Eating Once a Day Seems to Be Popular

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Two years ago I wrote a post under the category of fitness myths titled "Fitness Myth - Eating Once a Day to Lose Weight." Almost everything I have read in terms of diet has always been to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner with 2 snacks in between. Most popular fitness sites will say the same thing - eat 5 to 6 small meals a day.

Well, I never thought that the article I posted 2 years ago would get so many comments and mostly of people saying that eating once a day is GOOD for losing weight. Surprisingly, most of the comments state that eating once a day was the only way to lose weight. Even with all of those comments I still have to disagree just from my own experience. I don't like starving. I get moody and I get headaches if I haven't had enough to eat.

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I do believe that eating more throughout the day (of the right foods) keeps you fueled for exercise as well as keeping you functioning in general. Besides, how can you get all of the vitamins and nutrients you need from one meal a day? Supplements are fine but they are to supplement - not replace food as your main source of nutrition. I just thought I'd bring this up again since the topic continues to generate comments on the post.

What do you think? Is it safe to eat once a day?


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340 thoughts on “Eating Once a Day Seems to Be Popular”

  1. There is nothing to think about. Any well done text book and coupled with real life experience form people who know what they are doing will tell you exactly why it not a good idea to “lose weight” on one meal a day. There are many ways to “lose weight.” Drastically cutting calories doesn’t work, never has worked and never will work.

    1. Severely cut calories or skip meals.
    2. Body perceives starvation
    3. Lean body mass is reduced causing rapid weight loss
    4. Appetite and sugar cravings increase, while energy levels drop
    5. Over consumption of carb and fat rich foods
    6. Weight gain accelerates and body fat escalates

    If you want to continually hammer away at programming your endocrine and nervous systems this way then be my guest. While you are at it why don’t you also try (for those of you who don’t know a wrench from a pair of pliers of course) repairing your on car instead of taking it into a good mechanic. Basically that is hat you are doing when you think you know what you are doing in your nutrition. Sorry if this seems to attacking but in my world of fitness training and nutrition it is a mess an makes me want to throw my hands up in the air.

    Once again eating once a day for so called “weight loss” is a bad idea. No matter what some people might tell you.

  2. I agree with Robert. Eating once a day is one of the worst things that you can do. It slows down your metabolism and effects your bodies ability to cut calories.

    If you eat 5-6 small, healthy, meals a day, you will speed up your metabolism and your body will be able to process healthy food quicker.

    Eating once a day is effectively starving your body of the nutrients it needs to be healthy and fit. You won’t have energy to exercise, you’ll be tired and irritable and you will have trouble sleeping.

    6 meals a day is the way to go. Not 1.

  3. Good post. And I agree – eating once a day MUSt lead to crashes in energy and ability to perform at one’s best. I’ve heard of even very good athletes doing one meal a day, but I don’t know how they can keep up.

  4. Eating only 1 meal per day in the hope of losing weight will just worsen things up. Starving your body will not only deprive your body from vital nutrients which it needs for proper functioning but will also create hunger pangs that will only make you eat more after.

    As a result, overeating after will only build up fat and excess weight because your body can only assimilate a certain number of calories per meal. The excess calories will be stored as fat.

    Decreasing your daily meals drastically will slow down your body metabolism a lot which isn’t good. Your energy levels will drop and you will feel weak, tired and moody.

    Your body needs foods to function properly and the right type of foods will fuel energy and make you fit to do your daily activities.

    4-6 small meals per day eaten like every 3 hours is ideal. Coupled with exercising and eating the right foods, there is no reason why you won’t shed the excess pounds off. Many people think that more meals = more weight, that’s the reason they cut down on their number of meals but it’s not necessarily true. It also depends what you eat. The starvation mode is really a no no.

  5. Meal times in general are an artificial construct made necessary by the demands of modern society. People should simply eat when they are hungry, when their body is demanding fuel.

  6. Eating one meal a day to lose weight is crazy and probably extremely unhealthy.

    That being said, in response to this craze about “eating 6 meals a day is great for your metabolism.” I have yet to see ANY proof that eating 6 meals a day is better or worse for your metabolism than 3, and I’ve stated so in my blog.

    I have no idea how this rumor started, as I have yet to see anyone link to any reputable study proving this. People should do what works best for them while keeping it healthy, period.

    -Rafi

  7. Great Post! I feel that people these days have no idea what losing weight is all about. No wonder American is rated the #1 obese country yet contains a multi-billion dollar weight-loss industry.

  8. There is not hard and fast number that says 6 meals a day. Secondly trying to get information that is real on the web, about a subject as complex as biochemistry is very questionable at best. It all comes down to controlling blood sugar. Typically (if the previous meal was a good balance of the three macronutrients) and if the person is regularly exercising a meal every 3-4 hours consisting the same balance of macronutrients keeps the blood sugar in that magic and optimal range. See my post above for what happens when there is either a drastic cutting of calories OR a long gap between meals.
    Depending on the persons history (nutrition and exercise), genetics, age, weight, etc this can be in different degrees, but make no mistake that everyone is affected to some degree and the real bugaboo is the repeated abuse of this. It actually “programs” your body. The only way to really learn this stuff is from real medical texts and then from the experience you learn applying it.

  9. I agree… if i only ate 1 meal a day, I would be light headed, mad, shaky and overall just feel nasty. When it was time for that one meal I would go crazy and prob consume more calories in one sitting that I would all day eating my normal 6 meals.

  10. When I lost 100 pounds, I went from not eating breakfast and hardly eating lunch to having breakfast, lunch, dinner, and three snacks–between each meal and before bed.

    As I became a runner, I found that I had to keep fueling the system or I could crash. Due to some cruddy life situations and a hideous transcontinental move, I backslid about 30 pounds, and guess what I did? Yup. Didn’t eat breakfast, stopped eating snacks, and stopped running.

    I have found that if I don’t eat consistently, whether I’m busy or by design, I get overly hungry and start to eat everything. I set alarms on my training watch to remind me to have a snack before I get too hungry, and have started running again. The weight is coming off…slowly, but it’s coming. It’ll take me a number of months, but that’s OK. It’s still better than I was to start with.

    One meal a day is stupidity, in my experience!

  11. I am of the opinion that once a day is not the way to go, but there will always be people who think something like that could possibly work.

  12. Eating one main meal a day really does work. It can free people from orthorexia and allow them to eat like naturally slim people. I’m a martial artist and I eat one meal a day. I never bonk in class or during teaching a class. I have so much more energy and my blood sugar stays level. I eat good fats, so it’s easy to get 1500 – 1600 calories a day. Notice I said one main meal. I snack on bits of protein throughout the day, maybe 300 – 400 calories at the most. I was worried about not eating enough at the main meal but that hasn’t been a problem. I wouldn’t say I follow the Warrior Diet, per se, because I do not buy organic and I eat as many starches as I like. But I’d take advice from someone like Ori Hofmekler versus the overweight dieticians who are pushing unproved science.

    Here’s a blog you might be interested in:

    http://fitnessblackbook.com/dieting_for_fat_loss/lose-body-fat-by-eating-just-one-meal-per-day/

  13. I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years and even eat less than one meal a day. I won’t shock anyone, by disclosing exactly how much I fast, but instead I will share with you my life experience and my parameters. I am 5’8” 140 lbs which is right on target for my age, height and body build. I have a muscular build and have been working out since I was 18 thanks to the Marines. I have not suffered any of the ill effects indicated in some of these post or traditionally attributed to fasting, vegetarianism and working out at the same times i.e. B12 deficiency, iron deficiency, protein deficiency, decreased metabolism, dizziness, fatigue, lethargy etc. In fact I have experience just the opposite. That is, better health and well being overall and am in much better condition than most of my contemporaries. In my over 2 decades of theoretically and empirically exploring diet, nutrition and exercise, I have always been fascinated by the people who give definitive opinions and advice on realities they have never tried or tried in a perfunctory or reluctant manner. Meat eaters swearing that vegetarians suffer protein deficiencies; people who have never missed not even 1 of the 3 meal standard stating that fasting even for one day is unhealthy. In reality, most of these opinions are a manifestation of cognitive dissonance (The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance by changing their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, or by justifying or rationalizing their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors), ignorance and reluctance to think outside of what we’ve been told or to even question it. Some extreme examples of this are smokers and manufacturers of cigarettes who say smoking doesn’t cause cancer, or a pork meister who says fat back is not bad for you. Milder cases are those who love their way of life and seek information that validates it or deny information that denigrates it regardless of the veracity in either direction, i.e. ”I want to eat every day all day so fasting is unhealthy and I know this because I read it on the internet.” My advice to all is to simply explore and gain knowledge, try and think outside of the norm, experiment safely and earnestly to discern the realities for yourself and stop taking information in like pig slop and become more discriminating and experimental. Well over 90% of data available on diet is bullshit. Some of it is by sincere authors who mean well and some is utter nonsense and actually may harm you. In the end, it is an honest intelligent assessment of reality by what should be your favorite source filter and source of information you and your body which will dictate what direction you should go. So happy feasting or fasting. But whatever you do, do it intelligently. The choice is yours.

  14. eating once a day is almost sure to lead to weight loss as it’s very likely that this will lead to a calorie deficit – but as other posts have pointed out, this is not a healthy, long term solution to managing your weight. Poor energy levels, concentration levels and hunger pains are likely to follow. weight loss should be about finding a balance and going for a long trm goal, not a quick fix…

  15. “Our ancestors consumed food much less frequently and often had to subsist on one large meal per day, and thus from an evolutionary perspective, human beings were adapted to intermittent feeding rather than to grazing.”
    (Mattson, M.P., PhD, Lancet 2005; 365:1978-80)

    I’ve gone back to my old ways of eating once a day at night and already my mood’s better, my energy levels higher and I have lost a few pounds – I only have a few to go, and that’s mainly vanity. Best of all, I’ve stopped obsessing about where my next meal is coming from, and what it will be, etc etc.

    I agree completely with Oscar, people are fond of spouting “expert” advice when they themselves are neither in perfect shape, nor are all the millions having “three meals plus two healthy snacks” a day getting noticeably thinner.

    To each their own, but for heaven’s sake avoid knee-jerk responses based on dogma not fact.

  16. Again as I read a few of the posts from people that use the ancient ancestors argument and say they are losing weight and say how much better they feel well…..here is what I have found in many hours of.
    1. Reading and researching medical texts etc
    2. Applying information to myself (with great results BTW)
    3. Applying it to clients (with great results IF they comply of course)

    First of all when someone says they feel better on one meal a day it is MUCH MUCH too simplistic a statement. Individuality is important here. Anytime most people change their diets they will feel very different. At least for a while. They can feel better, sometimes they can feel worse.
    Much of that goes back to the lifestyle and other factors that are NEVER considered when people make statements like this.
    What is the nutritional history?
    The genetic propensity?
    The age?
    The weight (body fat % and lean mass % too)
    What is the exercise history (if any?)
    Stress levels? Does the person handle stress well?
    Meds they take?
    Medical conditions?
    etc, etc.
    Based on the history one person can have a very different reaction, BUT long term it never plays out well.
    Will you lose weight by drastically cutting calories? Of course you will! That’s not the issue. There are many ways to “lose weight.” Doesn’t mean it is healthy. Doesn’t mean it won’t eventually lead to illness.
    Weight gain and weight loss are not the end to the means. They are SYMPTOMS of the big picture. Every time you eat something it is basically a drug. Food at its molecular level is energy. When it is consumed it is broken down and is used in chemical reactions. The type of energy that is consumed, the amount and the state it is consumed in ALL can lead to very different effects. Is it evident at the first meal? Probably not? At the 500th meal? Probably not so much. After the 10,000th meal? You bet it is. By that time the programming is wired deep inside of you. The weight gain or loss finally show up as a necessity for all the other stuff. Much like a fever that forms to battle viruses.
    By the way our ancestors lived a VERY long time ago. They were programmed much differently than us because of their lifestyle. To compare us to them is like comparing apples and oranges. It doesn’t really fly. Plus there are all the unanswered questions. What was there illness rate? How active were they (probably much more active than us). What kind of food ratios? etc.
    I know from experience that people often tell me what they are doing based on their own perceptions and I have to dig to get at the real truth. The internet certainly has opened the lid on that one. So…..this based on fact for sure. Not dogma.

  17. “…other factors that are NEVER considered when people make statements like this”

    While I have no desire to begin a time-consuming debate on this, I have considered those factors at great length with regards to my choices, so without posting my medical history online (it’s pretty uneventful anyway) I am reasonably fit, exercising around 5 days a week, and without any long-term illnesses.

    It’s this assumption that anyone who diverges from the current norm is uneducated and foolish that’s rather irksome, as it reflects poorly on the level of dialogue – if your argument is heavily ad hominem, it immediately weakens your case I’m afraid.

    I spent several years in my mid 20s eating once a day, with occasional exceptions based on hunger or social requirements, and I fell into that routine by chance, from following my body’s cues, being too busy to fuss about artificial schedules – throughout that period I stayed in the optimum height/weight ratio, with good endurance and cardio-vascular fitness.

    A change of career and yes, I’m afraid, the steady trickle of “expert” advice got me eating breakfast and then lunch, even trying snacking in between, and sure enough despite keeping up my fitness, I packed on the extra pounds, and started having cravings and mood swings.

    I gave it a few years, trying high fibre, USDA pyramid straight, variations on high protein, three meals, five, even six small meals, calorie counting, you name it – nothing made me feel liberated and healthy, except this schedule.

    I’m sure you’ll agree that you can’t endeavour to “diagnose” me online, any more than I can tell everyone how to eat, but don’t you think that it’s possible some people have metabolic or genetic factors that mean they do better grazing on many smaller snacks, while other people benefit from fewer, larger, balanced meals?

    The recent re-discovery of the ketogenic diet to successfully manage epilepsy in some children after conventional drugs have failed shows that we are a long, LONG way from knowing everything about the interactions of individuals and their diets and needs.

    Nutrition is a relatively new science – in my youth, pregnant women for example were often advised to eat large amounts of liver, advice that’s now been totally reversed, and the recent exposure of the fallacy that all caffeinated beverages dehydrate you is another example of popular myths that have no basis in empirical fact.

    What bothers me is the outright hostility shown in some quarters to people like me who don’t have eating disorders and are not on some manic, meal-skipping frenzy, compared to the absolute promotion of almost constant eating, ie six small meals a day, or even twelve mini meals in one diet I happened to read about – eating on that schedule is every bit as prone to appeal to people with compulsive-overeating disorder, as the one-meal schedule may to anoretics.

    With obesity at an all-time and lethal high, we can’t afford to ignore the fact that many people have an unhealthy drive to over-consume, and that they’re evidently deeply divorced from the “wisdom of the body” regarding when, and what, to eat.

    While I wouldn’t go so far as to lay the blame solely on the current popularity of frequent meals, I don’t imagine it’s helpful that frank hunger is almost demonised and constant refuelling actively promoted, meaning that the current pop-culture tune is to never experience anything other than satiation.

    In short, one man’s meat is probably another man’s poison – I’m convinced that’s so with meal scheduling, every bit as much as dietary choices.

    As for how this’ll play out long term, hey – I’ll bookmark your site, and if we’re all still around in 40 years, I’ll keep you posted! 🙂

    Meanwhile I’m enjoying the renewed energy, stable moods (and blood sugar – I no longer get shaky or feel weak, unlike the previous mid-morning post-breakfast crashes) – oh, and best of all the relative release from thinking about food (which should support life, not be the centrepiece of it, surely) so plan to continue unless my own body indicates otherwise.

  18. Well regarding whether there are enough nutrients, I tried supplements. Admittedly i wouldn’t get ALL the nutrients supplemented for there’s bound to be something i’d miss out, but i had vitamin, iron, calcium, magnesium tablets.

    So i had 500 calories a day, with those tablets. in 1.5 months, i lost 20lbs. and i’ve kept it off. while on that once a day diet, i exercised once in a while, around 30min jogging every 3-4 days. i also went to the gym twice a week to ensure that some muscles stay.

    well, it worked…at least for me. to me, i wanted to get it over and done with…and low calories for 1.5 months, along with supplements, probably wouldn’t do much to hurt my health. that’s how i reasoned with myself. i’m glad i did that because i got to my goal weight fast and am so happy about it. it’s been months since and i’m fitter than ever 🙂

  19. http://rachel421-intermittentfasting.blogspot.com

    like chloe im going in the midst of a year long wait and see approach. its been six months so far with many wonderful benefits. this is the first thing to work for me, ever. nothing but fantastic things to say about it. lots of fear needs to be overcome. i believe that will come with time and communication, and courage!

  20. Anything under 1,200 calories for a female is worryingly low, and I would recommend extreme caution. Read up on the Minnesota starvation study, there’s a lot of info about it online and you’ll get an idea of how prolonged under-nutrition can actually affect the personality, and lead to all kinds of compulsions – including to diet further.

    Long term effects of semi-starvation on females can include osteoporosis, and believe me, you don’t want that in your future ladies – you’ll risk being hunched over like a crone as your disks give way, and painful and potentially lethal spontaneous fractures at your major joints.

    You could also irrevocably damage your heart muscles, leading to heart failure: a side-effect of which is edema, swelling of the lower limbs and abdomen with large quanitities of fluid, which aside from anything else is disfiguring and extremely uncomfortable.

    Not trying to leap on any bandwagons here but just be careful, and above all, educate yourselves.

    My singular meal is in the region of around 1600 – 2200 calories a night, depending on hunger, what fruits are in season, and so on. It’s comprised of at least four veg and one piece of fruit, plus protein, dairy, and starchy carbs, some of which include the occassional handful of cookies, or piece of cake.

    There are another 300 or so calories that get taken in during the day with coffee (organic cream), maybe a few ounces of cheese if I’m feeling peckish, etc. I’m not primarily doing this for fast weightloss, more to contain my appetite and feel clear-headed.

    That said, extremely low caloric intakes are by no means the preserve of people who eat only one main meal a day, any more than excessive intake is the reserve of people who eat many meals…

  21. What strikes me about this idea of 1 meal a day is that the weight loss is not selective.

    Much of the weight loss will be in the form muscle mass, which when lost leads to metabolic decline and thus potentiating the liklihood of increased weight gain should “normal” eating be resumed.

    I have read information that suggested weight could be lost and metabolic rate maintained on a diet of 800kcal per day – but this included the use of resistance training and was suggested for relatively short periods of time.

    Either way, it doesnt matter as optimal health and wellbeing comes from a state of balance, and i would hardly label eating 1 meal a day as balanced.

    Not the way forward IMO

  22. What works for one person might not work for another and vice versa. My mom was very heavy for a long time and went on a diet-deciding to eat once a day, whatever she wanted until she was satisfied. Any you know what…it worked for her. Meaning she lost the weight and has maintained it for a long time. I think the reason she is able to do that is because that is something that she can still with all the time. I know that for some people it would never work. I am in the process of doing this and it seems to be working. I can eat what I want until I am fun and don’t have to worry about consuming too many calories. I am satisfied and very healthy. I dunno. Just my thoughts.

  23. Look. Of course it worked for your Mom. Less calories and you will lose ALL weight. Good and bad. Its the long term health effects that are a problem. Protein robbing will eventually catch up with you (for example). There are many ways to “lose weight”. Nature will take “something” off. Always. It doesn’t make excuses for ignorance (not ignorant people) just people who don’t know that they don’t know. So it certainly doesn’t mean it’s in the person;s best interest to do it that way.

  24. I’m genuinely puzzled at the assumption that someone who only eats one substantial meal a day would lack the know-how to make that one meal balanced and adequate, yet that eating several (usually smaller) meals a day would automatically guarantee sufficient protein, minerals, healthy fats, etc?

    I’m fairly sure that many overweight people are technically malnourished, and we’re almost never looking at someone with a perfectly balanced (but excessively caloric) diet switching to a poorer diet, solely because of the number of times they choose to eat per day.

    Understanding the basics of good balanced nutrition, free from fads or excesses of restriction (OR intake) is the responsibility of all of us, dieters or bodybuilders, whatever.

    That we choose different schedules means nothing in that context. And someone who doesn’t understand how to make their one meal complete is unlikely to become enlightened just because they have more mealtimes to play with: most people stick with a small range of preferred foods, unless they understand the need for balance and variety.

