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Robert's Southern Fried OMAD Journey

EstrangedTigerEstrangedTiger Posts: 535Member Member Posts: 535Member Member
Disclaimer: I've been working on an intermittent fasting plan since February. The second week of February consisted of a 3 day juice cleanse, with 2 days before and after eating vegetarian soups. (The cleanse really rebooted my system and eliminated some bad habits, btw). Then, I started IF and have been researching the subject. My process has consisted of slowly tightening my eating window. Started with the common 16:8 and tracking calories. Have progressed to 20:4 until...

4/11 was my first real OMAD day!

Some items I have discovered:

Green smoothies are legit. Adding supplements to them and experimenting with taste/fruit/veggies has been invigorating. I was obviously malnourished. This will be my drink.

A lower carb diet does wonders for my energy level. IF, however, helps with carb toleration. I'm excited to see how OMAD works for me in that regard.

I'm from your typical southern family that thinks about food 24/7. IF has been liberating!

Now, onto my current weight loss totals:

Feb 1 - 273 lbs

Feb 11 - 257.2

Feb 20 - 253

March 1 - 251.2

March 12 - 250

March 19 - 249

March 25 - 245.6

April 11 - 241

Current loss: 32lbs


I only weigh when the urge hits, because being obsessive is a hazard.

The strength and growth hormone benefits of fasting are obvious. My weight loss has slowed (tweaking it now, was consuming some extra calories to prevent binging), but my muscles are growing with minimal workouts. Yes, I mean minimal. 7 minutes, twice a week. I take slow walks to clear my head on other days. At 44, I feel 24. Yes, in every way. It's insanity.

I hope to carry you guys on my journey and inspire a few people along the way.

Short-term goals: below 225 for an early June vacation and 215 on a late June trip.

Mid-term goal: reach 200 lbs before a late July trip to Canada. Eventually, I want 180 lbs and 10 percent body fat on my 5-11 frame. That is doable by the end of 2018. My maintenance weight will be between 180-200.

I plan to start eating cleaner and with more purpose to achieve these goals. My knees/back/hips are struggling and wanting to avoid surgery.

A favor - just ask if I am staying with the plan. Force me to post honest results. Given that I have a mood disorder, having a schedule and accountability is crucial. It is easy to float around and lose time and focus (however, this eating plan is really helping!).

Thanks for reading,

Robert from Alabama
















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  • minigrrllminigrrll Posts: 1,590Member Member Posts: 1,590Member Member
    Wow! Awesome loss so far! Congratulations...
  • EstrangedTigerEstrangedTiger Posts: 535Member Member Posts: 535Member Member
    minigrrll wrote: »
    Wow! Awesome loss so far! Congratulations...

    I appreciate that!

    This place is great, by the way. It's a safe haven. The lack of positive reinforcement in my circle is rough at times!
  • Brendalea69Brendalea69 Posts: 3,177Member Member Posts: 3,177Member Member
    Welcome Robert, I think about food constantly too but I'm from the north. You have done great so far!!! :)
  • EstrangedTigerEstrangedTiger Posts: 535Member Member Posts: 535Member Member
    Welcome Robert, I think about food constantly too but I'm from the north. You have done great so far!!! :)

    Thank you. Overeating is definitely not exclusive to the South, but we try our best to take the trophy!

  • dkayingramdkayingram Posts: 755Member Member Posts: 755Member Member
    Welcome Robert,

    I am your southern neighbor from Tennessee. It looks like you have a great plan. This group is great and supportive! They also are full of knowledge. Hope you do well!
  • aleroache20aleroache20 Posts: 106Member Member Posts: 106Member Member
    Welcome Robert!

    Your green smoothies sound interesting. What kind of supplements do you put in them? How big are they? Tell me everything... :) :#
  • sammygold2015sammygold2015 Posts: 629Member Member Posts: 629Member Member
    So interested in following your journey! Welcome to the fold.
  • EstrangedTigerEstrangedTiger Posts: 535Member Member Posts: 535Member Member
    Welcome Robert!

    Your green smoothies sound interesting. What kind of supplements do you put in them? How big are they? Tell me everything... :) :#

    Well, I know Joe isn't a big fan of some of the online doctors that are keto-only, but I stole some ideas from these men and women to maximize nutrition.

    Base components: A green vegetable such as kale/spinach. Water. Kale is so full of nutrition per calorie, it is ridiculous. It is too bitter for some folks, so spinach is a good substitute. You can add some lemon or apple cider vinegar to counter the oxalates in spinach. I add nutritional yeast for the B-vitamins. Often add a digestive aid like Bromelain to help maximize absorption. Stevia drops to taste. Also, will add a balanced vitamin/mineral powder when my main meal is on the junky side.

    Mine end up being around 20oz, using 8 ounces of water.

    Then, you have the good stuff:

    If you aren't worried about keto, you can add some fruit. Blueberries are so good for you, for example. Some people add flavored protein powder. Heck, one of my shakes uses 90% dark chocolate! It is a healthy dessert smoothie! I do this all to taste and totally ad-lib it! One day, I had leftover mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and such... made a mexican smoothie. Just added the necessary spices! Crunching up some chia seeds and adding them to the mix incorporates Omega 3s, Fiber and a little protein.

