🥗One Meal A Day (OMAD) Diet
While intermittent fasting can vary in how it’s executed, OMAD is more straightforward: Eat for just 1 hour per day and spend the other 23 hours of fasting. Dieters can technically eat whatever they want for this one meal; That meal can range from a double cheeseburger and fries to a more healthful salad loaded with greens, roasted veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. The idea is by limiting your calorie consumption throughout the day; you can feast on one meal (usually defined as a one-hour window) and still lose weight. Also, one meal should be eaten within the same 4-hour window each day. Lastly, some OMAD resources suggest the required calorie limit is between 800 and 1000 Kcals, and only calorie-free beverages are allowed.
🏋🏽♂️If you want to OMAD for weight loss, this extreme Kcal cut off will likely help at least in the short term. OMAD supporters claim that it allows them a sense of freedom to eat whatever they want during their one meal per day and still lose weight. However, I am confident that many folks following this diet are not regularly eating balanced meals. It’s pretty clear since this style of eating is so strict and lengthy-term compliance is not likely. Honestly, the severe calorie deficit would likely promote muscle or organ breakdown and possible nutrient deficiencies.
🥘Also, your overall relationship with food may be in jeopardy. Dieters undergoing a daily 23-hour fast on the OMAD diet are more likely to develop on unhealthy perception and relationship with food.
📚Lastly, there is very little research looking at this restricted style of eating, and none has been done since its recent resurgence in popularity. There is a reason why nutrition researchers do not want to attempt this type of diet pattern with human subjects for a prolonged time; This type of research design would be considered too unrealistic for the researchers and human subjects, and may not provide statistically difference among different eating approaches.
🤔The OMAD diet is a fad diet worth skipping. Eat more frequently to prevent muscle breakdown and nutrients deficiencies and to protect your healthy relationship with food.