  25. i eat about 1700 aver. in one or two sittings a day. 5-2hr window. im good. healthier than ive ever been. i actually crave nutritious foods now. funny the egotistic need to make what works for yourself work for every single other person on the planet. i started IFing. dropped 25lbs. stalled. now im , gasp, dropping some extra grain carbs at night. my fat is falling off again! lions, and tigers and bears…oh my!!! 🙂

  26. http://entropyproduction.blogspot.com/search?q=feast+fast+dichotomy

    my fav post explaining the low calorie, grazing effect of high insulin diets on amino loss. when you fast and release GH, the Gh protects the aminos in the organs and muscle tissues.

    low calories diets where you eat grains off and on all day switch off Gh, thus stopping the protective nature of the hormones. so obvious why 2000 cals of all day grazing used to leave me exhausted and depleted.

  27. I’ve also theorised that constant grazing makes at least some individuals who are susceptible crave yet more food, as their body never gets a few hour’s break from the cycle of feeding, digesting, relaying nutrients to the cells, insulin release, etc.

    If I eat three meals a day, my appetite increases for high-carb foods at the expense of veg in particular: I experience frequent hunger and I wake positively starving, yet my weight also rises, albeit only slightly.

    The psychological effect of being constantly focused on the next meal or snack may also be damaging to some people, as it reinforces a notion that satiety is the only healthful state, and keeps one’s focus firmly on food.

    Interesting input Rachel, thank you: nutrition is still a relatively young science, despite the confident pronouncements of many current “experts” in the field, and I doubt whether the final picture will be the one-size-fits-all regimen that dieticians are always so eager to portray.

  28. I do not believe it is healthy at all to eat once a day. If you only eat once a day make sure it is breakfast so it will at least boost your metabolism right away. Eating throughout the day keeps your metabolism going through out the entire day which will in turn help you lose weight. Also, the more muscle you have, the more your metabolism works. Great post!

  29. Matt, what if I don’t wish to “boost my metabolism”?

    I’ve been following with interest the latest research on caloric restriction and longevity – while I’m not sure I’d be willing to be too extreme, a recent study in monkeys showed a clear longevity & health benefit from lowering caloric intake, and therefore the rate of metabolism.

  30. I think eating once per day is ridiculous. How many studies have shown benefit of eating 5-6 small meals per day? If your goal is weight loss/management, this is the plan that you should stick with. My entire staff at Studio Element Personal Training in St. Louis recommends this method to all of our clientele.

  31. 40+ years of my own life in my own body is the study I’m using, to decide what’s best for my own health. Don’t worry though, I remember when experts were frantically advocating the use of trans-fat heavy margerine, based on the “latest studies” – basically, we can either be a slave to experts, or listen to our own body’s wisdom.

    What baffles me is most is no-one here is trying to tell everyone on the planet to eat once/day, yet many people are trying to act as though their many-meals/day plan is the only one.

    Given that many advocates of the 3 – 6 meals/day plans are in the business of helping people lose weight… well, I’ll leave the reader to draw their own consludions. Suffice to say that if commercial diets and fitness plans worked 100%, they’d be out of business in around 24 months, as even the largest customer achieved, and maintained, a slim body.

    Since I’m not eating once a day primarily for weight loss, but rather to vanquish cravings, which it has now succeeded on doing for over several months, it mystifies me why anyone would want me to bring them back?

    Eating six meals a day seems like a superb way to program oneself to stay focused on food, and the potential problems with that when discipline and portion control inevitably slip seem fairly obvious.

  32. http://rachel421-intermittentfasting.blogspot.com

    some people will never be able to get thier minds around the concept of biochemical diversity. you try to explain the myriad of points in between a full blown diabetic and a completely insulin sensitive person, and their eyes glaze over since they don’t even understand the insulin response pathway. its all calories in, calories out, hunger is the devil, my muscles are so tenderly fragile that eating every two hours is essential, ect ect
    john wayne would blush at such food dependency.

    its the oprahized version of bob green/dr.oz health. about 25% of the population do well on high carb, about 25% do well on very low carb. that fact alone says it all on how diverse and complex we all are.

    at least it makes for great theater and posturing on blog and websites. i get kindof get tickled to hear so many young, fit people echo how i used to sound like back in earlier, more insulin sensitve days. lol. hear hear, :):)

  33. This is bull, nobody cares about health. It’s all about being thin. It’s always about being thin. Is it going to kill you if you eat one meal a day? NOO Will you get headaches and stomach pains in the beginning because your body is not used to the change? YES Will you lose weight and suddenly fit into that size 9 top you saw at the store the other day. Your whole life change and you receive more acceptance because this world is so damn visual?? Yes. The bottem line is the end result. Celebrities have been doing it for years!!!!

  34. I care about health. I care about not being a slave to cravings, not slowly gaining weight, even if it’s only 5 or 10lbs, I have NO interest in “celebrity” culture (which incidentally advocates 6 or even 12 meals/day) and I care most of all about being the best I can be, at the gym, at work (which has a physical component, on sites) and in life.

    Increasingly I’m realising that personal experience with food, nutrition, and health gets ground down in the face of trends and so on. As a well-built guy I have no interest in “dress” sizes, and I’ve finally reached an age where I care more about what works for ME, than anything else (hence my comments about the trend for trans fats, etc).

    The only reason I find a gruesome interest in posting here is that the “one size fits all” bloggers, with URLs to their products, are talking at best well-meaning BS, and it’s amazing how much ingnorant evangelism goes on, in the name of health, weight loss/maintenance, and nutrition.

    Whatever! 😉

  35. Ok, I’ll admit. Some
    people care about health. Bit it’s not really the celebrity culture I am speaking of here. It’s western society and wesrtern society’s standards. I would not expect a man to agree but on the same note you (meaning most men) wouldn’t look twice at a woman over a size twelve. So of course you’re not worried about your “dress size” but I’m sure you’d like the woman sharing your bed
    side to be worried about hers. It’s more than about Jennifer Aniston waist circumfrence or Megan Fox’s Jean size. Years from now the world will continue to turn and women will continue to choose salads over cheeseburgers not because of health but because of acceptance

  36. Interesting digression: “western” society is at least a society where women aren’t expected to eat after the male at every meal, like an afterthought. Would you care to launch such a broadside against any other sector of society, or ethnic group? Or do you reserve your comments for the fashionably vague notion of “the west”?

    Also, why do you care so much? All comments on here have been pretty honest to date, so I would like to know your specific reasons and experiences before I can get too invested in this stuff.

  37. Hey Charlie we’re not hanging up draperies here. I am just commenting on a blog. Hello? LOL. I think you’re turning a mole hill into a mountain here. My experiece and reasoning is just life itself, what I witness with naked eyes regardless of whether I turn on the television or not. I was just posting my opinion and saying that given that you have a dick that I would not expect you to see or sympathize with hardships that women face in society..western society. . Yes, men suffer them too, but they can technically go a day without eating and lose five pounds and pressures aren’t put on them they are on women. Every ethnic group within western society (including mine) has to conform to the ideals that are so imbedded in our nations mind for the past 100+ years. That’s why you’ll never see Sherri Shepard grace the cover of Cosmo. To be perfectly honest, this is getting a bit out of hand. You have your opinion, I have mine. It will not change. Plus were on the same side anyway!! Dueces

  38. Eating once a day works and it extremely well. I know beacuse I tried it. Lost over 30 pounds in about 3 weeks and beenkeeping it off for months. I also tried 3-6 meals per day and lost about 5 pounds in two months working out like a slave. I came to realise that eating once a day let my body burn more fat when I work out ( half the time over 6 meals) working out let me build more muscle) . When I started it was hard but I was focused and over time my stomach shrunk and now I cant even eat more than tiwce a day and I am good. I am healtheir now than ever. I look ever better, whish i had done this years ago.

  39. well to be honest, when i started toying with IFing and low carbing, i was getting dangerously close to disability status. i had no bikini dreams in mind, just desperate to stay out of a wheelchair. have lots of issues i won’t teadiously bray about here, but no, not everyone is fantasizing about being attractive and accepted by the “beautiful people”…not in my case any way. granted, if you’ve been as sick as that, its a hard thing to imagine or take into consideration. i hope most never find out what its like.

  40. Now I’ve heard some people say that eating more than once a day can cause too much stomach acid build up because of the time lapse for the body to digest a meal. But when it comes to this rule, it’s gotta be WHAT you eat.

  41. Don’t like starving huh. I believe you cannot starve if you miss a few meals…….heck not even a few days or weeks of meals. Starving comes about when you have used up your glycogen stores, your fat stores and then starving takes place. I weight over 200 pounds and it could well take me 4 weeks of not eating anything at all to start starving.

  42. This is an update to my story. So I did the once a day thing for about a month and lost about 30lbs. I am now adding additional meal lunch( grill lean chicken apprx 300cal). I did add that meal beacuse I had reached my goal and did want to be too small. I am kinda muscular recently started ketogenic diet. I know the so called expert so it’s no good, you cant argue with the result…..I have abs defination for the first time in my life. I am proberly up to about 1800 cals a day and happy.

  43. I would like to add to this post by saying that I kinda stumbled on eating one meal a day after just being so busy that I didn’t really think about it, I had been trying for months to lose weight starting at the beginning of this year I was (210)and after vigorous workouts of 5-6 days a week and eating 4-5 meals a day for 4 months straight I only dropped down to a stable 196 (without being able to drop any more), kinda layed off the excercise due to frustration but still been busy and sometimes too busy to eat until I get home (did this for the last 2 weeks and dropped down to 175!! It made me curious about eating once I day and research if other people do this, because I feel better, have more energy, and even mentally clear in my thinking. I feel like this is what works for my body, not eating 4-5 meals a day like others suggest. What works for me may not work for another but this is something I can stick with because I don’t feel deprived and can eat whatever I want and still get the results I need.

  44. I think there’s also a good reason that throughout history (by which I mean untold millenia of human experience, not a few months of “research”) eating too frequently was frowned upon by our ancestors in every single culture, all of who had far more physically demanding jobs than the majority of us, including the women who had to scrub a full week’s worth of laundry each week, using little more than elbow-power, water and primitive soap.

    I continue to believe that six meals a day is designed to lure in people who are already food-addicted, not to the nutrition that keeps them alive but to the physical pleasure of eating, and that anyone promoting what amounts to a lifetime of nearly constant obsessing about food and the next mealtime is playing into that addiction, which is killing and crippling millions in the developed world.

    Then again, I don’t make my business out of people desperate to lose weight, so I can talk from personal experience and the facts of history, and not some selected pieces of “research” (which, incidentally, the next person to mention had better link to if they want to retain ANY cred – there’s a link for “website” above if comment links aren’t permitted in this blog. Interesting to see if the “six meals a day” crew here will sacrifice that nice big linky to their own sites, in favour of helping all us poor misguided people…).

  45. The metabolism thing is a sort of catch all phrase. At it’s most basic it is about blood sugar. “Metabolism” only works as well as your blood sugar levels are. That is where the real science is. Very difficult to regulate blood sugar in an efficient manner when certain regulators are not provided.
    Sure…….. bodies adapt to eating once a day. They can adapt to many things very well. Does that mean because it has adapted that it is a healthy adaptation? Time will tell about that one.

  46. My great-grandparents had heavy manual-labour jobs in their own farm, and ate three meals a day, of which the evening meal was little more than a snack. My grandparents (before and after WW2) had semi-manual indoors jobs, and ate one big meal a day at midday – breakfast was tea and two bits of toast, supper (the third meal) being a few biscuits, and 2 cups of tea.

    Throughout history, most people have eaten (when they could get them) two large meals and one smaller meal a day, and that was in jobs requiring caloric output few of us can compete with.

    Now, Robert, I appreciate I inadvertantly “invited” you to link to – well, it’s your own business site again, isn’t it, nice bit of self-promotion there – but I want to see some INDEPENDENT research, evidence based, re five or six meals a day being the ABSOLUTE gold standard of nutrition before this goes any further, because we’re really going in circles here (though it is quite funny!).

    Meanwhile I’m going to assume that anyone promoting constant mealtimes FOR EVERYONE is unaware that they are promoting eating disorders, since compulsive over-eating IS an eating disorder, and one that’s killing and crippling more people with every passing year to boot.

    Six mealtimes, spread out evenly over the average person’s 16 hour waking period, means eating around every 160 minutes – if that’s the absolute optimum for our bodies, it’s a miracle nature even allows us to sleep for longer than 2 hours at a stretch, without waking URGENTLY for a snack…

    Please let me remind anyone following this saga, neither me nor anyone else who has chipped in on the “eating once a day” side has attempted to suggest this is a suitable way for anyone else to live, least of all, EVERYONE – speaking at least for myself, I’m simply tired of the disinfo – doubly so when it comes from people whose income relies on the existence of overweight punters.

  47. I agree that eating once a day makes no sense at all, but since I have met people that have lost weight this way, I will play devil’s advocate. If you eat once a day you don’t have to think about what you are going to eat, you eat nothing at all. That one meal is basically anything you want because no matter what you eat you will probably have a deficit for the day. For some, eating nothing at all is easier then thinking about what to eat for 3-6 meals.

    If you eat one meal a day you can still have a social life without telling your friends you are on a diet. You can drink, eat dinner and dessert and still lose weight. For people that eat with family you don’t have to make a separate plate for yourself. I think most people do this because they don’t want to impact their friends and family.

  48. Charlie, can you give me a for instance on a typical meal? I’ve been trying this new way of eating for the last few days and love it so far. Haven’t experienced any of the drawbacks that have been mentioned by others and the best part is I don’t have to make diet choices every 3 to 4 hours. What freedom from convention!!! When dinner time rolls around, I’m actually in more control of what I eat than when I was trying 3 – 6 meals per day. I’m not trying to lose weight. If I maintain, that’ll be good enough for me!

  49. Sure, I’ll tell you about my choices, but they might not work for you hon.

    Also, please note, my reply below does NOT constitute an attempt to give nutritional or medical advice to anyone, and I am NOT a qualified nutritionist or health care practitioner. I’m just a guy on the internet, saying what I eat lately.

    You need to research nutrition, and make your own choices, in consultation with your medical provider and other qualified professionals, as you deem appropriate.

    So I’m posting this in good faith, as a comment about my own chosen current lifestyle. That’s all.

    Around 12 – 14 hours after I wake up, I get hungry. I usually eat something like salad (lettuce, cukes, tomatoes, celery, maybe basil if I have some fresh) with olive oil dressing to start, maybe some shavings of parmesan, or a fresh veg or lentil soup if it’s too cold for salad.

    Then I have some meat or fish with potatoes (mash, boiled, roast, baked – whatever goes best) and a cooked veg or two (carrots, maybe broccoli) or curry & rice, or pasta with meat and some veg in the sauce. Or rice and beans. Whatever’s good, and whatever I fancy that’s got protein.

    Then maybe some cheese & crackers with fruit, or fruit juice and a dessert like pie or cheesecake, and I always like a few chunks of a good dark chocolate (Green & Black’s 85% stuff) with a cup of green tea or a glass of wine to finish off.

    I’m scrupulous about getting 7 – 9 “portions” of fruit & veg, because my family who’ve lived the longest best lives were big veg eaters!

    I never eat stuff with hydrogenated veg. oils, and I’ll only eat organic meat. I don’t eat big quantities, though they don’t look like a dieter’s plate either (I’m steadily maintaining now and don’t want or need to lose) but do eat energy-dense foods like potatoes, red meat and desserts without worrying about the calories.

    And take my time over it all, I don’t ever bolt food.

    Couple of times getting back into this after gaining from eating more often, I estimated calories, and my meals work out anywhere between around 1800 – 2500calories/day.

    I drink a lot of water through the day, and sometimes have a black tea or coffee when I wake up as well. Oh, and it’s kind of childish, but I’ll usually have a mug of hot milk before bed, it helps me sleep.

    Back when I was aiming at 3 meals a day, I ate around the same, but I’d be having that salad and potatoes at lunch with a little meat or tuna, and never feeling full afterwards, then crashing: oh, and I’d maybe skip dessert, in favour of some cereal or wholemeal toast in the morning, and so on.

    It was around the same amount, but I was hungry all the time and the carbs (breads and starches) started to creep up because I seldom felt full, and I’d find myself craving chocolate between meals as soon as the blood-sugar high from the latest meal had subsided.

    But eating this way, I no longer have that crash at 3 hours after my meal.

    I’ve never claimed my way is for everyone, unlike some of the people/businesses here who promote eating every 3 hours or less, and I’ve only replied on here so far to balance what I believe is a stupidly limited “one size fits all” thinking, that supports eating disorders in many people who compulsively over-eat.

    Be interested to hear from anyone here for whom 5 – 6 meals a day is working out long-term as a maintenance plan, and who DOESN’T have a business (based on people who want to lose weight) to promote/link to, to add a bit of balance, and open up like I just have?

  50. Hey Charlie.
    I am not currently eating 5-6 mini meals–it’s more like 3 regular meals and two small snacks–but when I was running consistently 25 miles a week, I had to or I’d crash.

    As an athlete training for a marathon, I couldn’t eat one such large meal. I didn’t have the time, nor did I have the inclination to eat enough to satisfy me for an entire day.

    I found that, as a runner, my relationship with food became more about fuel, and less about what I felt like eating. I had to eat particular foods before a run, because certain things weigh too heavily on the stomach and make it uncomfortable–or even made me sick to my stomach. I needed certain foods afterwards, with a specific 4:1 ratio of carbs:protein, which is recommended for recovery after a long distance (like a 20 miler). I also found that after about three hours, I got very hungry.

    Eating this way, with the exercise of course, worked perfectly for me. Imagine the opposite: needing to run 20 miles on no fuel except for what I’d had the day before, or alternately after a single-meal day. I wouldn’t have been able to do it–I’d have crashed, one way or the other–too much food, or too little.

    Naturally that is specific to athletes, but I thought I’d share why, in this one instance, I found that frequent smaller meals worked better.

    BTW, I thought you made a fantastic point that nobody should claim their way is the best way. I think we all have to find what works for us. Some people’s physiology works great with small frequent meals; some work better with one large one. It depends on our bodies, our genetic makeup and even our culture, really.

    Enjoy!

  51. Thanks Charlie! My reason for asking for an example meal wasn’t to put you on the spot, but more to get an idea of how to put a day’s worth of calories into one healthful meal. I’m absolutely loving this way of eating, but my only challenge is making sure that I eat enough calories. I’m a spinach salad maniac from way back and our home is never without fresh fruit and veggies. But so much of that is low calorie or lower than regular “meat and potato” fare. In my first couple of weeks of once-daily eating, I’ve noticed that eggs help me top off my calories for the day.

    I exercise religiously every morning and have for most of my 38 years. Every other day of an hour of resistance training and every other day of running or cycling. This is the coolest part of my observation of eating this way: the energy rush I get from exercising lasts ALL day! I went into this preparing myself for needing some help from a banana or healthful snack to keep going because surely eating once daily at night wouldn’t carry me through…but it does! Now, having said that I’m not the same caliber athlete as Karina – and Karina when I was training for 1/2 and full marathons, I remember thinking of my food as fuel, as well – there is a definite demand for calories from my body that once-daily eating at night seems to satisfy quite nicely.

    I agree that one size does not fit all in regard to how we eat, exercise, live our lives, etc. But I am truly excited to have found this way and to have found others who have, too.

    I am raising two beautiful little girls and have thought about making sure they have a healthy relationship with food, neither under-eating nor over-eating. To that end I despise the “schedule” of eating once at 8 a.m., again at noon, then dinner at 6. When they tell me they are hungry, they eat and it may only be a couple of large, balanced meals a day. As their mother, I know the example I set means so much and I can’t help but feel this eating once daily sets a good foundation. I’m now practicing what I preach. They see me exercise and eat a well-balanced, healthful meal WHEN I’m HUNGRY (not starving or in any way out of control). I’m not a slave to the schedule or society’s diet gimics.

    I’m loving this post and look forward to reading what others have to share, one way or the other!

  52. I started Intermittent fasting one month ago. I typically do a water only fast once a week for 36 hours. On the days I eat I maintain a feeding window between 3pm and 6pm for all my daily caloric intake.

    I have never been a breakfeast eater or coffee drinker, going against all convetional wisdom that this is the most important meal of the day. My question is for who, certainly not me as when I eat breakfeast my body goes into slow motion. I workout first thing in the morning, 4 -5 times a week doing both cardio and weight lifting. I am stronger with more energy heading to the gym in a fasted state. I just get busy with work and if I do get a hunger pang, then I drink water or green tea.

    I have lost 20 lbs in the last 8 weeks since rejoining the gym, however most of the inches have come off in the last 4 weeks since I started the intermittent fasting. Before I started IF, I tried the 5 meal a day and found myself overeating. Now my realtionship with food has changed as after a fast a piece of fruit and or a piece of brocoli never tasted so good.

    It may not be for everyone but it is givng me the results I am looking for and I feel great and do not feel like I am sacraficing.

