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Is one meal per day ideal?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 19, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I am interested in any opinions regarding ideal frequency and timing of meals. I personally have been consuming two meals per day for a few months, with the bigger meal being breakfast a few hours after waking up. However I am noticing issues with feelings of coldness and brain fog after eating a large meal. Therefore I would like to further limit my meal frequency to one meal per day in the evening. I am tentative about being in ketosis for so long on a daily basis with an approximate 23 hour fasting period. What are the potential benefits and concerns with this type of diet (I am especially interested in any harmful effects).

Also could it be beneficial to consume coconut oil in the morning to blunt hunger? I have experienced no ill effects (coldness/brain fog) from eating only coconut oil, so this may be a solution for breakfast. What are your thoughts on drinking coconut oil in an herbal tea as a way to increase energy and focus? Any particular types of herbal tea (w/o caffeine) that are most healthful?

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on November 20, 2012
at 04:32 AM

Kashkillz - You're confusing fat burning and ketosis

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on November 20, 2012
at 04:31 AM

Consuming over 100g carbs/day will keep you out of ketosis. It is not necessarily off/on, but just waking up in a fasted state doesn't mean ketosis. You will be in a fat burning mode, but fat burning and ketone burning are different things

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on November 19, 2012
at 11:33 PM

I think you should learn a bit more about ketosis and IF, and how they are related and not related. Fasting/feeding windows are about when you eat. Ketosis is more about what you eat - high fat, very low carb, and pretty low protein. You can be in ketosis without fasting, and you can fast less than 24 hours without being in ketosis. These are two separate issues, two separate techniques, that should be considered.

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on November 19, 2012
at 11:26 PM

I didn't downvote you or anything, but I think you (and the OP) have a mistaken idea about what ketosis is and how it relates to IF. Try doing a little more reading! :)

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on November 19, 2012
at 10:41 PM

Jeff is right. Without knowing what your one meal a day looks like (carbs, fat, protein breakdown) it's not a done deal that you're in ketosis at all.

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on November 19, 2012
at 09:23 PM

I would rather not eat smaller meals and be a slave to hunger throughout the day. How can I eat at one set point in the day and feel good all day long without having to think about food??

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on November 19, 2012
at 08:54 PM

PS. On the Atkins diet, one is in ketosis for an indefinite period of time, days, weeks, months. I know of no health risks to being in ketosis if you are healthy. However, I am not a scientist.

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at 08:22 PM

Jeff, can you explain this further? If I eat my one meal around 5PM, won't I wake up in a fasted state and remain in ketosis so long as I only consume a few tablespoons of coconut oil during the day?

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on November 19, 2012
at 09:03 PM

If you have problems after eating a large meal than why not eat smaller meals and 3 or 4 times a day? I think eating only one meal would make it even worse since that meal would have to be huge.

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on November 19, 2012
at 09:23 PM

I would rather not eat smaller meals and be a slave to hunger throughout the day. How can I eat at one set point in the day and feel good all day long without having to think about food??

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on November 19, 2012
at 11:54 PM

It depends on the person, and what they feel like doing, and how active they are.

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on November 19, 2012
at 10:21 PM

I've found that a BFC in the morning and compressing my feeding window into 8 hours (LeanGains) works really well for me from multiple standpoints. I look good, feel good, and am strong through my workouts. The other benefit is that it makes meal preparation very simple and cost effective. I prepare dinner, package or repurpose leftovers for lunch, rinse and repeat. I'll do a little tweaking here and there (higher carb on workout days), but for the most part I don't stress about meal prep and planning. That in itself has been a massive benefit over stressing about the preparation of 5 meals throughout the day. Not to mention freaking out when I didn't eat at just the right time.

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on November 19, 2012
at 08:42 PM

You won’t go into ketosis until your body eliminates its store of glucose which can take more than a day depending on what you’ve eaten (mainly how many carbs you’ve eaten)... It is the science behind the Atkins diet, the original (commercial) low carb diet.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dear-mark-ketosis/#axzz2CheSP2Nr

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on November 19, 2012
at 08:54 PM

PS. On the Atkins diet, one is in ketosis for an indefinite period of time, days, weeks, months. I know of no health risks to being in ketosis if you are healthy. However, I am not a scientist.

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on November 19, 2012
at 05:48 PM

How are you IF if you're eating first thing in the morning? I was under the impression that ketosis starts while you're asleep, then you ride it until mid-afternoon?

I don't know if you haven't heard of Bulletproof or don't like the idea of it, but it sounds like a good outline for you to start with.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on November 20, 2012
at 04:32 AM

Kashkillz - You're confusing fat burning and ketosis

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on November 19, 2012
at 11:26 PM

I didn't downvote you or anything, but I think you (and the OP) have a mistaken idea about what ketosis is and how it relates to IF. Try doing a little more reading! :)

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on November 19, 2012
at 05:19 PM

I am tentative about being in ketosis for so long on a daily basis with an approximate 23 hour fasting period.

You are not necessarily in ketosis when you eat one meal per day, it still depends on what it is that you're eating.

119b9ca51cae1066fb8f51b5d029a5b2

(224)

on November 19, 2012
at 08:22 PM

Jeff, can you explain this further? If I eat my one meal around 5PM, won't I wake up in a fasted state and remain in ketosis so long as I only consume a few tablespoons of coconut oil during the day?

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 20, 2012
at 04:31 AM

Consuming over 100g carbs/day will keep you out of ketosis. It is not necessarily off/on, but just waking up in a fasted state doesn't mean ketosis. You will be in a fat burning mode, but fat burning and ketone burning are different things

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on November 19, 2012
at 10:41 PM

Jeff is right. Without knowing what your one meal a day looks like (carbs, fat, protein breakdown) it's not a done deal that you're in ketosis at all.

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