follow a keto diet and will do the intermittent fasting after a 'carb day' to get back into ketosis. Intermittent fasting for me is a 4 hour eating cycle (get all my nutrition in 4 hours) and a 20 hour fast. I have a hard time eating a 'clean' 1800-2000 calories in one meal. I'll break it up into 2 meals for comfort.

    Bottom line- don't starve yourself for a fad. Eat when you're hungry and eat things that will kep you fuller for longer.

    fats dont keep everyone satiated,for some its carbs for others it may be protein.its going to vary from person to person.
  • LucasLeanLucasLean Posts: 97Member Member Posts: 97Member Member
    I do this, in a way, even when gaining weight. I'll have small snacks throughout the day and then one large dinner. This is usually five or six days a week. It will be Intermittent fasting, 8 hour eating, 16 hour fast. The big dinner will be anything I want, but is usually healthy... such as chicken, beans, and rice. Some people consider snacks meals, but I've never thought of them that way. My snacks would be a protein shake or a drink called Orgain (protein/carb drink), or piece of fruit.

    I'm only really hungry around dinner time, so I just have a large meal at that time. I've always done this and it's easy to me. I just manipulate calories to gain or lose weight. I usually ignore blogs for advice, but this one was interesting and discusses who eats one meal a day and the research behind the benefits of it:
  • Diem78Diem78 Posts: 1,573Member Member Posts: 1,573Member Member
    If you're still at a caloric deficit, then yes. If you're bingeing so bad when you finally do get to eat something (and going over your calorie allotment,) then no- it won't be effective. I know myself well enough that it wouldn't work for me, personally. But everyone is different. I eat 6 x per day to keep myself from getting hangry and feeling like dogplop.
  • GamlielaGamliela Posts: 1,987Member Member Posts: 1,987Member Member
    Usually I eat two regular sized meals, a small breakfast, and small meal in the late evening. If I get hungry between meals a piece of fruit or cuppa. I used to be a three meal a day gal, that got modified over the years and somehow fits the schedual of the place I'm in now.
  • mrsnattybulkingmrsnattybulking Posts: 2,044Member Member Posts: 2,044Member Member
    I have never tried it so I'm not sure. I think for myself I might be prone to binging but my ex father in law only ate one meal a day and he did fine. Maybe it's something you get used to. If it's your personal preference I say go nuts but if you think it's a clever way to stay in a deficit and you're forcing yourself... get ready to binge!
  • fat2fitshleyfat2fitshley Posts: 50Member Member Posts: 50Member Member
    It would be effective for putting me a jail after I killed someone from being hangry. Other than that, no it wouldn't be very effective for me. I would binge and eat far more calories than usual with smaller meals.
  • mrwjunkmrwjunk Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
    I've started an "Eat less than 1000Kcal per day at Breakfast and fast through the Day" diet and in a week I've reduced my Blood Sugar from avg 12 to 6.3 tonight. Lost over 2 Kilos as well. I've cut out carbs as much as I can too, so my one meal a day misses out pasta, potatoes, bread and rice.

    Skipping Lunch hasnt been a problem, I drink more flavoured water to fill the stomach, but during the evening I wait until 20:00 to go swimming. I tell my Inner Child who does all the comfort eating, that I cant swim 2 hours before a swim, so that gets me thru until after the swim when its way too late to eat before bed.

    That gets me thru to breakfast when I go down to the motel rest'rant & look at the All-You-Can-Eat Continental Buffet.

    I hope to reverse my Diabetes 2.
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