  53. Charlie, and anyone else eating once daily, have you noticed that food does actually taste different after a while of eating once daily? One of the first observations I made in my own experience is that at the end of the day, when it’s time to eat, I’m not craving anything I can get my hands on. I seem to only truly desire proteins (like chicken and eggs), nuts, salads, and milk. On the weekends, my once-daily meals are more family and social oriented so I allow some latitude for things like pizza and burgers – although, I don’t crave them as I used to. But they taste different! Not sure if the flavors are just more intense? Last weekend we ordered pizza and my husband (who eats several times daily) assured me that it was excellent while I couldn’t finish because it was just too salty.

    I have had zero trouble with energy levels during the day – on the contrary I’ve noticed being able to buzz around without a hitch from start to finish with no crash except at bed time. My weight has only fluctuated a couple of pounds down and I haven’t seemed to have suffered any loss of lean muscle. Morning workouts are continuing as usual with no apparent loss of endurance. So tell me again why eating once daily is such a bad idea??

  54. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with eating once a day. It’s how I (along with many of my healthy, long living relatives) typically eat on a regular basis. Except for when I was very young the last time I recall having three square meals a day was probably around high school. Today I’m 29, fit as a horse, I eat what I want (just only in the evenings after work), I consider myself fairly athletic (I run about 15+ miles a week at a 7 minute pace), I’m not obese nor would you look at me and think I looked anorexic. I look fit and I feel fit. The only days I feel like I don’t have energy happens to be when I eat breakfast/lunch to be social, like at the office, and ironically – those are the only days where I find myself constantly hungry and craving foods I typically don’t eat (vending machine junk).

    My average meal consists of whatever I’m hungry for – mostly chicken, potatoes, vegetables (I like broccoli and cauliflower the most), fish, pasta, eggs, cheese, beans, etc… There is no calorie counting in my home and we don’t measure servings. It’s eat till you’re full, whatever makes your mouth and tummy happy (that includes ice cream).

    Personally, while I think it’s good for little ones to eat regularly because their bodies are growing, I think most people simply eat far more then they need to. It’s okay to have an empty stomach, that’s not starving yourself. 1 to 2 months of actually ‘starving’ yourself will cause permanent organ damage and then kill you (and in that case I’d have died over a decade ago). Reducing the frequency in which you eat is not starving yourself. Stop worrying about trying to micromanage your food and focus more on just listening to when you’re body is truly hungry. Peach!

  55. I’m a recent convert to eating less often although the system I stumbled across and am trying(for a week now) is “Fast 5” with an eating window of 2pm to 7pm so I am eating more than once a day but over a five hour window…

    I am absolutely loving it – I have lost a kilo(2.2lbs) in the last week and I haven’t even done the plan every day…

    I look forward to breakfast at 2pm and it tastes delicious – I eat my home made museli – oats, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, small amount of dried fruits for flavour and mix it up with whey powder and water – I eat a bowl of that – an ordinary desert bowl (about a coffee cup full).

    That keeps me going until 4pm when my son gets home from school and is looking for a snack – I literally have a snack with him, fruit with a couple of rice crackers spread with some cream cheese… a banana is a favourite at this time although the other day I shared a pot of 2 minute noodles with him and really enjoyed it and it filled me up until dinner.

    6.30 I eat a normal evening meal with the family… some kind of meat and various vegetables – potato yes if I want…

    My window closes at 7 and so far I’m not tempted to snack after dinner… I’m full…

    As for calories I have no idea as I don’t count them at all… However, I am aware that white starchy carbs have not much to add nutritionally to my food choices so I avoid them and also I try to limit my dairy (small amount of cheese is ok) as I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and milk makes me bloated and gassy… very embarrasing…

    I only exercise three times a week – Monday Wednesday and Friday – 30 mins jog/ steep walking on the treadmill and then 30 mins on the cross trainer – I’m always hot and sweaty when I’m done and feel fantastic… I do have some small weights at home which I will pick up randomly during the day but I’m not religious about it…

    I feel great… I’m eating less and I’ve lost weight – I know I’ll have to moderate it slightly when I am ready for maintenance as I only have about 3 kilos (7 lbs) to lose to reach my goal weight. (I now weigh 57 kilos – 125.4lbs)

    Most importantly, I know I cannot go back to 5 – 6 meals a day for 7 days a week type system I followed for years because it just does not work for me… As some of the others above reported – the more I eat the more I want to eat and the less will power I seem to have – I really don’t like feeling hungry all day and trying to deny myself… the fasting till 2pm is much easier to do than to try to eat less all morning… I don’t know why but it just works…

    I hope this helps others to open your minds to the possibility that this can be a legitimate version of a normal eating plan…

    I have not convinced my husband yet and that’s why I don’t do it on the weekend… Eating is part of what we do together and he feels a loss if I’m not eating with him So every Saturday and Sunday I eat traditionally with him – I just focus on protein and avoid white starchy carbs and hope for the best on those days and last week I still managed a weight loss over the whole week…

    So, win win…

  56. My father eats just one meal a day because he says he gets too tired after eating. He’s a thin man, but I can’t help but think he’d be in much better shape and feel less tired if he ate more meals throughout the day.

    I think people just misjudge their portion sizes when people tell them to eat 5 – 6 small meals a day. If you’re eating that often your portion sizes need to be really small and you shouldn’t have that “stuffed” feeling. You should just be full.

  57. Yes Lindsey I see what you mean about portion sizes and that’s exactly where people seem to fail with the 5 -6 “small” meals a day – well me anyway… I just find it easier to fast than to try to eat small portions until 2pm each day… I have now made my life easier however by purchasing a juice extractor – I am very interested in the juicing philosophies I have been reading on various websites and and now making up a big vegie juice in the morning and sipping on those until 2pm so I’m not really going without food – I’m still losing weight though.. so it’s working… the juice is carrot, beetroot, ginger, apple, one small potato and something green (this morning I used a half a head of brocolli and yesterday I had cabbage…) this feels marvelous – a couple of sips and my appetitite is suppressed – I use a liquer glass and can take up to an hour to finish it – I’m still drinking copious cups of green tea – it’s great… then pretty much as my post above…

    cheers…

  58. I couldn’t eat only one meal per day. By the time lunch comes I am starving. I usually eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a snack after dinner (which I should probably try to stop).

  59. What I found out, totally by accident, is that I’d be starving for lunch only if I DID eat breakfast. Several times in my life I’ve been guilted into eating a certain way because all the experts say it’s the best thing for me. I’d eat breakfast because “it’s the most important meal of the day” and I would barely be done with my breakfast when I’d be obsessing over what’s for lunch – cravings galore! The crazy mornings when I’d be flying around the house and leave forgetting to eat breakfast would be totally different – I could coast through the first half of the day with no difficulty. Still, I felt guilty because surely this was not the way I was supposed to eat and would eat lunch out of that feeling of obligation to by body.

    Gotta share with you now that after 2 months of eating once daily at dinnertime, I finally get it and wish I’d gotten it years ago. This way works best for me. And while I would never prescribe a cookie cutter method of eating for the entire world population, I would definitely encourage others to explore what works best for them, even if it means not listening to “conventional wisdom” and seek what makes your body tick.

    Since changing my eating habits to eating once daily, I have experienced a net weight loss of 4 pounds. My intention was not to lose weight, however, it just happened. I have had no loss of energy and stamina for my morning workouts. I haven’t experienced any loss of muscle mass – to the contrary, I am experiencing more definition in all large muscle groups and casual observers remark on the “guns!” I have no restrictions at dinnertime. I eat anything prepared including dessert but I insist on a huge spinach salad (because I love them) to go with it. I drink sometimes half a gallon of 1% milk through the meal. And at no time during my day am I craving anything.

    You still out there Charlie? Thanks for the outside-the-box input early on! I’m truly loving this!!!!!

  60. Sue, your comment is a perfect example of why promoting eating one meal a day is incredibly unhealthy. So you eat whatever you like for that one meal – for example a piece of cake with fries and a cheeseburger. Doesn’t matter because it’s still calorie deficient since it’s your only meal for the day. Yes, desserts are a healthy choice as well as fries… they have all the nutrients your body needs to function (can you hear the sarcasm yet?)

    I truly don’t care for what anyone has said so far about how good it can be to eat just one meal a day, i think it is totally unhealthy and can promote a whole new problem for our youth. While i don’t feel you HAVE to have 6 meals a day either since everyone is different and our lifestyles may not allow for it due to time (it works for me however – 3 main meals, 2 snacks), MODERATION is key and i personally do not feel overloading the body with one big meal for the day to cram in your daily nutrient needs is healthy.

  61. Sue, your comment is a perfect example of why promoting eating one meal a day is incredibly unhealthy. So you eat whatever you like for that one meal – for example a piece of cake with fries and a cheeseburger. Doesn’t matter because it’s still calorie deficient since it’s your only meal for the day. Yes, desserts are a healthy choice as well as fries… they have all the nutrients your body needs to function (can you hear the sarcasm yet?)

    I truly don’t care for what anyone has said so far about how good it can be to eat just one meal a day, i think it is totally unhealthy and can promote a whole new problem for our youth. While i don’t feel you have to have 6 meals a day either since everyone is different, i do agree with what Robert has stated so far. 5 meals a day works for me – 3 main meals, 2 snacks. So much depends on your own body – how much you weigh, your height, fat and lean muscle %. This will all affect HOW much your body needs per day. If eating only ONE meal a day was so healthy, professional athletes would be doing it. Since they need to make absolutely sure their body stays in 100% great shape and works efficiently, one meal a day is just stupid. MODERATION is key and i personally do not feel overloading the body with one big meal for the day to cram in your daily nutrient needs is healthy.

  62. Eating once a day much more closely mimics the patterns that our hunter gatherer ancestors metabolisms evolved on for half a million years. Maybe some light grazing on nuts or berries through the day, with one large protien based meal to emulate the feast that would be had when a hunter made a kill.

    Frequent periods of 24-48 hours with little to no food and high energy expenditure were the norm. This is why our bodies evolved to be so good at storing unused sugars as fat, only now instead of getting our sugars from berries that we find while walking, we get it in half gallon containers of carbonated high fructose corn syrup.

    I strongly recommend everyone try the paleolithic diet at least once. Since doing it I have shed fat I always thought impossible to lose and endurance on my long runs (7-10 miles) has gone up. Periodic fasting and calorie restriction activates certain genes responsible for protecting and regenerating tissue as well as reducing insulin levels, blood sugar and blood lipid profiles.

    Current nutritional about a grain based diet comes from a scientific community funded by monies from a powerful heavily subsidized corn lobby. One can not argue with 500,000 years of evolution. give it a shot, the first three days are painful as your body makes the switch from burning sugars for fuel to burning fat. You will have headaches, and low energy. At about five days you will start to feel amazing though, like you just had a shot of espresso, as your body starts tapping the long lasting stable fuel that only fat provides. Sugars and carbs are metabolized to quickly creating spikes and crashes with increased cravings for more carbs.

  63. “… i think it is totally unhealthy and can promote a whole new problem for our youth…”

    An opinion is an opinion. Mine is that I would rather my two girls grow up putting food in its place: as a means to stay alive. I, unlike so many who have posted opinions, have tried eating in most all ways recommended: by eating many small meals, eating 3 larger meals and a couple of snacks during the day, eating larger in the morning than evening, high protein/low carb, etc., etc. The way I have found that I prefer to eat is to live my days full of energy and free up the time I used to spend eating (and thinking of eating) to use for more constructive works, and eat a truly well-balanced (and more healthful than most can imagine) meal. My girls see me eat and eat healthfully. Food is not my enemy and they know that. Nor is it my best friend, and they see that as well. And they see me stronger than most grown women they know.

    As Andrew mentioned, I too have experienced a more lean and fitter physique after changing my eating habits to once daily eating. I have had no loss of endurance, and in fact continue to improve. And as Charlie had queried before, how is it so hard to imagine that I can put together a single healthful meal that can fulfill all my body’s needs and thrive if I can do it in 3-5 meals per day? I can make good choices once daily or 3-5 times daily. I can make poor choices just as frequently – in my humble opinion.

  64. Different strokes for different folks. You can loose weight this way but is it the best way and is it for everyone? I don’t think so. I am a believer in the 4-6 meals a day. Once a day can be done but I think you have to careful on getting the proper nutrition.

  65. I like to mix it up a bit… I fast twice a week, monday & thursday, and will eat when hungry the other days. I also like to throw in an “all-natural” day, where I only eat raw foods… Some weeks I do vegiterian for fun and so on… It is all about having fun along the way.
    Jone, I lost a bit of respect for you reading your comment, not everything is for everybody and it is a bit harsh telling grown up people what is right and wrong… just share your expirences and what works for you and that is good enough. no need to point your finger 😉

    The funny thing is, on fasting days, I am rarely hungry before 3-4 O’clock, then I workout after work and that takes away my hunger. By the time I get home, shower and make dinner I eat (around 7 or so)
    But when I do a normal eating day, I can relate to Charlie when he says he feels constant hunger… I have a few ideas of why this may be, but nothing I’ll go into detail with now.

    Anyway, interessting hearing other peoples expirences…
    Keep up the good work… Whatever works for you is the right way of doing it 😉

    BR from Denmark

  66. Hello there,

    I am very unsuccesful with the 3-6 meals a day…it actually makes me think about food more, and obsess over dieting. Weird I know.

    I like the one-a-day idea and think I might try that. What attracted me to this was the fact that in addition to weightloss, perhaps the greatest thing about it seems to be controlling and disciplining yourself.

    I am excited to try this out…I respect everyone’s opinions on this board, I think that everyone has had thier bouts and experiences and doesn’t hurt to try anything new 🙂

    Happy New Years!
    Monique

  67. Monique – you go girl… good luck with it… it’s definitely worth a try… I’m still doing a five hour eating window – can’t quite get to one meal a day yet but I’m gonna try now that the year is new…

  68. Hey Liz! Your awesome I just had to say that 🙂

    My first day doing the one meal a day was today: wasn’t too bad! by 4:00 I was feeling hungry and a little cold ( other factors play into this as well, like its -15 degrees where I live in Canada…nasty weather today) I ate around 4:45. I used to do 2 meals a day at one point, and when I felt like I was losing energy it was because I didn’t eat enough during those meals ( veggies are awesome for energy!) and after I napped I felt better.

    Liz, if you find its hard at first, try one snack, like an apple or two, or some almonds and one main meal. (make sure you get your carbs, protein, and veggies!!!)

    I will check back here for your experiences missy 😉
    Take care!

    Monique 🙂

  69. Hey Monique – congratulations for getting through your first day… I eat normally with my family on the weekends – back to it tomorrow though… Vegetable juices get me though – I’m researching the benefits and I’m very impressed… e.g. cabbage juice could prevent some cancers… so I’m doing the bit preventative thang…
    cheers from Liz…

  70. I was so encouraged to read all the comments on this thread. While eating one meal a day has worked well for me for years, I have always been made to feel that I am doing something wrong by eating this way. I’ve tried multiple “coaching” plans by eating a strict meal plan and even when I have stuck to it 100% of the time I gained weight and/or wouldn’t lose weight. Then the famous cliche of “your gaining muscle weight” or “muscle weighs more than fat” would come into play because I have always excercised throughout it all.
    I did have my thyroid tested about 6 months ago – everything normal there. I have beat myself up for the last year when trying a 3-5 meal a day plan because I am now at the heaviest I have ever been. I have gone back to eating 1 meal a day in the evening after my big workout, and it’s working again.
    Right now I am in weight loss mode, but after reading this I am much more comfortable knowing that this may just be the way my body is “wired” to function and that I don’t necessarily have some “problem”.
    Thanks so much to everyone for sharing!

  71. Hey everyone… good to see people still connecting here… I’m still doing 5 hour eating window and am maintaining my weight (not losing anymore) and vegetable juicing at other times of day…
    I agree that the eating 5 to 6 small meals a day does not work… even for maintenance that doesn’t work for me… I start to gain (as you say above Melissa)…
    with a 7 year old on school holidays I find it difficult to attempt the one meal a day just yet but I would like to do it eventually…

    keep up the good work…

  72. In my case one meal a day is the way to go, I combine Paleo eating style with just one meal a day and it’s awesome. Of course it takes some days for your body to get used to it. You will feel hunger pangs during the first days but it is not actually hunger, it is just that your stomach is used to receive food at certain times so it is asking for it.

    One meal a day is perfectly healthy when eating the right things, I mean if you are going to eat a whole extra large pizza in that meal, don’t bother, eat your 6 meals which may be better; however if you eat +600gr of meat and 2 cups of veggies at night time and during the day a piece of fruit and some nuts, now that’s how hunter-gathers used to eat and it will definitely be good for you.

    I’m not trying to say that it is better than 3 square meals but it’s a great option for many people who get tired after meals, who are trying to lose weight, who tend to eat crappy snacks, who can’t stop snacking during the day and even those who have binge eating disorder (I’m one of those).

    Also those who say “You have got to eat 6 meals a day or you are going to slow down your metabolism” sorry but if you are eating the right amount of calories and a good balance of macro and micro nutrients you wont slow down your metabolism, it just doesn’t work that way

  73. Thank you for your comments everyone I am wanting to eat once a day. there is a booked based on longer life by eating once a day. It is called HOW TO EAT TO LIVE by Elijah Muhammad you guys should really check it out it also tell you what you shouldnt eat. It stresses that we kill our selves by over working our stomachs and then we are older can no longer digest properly eating nuts and red meats and under cooked bread breaks us down. plus many other thing. you can read the book online also.

  74. This article presented my style of life… Sometimes being so busy I really forget to eat, though it is one of my hobbies:-) + stress, and as a result no fat till the next holidays. But the question is if it a healthy way of life even if don’t suffer from obessity.

  75. I am so glad I happened upon this page. I was feeling guilty eating only one meal a day. I eat one meal a day because once I eat, I am hungry all day long and cannot seem to get enough food. I eat healthy foods and I am full and satisfied on one meal. i do eat normally when my husband is around on the weekend but I think I will come out of the closet on this. I feel better and I do have more energy and no cravings.

  76. I am one of those people that feels hungrier after I eat too. I am 43 and keeping weight off is tough. I have an inherited bone disorder that make a lot of movements painful, so even though I walk about 3 to 4 miles a day, I do it pretty slow. I can’t lift my arms higher than my chest, and weight lifting is difficult and hurts. That being the case, I have tried to work different diets to see if they can help me stay slim. No matter what I tried, the same thing happened: when I eat I start to get hungry rather than the other way around. And no matter what I eat (protein or carbs) I have cravings soon after. So one day I decided not to eat until dinner. The day went smoothly and I was not hungry and I had no cravings. I decided to try it again and again until…it has been 4 months and I still eat one meal a day. It is tough when I go to lunch every now and then with my husband because we will eat at 1 p.m. and I am famished the rest of the day! Yet when I don’t eat until 6 p.m. I don’t feel hungry at all. Strange… I also no longer have cravings for sweets. I used to dream of cookies and brownies. Now they are nothing to me. I have lost almost 15 pds and am very happy with my new way of eating. It also simplifies my life and lowers my grocery bill.

  77. I’m 61 years old and have been eating 1 meal a day most of my
    adult life. So many times I have tried listening to the advice of
    the experts and I’ve always found for me eating breakfast makes
    ravenous for lunch and sleepy in the afternoons. Eating only 1 meal in the evening I am totally alert during the working day, don’t feel sluggish at all — don’t stop working for lunch and my health is nothing short of spectacular.
    If I want I might have an apple or drink a V-8 during the day but that’s usually about it. To maintain my weight and physical fitness seems to take about 1800 – 2000 calories per day. I am a calorie counter and find it very easy to take in 2000 calories in one meal — just look at the labels and do the math — you might be surprised.
    Since I only eat one meal it very easy to count the calories. The
    total calories don’t dictate what I eat — because I eat whatever I want factoring in that, hey, some of the food should be good for me too. As Jennifer said — this simplifies your life regarding planning meals, cleaning dishes and practically always guarantees you a pleasant meal that tastes great!

    1. I agree with Steve. I was slim all of my adult life until I was in a car accident and was in a wheellcar for several months. I gained 30 pds. Once I was able to exercise again,I went on several different diet plans to try and take off the 30 pds.(Weight Watchers, Atkins,South Beach)I would yoyo up and down the same 10 pds with these “diets”. They only worked temporarily. Then I got to thinking about what worked for me BEFORE the accident. I have never eaten breakfast since high school. I have no appetite in the morning. I would never have more than like an apple or orange during my school or work day ,because it would make me sleepy if I ate. I would eat whatever I wanted for dinner,but always started with a green salad.As soon as I went back to this style of eating the weight just FELL off.I’m now 49 and I’m back to my ideal weight that I was at 25. By the way, there was a book written about this style of eating. It is called the Warrior Diet. Read it and try it. I’s tough for about the first 3 days,but then if you’re like me you get used to it and your energy level will go through the roof.

