One Meal A Day (OMAD): Why I do it

When it comes to dieting ‘fasting‘ is a term you see that gets thrown around a lot. However, sometimes fasting can be a bit too intense for some people.

By some people I mean myself. The longest I’ve ever fasted for is 55 hours, and that was more than enough for me. I prefer shorter term fasts of around 20 – 24 hours, and the perfect fit for me is definitely the OMAD strategy.

OMAD means ‘One Meal A Day’. This is when you get all your calories, nutrients and all forms of solid consumables out of the way in one big meal. It’s not for everyone, but if you know how to manage your macros and know what your body needs it’s incredibly convenient.

There’s plenty of benefits of why fasting works. It can help wean your body off glycogen and move it onto your stored fat as an energy resource. However, fasting for too long can be taxing, especially if you’re not used to it.

This is why I like OMAD. To me, it feels like the perfect balance between everyday life and fasting. You can still get some of the benefits of fasting, but can still eat every day.

Here’s some of the major reasons I like it so much (Note: Always consult with a doctor or medical expert before trying something like OMAD or fasting):

Convenience, convenience, convenience!

If you’re living a normal lifestyle, chances are you’re eating 3 meals a day and snacking in-between. Now, if you’re not a big spender, chances are you’re putting together at least two of those meals together in the kitchen on a daily basis.

It’s a lot of time, and a lot of washing up, depending on what you’re cooking. I love food, but I hate the work I have to do afterwards and before it to make it happen.

This is why I love OMAD. All I have to do is prep one big meal a day, usually something with a lot of steamed vegetables, eat it, and move on with the rest of my day. I have this meal at dinner time. This makes my mornings so much easier, I can get up later and have a lot more control over how I start my day whether that’s with meditation, stretches or however I want.

The same goes for my lunch breaks. I can either continue working through, or go for a walk and really clear my mind.

An extra benefit of this is that it’s a lot cheaper to live this way too. You’re not snacking impulsively, and you don’t need to buy yourself 3 different types of meal foods – just your main meal and you’re good.

Everything I need, and nothing that I don’t

This is another major plus point of OMAD. When you’re not eating, you’re in fasting mode. That means you’re not consuming any calories. Only water, black coffee, green tea or whatever else carries next to no calories with it.

That means there’s no room for snacking. All my calories come from that one big meal at the end of the day. In doing so, I have to make sure that my body gets what it needs to see me through for the next time I eat.

This makes you think a lot more carefully about what you eat. My secret is to pad my meal absolutely full of steamed vegetables. They’re low in calories, high in nutrition and fiber and my body can get a lot out of them.

If you do this right, and give yourself something good like brown rice or some other form of complex carbs, you’ll be left feeling satisfied and will be easily be able to make it to the next day.

The Meals are HUGE

Another great benefit of following an OMAD diet is because you’re only having one meal a day, you can afford to stack some size on it.

You need to make it you’re daily amount of calories for it to keep you going, so it needs to be big enough to deliver that. I am a naturally a big eater, how else do you think I made it to 300 lbs?

But with preparing a solid OMAD meal, I can really hit my dinners hard, and man is it satisfying.

That said, this does not mean that your OMAD meal can be a ‘cheat meal’, no fast-food and burgers here my friend. It should be a big healthy meal. Steamed veg, avocado, maybe some nice clean meats like tuna or chicken breast. A nice balanced, but big, meal to really see you through.

OMAD Summary

There are plenty more reasons of why following an OMAD diet can be beneficial to both your health and your lifestyle, however, I want to keep these posts as short and sweet as possible.

With OMAD, I definitely feel like I came to it for the health benefits and I stayed with it for the convenience. It’s an easier way to live your life once you get into it, and some of the meals you can cook up for yourself are fantastic.

It’s worth trying for the time saving alone. But as I say, always check with your doctor or a medical professional first. This diet isn’t for everyone.

Happy OMADing!

– JD