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One meal a day?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created October 01, 2011 at 3:08 AM

Ok! Here we go! I looked for something that might sum this up in future posts but didn't quite get my answer. My question is, is it plausible, helpful. harmful, or safe to eat one meal a day. I would like to try this, my goals are mainly aesthetic ( I know lame) I do lift heavy things at the gym and love to see the numbers I am lifting go up but overall I would mainly just like to lose about 10 lbs. I have been attempting to follow a paleo diet for a while now, but I find that once I have had breakfast I tend to start out strong there and then go down hill as far as my eating choices go. A mere weak will I am afraid. I think pretty black and white generally, and was considering that if I cut down to one meal per day I might be able to stick to it better than if I try and fail almost daily like I am now.

That one meal would probably be around dinner.

I know for sure everyone is different as to whether or not this might work for them but I wasn't sure if anyone had personal experience on either side whether they were able to take a couple pounds off this method or if this would be more harmful than helpful. Thank you in advance, and thank you for your patience with my ridiculous lack of will power with food.

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on June 12, 2012
at 03:33 PM

SO, he eats one meal a day, but he gets a constant influx of calories every few hours.

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on June 12, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Gregg plitt also drink 3-4 52g RTD protein shakes a day and a post workout protein shake containing protein and dextrose.

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on June 12, 2012
at 12:27 PM

Yeah even Martin on the leangains site recognises it is better for males, just as the Paleo diet works better for males with weightloss too, as women our bodies are designed to hold onto as many nutrients as possible to support reproduction...but still Paleo is a good base for optimal health....But I 100% agree with the meat and fats for breakfast...I can generally go the whole day without worrying about food after that too! But carbs = cravings from rise to rest

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on October 01, 2011
at 04:40 AM

What are you eating for breakfast?

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on October 01, 2011
at 03:19 AM

look up the Warrior diet

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on October 01, 2011
at 07:05 AM

Female, 28 years old here - I am also in the "10 pounds to lose" category and tried one meal a day for a few months. I lost just over a pound and then stalled ~ so would say it didn't do anything for me personally. Now I eat 2~3 meals a day and my weight is stable (still not losing though)

The key for me is to eat a big breakfast with only fat and protein, 0 carbs. Doesn't mess with my appetite for the rest of the day when breakfast is 0 carb. However if I eat any carbs with brekkie, I subsequently get cravey all day long. I have a feeling that intermittent fasting works better for males.

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on June 12, 2012
at 12:27 PM

Yeah even Martin on the leangains site recognises it is better for males, just as the Paleo diet works better for males with weightloss too, as women our bodies are designed to hold onto as many nutrients as possible to support reproduction...but still Paleo is a good base for optimal health....But I 100% agree with the meat and fats for breakfast...I can generally go the whole day without worrying about food after that too! But carbs = cravings from rise to rest

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on October 01, 2011
at 10:24 AM

I was doing the single-meal thing before I discovered paleo. Managed to lose about 20kg (44lb) over 17 months (due in no large part to some caloric restriction and an unhealthy reliance on asian packet noodles as my primary meal base), but it was darned hard to keep to unless I was able to keep myself distracted, and I was often feeling hungry. Eating paleo has made single meal days a lot easier (no more grain-driven blood-sugar sine wave), but I'm not as fussy about it now as I originally was (possibly because I had to be, due to the unforgiving nature of eating mostly-SAD).

In the 7 months or so since starting paleo I've lost another 20kg (maybe another 15-20kg to go), with a mixture of single- and 2-3 meal days and IF (initially alternate-day IF, now just a couple of days a week) with a great deal less stress and discomfort. Originally I went VLC+Dairy, but now I'm slowly adding some carbs back in and am currently nearing the end of my first (very successful) Whole30.

I'm pretty sure there's nothing inherently better about consuming your calories for the day in one sitting or several (other than the boom-bust cycle with fluctuating blood sugar on the SAD that is more bearable with frequent meals), although for purely logistical reasons a single meal can be a lot easier to schedule. Also, you might want to experiment with eating at different times, if you can - I'm finding that a mid-day meal works better for me than an evening meal (I find it harder to get to sleep after an evening meal, and sometimes start getting hungry again - earlier meal => earlier bedtime, and no desire for a midnight snack).

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on October 01, 2011
at 05:31 AM

Well its possible to eat one meal a day. You can look to this as an example of someone who is doing it successfully.

http://www.ironmanmagazine.com/site/greg-plitt/

You got it. America???s number-one fitness model chowing down and proud of it. ???I only eat once a day,??? says the 30-year-old Plitt, making no excuses for his diet protocol, ???and whatever I want. I eat pizza, burgers???yesterday I had three footlong sandwiches at Subway.???