  78. Calories in and calories out. Now that I said that here is my real life experience. 5 to 7 meals a day and I lost 70lbs. That does not mean eating everything and anything, but make smart choices. As the pounds came off there a plateaus that are reached and changes need to be made. Now that I compete in triathlons my food intake is high compared to the normal person, but still it is a fine line to walk. Starve your body and your metabolism slows down, feed the body the metabolism keeps on cranking.

  79. Hey guys

    im wondering…does anyone experiencing bloating etc in the first few days of the one-meal-a-day eating method?Im on the one meal a day which is working way better for my energy levels, but am on day 3 and still retaining lots of water etc. Techmically, the asting periods r detoxing our bodies right? So the bloatedness etc re just side effects of the detox? Does anyone agree?

  80. I have to admit, I have tried to eat only one time a day to loose weight. It does work but I was just too damn cranky to keep it up. In my opinion its just a short term fix for a long term problem.

  81. I’m not a breakfast person. I feel sluggish when I do and it slows down my workouts. I don’t get hungry until about 4 PM. I guess it depends on the person and what your body needs.

  82. I am noticing the posters who advocate eating one meal a day almost always mention eating their meal at DINNER. Why is that?
    Wouldn’t eating the one big meal at LUNCH be much better and prove far easier for the body to metabolize that food throughout the day?
    Also, I personally find going to bed with a full belly makes for poor sleep.
    What are your thoughts?

  83. Natasha – the reason they eat dinner instead of lunch is because if you eat breakfast you will be hungry for lunch, if you eat lunch you will be hungry for dinner, and so on. Eat dinner? There’s nothing else to be hungry for! I started this in August, and I haven’t been that strict about it. I’ve gone off and on with fasting & 3 meals a day. But this 1 meal a day thing definitely makes me feel better than the 3 meals! & I’m not even hungry until 3-4 pm!

    As for going to bed full, I try not to eat close to bed time. I usually eat around 5:30-6:00. & go to bed around 10:00 (although I’m usually not asleep until later). This way I’m not hungry when I go to bed, but I’m not full either. Whenever I’m hungry at bed time, I eat a little snack, because going to bed with your stomach growling is awful!

    Another thing, sometimes I have juice at lunch time, or early in the afternoon. Usually apple. This helps keep me satisfied & get my metabolism working so it’s not just sitting there the whole day! Once in a while I’ll eat fruit between lunch & dinner, it depends on how hungry I am… but it’s usually juice.

  84. Personally I couldn’t manage just one meal a day. I’d be dead in a week! I have tried many diets / approaches to lose fat. The most effective for me has been Carb Cycling. Having designated days each week where I eat a high % of good carbs, days I eat low % of good carbs and 2 days where I really don’t eat any – just stick to protein. Depending whether you are trying to lose fat or build muscle you could either increase or decrease the frequency of the High days.

    In brief to ensure I get a good source of carbs, I eat only whole grain/whole wheat on the High Carb days. I stick to 6 meals a day and ensure each meal is supplemented with protein.

    On the low days I aim to eat around 66g of Carbs again from good source for 3 meals a day, still supplementing protein with each meal and the remaining meals.

    The no carbs days are taken up solely of protein (where possible), fish, egg whites and protein shakes etc etc…..

    its not for everyone – but the results are quite and maintainable….I combine resistance and HIIT work.

    http://www.myfitnessblog.org.uk

  85. I thought I was the only one!! Thank God I found this website. I’ve ALWAYS felt that eating made me want to eat more. I’m not hungry around breakfast time, and if I make myself eat, I’ll be hungry again in an hour. It’s like the food activates a ” more food!” switch. Therefore the frequent eating during the day does not work for me because I would tend to overeat due to the food triggering that “switch.” I’ve ate one big meal during the day for about a week in the past, and I lost 4lbs that week (I’m a hefty gal) and had a lot more energy; but I felt guilty and stopped. I’m definitely going back to this way of eating and plan on fasting one day a week for spiritual and health reasons. I’ll still continue to drink water and tea throught the day with 1 or 2 pieces of fruit if I’m hungry. I’ll post back in a week to let everyone know how I’m doing, weight and energy wise. I’m so glad I’m not alone!

  86. Eating once a day will obviously help lose weight, but for most people this is almost impossible to follow. At the same time, it seems to be more of a starvation matter rather than losing weight by healthy means. I personally think 5 meals a day, obviously small and healthy meals, is the best and easiest way of losing weight.

  87. A few things people need to KNOW about eating one meal a day:
    1) It’s not for everyone. Some people will have blood sugar problems if they try it. Some people will have mood problems, jitters… etc. For those of us who indeed can feel fine with one meal a day, remember that
    2) it is next to impossible to get 100% nutrition from one meal. From the right amount of protein, to 1000 mgs of calcium, to healthy fats, to vitamin D, etc., let’s just be honest and say one meal a day can’t do it. Let’s also be honest and say that 3 meals a day for most people don’t provide 100% of everything either. Be smart about your one meal. Make it as healthy and nutritionally rounded out as possible. Take a GOOD vitamin or mineral supplement (just like 3-mealers need to do). Once you know your plan covers your nutrition, then you can focus on
    3) Calories, calories, calories. If you want to maintain your weight, you’ll learn pretty quickly just how many it takes to do that. If you want to lose weight, one of the best artifacts of 1-mealing it is that for most hours out of the day you know your body is burning fat. So we’re talking about calorie deficit, a dieter’s greatest friend. But some people say that 1-mealing it will throw most people into
    4) Starvation mode. You hear about it a lot. It sounds super scary – like the death knell of most diet plans. Believe it or not there is almost ZERO clinical data supporting the notion of starvation mode. There is tons of rhetoric, but almost no real data. Try to find it for yourself if you don’t believe me. To make a long story short, your body doesn’t tank its metabolism until your body fat reserves get too low (around 5-6%). I for one am not at all convinced that big calorie deficits will lead to lower metabolism until further weight loss would be a danger zone.

    I love eating one meal a day. You don’t realize how much mental effort and money go into eating several times a day until you don’t do it. My food bill is WAY cheaper. I’m losing oodles of weight (which, by definition would mean that my body is in fact NOT slowing my metabolism). I think more clearly throughout the day. There’s no indigestion or gas in the afternoons.

    One final argument I would make in favor of 1-mealing: throughout the age of mankind, humans ate when they could. They didn’t have refrigerators. They didn’t have boxed food that could sit on the shelf for months and be available whenever. They didn’t have grocery stores on every corner to make food easily available. Our bodies survived the ages (and developed one of the longer lifespans among animals) by simply eating when we could, and most of the time that did not entail 3 squares a day. Got it?

    Best wishes to all.

  88. Shay: Thank you for taking the time to answer my question with your very informative post! You are so right when you say that if we eat a meal at lunch, we will inevitably be hungry for dinner. I didn’t even realize this until you kindly pointed it out. And eating your dinner at 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm is not late at all – in fact, it’s ideal. Great plan, Shay. Keep up the great work!

  89. Alright guys, my name is Rowa an I’ve read over most of the posts above me. I also agree that it probably isn’t to healthy to only eat once a day but because you need you’re daily intake of nutrients. But… on the other side… I’ve been eating once maybe twice a day. An what I like about this is that since I am not eating a lot of food and forcing my body to use fat to keep me going through the day that I can eat whatever I want an still lose weight! I have lost 25lbs in the last 2 1/2 months just doing that. I don’t know if that is to fast or to slow, but I do enjoy seeing the results. I agree with both parties on this subject, I just figured I’d throw in my two cents.

    Take it easy guys!

  90. Hello everyone,

    I have been doing a mix and match with fasting and even tried the 5-6 small meals, at times i tend to stop and go all out especailly during holidays and bank holiday weekends..
    I am working hard to shape my abs and the only way to get rid of those layers of fat in my view is to have 2 meals a day and making sure you dont stuff yourself.
    Its kind of a fasting where i have a healthy breakfast 7am , workout after work around 5pm get back home at have my dinner at 7pm…
    Avoid any thing with saturated fats and the results will kick in after 3 weeks… but the hardest part are the first 4-5 days …
    It has worked for me and will work for anyone.. all you need to do is bear a bit of hunger for a few days and you get used to it in just 4-5 days.. this is the power of human adaptation and evolution 😉

  91. I really like eating this way and, just like other people have said, it cuts down on bingeing. I have tried losing weight with the 5-6 small meals a day and I hate it because I feel so deprived. When I eat one meal a day I feel as though I’m really looking after myself and treating myself like a normal person, rather than punishing myself with a way of eating that doesn’t suit me.

    It’s up to me how I eat, not anyone else. How is it going to kill me to only eat one meal a day when I am getting the same calories as someone who eats 3 or more meals, except that I am eating them in one go.

    If you look at people who are naturally thin, most of them will eat a bit like this most days of the week. I have been overweight my whole life and have tried dieting for all that time. I’m just grateful that I’ve found a way of eating that allows me to lose weight, but still eat like a normal person

  92. Hi all,
    I am so happy that I came acroos this page!Thanks to Karen and Charlie….
    I have followed this diet,though unintentionally,through out my college life.There was never too much time to eat in between classes and assignments and friends to search for food through out the day.Yet at night,I used to eat whatever came my way and I was in amazing health.
    Now at 26,I am married and have a career but I also have a major problem with weight.I have tried it all..what ever the books say,the docs say…and all has gone for a waste.I lose weight by eating 6 meals…these small meals wud stay small and healthy for a few weeks but the minute I see that I have lost some weight, I give in to craving and one small meal becomes a pack of cookies and another would be a pizza!So,in effect…I just gain more weight back on….and this goes on.
    Now that I have gone through every single word of every comment,I know that this is the way for me.
    Thankyou all for showing me the light….shall keep you all posted!

    Regards,
    Maneera

  93. I can’t imagine eating just once a day to lose weight. I am sure you could lost weight that way, but I still think the smartest way is to eat small meals every 2-3 hours to get the right amount of calories and fire up your metabolism.

  94. I have been eating one meal a day for 30 years.. I’m still alive and after my yearly visit to my doctor.. My Doctor tells me all the cholesterol is all below normal.. Who said that we must eat 3 times a day.. Read this.. bacon and eggs in the morning.. A hamburger at lunchtime.. And a full meal after one gets off of work.. That is way too much to eat each day.. Some butthead told the American public one must have 3 meals a day.. And who said that we must drink cow milk.. Now that will kill you.. America is the fattest people in the world..

  95. I have a question… I wanted to post it on yahoo or something like its own topic but idk how. Did our ancestors or do some rural tribes now eat once daily? I was watching a show about two Maasai men visiting America and they said “Americans eat so much… and they’re ALWAYS eating.” One every corner, bus or car, house, office desk or school we are eating ALL THE TIME and them saying that made me realize that and wonder how often they eat and how often our ancestors ate…

    1. Our ancestors at very seldom. Some reasons for this include not having food right there and a busy lifestyle. If we were still hunter/gatherers we wouldn’t eat as much because we’d only eat what we could find or catch. Much of the time if they did eat more than just their 1 main meal it would be small things such as berries that they found. Back in the 1800s here in Canada for example, a lot of people were farmers. They went to bed early and they were up early while the majority of their day was spent taking care of the farm, the animals and the house. They woke with the sun and went to bed with the sun so most of the time that would be around 6am to 7pm which meant they were up for only 13 hours. Since they actually cooked from scratch back then and normally didn’t have left overs (aside from preserves for example) it took much longer to cook a meal and as such they would normally have one large meal in the evening shortly before preparing for bed. And again, if they had anything throughout the day it was normally fruits aside from perhaps a bowl of gruel (aka oatmeal aka porridge) in the morning. If you notice that since perhaps the ’50s we have been getting increasingly easier access to food that is easier and quicker to prepare and our weight has increased along with it. Even new borns are heavier than 50 years ago or so. The avg. newborn weighs 8lbs whereas 50 years ago they only weighed 6lbs.

  96. I have been on the IF/One meal a day lifestyle for 14 days now. Have gone from 260 to 246 pounds (5’10, 44 years old) with a goal weight of 165 lbs. After the first three days, my food cravings have disappeared. My ability to focus and my energy level is off the charts, and I am doing cardo and resistance training regularly. I understand that people have opinions about diet etc…, but this lifestyle works for me. I have always followed the old adage: “Eat like a King for breakfast, Prince for lunch and a Pauper for dinner.” Look where it got me? Almost a 100 lbs over my ideal weight of 165 (which is what I weighed as a 23 year old stud). At this point should I worry about what the diet industry is selling? Eat 5-6 meals a day to “feed your metabolism.” That might work for some. Not me. I will check back in here periodically and let you know how I am doing.

    Marshall

    1. Im with you! Same here, this is the best change I made for myself, you have written exactly what I keep saying. Stick to it. I have done so for 15 years & never felt better. 🙂

  97. WEIGHT… noobs/newbies never say fat they always say weight… this is their first f*ck up in quest for a healthy bod.

    All i can say without ranting about “one meal a day” is ridiculious…
    body + mind needs energy throughout the day, need protein through out the day and fat throughout the day, eating one meal is like saying to your body… there you go…goodluck…

    @Marshall.. yeah whilst the eat breakfast like a King etc is some what true… you obviously failed to take into consideration… calories in vs calories out! You obviously ate more calories than you were burning, and the body can only process so many calories at once, the rest is stored as fat.

    1. I do the one meal a day thing and it is also realy workig for me not everyone is the same. just like not every diet works the same I was eating 5-6 small meals a day and I found my self hungry all the time! and I was eating healthy raw veggies and fruit or whole wheat sand. with one slice of turky gronala bars and still i was soooo hungry I was ganning wait to. I tryed the one a day and I actuly have more energy and I have lost a sicnifficant amount of weight. I am not hungry all the time and I do fine I think every ones body is diffrent in how it will lose weight.

  98. @ Tyler “The genius” – 80 lbs , HBP, high cholesterol, gout, achy joints, impotence…all gone in 10 months due to Fast-5 diet (google it). Basically the same principle. One meal a day. And I am 50 yrs old. Now I make love like a rabbit, have energy like a bunny and increased mental focus…and I am much more mellow, too.
    Hey, if it works, it works. Different strokes for different people. I have tried them all. This was easy. Stop trying to sound like some kind of expert, okay.

  99. ok first of all eating 4 to 6 small meals a day will just make you fat like seriously thats no wonder all overweight people get fat because of that and the internet just says that because they want to make you fat plus they add all this information that i or some ppl dont understand…this works for me and all my craving have gone drown the drain…so if ur listening to some internet thinking that it will work you fisrt have to think about what works for you and dont act like some expert because its proven it works so yea…im not trying to praise this type of eating once a day rule but its really getting annoying how people say it doesnt work when they just say that because they’re simply clueless.

  100. I agree jenko. Do what works for you. Eating 5-6 small meals a day didnt work for me. Eating once a day after 4 pm works for me. Clear mind, no bonking, lots of energy. And I have dropped 25 lbs thus far. Still miss my two-three pints a beer a day!

  101. Let’s get real. Who said cavemen ate once a day?
    Did they find a caveman diary among the fossils?
    People and animals ate the same. They grazed. As they went about their business, you know, trying to stay warm, alive, hydrated, they picked at or up the raw food that God has provided. They were forced to move and be physical and ate while they did their thing, hence, the 5-6 SMALL, repeat, SMALL, like one hand full of food at a time small. It wasnt until we were growing wheat, eating bread and chowing down on domesticated animal meat that reports began to surface on heart disease and obesity. If you hadn’t faked being sick and stayed home from school because of all the candy you ate the day before you would have learned this in world history 101. I’m just saying… 🙂

    1. Whether our ancestors ate one meal a day or not, they did have to go on empty for a while until they found food. Not only that but when an animal is sick, it fasts; when a human is nervous or anxious, they lose their appetite; and I know quite a few people, including myself, who cannot have breakfast without becoming sick, and none of us has any sort of disease or affliction that causes this. From my perspective, it’s a much more natural and intuitive system and it’s a hell of a lot better than counting calories and trying to plan and prepare six meals a day.

      Not only that, but I know a handful of people who absolutely love the Warrior Diet, the Fast-5 Diet, and other intermittent fasting systems, and they find it easy to stick to. I seriously recommend finding the Warrior Diet’s website, it explains everything from a biological standpoint. And unless you try it, you really have no room to talk about it. All you’re doing is following mainstream “health experts” whom, like the rest of the health industry, often don’t even live by their own advice. I swear if I see another fat “nutritionist” . .

      1. The Warrior diet is the way to go. It’s really not just one meal a day. I’ve been on it for 6 years now and I can tell you it has changed my life. The attraction for me was I had an instinct since high school that eating a traditional American 3 meals a day plus snacks made me sluggish,tired, during a school or work day. When i eat this way I feel like …what???!it’s time to eat again??Didn’t we just eat??? As a child and teenager and young adult I ate sparcely during the day. Not because i was told to. But because it felt natural. I was fit ,trim, cute,wirey. When i got in my 30’s and was suddenly soooo into reading every thing related to fitness,I tried every new workout plan and every new way of eating–i.e. eating 3 meals a day plus snacks, I gained 15-20 pds and felt like a bloated,older model of myself. Once I thought it through,I realized that I had to go back to what had worked for me early in life. I found the Warrior Diet. I’ve suited it to myself but I can tell you this diet,once you adjust to it,will change your life!! I don’t really have just one meal a day. But my main meal is at night. During the day when you are working and performing your “warrior” duties, you need to stay sharp. I start the day with 2 glasses of lemon water. Then I have coffee. My first solid calories are as late in the day as I can comfortably do. usually from noon to 2 pm I start to feel hungry,and I have fresh fruit and raw vegies. I don’t eat a full meal until at least 5 pm . Sometimer later. I eat until 8 pm(only if and when i’m hingry)I feel at least 15 years younger than my age. I am normaly pegged at being 10 years younger than my age,by other people. Try it before shooting it down. Your eyes will be opened.

  102. 2 months ago I was 210 pounds, I am 5 ft10, by blood pressure was high, had constant, terrible, annoying, headaches and had huge trouble falling asleep.
    …So its been two “terrible” months of eating just a healthy huge meal a day at around 8pm, consisting of pretty much everything I want but in a certain order.
    Sleeping 7/8 hours a night, no longer a trouble, blood pressure better then when I was 20(I´m 29), headaches? I´m starting to forget what it is! Ahh, the down side, I´ve lost 15 pounds the first month, and now losing an average of 2/3 pounds weak. Another huuuge problem, my waist passed from the healthy 46 inches diameter to the unpleasant 39 inches!

    I work around 12 hours a day at an office, if I feel weak (it happened 4 times till now, all in the first month) I eat an apple and a bunch of water. Bc I dont have time to workout, or maybe the will, I just do some pus-ups and sit-ups every morning (not more than 10 minutes of it).
    To summarize,
    Keep eating 5-6-7 or even a hundred 20 calorie meals per day, to really boost up your metabolism, thats the way! (and would actually reduce the unemployment rates since people would consider it a job, a darn difficult one!)

    Ps: Dont do what I´m doing, I´m just killing myself!!

  103. Eating only 1 meal a day definitely works in the quest to shed a few extra pounds, I’ve been eating one healthy meal a day now for 3 weeks and I’ve shed 8lbs.. I start the morning with a cup of fresh coffee and it seems to energise me for the morning and also suppresses my appetite too.. It can be hard with hunger pangs but if you keep yourself busy time you’ll manage it.
    You will notice you get fuller of smaller portions of food too!

    Word of warning..
    Stay away from greasy foods if your only eating healthily, you will notice it’ll come straight out of you!

  104. Hey guys,

    I think the important thing to realise here is that what works for one person may not work for another.

    Many of you are arguing the discussion based on your personal experience….sure one meal a day or 6 meals a day may work for you but that doesn’t mean it will work for the next guy.

    Focus more on what you are consuming rather than how often, experiment with meal timing and amount, and sure enough you will find the way that works for you.

    Eat clean, feel great 🙂

    Nathan

  105. I read of a study that said eating one meal a day causes an increase in cardiovascular risk. This bothers me because I have been eating one meal a day for 4 months.

