I’ve had probably a dozen guys ask me what I think about the One Meal A Day diet.
- One person was telling me about all the health benefits.
- Another said how it helped them lose weight.
- Two people said how they loved the freedom and the fact they could eat whatever they wanted.
So for those of you who don’t know, the One Meal A Day (OMAD) diet is like an extreme version of Intermittent Fasting. You basically just eat once a day. That’s it. And it’s usually like dinner, where you can be social and go out on a date or with friends.
In fact, I know of two, very well-known doctors who follow it – one of them being a cardiologist.
However, I’m not here to drop names or say anything negative about anyone, especially because I like a lot of what these two doctors say – of course, they make a lot of mistakes too based on misinformed generalities.
Very Unhealthy Diet
First of all, the diet is very unhealthy because the entire selling point of it is that you can eat whatever you want in that one meal. Pizza, ice cream, pastries, alcohol, and so forth. After all, you are only eating ONCE, might as well load up on your favorites.
Sure, this can lead to fake weight loss – which I’ll talk about in a minute.
But your body’s health, energy levels, fitness, and longevity is about NUTRIENTS that are ABSORBED. Not stupid, unhealthy calories that you ingest.
If you want to lie to yourself and pretend this is a healthy diet so you can justify eating whatever you want – that’s fine, it’s your life. But eating junk daily is NOT healthy and you’ll pay the price months and years later and I think you already know this!
Not For People Who Want Muscles
First, anyone who wants to have muscles and exercises, which I think should be EVERYONE – cannot and should not follow this diet.
You need protein to repair your body – especially your muscles. And, protein can’t be stored, unlike carbohydrates and fats. And thus, you need to eat protein throughout the day, to heal and repair your body, including muscles.
ONCE a day isn’t enough. Nor can you absorb all of it in one sitting, with one meal.
Plus, your performance, strength, and stamina will drop slowly and you’ll just fall apart over the next few months and years.
Fake Weight Loss
For those of you who think you’re losing weight on this diet because something magical happens by not eating for 23 hours, you’re ignorant or delusional.
You’re losing weight because you’re simply eating and drinking fewer calories, that is it!
And mind you, I said “weight”, not FAT loss.
This is because this diet slows down your metabolism and initially you’ll lose some water and fat and then it’ll be more muscle than fat and finally it’ll just be more and more muscle.
You’ll buy smaller sized clothes, but you’re losing that valuable and youthful muscle, which is the LAST thing you want to do.
Potential Health Benefits
However, there are health benefits – better blood sugar, blood pressure, and so forth. But, it’s from the weight loss due to the lower caloric intake. NOT because you’re eating one meal a day.
By the way, you should NOT do this if you have blood sugar problems such as hypoglycemia or you’re diabetic.
And if you also tend to have low blood pressure, this is also a bad diet.
You should also NOT follow this diet if you:
- Have THYROID problems.
- If you want to have HIGHER testosterone, this diet lowers it.
- If you want to REDUCE stress hormones such as cortisol, this diet increases it.
In fact, this type of diet screws up so many of your hormones because your body thinks it’s STARVING.
The one well-known doctor I mentioned earlier, he spoke in a video about what he eats in that one meal. I swear, it was barely 1,000 calories. It WAS a very healthy meal and that’s great.
But to eat 1,000 calories a day isn’t a good idea. You’re not getting enough calories or nutrients.
Your body WILL slow down, to go into survival mode.
The ONLY Thing I Like About This Diet
There’s only ONE thing I like about this eating one meal a day and that’s freedom. Honestly, the fact that you don’t have to cook and clean so often or have to stop what you’re doing to eat, 4-6x daily is fantastic.
It’s one less thing to think about and it’s a big part of my day! Personally, I find eating to be a drag – especially eating healthy foods. But it needs to be done to achieve my goals, so it is what it is.
And because of this, I suggest you do cyclical intermittent fasting. I’ve done an article about this, you can click on this link and read about it.
Just remember that all of this always comes down to optimizing your youth hormones and turning on your “fat-burning genes” for both short and more importantly, LONG-TERM results.
In fact, this is exactly why most diet and exercise programs fail and I’ve got a link about this topic as well.
Take a look at both topics and articles right now, while it’s fresh on your mind.