This is what some would call IF or Intermittent Fasting. The one meal a day protocol would be best described as the Eat Stop Eat method or ESE.

This is typically used by people who already have there diet and health dialed in pretty well. I know Mark Sisson and Robb Wolf dont suggest people try this until they have everything else dialed in.

For more information you can refer to these links about meal frequency.

http://www.leangains.com/search/label/Meal%20Frequency

http://www.leangains.com/2010/09/eat-stop-eat-expanded-edition-review.html

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on June 12, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Gregg plitt also drink 3-4 52g RTD protein shakes a day and a post workout protein shake containing protein and dextrose.

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on June 12, 2012
at 03:33 PM

SO, he eats one meal a day, but he gets a constant influx of calories every few hours.

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on June 12, 2012
at 12:09 PM

Look up the book "Clean" by Dr. Alejandro Junger. It outlines a cleansing protocol that involves one solid meal a day sandwiched by two liquid meals (preferably vegetable juices). It's for 21 days, and I did it like 5 times in a row this past Winter and Spring (with some breaks in between) and it felt really. amazing. I still feel cleansed from it.

But keep in mind this is a cleansing protocol. One meal a day might be the perfect thing for you for a while, but I'd be surprised if it were your MO for the rest of your life. Stay in tune with your body and do what it tells you to do. There is a time for one meal a day living, and there is also a time for little meals throughout the day. Different modes of eating have different uses.

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on June 12, 2012
at 11:45 AM

I've been eating one meal a day for nearly a year now. For me it clicked right away, and ever since I've stuck to it and loved it.

I didn't notice a substantial decrease in body fat because mine is already very, very low, but it did become harder to gain fat. At first I couldn't eat much at all in one meal, especially since my diet was pretty high-carb, and vegan. But within a couple months I was eating 2500-3000 calories a night and gaining muscle. When I added meat back into my diet my calorie needs went down to 1500 or so a day to maintain the same mass.

At first things may be off! But I would suggest a period of at least a month doing it strictly before deciding it won't work. Sleep may be bad, calorie intake may be low, fatigue, boredom, etc. BUT, once adjusted you'll find that you CAN gain muscle if you want(Eat more and train!), your energy levels are through the roof, sleep and digestion are both improved.

If you have any more questions about my experience, feel free to ask.

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on June 12, 2012
at 11:31 AM

If this is something that truly feels right and natural to you, then keep on keeping on, but read this:

http://www.paleoforwomen.com/shattering-the-myth-of-fasting-for-women-a-review-of-female-specific-responses-to-fasting-in-the-literature/

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on June 12, 2012
at 10:58 AM

For most of my life I have eaten one meal a day. Actually for my adult life. I feel fitter, healthier and lighter. Mentally I feel better also. I have struggled with people having an issue with the no breakfast and usually no lunch and only a main meal. I find it a liberating experience. I did not know all the background regarding the health benefits only my own. When I have succumbed to pressure from others and tried to eat breakfast and lunch I feel full, tired and not so good emotionally. So I decided to continue with a little guilt that I may not be doing my body justice. How wild it is to have all this information on the net. It could have taken me another 20 years to find this out. Oh yes and when I eat my one meal I eat exactly what I feel like with no holding back. Most of the time it is good wholesome food and there is a natural variety that takes place in choosing my one meal a day. I have also been told I look younger than I am. I think it does make a difference. Anyway I work, feel and behave better on one meal a day...

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on October 01, 2011
at 12:11 PM

I've eaten a very restricted eating window for the better part of the past year (weekdays while school is in session) and have noted no ill effects from it. It wouldn't be fair to characterize it as one meal a day because I tend to eat when I get home and then again a couple of hours later but I think it would fall along the same lines as what you're asking.

It makes sense to me that this would help with your "willpower" issues because I am the same way. If I eat in the morning, I want to eat all day long. If I only have black coffee in the morning (most mornings), I am pretty good until 3-4pm (with the exception of lunch time when I have some downtime). I do eat a ton when I get home (a day's worth of calories in a few hour period).

It has worked for weight loss for me, but it's with two caveats: (1) I have significantly more than 10 pounds to go (about 60 currently); and (2) I am more successful during weeks where I can limit how much I eat at night (as opposed to those weeks where I am insatiable at night). Some nights I should probably just go to bed, but opt to eat instead.

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