    1. Did you know that water fasting can help you lose weight, lose fat, keep muscle and decrease chances of cancer while making your skin nicer? And yet people have “You’ll GAIN weight if you fast because your body will burn MUSCLE and HOLD onto all of your FAT and your metabolism will slow down FOREVER!” Shoved down their throats. Although it is true a persons metabolism will slow down during the fast because your body doesn’t have to waste energy digesting food it will speed back up afterwards. And your body will use fatty tissue before it uses muscle do to a thing called protein sparing. That’s why water fasting tends to be used for health reasons. If water fasting for 30, 60, 90 days can be healthy for you than 1 meal a day can’t be nearly as bad for you than people try to say.
      But it’s all consumerism. It’s as simple as “Let’s convince them that by eating more they can be nice and skinny and fit and will be healthier! Sure, they’ll be fat, but they’re stupid and won’t catch on until it’s too late. Besides, we make money from this! Nothing wrong with using peoples insecurities to make money!”

  106. First of all, I think everyone talking about “our ancestors” needs to let them stay in the past — humans today are significantly less active than our ancestors were, and the way our ancestors used to eat would most likely not jive with our lifestyles today.

    Secondly, everyone arguing back and forth about how it works for some and not for others should research nutrigenomics. It’s fairly new, and studies the effects of nutrition on gene expression (and vice versa). In the next 10 -20 years the food guide will be obsolete, and you’ll be able to get a blood sample drawn and analyzed to get your own personalized nutrition plan. Some people get fat on high carb diets. Some people get thin on high fat diets. Everyone’s body is different, and this is precisely what nutrigenomics studies.

    Third: from a purely physiologic point of view, eating once a day slows down metabolism. What does that mean? That phrase is thrown around all the time, and I suspect most users are unaware of its scientific definition. “Metabolism slowing down” means that energy production is down-regulated. Your body produces energy (ATP) from the food that you eat.

    When you have food coming in frequently, your body has ample substrate for energy production, and it can make energy at a fast rate (hence, eating frequently speeds up your metabolism). However, eating too many calories is when people end up storing energy as fat.

    As far as eating infrequently (i.e., once a day), your body slows down energy production because it does not have enough calories coming in to support energy production. Since there isn’t enough food during the day, it slows down the process of making energy to ensure it doesn’t run out of fuel.

    After 10-12 hours of being in a catabolic state, that one meal, regardless of what you’re eating, is going to stimulate insulin. Insulin is a storage hormone, and the body will super-compensate by taking up all the nutrients it can from the food. This results in two things occurring: 1, your blood glucose drops very rapidly (a crash); 2, your body now has way too much fuel for energy production. So, what does it do? It jump starts and makes lots of energy, and stores it as adipose tissue (fat).

    After a few days of this, the body begins to switch to using fat as its primary source of energy…but that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. The brain, all by itself, requires about 400 calories a day — and the thing about the brain is it discriminates. Glucose is the only energy-yielding nutrient that can pass into the brain, therefore the brain can only use glucose for energy. This means the brain needs about 100 grams of carbohydrates a day just to perform basic functions, like maintaining body temperature, etc. Again, ONLY THE BRAIN. The rest of the body needs more.

    Also, when you fast, your body DOES break down muscle for energy. Yes, it uses fat, but fat cannot be converted into glucose. However, some amino acids can (named ‘glucogenic’ amino acids). To produce glucose from non-carbohydrate sources, your body will break down muscle as a last resort. You need amino acids circulating in your blood stream to maintain muscle. Eating once a day isn’t adequate to obtain this.

    Fasting for any period of time really isn’t the most nutritionally sound thing to do, and anyone who does it for extended lengths should look up photos of holocaust survivors — that is what fasting can lead to in extreme circumstances.

    And just a side note on fasts and cleanses — your body does a bang up job detoxifying itself just fine. Even today, with all of our technological advances in science and medicine, we still can’t make a dialysis machine that filters the blood as well as the kidneys. Go figure.

    Okay, that’s the long, overview of human metabolism. Personally, I would not last very long on one meal a day. However, I also respect and acknowledge the fact that everyone has a different body, different DNA, and different beliefs. Do what makes you happy, just always be conscientious about your health and your body.

    And remember, weight loss isn’t everything — fast weight loss equates to loss of lean body mass, not necessarily fat loss. Focus more on body fat percentage than weight, and try to lose no more than 2 lbs a week to prevent losses in muscle.

    Bravo if you made it through this!

    -Zack

    1. Hi Zack,

      I know this is 2 months after your reply, but I wanted to comment on what you said about the ability to utilize fats as energy. You’re right that fat cannot be converted to glucose, but it CAN enter the TCA cycle (as acetyl CoA), which is where glucose is eventually shunted from glycolysis to yield the most ATP. Also, the products of fatty acid oxidation, ketones, can be used by the brain for energy. As a matter of fact, some people (usually children) who suffer from seizures because they can’t process carbohydrates (they lack of enzymes that link glycolysis to the TCA cycle, and this leads to a buildup of lactate in neurons) have to be put on a ketogenic diet, meaning, they have to restrict the carbohydrates in the diet so that their energy comes from ketone bodies.

  107. Hello,
    The headaches and moodiness are directly related to the amount and types. Eat predominately alkaline foods and once per day at lunchtime when solar activity and the mechanical effect of chewing do the most good. Notice the waste when eating 3 times a day. Thats alot of time chewing, cooking, working to provide it, cleaning up after it you may as well worship food, its the God of many. The waste I refer to is not what I wrote above either, alot of time and money deposited there too. Once you realise that it does not take much to maintain the grown human you will have free time, more energy and be less destructive in this placement. You have your mind, use it and less of others.
    Peace.

  108. Continued:
    Also friend, when you cutback on meals your body has more time and energy to repair error of the past. Part of this process is the elimination of waste from the body. Headaches and moodiness…incoming for sure.
    It is an area where many go back to the comfort of no systematic energy, therefor the effects of healing disapear, only to return later on in life as disease, in direct relation to the level of toxicity of the food and the amounts [not including the slight factoring of inherited genes]. The body also is not a sorting machine. The body was designed and being one of the highest setinents here it was designed for us to operate within this body on this planet with the least destruction. Learn what is given to you and that which is taken by you. Can you continue on with where you took your sustenence without seed. What are YOU doing to obtain your life, as life begets life, death does not beget life, no seed friend.
    Love and knowledge through experience and logic.
    Peace

  109. Blah, Blah, Blah… each human to there own system to loose weight…IMO its simple math… Lower your K/cal intake increase your burning or K/cal that means exercise, and pain..I avoid eating out and fast food period done never again.. slowly got myself off SUGAR!!!! yes zero refined sugars that’s key.. My sugar comes from natural fruit.. Protein 100% fish.. zero red meat.. Vegetables in natural state only.. I almost zero condiments..that means I use only 3 seasonings on my foods period. no mayo at all..no salad dressings..

    I am in the best shape of my life a 39, and I am gaining muscle while loosing body fat. I reached a Plateau at the gym.. and wanted to break it I was eating 100% right controlled portions. The problem your body will adjust to your new diet.. You must keep your body on its “toe’s” per say that means eating less and tricking your liver to release insulin to burn FAT. That means ONE MEAL A DAY for me, and I am exploding with energy and people at the gym are like WTF is he on..Yah it is pure hell at first if you have little or no discipline.. Nothing in life comes easy, and a great body takes lots of work, clean food, clean living, a spiritual connection with something greater than yourself gets me through those sets at the gym.. I push through them better the next day…

    The food industry is about MONEY not your well being!!!! America wake up.. Eat less work out more.. stay active.. shut the cable tv off, shoot the 52″ plasma join a gym.. get outside…

  110. Sorry, but I have to disagree with

    “cutback on meals your body has more time and energy to repair error of the past. Part of this process is the elimination of waste from the body”

    Your body needs nutrients to repair itself, and eating one meal a day isn’t going to provide everything it needs. I am not advocating eating a lot of food, simply eating small meals frequently. And the foods eaten should be healthy – whole grains, fresh veggies and fruits, low-fat dairy, lean meats, nuts, legumes, seeds, etc.

    Unless you have a metabolic disorder, it comes down to calories in vs. calories out, as Charles stated a few posts ago. I’ve seen several posts on this thread about people saying they’ve tried everything to lose weight, and this is the only thing that worked. Well, it worked not because eating once a day cleanses the body, but because eating once a day provides only a fraction of the calories your body needs to maintain its weight. I’m also willing to bet that those who lost weight on this diet lost a lot of it quickly – and I can guarantee much of it was not fat.

    It’s not about a DIET. Diet is a four-letter word and should be added to the list of seven dirty words that can’t be said on television. The key is making a LIFESTYLE CHANGE. Energy is not wasted on preparing and eating food. You are investing energy into your health, and it is important to make time for it. I’ll quote one of my college professors here:

    “when you say, ‘I don’t have time for something’, you’re really saying, ‘it’s not a priority to me’.”

    Make it a priority.

    1. 1) diet: the usual food and drink consumed by an organism (person or animal). Far from a “dirty word”.
      2) In 4 days I had lost nearly 5 lbs and 1%body fat. which means approx. 3 lbs of what I had lost was fat.
      3) I was consuming 1000-1500 calories.
      4) Last time I had done this I lost 30 lbs, 10% body fat. In other words I lost 24.6 lbs of fat with an avg of 1200 calories each day. It also took about 1 year. That’s not at all quick and most of what I had lost was fat.

      1. 1) What I meant by that phrase was the fact that a lot of people think of a diet as a temporary change in eating habits. For example, “I’m going on a diet for a month”, or, “I’m trying the Atkin’s diet”. So in this sense ‘diet’ is a bad word, because it means a non-permanent change in the way one eats.
        2-4) What were your stats before you started? Height? Weight? BF%? Physical activity? 1000-1500 might be enough for your body. I don’t know.

        I still stand by the belief that eating once a day is all around unhealthy. I appreciate the challenge though, and congrats on the weight loss 🙂

        1. the last time I was 5’/5’2. started at 165lb 37%bf and maybe 30-60 mins walking (5-10 mins to/from school 4x/day, between classes), ended at 135lb 27%bf and only change was maybe an extra 10 mins for walking the dog I had gotten that year. (by the way, I was only in jr high at the time but if you believe genes play any part in metabolism and such, my mother is normally overweight by about 30lbs, i have 2 morbidly obese sisters, 1 obese sister, 1 anorexic sister, my grandmother was overweight and my great grandmother would have been considered morbidly obese although both my grandmother and great grandmother lived pretty much off of what they grew)
          And thanks.

  111. One cannot truly loose fat and gain muscle at the the same time.. The key is a balance between lowering your intake calories while increasing your work-out intensity.. and change up your routine keep your muscles confused.. I eat One meal a day smaller portion but high quality food..It is possible to loose that last little bit of weight holding you back from a killer body.. It takes discipline and commitment to a new lifestyle and diet..Once I loose another 5lbs I will up my calorie intake with high quality source of protein, and greens.. minimal carbs.. no bread..zero sugar, zero soda or pop.. drink water only.. Milk once in a while..
    There is no “silver bullet” to loose weight.. Eating less does not mean you are starving or consuming muscle..

      1. Considering most body-builders will tell you that the best you can do is a 1:1 fat to muscle gain ratio, if that, then no, it’s nigh impossible to do both consistently. If you’re just starting out from going from doing absolutely nothing physical to weight-lifting+cardio a few times a week, then yes, you can do both rather well. But for those already within healthy body-fat %s, it’s impossible to make substantial gains without gaining some fat as well.

  112. i was 210 4 months ago… ive been eating one meal a day since then and once or twice a week i just eat what i want whenever and drink a shit load of beers… anyways im 165 now. i go to school and basically sit on my ass all day doin school work. never go to the gym. smoking half a pack a day

  113. Oh and the Tyler fellow is right about one thing in that it’s not about the scale weight. In the same way that one sees 300+ pound people at the gym curling 40-50 pounds yet are unable to do a single pull-up or more than a few push-ups, there are those people who have a BMI of 20(Perfectly average for a male) yet have no definition and also cannot do a pull-up for the life of them.

    But it’s not just about strength. Dieting poorly, in addition to the problems of weight & body fat %, causes health problems from lacking nutrients, vitamins, etc. Perhaps the reason that the 1 a day meal works for some is because the food eaten is actually quality compared to the junk most people eat before they actually pay attention to their diet.

  114. This is something that I used to do when I wanted to lose weight quickly…but the thing that I didn’t like was losing so much of my strength also. That’s why I like to eat small meals all day long. Every now and then I will go back to eating only ounce a day to lean me out a little bit.

    I wouldn’t recommend this to anybody that is trying to build muscle because you will be going nowhere fast!

    1. Patrick is so right about that. Although some guys cycle one meal a day type philosophies in and out of their training with good success, it is NOT something to stick to long term. Bad idea, and forget about “our ancestors” what does that have to do with anything today? None of us were there so do we really know what it was like? sure, we can take guesses but who’s to say they wouldn’t have lived healthier lives if they ate more structured meals designed to control blood sugar levels better? No one can, just like no one can say what really happened at the battle of Thermopylae?

  115. The evidence is clear………and Zack, you sound very eloquent and have retained information you’ve gleaned and condensed into intelligent arguments. However, unanimously, those who are eating 1 meal a day/restricting calories far beyond general consensus health guidelines, are increasing lean muscle mass ratios, losing fat and increasing their fitness.

  116. I have been doing the one meal a day plan for 6 months now. You do loose weight and fast. I dropped about 16lb in 6 7 weeks. I just do it Monday to Friday now.

    The money I save in the week goes on quality food for the evening and at weekends. I eat what I want yet don’t crave junk food like I always did. Yeah the 1st few days where difficult but now I don’t think about it. If I feel hungry I drink water and the hunger goes away…simple really.

    I go to the gym 4 time a week with no problems. Again at 1st I thought there would be no way but actually it’s no big deal. As long as you eat shortly after a session you do not loose muscle mass.

    You really do have eat fresh good quality foods though to make sure you get the nutrients out of what you eat.

    1. I have been on this now for 3 weeks. My weight has dropped from 15st 10lbs to 14 st 3lbs thats a weight loss of 21lb in 3 weeks or 7lbs a week. I go to the gym 4 times a week. My 5k running time is down from 24mins to 20mins 40secs. Only good things. My resting heart rate is down from 72 bpm to 64bpm and my body fat is down from 20.4% to 14%. I only do the Diet Monday to Friday and allow my self to have the weekends as I cheat days. Although I dont pig out I do enjoy 3 meals aday. I have found that this helps restimulate my metabolic rate and aids in the weight loss. good luck to every one.

  117. I’m 5″11 and 46kg and eat around 4-5 times a day, with evening always being the largest.

    I also have a purely yogurt day once a week, as I notice with beans etc you can gan ‘fake weight’ from the bulk.
    The yogurt day gives you a bit of a rest.

    One meal a day is ridiculous, WE’RE not cave men anymore, we evolved! and became smarter by eating more often.
    I don’t know why people do these silly things…perhaps bored wth life?

    1. we’re evolved, we’re smarter, and we’re obese. better to eat less and be healthy then eat all the time and be obese. The people that eat all the time are the ones bored with life. If they would they’d go out there and have a life instead of eating.

  118. Hey guys this post seems to be going on and on 🙂 but still the underlying theme is that what works for one person may not work for another.

    I personally disagree with eating only once a day (unless part of a strategised intermittant fast) as over a longer period of time I feel this will have negative reprocussions on the body as the variety of foods, vitamins, minerals in one meal can not provide the neccessary fuels of good health. Not to mention that certain minerals will interact with each other preventing absorption (for example calcium and magnesium) so would need to be absorbed through differing meal times.

    looking forward to hearing what more of you have to say

    Nathan

  119. Well, after reading some of the comments, I have to say – if eating one meal a day decreases your metabolism over time and makes it harder to lose weight later, how is that a problem if you are still eating once a day and engaging in regular exercise? How are you going to gain weight with good exercise? I would like to say that I am 15, about five foot seven, and last year, my freshman year of high school, I inadvertently ended up eating one meal a day. The cafeteria and its food were revolting to me, so I soon stopped eating it. I didn’t have time for breakfast because I had sleeping problems and would frequently be running late by the time I left the house, which means packing a lunch is also difficult. So, I would go through each day fairly hungry, and then get home at around 4 p.m. My mom would get home and make a decent-sized healthy dinner each night, save for a few occasions where we might go out to eat or order pizza, and I would eat the dinner and go to bed, then starting the next day the same way. But I have heard that eating your biggest meal before you go to sleep may induce weight gain because your body stores more fat when it is processing food while you are asleep. Now, I have read a lot about the body and how it works in the manner of nutrition and weight gain/loss, but every thing I read seems to counteract other things or contradict itself. Also, I moved to a new city about two and a half months ago, and have since been taking classes over the phone, meaning that I don’t get out of the house as much except for when I visit friends on the weekends, and with classes over by eleven in the moring each day, I do not have much to occupy my time and have hence developed something of a habit of eating. I will eat little things as snacks here and there, and have noticed a weight gain of a couple pounds. It is noticeable because before we moved I was skinnier and the outl!nes of my abs were visible, also I got more exercise because I got out more and would walk home with friends and whatnot. Granted, right now I have recently started a new birth control pill almost a month ago and am currently on my period. I have noticed other bc pills make me bloated so I do not know if that’s contributing, but I want to go back to one meal a day because I am quite disappointed with how I look now. Also I take vitamins daily and I feel healthy as I always have, I was wondering if anyone might know if it is the eating a bit more or the decrease in exercise that is contributing more to the weight? Also I have been fairly depressed since moving and I know I would be back to normal if I were back in my old town but unfortunately that is not an option at the moment. 🙁

  120. Eating once a day is not a good idea. You have to give your body everything required to be healthy. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner… all these are necessary time to time. Food at regular interval maintains the body and keeps you fit.

    Be careful about eating healthy food with low calories, exercise everyday, and be happy.

    That’s all…

  121. Well i dunno about how much truth there is to this but apparently Ex NFLer and current MMA fighter Hershel Walker only eats once a day (soup at that) and hes a machine. This guy is probably one of the healthiest looking people ive ever seen, he has less than 10% body fat, is ripped like a body builder and doesnt even lift weights either. If it is true than we should all be on soup diets.

  122. I definitely agree with you and the rest of the fitness world who prescribe that it is ideal to eat many small meals throughout the day. As a matter of fact I have heard that sumo wrestlers actually eat one huge meal a day in order to gain all the fat that they do.

  123. When you on weight loss program, you have to eat small portion of food about 3-5 times a day to get better result. Of course you have to consider calories, water and fresh fruits for daily intake. I lost 26 pounds following this way and feel great!

  124. I think it’s funny how the people who are so opposed to eating this way continue to come back and try to defend the “6 meals a day”. It must be hard when everything you’ve been told is a big fat lie. “You need to eat 5-6 small meals a day to FIRE UP your metabolism” I call bs. I understand why they do it because I used to eat 6 meals a day too. I lost weight, yes, but I was always hungry. When I was backpacking around the world a few years ago, it was amazing to see how other countries eat. They don’t eat 5 or 6 times a day. Some eat twice, some eat once. However they look fit and healthy! Not obese or overweight like the majority of this country. I, myself, could only afford to eat once or twice a day back when I was traveling and I got lean, healthy, fit. Eating once a day is so much easier. You break your food addiction because you’re not constantly thinking about food. When I do feel hungry, I drink some water or go for a walk or distract myself with another activity. Eating once a day is NOT going to slow your metabolism. In fact, your metabolism actually increases during a fast. For those saying that you’ll lose muscle? It takes 3 days without food for your body to start breaking down muscle for fuel. Make sure your one meal has protein, lift weights a few times a week and you’ll keep, perhaps even gain, muscle mass. The first few days are the hardest. Once you’re through that you’ll think clearer, have way more energy, appreciate every mouthful (food tastes so much better when you’re not stuffing yourself 6 times a day with bland boring food), lose fat, skin becomes clearer. Eat a balanced meal, take your vitamins, exercise, drink water and you’ll love the way you feel. Not sure if i can post links here but google “leangains” and check out the top 10 fasting myths. He has some great info on that site. Especially if you want to reap the benefits of fasting while gaining muscle.
    Of course this isn’t for everyone. The point is…do what works for you and don’t listen to anyone else. If something is working and you feel great, keep doing it.

  125. Is it safe to eat once a day? Well, it’s safe if you don’t care that your body will be breaking down your muscles and your metabolism will sky rocket into the dead end. But it’s pretty absurd if you ask me.