    I'm rambling. Hmmm. I'll add some links to give you more structure and will comment more later:

    Dr Rhonda Patrick has two examples:

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=Ys86ZgjQQYg

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=JLQ63y5aTpo

    edit: Your smoothie (if you so choose to use one as a supplement) can be completely your own creation. They are especially awesome for people that have a hard time eating greens/veggies.

    If you need apples, oranges, whatever... to make one taste good, so be it. Sneak in the bitter greens and have the best of both worlds!

    Vanilla extract for flavoring is great. There are many flavored stevia drops out there on the market.

    How about a Reese's smoothie? Chocolate, peanut butter, low cal sweetner, sneak in the greens and other awesome veggies with no detection! Seriously, the possibilities are endless. You can make enough for 2-3 servings and save them for later! Heck, you could have a really calorie rich one for a meal!

    If eating an OMAD meal afterwards, be sure to not make the fluid volume so high, that you can't eat your main meal! Tonight, I'm making a dessert smoothie. Will use it for 3-4 days.
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  • dkayingramdkayingram Posts: 755Member Member Posts: 755Member Member
    Those sound really good and interesting. I might have to make one soon. When it warms up it would serve as a nice cool treat :).
  • blambo61blambo61 Posts: 4,372Member Member Posts: 4,372Member Member
    I like the idea of smoothies and used to make them often, usually just fruit and yogurt but a little green sure wouldn't hurt! I'm very leery of adding yeast though. I did that in college and it made me feel very strange while doing that. Not sure what was going on. Anyways, congrats on your great progress!
  • EstrangedTigerEstrangedTiger Posts: 535Member Member Posts: 535Member Member
    blambo61 wrote: »
    I like the idea of smoothies and used to make them often, usually just fruit and yogurt but a little green sure wouldn't hurt! I'm very leery of adding yeast though. I did that in college and it made me feel very strange while doing that. Not sure what was going on. Anyways, congrats on your great progress!

    Right, I'm experimenting with the nutritional yeast. :) Smoothies are really an awesome way to hide greens!
    dkayingram wrote: »
    Those sound really good and interesting. I might have to make one soon. When it warms up it would serve as a nice cool treat :).

    Indeed! Some folks add ice, I go with lukewarm water.
  • EstrangedTigerEstrangedTiger Posts: 535Member Member Posts: 535Member Member
    Day 2: Forgot to take a picture. Today, I had:

    Smoothie:

    Sunflower seeds, salted. One half of a caramel Atkins shake blended with coffee/chocolate powder/kale/stevia drops/half and half and lemon juice. Smashed up some chia seeds for fiber and omega 3s. Added the smashed sunflower seeds and chia to the smoothie as well. A little fruits/veggie/vitamin powder. Orange flavor. Bromelain powder for digestion. This ended up being a dessert drink of around 20 ounces.

    Main meal: Two Green Chile 1/3 lb hamburger patties, baked with Mushrooms, Onions and Spinach. Slice of provolone cheese added. Dried garlic. Sipped on a little lemon water, given a component of my meal is already liquid.

    This meal was around 1700 calories. My mind and body are very satisfied. I'll only be having tea/water/coffee until tomorrow night.

    My eating window was around 90 minutes.



  • dkayingramdkayingram Posts: 755Member Member Posts: 755Member Member
    Doing great!
    That smoothie sounds really good with the sunflower seeds.
  • EstrangedTigerEstrangedTiger Posts: 535Member Member Posts: 535Member Member
    dkayingram wrote: »
    Doing great!
    That smoothie sounds really good with the sunflower seeds.

    It did turn out well.

    Think I’ll be skipping a smoothie tonight and just take my usual supplements with a drink. :D

    Big on smoothies, but everyday for me is becoming a chore!

    I can make things too complicated!





  • Brendalea69Brendalea69 Posts: 3,177Member Member Posts: 3,177Member Member
    That burger sounds delicious :p
  • EstrangedTigerEstrangedTiger Posts: 535Member Member Posts: 535Member Member
    Day 3, about to partake of a huge chef salad at a local pizza place:

    Lettuce, black olives, green olives, pepperoni, diced ham, pepperoncini, baby tomatoes, cucumber and grated mozzarella. Use olive oil, lemons, red pepper flakes, grated Parmesan and black pepper for dressing.

    It is basically a supreme pizza without the crust.

    Will have a tiny dessert shake when I go back to the car. It will have heavy cream, chocolate powder, stevia, coffee and an orange vitamin powder.

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  • EstrangedTigerEstrangedTiger Posts: 535Member Member Posts: 535Member Member
    That burger sounds delicious :p

    Dr Atkins said that eating low carb is quite decadent. Makes me giggle. Yes, it was a solid meal, I wasn’t interested in eating today. My APV and Lemon water bottle took care of that issue rather easily.

  • Brendalea69Brendalea69 Posts: 3,177Member Member Posts: 3,177Member Member
    Day 3, about to partake of a huge chef salad at a local pizza place:

    Lettuce, black olives, green olives, pepperoni, diced ham, pepperoncini, baby tomatoes, cucumber and grated mozzarella. Use olive oil,

    c1yq3954dw9k.jpeg

    Yum!!!
  • brittdee88brittdee88 Posts: 1,935Member Member Posts: 1,935Member Member
    I LOVE the title of your thread!!!!
    Looking forward to coming along on your journey!
  • DarthWaderMTDarthWaderMT Posts: 227Member Member Posts: 227Member Member
    Looks good! enjoy! :)
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