  126. I’ve been trying this for going on 4 days now, and I must say I do feel better already. When I stopped playing basketball in high school over 7 years ago, I’d gained weight. Entering college didn’t help either. I have been eating one meal a day for awhile thought, but I was in-taking the wrong foods..and thought I couldn’t live without Reese’s peanut butter cups. lol I do have strong will power. A year ago I decided to stop drinking soda of any kind. I replaced soda with V8 Splash and V8 Fusion, that was a year go. 6months later, I replaced the V8 with strictly water. I’m proud to say I haven’t drank a soda in a year. I don’t eat alot of meats (mostly fish and chicken). This year I had planned to cut out all sweets and breads, and eventually cutting out fried foods. In just the 4 days that I’ve been eating once a day without snacking during the day, I feel revived. My stomach doesn’t have that bloated feeling. I’ve been exercising for 30mins a day also. I just look forward to feeling and looking healthy for the first time in my life. In high school, I’d eat anything because I knew I had basketball practice for 3 hours everyday except weekends and even then I was overweight, but in shape, which was confusing. I was and still am 5’7″ and then weighed 200+ (220 max) but I could play basketball and not get tired, run up and down the court like everyone else. My motivation for doing this is because I don’t want to be uncomfortable for the rest of my life, nor do I ever want to stick myself with a needle due to diabetes. My body is my temple and to be overweight is being disobedient to God…besides clothes are cheaper. lol I want to lose 20lbs by my birthday, May…and go on from there.

  127. By definition, dieting is eating the right food, in right quantity, at the right time.
    So why starve?!
    There have always been fad diets available, such as the “no carbohydrate” diet, the “low carbohydrate diet” and let’s not forget the famous “cabbage soup” diet.
    It may look like you are going on a diet that will bring you the results you want, but it does not.
    If you ever tried a starving diet, you probably lost some pounds quickly at first, but as time went by, it became much harder to lose the extra weight. Finally, you got to a point that you were actually starving yourself and still not losing weight at all.
    Starving diets do not work because they slow down the metabolism and put the body into a starvation mode, making it impossible to lose weight in a healthy way.
    I know it because five years ago, I tried such a “diet”. I felt miserable all the time and I was always hungry and tired.
    Obviously, after a couple of months I stopped… meaning going back to my regular eating habits… but I had a new problem. You see, when you stop the starving diet, your metabolism is still stuck in a low calorie-burning mode and by the time it catches up, you have gained all the weight back and even a few extra pounds.
    The other problem is the loss of muscle mass. As you know, muscle mass is a major part of the body that burns fat, but on a very low-calorie diet you are losing fat as well as your muscle mass. When you stop this diet, you put all the lost weight back on, but you also end up with even more fat and less muscle to burn it with.
    Bottom line, IT IS NOT HEALTHY. So if you are on such a diet, I advice you to stop immediately.
    Starving yourself will affect your health and damage your kidneys, liver and the rest of your organs. The more you starve yourself, the bigger these problems will become.
    We should all eat very tasty foods, but in the right quantities and at the right time, so you can lose weight and be as healthy as you can be.

  128. Eating one meal a day is definitely healthy and beats the crap out of mini meal high protein diets like the Zone or Atkins like Dukan which allows you to eat what you want, follow guidelines and make up for cheats with a,day of protein. Dukan is actually pretty flexible but I had no energy on it. Ori Hofmekler’s Warrior Diet is a mind blowing revelation, you have to try it. He says the body needs to detoxify earlier in the day and that eating, really anything, even a high protein or carb/protein/fat meal makes you tired and less alert. The body makes hgh which needs to rise, eating suppresses it and no it doesn’t help your metabolism, this is,pure garbage. The body needs to break itself down and purify itself, this state breaks down fat while preserving muscle. I have just started on the WD after 10 years of high protein Paleo Zone blood type nutrition type diet and already I am a billion times happier. I am 40 and have been utterly exhausted from dieting the last few years. I am much happier eating a little fruit and vegetables during the day and having one big meal at night. One meal a day has more or less,saved me from the hell called mid life.

  129. Everyone really needs to stop arguing about this dieting thing; every one is completely!! different!
    I exercised for 4 hours every day with the weight watchers diet lost nothing ! i did it for 5 months ! Oh and one more cracker im only 18! any was like 3 stone over weight! so ye explain that diet experts! I did the one meal a day thing but guess what ? I actually thought about it look it worked for me i lost my 3 stone fast! But you got to think make sure your one meal contains good things to keep you going, and your metabolism at a good rate put it this way I’m eating 3 meals a day again and i haven’t put the weight back on! you got to be smart about these things.. Calculate your BMR NOT BMI –> BMR and descover exactly what you as an idividual need and then go from there. Oh 1 more thing to people who think your not going to crave food or won’t feel hungry your crazy! And to people who are souly looking for a diet like that, you clearly dont want it bad enough; Dieting isn’t easy it all comes down to HOW BAD YOU WANT IT!

    1. the “everyone is different” is, for the most part, is an inaccurrate and oversimplified statement. When it comes
      to digesting and metabolizing food we’re basically the same.
      losing fat is burning more calories than you’re taking in.
      This applies to everyone. Universally.

  130. I did the whole one meal a day thing when I was in high school. I went to school. I would not eat breakfast nor lunch becuase that was the “cool” thing to do was sit around and talk instead of eat. when I would get home from school around 4 in the afternoon and I would eat whatever I wanted and it did work for me. I beleived it worked because I was still eating what I wanted but, just for one meal a day and I wasn’t feeling deprived. I am 5’5″ I went from 170lbs to 130 lbs in about 4 months. And I was able to keep all that weight off until I had a baby. Now I am back up there. I am wanting to start doing this again… considering school just started up again and I am a school teacher and stay pretty much busy from 8 to 4! So, I hope it will work for me again!!! I’ll let y’all know how it works!!!

  131. Well, Actually , Ayurveda the science of life defines that a human needs two handfuls of food a day – put both your palms together like a cup and what fills that cup is enough to keep you healthy. Thats all the food you need. But times changed. We live in a stressful world full of technology and medical advancements..so there are several opinions.

    But eating less never killed any one.

    I eat twice a day and I am very healthy person.

    No alcohol, No Tobocco, Only vegetarian food, No fats oils..

    WALK a lot ( dont use car).

    Most important is trust the almighty and pray every day..

  132. When I was 18 I weighed 120ibs..I am 5’1 ..I only ate one meal a day..I was never tired or anger or had trouble thinking..I am now 21 and I have been doing the 4-6 small meals a day and I weigh 169 ibs…I am easily aggravated…I feel so angry as well..I am going back to my one meal a day..I hope it will once again work for me..if your worried about nutrition take a vitamin supplement recommended by your doctor..for women I recommend Viactin or viactiv I think that is what it is called..they are chewable..mint flavored and chocolate

  133. you guys have me thinking.

    When I was in high school, I weighed between 130 and 140 pounds. I am 5’7. I looked good!

    Then my best friend started trying to lose weight and started dieting to lose weight(she weighed more than me). So I started dieting too even though I really didn’t need to(i gained about 10 pounds).

    Then I got older and worked at a fast food restaurant. I didn’t use to eat during my shift and everybody would say(the other employees) you not gonna eat, you not hungry???? So I started eating(and the food was free).

    I gained 27 pounds over the summer and then I went to college were I got the student card to go to the cafeteria and eat breakfast, lunch and dinner(with having to pay cash). I wouldn’t be thinking of food but I would go with my friends anyway. So I got in the habit of that and gained the “freshman 30” in college.

    And so on, you get the picture! Now I am married and 32 years old. I am 284lbs and trying to figure how to lose weight.

    I tried eating several time a day, tried low carb diet, tried having a healthy lifestyle with several meals a day and I can’t stay on the diet long enough to lose enough weight.

    I even hired a personal trainer who put me through bootcamp training. I lost lots of inches but didn’t lose weight. I am still working out but not as strenuous.

    I was afraid that I would stay this weight the rest of my life. But after reading this, I think I am going to go back to my natural way of doing things and see how that works for me(this time, i will not let friends/associates force me into social eating!

    Thanks ya’ll I am going to check back with you and tell you my progress with the one meal a day diet. 😉

  134. Okay, my last posting was 9/10/11. Todays date is 9/14/11. So after 5 days I weigh in at 277lbs. That’s a 7 pound loss in 5 days! Yeah me… 😉

    Don’t worry, I have been eating full meals when I do eat. I am just glad it’s coming off. I will continue this lifestyle per my body responds to it well and I feel healthy, strong, and my mind is very clear. I love it! I will check back and give progress!

  135. Been on Intermittent Fasting (IF) diet since 1/29/11. I have dropped 25 lbs cumulative since then, tapering down to about 164 lbs these past couple months. I am a 35 yr old asian male with a lean (is that endomorph? i forget) and i have never been ripped, 6-pack etc. My activity level is on average moderate high to dynamic.

    My “feast window” every day is 12pm-8pm. I work out on an empty stomach early in the morning and outside of the 8 hour window i consume ONLY water. my energy and focus are increased. i “feel” healthier. my buckets of protein powder have been sitting around for months and are not nece$$ary. With this IF diet/lifestyle it is shockinly simple. picked it up from http://www.leangains.com. i don’t follow the guy’s formula 100% as far as macro calculations and workout suggestions, but have been doing circuit training average 2-3 times a week for only about an hour. THAT’s IT.

    Highly recommended. One question i do have is how this diet may affect me in the long run….but so far so good. i’ve never been leaner or more fit.

  136. I’ve been eating once a day for over a year now. In June 2010 I was 230 pounds. I’m 5’8 so that’s considered obese. Right now I weigh 177 pounds. That’s over 50 pounds lost in a year! Went from a size 16 pants to size 10/11. I have changed my eating habits and tend to eat salads five days out the week. I seldom drink soda. Instead I drink water and ice tea. I don’t even bother worrying about if the teas have a lot of sugar in them either. I lose about 2-3 three pounds a week. I’ve noticed that my appetite has gotten considerably smaller and I crave foods a lot less.

    What has really helped is the fact that I’m active almost everyday. I cannot wait to start working out seriously. The weight will really melt off then!

  137. No wonder Americans and for that matter the British are getting so fat.
    Simply put the supermarket want you to eat more = more profits

    The diet companies want you to pile back on the weight = more profits

    The supplements industry want you to keep failing = more profits

    The pharmicutical companies want you to get fat mean selling more drug = more profits

    And finally America wants us to engage in more unrealistic wars in the middle east as it equals guess what arms sales oil minerals and in iran control of the caspian sea = more $
    Simple if it costs nothing but works they don’t want to stop the fast food craze.
    Fasting is very good for humans we are designed that way. It works simple all you fatties carry on with your six meals a day and we will see you and your kids in the diabetic clinic

  138. I’ve always just eaten one meal a day, as long as I can remember and I’m 46 and 103 pounds. The most I’ve ever weighed was 115 at 5’4″ and that’s when I worked different hours, was bored out of my mind and ate all day. I gained about 15 pounds in about 6 months. Changed my hours and the extra weight just fell right off without doing anything else but eating only once a day. It’s funny, all my family and friends like to “do lunch” and when I tell them I’m not hungry or don’t eat until around 4:30 or after they look at me like I’m crazy and tell me how “unhealthy” it is. Meanwhile, they are all overweight and my bloodwork is just about perfect. I do like to walk and moderate exercise to stay in shape as well. I think everyone just has to figure out what works for them. For me, I can’t stand to just sit around…it makes me nuts. I’m not a big tv watcher and I think that’s a huge factor as well. It’s so easy to just put away loads of empty calories without realizing it just sitting around watching t.v. Anyway, good luck to all in your fitness quests!

  139. Been doing the one meal a day for over a week now and I used to get really tired at around 4pm daily. The biggest thing I have noticed is I no longer feel like a little sleep at this time now and am full of energy all day long so something must be right.

    I can go to the gym normally work hard at my job which is relatively active.

    I enjoy my food when I eat but the other day ate some chocolate fingers and had a stomach ache for a while.

  140. cals in VS cals out. THE END 🙂

    that said iv been doing 1 meal a day(sorta) for a week now and it was PURLEY experimental, i didnt even know there was such a diet until now :/ 50g protein shake 4x a day and 1 solid carb/protein meal in the evening after my workout. + bcaa’s multiV etc..gotta say im feeling gr8! lost some water and ill update in a couple weeks for the verdict.

  141. EATING ONE MEAL A DAY WILL MAKE YOU GAIN WEIGHT! When your body gets on a regular cycle of you only eating one meal a day, it counts on that meal. So when it comes, your body will store most of that meal as fat because it isn’t expecting to eat again for another 24 hours. Your body needs energy to burn fat and if you don’t give it food, you will not loose more weight. The reason why people say eat 3 meals per day with two snacks in between is because it WORKS! Don’t fool yourself thinking eating less will make you loose weight!

  142. I have tried it all. I have a diary of weight on, off, and the type of diet and workouts at the time. In 2010 I tried a no breakfast approach with Paleo eating. I am 6’1″ and was 290 lbs. at the start of the year. After one year of this, I was down to 235. The same weight I was when I graduated H.S. as a three sport lettermen.
    I have found, what I eat makes a difference, and when I eat it. Leangains, Art Devany, Warrior Diet, Mark Sisson and the Primal Blueprint have a great deal of research.

  143. Eating once is a bad idea. Body needs fuel at certain interval.
    If you do not provide fuel, it will not work the way you want. For proper functioning of the body, food at certain interval is necessary. As you yourself said, supplement can not replace the food. Yes, you can choose the food as per your requirement.

    1. Yes. This is the stupid, unsubstantiated assumption most people believe. Keep on being fat and stupid as long as you happily stuff shit down your pie hole all day. People like you are a danger. Once a day is plenty. Get a life. The side effects of fasting are enormously useful. Americans and Europeans have turned into pathetic little narcissists, and have no capacity for survival in a real, wild, natural world.

      1. Your class and compassion are overwhelming. I’m sure many rely on you as an intelligent, trusting source of emotional support.

      2. I can’t help but agree. Our ancestors ate when they could… if it was once a day, great, if more, all the better, if not at all… that’s what our eating pattern is on the backdrop of survival. Some of my best workouts are after a bout of fasting, as if our biology is anticipating a “now or never” scenario.

  144. I have gone through phases where I agree with eating 5-6 small portions a day to help you get through and for supplementation. I think that is generally my norm. But I think it’s good to listen to your body. This month I have generally done well with eating once a day (mid-day) and I think there’s a lot to letting your digestive system rest through the evening and into the morning. So I think my body needed that this month.

  145. Humans evolved to tolerate fasting with intermittent feeding, so if anything is unnatural it is stuffing your face constantly throughout the day. When I get up in weight, say by Spring, I just fast every other day and cut down on carbs on eating days, and the weight melts off. At first it takes a bit of getting used to, but you just control your moods and after a week or so of this pattern it’s easy; in fact I find I have more energy and feel more alert with intermittent fasting. Obesity is nothing more than a disease of poor self-control, IMO.

    1. That sounds right. I gotta try this. I was also thinking…before we never really had storage and food just ready and waiting for us there as soon as we got up and/or throughout the day. We had to hunt or gather food before we could eat. Since we don’t really have to do that now a days, I was considering doing a mock hunt/gathering, like doing a little bit of exercise when I got hungry (hunger being the signal to go get food) and then eat. Maybe this will make the body kick into the stored fat and burn that off.

  146. hi guys i just want to say that i have ben struggling with my weight for a very long time . I tried work out , diets you name it you would even believe how far i went just to lose weight i fallowed a very crazy diet which is eat or drink nothing for the whole week except for one day only and believe me it was hard more than you can imagine and those who tried it can tell and i kept going like this for months i was always in a bad mode starving like hell but i did lose a lot of weihgt and i was so happy about it i felt like it paied off in the end but then i got stuck i reached a limt where i couldn’t lose any more weight so i quit it then i gained weight again not the sam as before thank god but still i couldn’t reach my goal and i didn’t want that perfect sexy body i just wanted a regular body coz i was tired of all the jokes on my belly coz i got a huge one and my work don’t give the time for exercies
    so if you got any advise to help my out i will appreciate it thanks

  147. Eating once a day takes discipline and motivation. I’m doing it right now and I feel great. I drink water during the day whenever I feel thirsty and keep very active so I don’t think about food much. When dinner time rolls around, I eat whole natural foods, no junk…no sugar, no soda, no meat, no dairy, no wheat. I have allergies to contend with, so my diet must be restricted. If it becomes unbearable I will allow myself one teaspoon of peanut butter or a green smoothie, maybe once a week. For me, this type of eating works well and the results are worth it! I reward myself with clothes and experiences, never food, I broke that trap a long time ago because it’s a set up for failure.

  148. Perhaps I’m the strange one here. I’m not a fitness freak, I don’t have the time, the income, or the luxury to wrap my entire day around losing weight. For a few weeks (and with good results) I have started going two days without eating at all. Tuesday and Friday are my days that I just don’t eat. It has been rather wonderful for my weight loss and has worked despite the fact that my “workouts” are often times pacing after work in my living room while watching TV (I have a lung disorder that prevents me from being able to raise my heart rate for longer than 10 to 15 minutes without my throat and lungs starting to bleed, even 5 minutes makes my mouth taste like pennies)

    Anyway, I have been thinking about doing a once a day focus. I think that it is an ideal approach if you are a person who can’t afford nice, nutritious, overwhelmingly expensive whole foods. (Yes yes, I know there are a dozen recipes or so for cheap whole foods recipes, but even then we’re talking middle-class cheap, not “I have a food budget of whatever is left over, often times 20-40 dollars a month”) Even better if you don’t have the luxury of eating 6 times a day.

    Either way, my rule is that a wonky metabolism does less damage to the body, and heals better, than being 250 pounds.

  149. Hi Guys! I am eating once every 48 hours instead of once every 24 hours. In between, I am drinking water with organic wheatgrass powder which contains all the nutrients, including vitamin B12. It also has an extremely high amount of selenium which Tim Ferris showed in his book to triple his testosterone levels in just one month (he ate brazil nuts for the selenium). I drink wheatgrass instead of eating greens, because here in India the greens are sprayed with pesticides and also you have to cook them with lots of salt and oil to taste good. Wheatgrass has more nutrition than Spinach.

    The whole paradigm of eating three to six meals a day is based on an average lifespan of about 70 years. If you eat just once a week you can live for 1,000 years. People like Noah and Methusaleh used to eat this way and lived close to 1,000 years. Look up the book “How to Eat to Live” on the Internet (the whole book is available online for free) for more information about food and longevity.

    I met Sun Yogi Umashankar in India and he did not eat for 12 years by doing sun-gazing and meditation in the Himalayas. The mind and body are capable of doing such amazing things, but they have to be trained. If someone can run 100 mile ultramarathons on just fruit like Michael Arnstein and win them, it is certainly possible to eat good wholesome food and fast for 48 hours. You just have to think outside the box.

    I used to eat raw food and was even a fruitarian following an 80/10/10 eating style (there’s a book called 80/10/10). Anyways, I have found that eating once every 48 hours is the best. I eat a HUGE dinner and then just eat another huge dinner after 48 hours. I am a vegetarian (no eggs).

    Think about it. It is not as radical as it sounds. It seems normal for someone to run 10 miles a day, but it sounds crazy to eat once every 48 hours. Actually, eating once every 48 hours is the real exercise. Exercise does not increase longevity whereas fasting does. It also cures things that I suffered with such as low energy and constant constipation.

    I also have bipolar disorder and have found that this is curing the mood swings and miraculously lifting the depression I have faced for the past 6 months while on normal medications. It is interesting that the real solution for bipolar is to have a kind of “bipolar diet”, which is to feast and then fast! The feast boosts all the neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. And the fast purifies the blood and all the cells, including the brain cells. In fact, in Russia, they cured 7,000 people with schizophrenia by making them fast. You can look up “schizophrenia and fasting” on Google for more information.

    Also, I recommend eating brown rice and chickpeas because they contain high amounts of Inositol, a B-vitamin derivative, which is shown to be more effective than Risperdal! And instead of taking Lithium Carbonate, it is better to take Lithium Orotate, which is a natural over the counter supplement available at Vitamin Shoppe for like $16 for 200 tablets. Anyone can take it, bipolar or not, for a calmer nervous system.

    Anyways, I have written a lot here. Basically, train your body and mind to eat once every other day and you will have better physical and mental health. Drink wheatgrass and you will cover any nutritional gaps. Try it for yourself!

  150. Eating once a day is not good idea to lose weight. Your body needs nutrients to fuel through out the day. Eating once a day will cause your body to go in starvation mode and food would be stored as fat. It’s unhealthy and unfair to treat your body that way.

    1. Would you mind giving me studies to support that? I’m certainly interested in losing weight without damaging my body, but I do need more evidence for claims other than the claim itself. Otherwise I’d be trying coffee and green bean diets or whatever other fad came along!

  151. I have lost 32 pounds since November eating 6 small meals each day. Jill Knapp on facebook lost a total of 100 pounds eating this way and got rid of her diabetes. I first read about her in a magazine and thought how on earth eating that much can you lose weight. I started following her on facebook this past November and studied her food plan and started to do my own. I have about 20 pounds to go but I know I could eat this way for the rest of my life so I plan not to gain the weight back.

    Her story is really neat. You have to go all the way down the page to watch the video.

    http://www.facebook.com/getupandgetmoving?sk=app_190322544333196

        1. I have to write down my food so I think 6 would work for me. Looks like by her web site it’s snacks in between the meals but all together eating 6 times. I will have to give it a try. I am going to try that shake she has posted looks yummy and many comments say they are losing it due to the high fiber content. 100 pounds is sure a ton to lose. I have to get off 50 or I will die.

  152. Eating once a day will allow you to lose weight and feel great! I am still eating once every 48 hours! It is amazing. I cured my constipation problem that I was faced with for the past 8 years. I am also now taking daily enemas and that clears up the fermenting toxins in the colon as well as clears up depression, including bipolar disorder.

    If you reach a plateau, you should fast for an additional 24 hours. Yes, it is possible even to eat just once a week. That takes time and practice, though. If you can do that, you can live to be 1,000 years old!

    So called blood sugar hypoglycemia is a myth. The body gets used to what you give it. Fasting does not make one fat but rather makes one lean and healthy. Thinking that fasting will make one fat is like thinking that running or jogging will make someone fat. In fact, if the same person who is running stops running, he or she will indeed gain weight. So, the truth is that the body gets used to anything.

    But there is a natural limit to the amount of exercise one can do. However, there is no limit to fasting. There are people who have successfully fasted for 40 days straight. Instead, it is best to eat once a day and fast for 24 or 48 hours.

  153. Whilst I totally agree that fasting will allow a person to lose weight, I will have to unequivocally disagree with the hypothesis that it is “healthy” to do so.

    Studies have shown, quite consistently, that eating intermittent meals (such as the “one-meal-a-day” diet, or intermittent fasting) enhances lipogenesis and increase body weight in the long term (Smeets, Astrid J; Westerterp-Plantenga, Margriet S.)
    In a particular study conducted by these two researchers, it was found that decreasing the interval between eating times (i.e. eating every 3 hours compared to 8) sustained satiety and increased fat oxidation (meaning that more energy was expended from fat cells) in a period of 24 hours when compared to those that ate every 8 hours, or even every 24 hours.

    It has similarly been shown that people who consume more than 3 meals a day are able to more readily manipulate energy and energy levels than those who consume fewer than 3. (Westerterp-Platenga MS, Wijckmans-Duysens NA, and Ten Hoor F)

    These two studies are only a minute (and by minute, I mean microscopic) proportion of the data which suggests that intermittent fasting (such as the one meal a day method) is dangerous for one’s overall health.

    So, even scientific research is condemning the “one-meal-a-day” method.

  154. Becausse they cannot profit from it. All the research are done by big corporation to mislead people a make them eat as much as possible to be unhealthy as much as the can..Because they can profit on you. If you are healthy and don’t eat to much, no body can profit on you..
    So my advice: Eat as less as you can(need), once a day is enough. You will feel better,. healthy and start seeing other energies than just consumption..
    J.

  155. hai gauys eating once a day is a good thought why cz in early stage of AD the human beings are eat once a day thatz why they wil become rushi’s and eating 3time per day is not good for health instead of that u can eat 2times a day follow this u wil get good result

  156. I was somewhat skeptical about eating only one meal a day because I allowed myself to wallow in all the confusion and exploitation perpetrated on us by the food industry, the government, and health care advocates who insist that numerous small meals are more conducive to optimal metabolic functioning and weight loss. My life changed when I consulted a very fit and slim physician who himself eats only one main meal a day.

    He pointed out that overeating is an obsession that is only exacerbated by the misguided thrust on eating all day long. The last thing I needed to do , he said, was spend the entire day preoccupied with what I was going to eat every couple of hours.

    He insisted that if ate one main meal midday, I would , for the first time in my life, actually know what hunger feels like and really enjoy my meal instead of stuffing my face all day long with intermittent snacks and mini-meals my body doesn’t need.

    He said that since I am neither diabetic nor hypoglycemic, so is no medical issue requiring concern about keeping my blood sugars level.

    After 60 years of yo-yo dieting, bouts of depression about my weight, and a constant preoccupation with calories, points, and weigh-ins, I have surrendered to eating one MAIN meal a day between 2 and 4 PM depending on my schedule and hunger level.

    I enjoy my meal, and I basically eat whatever I want, always focussed on choosing healthy foods in sensible portions, but never leaving the table feeling hungry or deprived.

    That leaves 23 hours a day to enjoy life, my new body, my new clothes, and my new boyfriends.

    The bottom line here is that we all need to find what works best for us individually and not allow any “expert” or any book or program to dictate how we should lose weight or live our lives.

    God bless all!

  157. Hi everyone. ???? it seems everybody has a opinion of what works fr them. So let’s respect that. I used to be very overweight many years ago, I was suggested to do a 3 day liquids only diet, ( to shrink my stomach) it sounded very hard as I was a big eater, (so I was fat ????) but I did manage 3 days, felt less hungry from then on, a week later tried 1 week, completed that, lost loads of weight. But I was still addicted to food, so I put myself on the one meal a day diet. I had coffee with skim milk if I needed, no sugar. Lots of water thru out the day, & had that one meal in the evenings when I got back home. What ever I liked, no restrictions, But a little bit of portion control. I lost so much weight without ever feeling deprived or hungry. Was energetic the entire day & slept well at night. Many years later, I’m still on this diet. If I’m on vacation or social occasion, I indulge, other than that, this has been my diet & always will be. I love it! I never want to be the person I was before, trapped in a body that couldn’t move or breath. I reccomend it. Highly. But it is up to you. If you want to change somthing, then do it. One meal a day for me is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Good luck. ?

  158. Hey there guys, I have just started a one meal a day diet and yeah, I’m bloody hungry but hey, I’ve done it 5 years ago and lost about 20 Kgs in 3 months.
    But I was doing 100 press ups and 100 sit up stoo everyday !
    Well, I like to drink beer and eat kebabs, sausages, fish’n’chips, well you get me though, all that kinda food innit.
    Now I have restarted this diet and we shall see, I’ll keep you guys updated, no worries… Good luck to all though. One.

  159. Well I’m trying 1 meal a day with green tea,mint and lemon… Hopefully I’ll lose weight as soo as possible coz I really want to have a baby but as I’ve (PCOS) my doc. asked me to lose weight so that he can proscribe me Clomid …. :'( I’m really working hard to lose weight with 1 meal a day and daily 1 hour jogging ….

  160. eating once a day is not healthy, I’m on a once a diet till my body gets used to not eating much when i reach half of my goal i will go back to eating 2-3 a day small portions of course and the weight should fall of.

  161. I used to eat one big meal a day when I was a teenager .. mostly due to the fact I was so busy with school and friends and was super tiny (5’2, 105-110lbs). I then went to college and started working full time and 10 years later went from gaining 30lbs now down to 120lbs. I lost it by eating small portions, jogging, and skipping. Now I’m stuck. I hate thinking about food all day long. I hate counting calories, points, protein, carbs, etc. to the point that if I’m close to my ‘limit’ for the day I will binge eat at night. If I don’t stop I’m going to gain it all back.
    So I’m going back to eating once a day. I am going to allow myself unlimited fruit and veggies during the day though because I workout in the mornings. Then a good sized meal for dinner and then just tea at night as I do work afternoons until 11pm.
    I’ll keep ya’ll updated .. not sure if anyone cares but it’ll be another testimony to the ‘one-meal-a-day’.

    1. Hi Heather, I was the same as you, same weight & story. The last 10 years I have maintained my weight at 110 pounds with just one Meal a day. I do somtimes have little protein snacks of nuts or fruits inbitween, but my only proper Meal is at dinner time, when hunger pangs hit. 🙂 make sure you drink lots of water. I have never deprived myself on occasions such as invites or holidays, but the rest of the time, this works fine for me. I’m unbelievably healthy, not even a cold in the last 10 years. 😀 the energy I have from not been weighed don by food & my body fat is the best thing in the world. I’m 5’3 inches by the way. Short, but fabulous!

      1. That’s so great to hear! Also, I so agree with the short, yet fabulous! 🙂
        It’s been a little over a week now. I’ve lost nothing and actually seem to be gaining! I know I’ve had some ‘bigger eating’ days in there when I went out for dinner with my fiance and a birthday party but other then that I’m staying near 1200cals.
        My stomach is very bloated everyday however. And (sorry tmi) but I seem to be constipated. From what I’ve read, fasting slows the digestive system. Do you or did you have this problem? It’s very uncomfortable and my stomach, which had abs, looks squishy and round. Ugh!!
        What I may do is rotate … some Warrior days and some eating 2 meals a day, days. Because I don’t like this feeling.

        1. Hi Heather. You should definitely increase your water intake. Personally for me, it was the opposite. I was always constipated before I started this meal plan, but the water I was drinking during the day really helped. If someone is trying to lose a lot of or little weight, they should stick to the meal plan until they reach their ideal weight, although not necessary. For me this is about giving my digestive system a rest during the day & eating in the evening/night, only as much as my hunger requires, but if you are eating more than that, you will most probebley put on weight. Tho Personally, I have never heard of anyone putting on weight other than losing weight on this plan. 🙂 keep at it. Eventually you will see results. Good luck!

  162. I weight 150 pounds and I am 5 feet eight inches. Today is the first day that I will be eating on the one meal per day plan. I will come back here within thirty days and give you my experience. Stay tuned for the results.

    1. Jackie, how are you doing? I’m starting today and am similar in measurement to you. I’m 5’6″ and 150. Let me know!

  163. Hi, everyone!

    I’m glad I stumbled across this website. I’ve only been eating once a day for the past week and it hasn’t been too difficult yet. I was starting to get really discouraged by all the articles that suggested that I would just gain weight by doing this. Maybe I’m not normal, but I don’t like the idea of having to come up with six “healthy” portions of food a day. My food access is pretty limited, so eating one meal a day is much easier for me. I’ve lost about 30lbs. before by just eating one small meal a day. The bad thing is I was taking Strattera at the time, and wasn’t using my own will power to get the results. Reading all of your success stories has really encouraged me to keep this dietary plan. I’m also going to start heavily increasing my water intake as well. Thanks!

    1. Hi MJ, the success you have had before will motivate you to keep going. Good luck & do keep us updated on your progress. 🙂

  164. Hi, I’ve been doing two or one meals a day since last year and I still eat whatever I want for my dinner (I took dinner around 6-7pm) I am very active during the day, I’m uni student and I take a walk to my campus, I did not do any exercise cuz I think walks are already counted as exercise. I am in my ideal weight range 5′ 6″ and 121 pounds, and able to maintain my flat belly by eating once a day. I also drink green tea and took zenoctil supplement before eating. Zenoctil is really great. I am asian and eat rice for my meal, and I eat delicious asian food everyday, and I am a fan of eggs! Also, I think eating rice is better than eating bread as rice will make u full and satisfied, that’s the secret of skinny asian 🙂
    And I don’t believe the fact that eating should be 6 smalls meal, as it won’t satisfy me and also I have no time to eat that frequently, by eating more and more food u will think constantly about it and it will hard for u to lose weight. Also, eating six small meals will limit your food option. Eating once a day is a great choice for busy people and want to lose weight without feeling deprived.
    I listen to my body, whenever I gain some pounds,especially during holiday! my body will follow by losing my appetite, until I lose those pounds, I got my appetite in normal condition,also I never limit my fruit intake, I love papayas!!they are great n good for your digestion also 🙂
    eat less and move more, that’s not a diet, that’s lifestyle.
    Every food is good, in moderation. So, no bad foods, and enjoy your meal!

  165. On Thursday I read this article in Harper’s on the history and benefits of fasting. http://www.harpers.org/archive/2012/03/0083829 More research turned up tons of information (much of it conflicting) but I found more than enough to convince me to try it, especially this: http://drbenkim.com/fasting.html

    These articles focus on longer term fasting. I’m continuing to do research, but from what I’ve learned and my own experience, I think eating one meal a day – or eating a series of smaller meals in a limited “meal window” of 4 or 5 hours each day makes sense and this is what I plan to do once I get off the total water fast.

    My concerns are weight and blood pressure. Below is my progress over 4 days, I’ve had nothing but water starting on Day 1. Weight and BP always taken first thing in the morning. Also, I stopped taking my BP meds 24 hours before the fast and have been off them since. I’m female, 45, work in a sedentary job and get little regular exercise.

    Day 1: weight 163.6 BP 138/86
    Day 2: weight 159.4 BP 136/92
    Day 3: weight 157.9 BP 120/84
    Day 4: weight 155.6 BP 114/84

    I plan on continuing the total water fast through Day 5 and then switching to limiting my eating to a “meal window” of 4 or 5 hours, same time, every day. I will experiment with augmenting with pure juice as necessary during the fasting portion of each day.

    Finally, I honestly think so much of this has to do with your age and activity level. A growing teenager wouldn’t do well on one meal a day (or a series of small meals in a limited window), but for the non-athlete adult, I think it might be a lifesaver.

  166. I know a friend who started eating one meal a day from feb 11 and she has lost so much weight. I intend to start doing that today. Just take a cup of hot green tea in the morning which makes the hunger pangs disappear. I’ll be back by april 13 to tell you how it went

  167. Eating one time a day, to me, raises the red flag of ‘eating disorder’.

    Sure, if you don’t eat you’ll loose weight. BUT, you’ll also gain all of it back Once you go back to eating like a normal human being.

    1. Hmm…so ‘eating like a normal human being’ will cause someone to ‘gain weight’, yet eating ‘once a day’ will cause someone to ‘lose weight’? Somehow I think you may have inadvertently jumped over to the dark side of the force 🙂

  168. I don’t think eating 1 meal a day is a good thing. People claim of losing weight and dropping numbers but that could mean you are losing muscle as well and not just fat. By not taking enough macros your body is going to look for fuel and start using what it can to keep you going. Also I would think by fasting your body would recognize that and start storing the food for back up energy when needed. Also by eating small meals through out the day your metabolism keeps burning which also burns calories if your eating the right foods. I was into strongman training and then decided to get into bodybuilding so I did a 12 week cutting diet no bread, milk, or fruit just lean protein and complex carbs and was able to drop 40lbs. That is just my opinion and everyone is different and what works for one may not work for the other. Thank you!

  169. Hello I lost 4kgs in 1 month 🙂 still it’s little for me and will try harder to lose more…. will keep in touch (*_*)

  170. Binu, 4kgs in a month is good – I believe that’s almost 9 lbs – which is a healthy rate to lose. I know you wanted to lose more, but feel good about what you’ve lost. Keep up the good work! =) I’m not sure how much I’ve lost eating once a day because I divorced my scale years ago – but I can tell you that after a month my clothes are very lose and I need to get smaller sizes. It’s a good feeling!

  171. I have trained myself to not eat more than one meal a day, which includes a lot of self control working in a fast food industry, seems to be going great,lost over 10 kg in the past month and a half, and this is without any exercise.. i obviously watch wat i eat, but still have fast food often enough.. By doing this, my portion sizes have reduced dramatically as well.. im well over 6 foot and weigh 95 kg..

    Makes me happy to be losing this amount without spending money on food or membership fees…

  172. I have a slim friend, I am not slim. When we go out for a coffee, or lunch, she just has a black coffee, I eat cake or sandwiches. She eats at night. She is not a fanatic, religious, a born again Vegan, she simply eats when she is really hungry, which is in the early evening. Bazinga! I have done ditto and in a week lost 4.5lbs.

  173. Its so inspiring to read everyone’s success stories on here. I look forward to doing so to keep me motivated. I went on a four day weekend break with my honey last weekend & had around 3 meals a day, dint give it much thought, cos as soon as I was back home I went back to my one meal a day routine. Checked my weight today & haven’t gained a pound! 🙂
    I would like to add that if your trying to lose weight, sometimes it’s good to also cut your carb intake even with your that one meal. I do this on & off, kind of following the Dukan diet style food for around 3 days a week, the weight just melts off! I love being so slim & flexible, never want to go back to the way I was. The compliments I get everyday about the way I look & dress beats any food in the world! Congratulations to all who succeed this way, it takes a lot of will power when you start, but soon, as with me, it becomes a way of life. For me, This is not a diet, this is a life style, & I love it!!! Good luck everyone!

  174. Thank for sharing your stories. I think we all have addictions to eat during the day and to constantly think about our next meal-the idea of eating one meal a day sounds great after all these wonderful stories. I will let you guys know how I do. Today is my third day and i have lost around 3lbs in the past three days.

  175. It comes down to self control. Eating once a day is a sword of damacles scenario because, YES, that is how our paleolithic ancestors ate, and yes, even eating a HUGE meal is going to be less than the typical recommended 2,000 calorie daily allotment. So no surprise, people generally lose weight. The downside is that when we introduce refined carbs, such as that cake during a birthday party, or that pecan pie during thanks giving, we have already set the stage for binge behavior. The sudden insulin rush clears away all the sugar in our blood stream, causing us to eat again and again just to feel “normal.” Eating once a day can’t be looked at as a diet. Just the word “diet” has connotations of something you go on (temporarily) just go come off it when the weight is gone. You need to adopt a lifestyle. You can eat 3 meals a day, or six, or one, as long as you create a calorie deficit for an extended period of time, you WILL lose weight. If you have a weight problem chances are that you are carb sensitive. Go paleo. You will lose weight. Low carb, low to no sugar, and PORTION control, and you have your answer to weight loss. The only thing needed is… you guessed it. Self-control.

  176. I have been contemplating the one meal a day diet and start it today after a couple of weeks trawling websites and asking for advise. I prefer my meal when i get home as i can keep busy in the day which equates to taking my mind off hunger, so here goes… i do believe that this can work if you can find something that will keep your mind and body occupied.

  177. I also found that if I get hungry apart from my one meal… I try to do one of the four and its easier to stay on track… Drink water, drink tea(green or other), eat an apple, eat half a grapefruit.

  178. I have been eating one meal a day since well over 20years most of my life infact. Its fine work all day come home eat, do it again the next day.
    Sometimes you only have time for one meal a day. Your weight will become stable and you dont have to play diet games.
    Come to find out that most of my life has been spent on CR (calroic restrictiion). Stupid eggheads and their numbers think they know things. They don’t; dumb as a bag of hamers.

  179. I have researched significantly and experimented with all sorts of diets over the past 18 years. I have also mistakenly “convinced” myself that since I train at the gym and run a lot, I need lots of protein, carbs, etc and used this to work up a hefty appetite. The biggest joke and scam in the world is protein powder, especially the ones that claim “hydro-philopaleninglite-blah-blah”, “take after workout to vitalise and grow”. What a joke, do you REALLY believe this? Did you know there are millions of different types of protein, and a vast majority of protein is produced from vital nutrients by your body. The only things that makes you grow are steroids and/or hard work. The only thing that will help you lose weight is to change your belief of what is right.

    There is significant evidence to support a one meal per day diet, some include: better absorption of nutrients when you rest after eating, lowering your insulin levels during the day, etc (Google this, it is endless!). As you expend a great deal of energy running your digestive system, the idle time where you are not eating is used to break down unhealthy tissue and repair your body, especially since you are probably sitting at your PC during the day. Extended fasts have been proven for centuries (especially religion) to combat all of the major health issues we have today. I have tried fasting 36 hours per week and now I am liberated from my addition to food. I only eat when I have to.

    Further, our paleo ancestors would normally graze on fruit and nuts while seeking out food. They would normally only eat at night around a camp-fire. Humans have not evolved physically since this period, and our bodies perform the same way. To set the analogy, a dietician recommending today’s modern diet plan is like a toddler disarming a nuclear warhead blind-folded. They could not possibly understand the full ramification and implication of the very limited scope of their dietary advice. A great example is the big Vitamin C boom. Scientists now realise that a whole orange, as a system, provides benefits; isolating Vitamin C and concentrating the intake only results in pressure on your vital organs, and your wallet! That is why I love Berroca! I love the taste and it is fizzy :).

    Remember the “food triangle” 1-2 decades ago, eat more carbs, less meat? Funny how they stuffed that one up, they got the whole triangle wrong upside down! Are you going to take advice from people who get paid to give advice? The World Health Organisation made recommendation that babies eat solids only after 6 months; take a look at how many children have severe food allergies and food-related issues these days! Could this be related?

    Remember that scientific evidence is statistical, and uses case studies and trials to conclude evidence. Also remember that some four-eyed geek is going to get a PhD for publishing this data. I am not saying science is wrong, just that science and our limited comprehension of the human body, results in some very poor conclusions to be made. Just look at history and see the mistakes they have made, oh “a cigarette a day is good for you” was a real doozy.

    Think about this – when has anyone in Western Culture become sick from not eating enough food, apart from severe eating disorders like anorexia? Worst case is you feel week for a couple of days until your body adjusts, best case is you lose weight, reduce your insulin levels and allow your bowels and intestines to function for longer than 5 hours without being stuffed with more garbage and food.

    Another interesting point to consider; I eat some whole fruits and, fruit juice and full milk coffees during the day, only tipping around 500 calories. I train 5 times a week for 2 hours each session. When I get home, I am nice and hungry, and I feast on a hefty meal of protein, carbs, salad and chocolate. Even after eating a massive meal, I will only really eat a maximum of 1,500 calories. That totals 2,000 per day. I am 5-11 92kg and not fading away. I am writing this now at 1pm, and feel fantastic, full of energy.

    This has been the easiest diet for me. Contrary to what people may think, after the first week of being uncomfortable, you get used to it, and your body learns to adjust energy levels, even after a 8km run followed by a heavy leg workout, I feel fine.

    The fact of the matter is, we have become habitual in our over-eating, and claims such as “get a headache, become irritable” are all signs of withdrawal symptoms. It is is the brain screaming for you to go back to your old habits.

    I tried Paleo, cutting out dinner, and other diets, but this diet allows me to share a hearty meal each night with my family, and free up a good 1-2 hours of my day as I have saved time by not having breakfast or lunch.

    No matter what you choose, try a variety of diets, the trick here is reduced calories per week, i.e. 7×2,000 = 14,000 calorie per week budget. Your challenge is overcoming your mental state of mind to achieve a healthy body and lifestyle. That is the trick to losing weight, STOP EATING so much!

    If eating only once a day detaches you from the romance you have with food, or fast for 36-48 every month, then do it, free yourself from the shackles of food, liberate yourself, and prove to yourself that you can overcome this addiction.

    Do your own research and convince yourself. Once you do that, and you start believing, then everything else will fall into place in your life.

    Convince yourself that you are an addict, and food is your drug. Practice quitting your addiction, until you become accustomed to feeling hungry.

    DISCLAIMER: Of course do consult your doctor if you have any health problems… dieting like this would only be suitable if you don’t have any pre-existing conditions. Perhaps seek alternate medical advice. Seek a medical specialist, but never a dietician!

  180. Asalaam Alikum
    generally I shoudnt be giving this information a way but one meal a day with nothing in between is very healthy i know people who has been eating this way for years some i know of eating once every 2 days i think we have to re-evaluate what we are being taught it is easy to see it takes 24 hrs for the proteins in your body to break down the food properly but when you continue to stuff yourself you are not allowing time for the food to breakdown and you are creating a poison in your stomach currently right now i eat one meal a day and fast 3 days a month with no food only water and coffee my wife has went 7 days without any food 1 meal day is a great secret known by the rich and wealthy but encourages the poor and less fortunate to eat more during the day so that they can continue sending you to the doctor worsening your physical condition while you get a treatment so they can make money off of you til you die.

  181. I was wondering if the ones here eating a meal once a day eat anything at all for breakfast and lunch – for instance a very small portion of fruit, a vegetable, or some juice, like the Warrior Diet recommends – or do you eat absolutely nothing at all until your one meal and only drink water, plain coffee or tea in-between? I’ve noticed that “fasting” has different meanings to people. Thanks!

  182. I’m not skinny. But I have 2 sisters who are, and who have always been. One meal a day is basically what they both do naturally. With variations. My older sister skips breakfast and later, if she gets really hungry during the day will make some healthy cream of wheat and oatmeal plain to tide her over, about a bowl full each time (typically in the afternon), then have a healthy dinner. My younger sister forgets to eat, and will eat something if she realizes she is starving, then at dinner time she will make a nice dinner for her family and will eat whatever they are eating including steak and fries and she’s had 5 kids and is still skinny. I started this 5 weeks ago, and have lost 8 pounds. I’ll eat something small when I get hungry- like an apple, or boiled egg and more tea or water or diluted coffee to tide me over till dinner. Yesterday I was extra hungry so had a boiled egg for breakfast with some celery- same for lunch- and then about 3:30 in the afternoon realized I was ravenous so had a small dinner and finished it off with a cup of lite hot cocoa – then had a small bowl of bran cereal before bed so that I wouldn’t wake up in the middle of the night hungry- so far been working for me. Everyone has their own variations, but so long as you ‘undereat’ during the day, and have a good meal at night (helps you sleep) you’ll do fine.

  183. I have been eating 1 meal a day for about 8 years, sometimes I do have breakfast, say a smoothie with strawberry, ruby oranges, pink grapefruits and banana, all fresh squeezed and mixed…Or sometimes i have a small portion of oats/porridge (proper old fashioned oats not the stuff that resembles sawdust)…

    Other days I may save the fruit just in case i might feel a little hungry or maybe i’m going for a hike or walking to work and will take some grapes and banana with me…or sometimes I will have an avocado if I think Im going to have a long day and wont be home in time for my regular feeding hours ;)…

    Key is, drink LOTS of water, supplement fluids with other drinks such as peppermint teas, camomile, various fruit teas, decaf where possible and keep your regular tea and coffee drinks limited to 2 a day…

    For my main meal, i pretty much eat what I want, and I eat till i am full and satisfied, and when I say I eat what I want, this doesn’t mean I take the opportunity to eat fast food/take out food nor does it mean I always choose the best healthy meals , I vary it depending on what I fancy, how I’m feeling and how hungry I feel and of course what I have available at the time, I do try to plan some meals though as I find you are less likely to make poor choices if you have at least a rough meal plan…I also eat out on birthdays and occasions and now and then I go for take out too…

    I also Fast 2-4 days a month where I only take in water and herbal teas, sometimes I do 1 day a week, sometimes I do 2 and others I will do all 4 days in a row…For those suffering constipation, I also take a laxative if I’m feeling a little slow in the bowel dept, along with some extra walking and hot baths, usually does the trick for me…

    Exercise wise, I am not a huge fitness fan, but, I walk to/from the train station in the summer 3-4 times a week (1-2 Miles), cycle 2-3 times a week to see my friends (2-3 miles) and I try to do the Wii Fit Plus Program for 20-30 mins 3 times a week…so fairly gentle…

    The benefits to me have been huge, firstly it has helped me to keep my diabetes/blood glucose in check and more stable in general, this goes against the regular advice of eating smaller meals 4-6 times a day, which never worked for me, added to this, I really really enjoy all of my food, from simple salads to full roasts of meat and veggies…The other benefit to me is that it suits my working day, I’m a PC Tech and often go from site to site, so I don’t worry too much about figuring out what food I’m eating generally and don’t tend to spend too much time thinking about it…

    In general I’m more awake, have more energy, feel i have more control over my food intake, make better food choices in general mainly because I suffer from less cravings and desires to ‘binge’ than I did previous to eating this way…

    I think we are all similar but still different enough for such things as eating habits and times to work for one but not for someone else, so it is always advisable to give each one a try, see if it suits your lifestyle and character…

  184. binu, do you eat only one meal a day without anything before or after it? I’m wondering if most people who use IM eat only once a day – a complete 24 hour fast – or throw in fruits and veggies during the day. Thnx!

    1. Linda@ I take a cup of coffee or tea with 1 brown bread in breakfast (9am) …. 1 orange or pear or apple at (12pm)…. green tea at least 2 cups and then I eat only 1 meal a day and that’s boiled butternut or chicken soup (at 6 or 7pm that’s dinner or main meal) that’s it diet coke only once in 2 weeks… and then 1 cup pf green tea with mint and lemon…
      And yes 1to 2 hrs walk on treadmill=full incline… soon looking forward to join a Gym as well along with Zomba dance 😛 …
      Hope it helps you 🙂
      until then take care and peace

  185. I’ve lost 70 lbs (from 265) over the course of five years. It has been steady weight loss. I mostly used the one-meal-a-day diet.

    Over time, I’ve learned a lot of lessons. I even had plateaus when I experimented with different things. I even had periods of cheating. Keep in mind that what I’m about to say is only strictly true for my body. I don’t know about yours.

    I also exercise with running and weight lifting. But it actually _slows down_ the weight loss. But I do it anyway to improve health.

    They key, for me, seems to be avoiding the insulin spike that causes fat retention (the fatty acids are no longer secreted by the fat cells for energy.) I’ve learned that if I feel hungry or sleepy in any way, then weight loss has halted for that day. Game over.

    The keys (for me) is to avoid those insulin spikes:

    1. I avoid even thinking about food. Easy for me. I’m swamped with other stuff.
    2. Never cheat. For the first week, I am periodically hungry. The key is to “train” my brain to not expect food at other times of the day. But if I break down and even eat a *nibble* of something. That conditioning never takes place.
    3. Coffee helps. I drink a lot of fluids in general.
    4. When I return to the diet, the first 5 or 6 lbs lost are not real. I suspect it is water weight, but I’m not a scientist.
    5. No artificial sweeteners of any type. The taste of something sweet, calories or not, causes my brain to think that food is coming. It prepares for the sugar with an insulin release. Game over.

    In fact, artificial sweeteners seem to be bad for me even with the meal. Weight loss stalls. I’ve tried them all. I suspect the problem with artificial sweeteners is that they taste sweet but lack calories. Ironic. 🙂

    BTW, the “rebound effect” for getting off the diet seems to be about 10 lbs and levels off after three weeks. But that is me.

    J

  186. JBlue, why do you think your running and weight lifting stops your weight loss? Is it because muscle weighs more than fat, so technically you are losing but it doesn’t show on the scale? I’ve been doing cardio and light weights in hopes of get super-lean, so your similar workout interests me. Thanks for your story and congrats on the amazing weight loss!

    1. Eating less always works for weight loss, but exercise is definitely a must to keep your body toned. I hate exercise, but I workout 3 times a week on the ecliptical trainer for 30 mnts. I hate it, but then, look in the mirror & tell myself it’s worth it! 😀

  187. Ok, question, this one meal a day thing. Can I have one meal of breakfast one day, and then then next day have ONE meal at dinner time, and the next at breakfast, and so forth? Or does it have to be like one meal at dinner everynighht?

    1. Jag, the idea of the one meal a day diet is to have a fasting period between the time you eat. Some say 18 hours, some say 20 hours. So if you eat breakfast at 7am on day one and day two you eat dinner at 6pm, that would be about 35 hours of fasting. It could work but I have never tried alternating which meal I eat, it has always been dinner.

      One problem I had with many diets was the fact that so many special occasions or “get-togethers” with friends and family were dinner. It sucked having to be a pain and tell the hosts that I was on a certain diet and couldn’t eat this or that. But eating only one meal (at dinner) made it easier to just make sure not to splurge on any bad foods too often and just enjoy the meal with company. It always seemed like I would start a special diet and then within a week or two get invited to dinner and then just totally ruin my motivation to keep on the diet. But eating one meal a day, you can occasionally have that 600 calorie piece of cheesecake or fried chicken and not think twice about it.

      I combined the Warrior Diet, taking none of the special supplements suggested that you have to buy, and HIIT on the treadmill. I was a pretty a good runner so my HIIT training on the treadmill was pretty intense, but HIIT doesn’t require as long of a workout time. I basically did 1 minute at 7mph and 1 minute of 10mph for 15-20 minutes.

      It works, I can attest to that. One thing you have to realize is that for the first week or less you may feel like you’re starving but that will soon disappear. You will also not get the middle of the day tired bouts that you normally get when you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.

      I also think you should exercise regularly to really see the effects. If you don’t have a treadmill or don’t want to run, maybe you could find somewhere to jump rope. I love HIIT on the treadmill and I love boxing training with jump ropes.

      You don’t have to follow the warrior diet, just lookup intermittent fasting and you can find all kinds of sources that support this eating style. Hell, some of them eat one day and then fast the next day, never tried it though.

      Hope this helps!

  188. Hi Jag. One meal a day means just that, one meal a day. 🙂
    When I started this many years ago it was hard, so some days I didn’t stick to it or snacked in between. But eventually you just get used to it. To know if this is somthing you can do, you have to try first. It’s great fr weight loss & maintance, but mostly about letting your tummy rest & heal. Read all the comments on this link, its very helpful. For me ths is a lifestyle choice. I look great, I feel great, & I have never been sick ever in the last 15 years! Not even a cold! Good luck.

    1. Sharen, how many calories would you guess you eat with your one meal? I average about 800 I think, and that seems to be enough for me.

  189. @ Jag, I read the “Fitness Black book one-meal-a-day” and according to Rusty at that site, what makes this work is that you under-eat during the day, and then eat your bulk of calories at night.

    This keeps the insulin down.

    When insulin goes up (after a breakfast) that insulin acts as a wall that keeps the body from going into the ‘fat’ cells and taking fat out, thereby stoppin you from possibly losing weight.

    That way when you are doing your daily routine, your body learns to go to the fat cells and use stored fat
    – instead of using your breakfast, (since you didn’t have any or not very much),
    When you have breakfast you raise your insulin to process your breakfast, and your body never bothers to go into the fat cells to use your stored fat.

    After your body has processed your breakfast for energy, you get hungry.

    Basically by not eating breakfast

    (or not very much- I usually have an apple or celery or boiled egg or something non-sugary mid morning)

    by not eating breakfast, your body has to go into the fat stores and use that.

    Mid afternoon I sometimes eat also, something small.
    Then even though I have a big dinner, the body thinks it is just a one shot deal, and rather than storing the calories into fat cells, it uses the energy.
    I couldn’t lose weight before, but now I’m losing steadily! Whoopie!

  190. I’ve been researching other people opinions about eating once a day and ended up coming here. I’ve read the main article (of course) and read ALOT of the comments here. So here’s MY two cents:

    I’m a 25 year-old male and have been on the “Eat once a day” thing for 7 years. The reason why is because my Genetics are supposed to be fat; All of my fathers side are overweight. So I’m “evening” out the odds by eating less to even out the odds.

    At first, I ate an Apple, banana, and glass of water a day. I dropped weight QUICK, (That and a remodeling job, great exercise) 30 pounds in the first month. That’s a pound a day. I “Trained” my body to ignore the hunger and to use my fat as energy, instead of food. (After-all, I had plenty of it)

    After losing 60 pounds, currently now at 165, 6 feet tall. I feel GREAT, strong, agile, Hunger cravings are almost non-existant, and full of energy.

    People still criticize me for eating once a day. But I am here; alive, thin, healthy and feel great. The people who criticize my eating habits are overweight anyway.

    I still eat once a day, but that one meal is quite superb. Practically a “Thanksgiving-feast” every day.

    I am NOT hypoglycemic, so I am privileged to not needing to graze all day. Everyone’s different and so are their bodies; Find out what your body can and cannot do for you.

    Sorry for long-ass comment, but I feel that I had to say something.

    1. Great post!

      I also only need to eat once a day. The fact is if I eat at work during the day all my energy is sapped. I am good for nothing…so no food until after work. I make sure it is a beautiful spread and I eat until satisfied and then I am perfect until after work the next day. I do supplement with fiber (psyllium) before my meal and a huge glass of water. I hydrate all day with water. That’s it. For me it takes the focus off food as anything other than my evening meal…food is not a form of entertainment or comfort it’s just my supper. It is nice not having to battle craves. This works for me…we are all different. Find what works for you!

  191. This eat one meal a day plan sounds very appealing! And natural! I can go for hours, sometimes a whole day without eating (till around 6 pm). This is when I’m not thinking about eating because I’m to busy doing other things. But when I eat as they claiming I ‘supposed’ to eat it causes me to crave all day (3 meals + 2 healthy snacks). Losing weight without having to think about food all day sounds like heaven!

    I was wondering. Can you drink a green smoothie during the day, or would that make you feel hungry of have other negative effects on this plan? My green smoothies consists of a banana + 1 or 2 other fruits, water and a lot of leafy greens like spinach. It has about 200 to 250 calories and makes about 1 to 1.5 liters of green smoothie (depending on how much water and greens you put in it).

    If I could drink this, next to water, tea and coffee and have my one meal a day, that would be perfect. Or should I try it without the smoothie?

    1. No, having a smoothie is perfectly fine. Although I would recommend, having the smoothie at lunch time and not breakfast, because if you have it as breakfast you will get hungry quickly latre on. Good luck!

    2. I do the same as Abigail. Some days, my stomach will not growl until after 4:00pm. Most days, I can’t even eat breakfast. A few days out of the month, my menstrual cycle affects my hunger pangs, so I want breakfast around 10am; but for the most part, the less I eat during the day, the less hungry I am and no cravings.

  192. Thanks Sharon, Shelley and Don for the explanations! Its makes more sense now. I will try this, and will report back with my results.

  193. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed their experience and opinions to the topic of eating once a day. The comments here prove that this is an ongoing topic. Because of that, I have created a new forum at http://eatingonceaday.com. Let’s keep this discussion going at the forum!

  194. Wow, great,
    actually, i eat once a day…
    i was searching on the net to see if i was getting into problems
    but so far , i think am on good footing
    People who claim that a single meal cannot give all the energy or calories , logically are wrong to me because… Most if not all of the foods or fruits, or drinks, all contain the same Vitamins…
    this is basically the reason why…i do not feel like eating more than once A day…
    cheers.

  195. hi all, i m bringing a different perspective here, nothing to do with weight loss, i m fairly thin and have always been.
    although i have been concerned with my wieght since i was about six years old. first thing i did when i was six was to ban desserts (except for ice-cream, chocolate cakes and mousses, apple pies and a few more… lol).
    anyways, i’used to be in the hotel-restaurant business and having come to management level i eventually found myself very busy and ended up deciding that i couldnt afford the time to eat during the day. that was back in 1997-98, and although i have changed trade several times, i still only eat AND DRINK once a day, usually late at night.
    THE UPSIDES
    – i feel lighter all day
    – i avoid the unfortunate stain that will suffer from once in a while at lunch or worse, at breakfast….
    – i don’t waste time going to the toilet
    – i don t ever feel hungry anymore because my stomach has learnt that “it comes when it comes” and there s no point complaining
    – i fall asleep faster (same way you feel sleepy after lunch if you have a big lunch.)
    DOWNSIDES
    – after five or six hours bad breath kicks in
    – when i m too tired and because i dont ever feel hungry anymore, i might go to bed without eating and the following day i feel weaker
    – if i choose not to work for a day or too, or if i let my wife talk me into going out for lunch or an early dinner (hence two meals), i put on weight much faster than most people do as my body has learnt to metabolise ALL i eat and store it for the following day.

    MY ADVICE
    – only start eating once a day if you already have a tendency to put on weight easily or if you are certain you have the mental strength to keep it going fro the rest of your life.
    – if once in a while you have an extra snack or meal, your body will inevitably store it all so you will need to compensate sson after.

    1. Hi, there I read your experience and something popped in my head. Maybe when you feel too weak, why don’t you just have a protein bar? Or a nutrient shake? Like ensure or boost? Boost tastes great and it doesnt makes you gain weight at all.
      About the drinking issue, I think you should drink a little more water, like an extra bottle of water because our bodies, all bodies need it.
      Just a suggestion.

  196. thanx alot guys..im going to do this one meal per day plan from now on…so if i eat only one meal for the whole day i guess its ok for me to eat something delicious (not non fat suger free unsalty stuff) hehe .well i hope i can do this cuz it sounds so good and well more”permanent” than other diet programs 🙂 btw eating six meals may work for some people but for me it gained me more weight 🙁 thanx again guys!!!!

  197. Hey I’m about to start this diet and I just wanna ask a question before I start, I can normally quite easily go without food all day, but I quite often drink diet coke, would a small bottle a day slow down my weight loss, just because sometimes it can really feel me up for hours 🙂 and any advice to speed up weight loss would be great, I weight 168lb and I want to weight 140 in like 12 weeks time for my holiday, is this do able guys?

    1. jj, for me personally, Diet Coke caused me to pack on the pounds. I truly believe it kept my insulin levels sky-high. Maybe 1 Diet Coke a day as a midday snack won’t hurt you, but I had to ban diet sodas from my diet altogether.

      It is VERY doable to lose 28 pounds in 12 weeks……just cut out sugar, drink 10 glasses of water a day (it really does flush out), and eat a lot of clean foods with no preservatives (those preservatives cause me to plateau every time!).

  198. I have started eating once a day but do so around 2-5pm before I go to my nighttime bartending job. I have started to notice that I’m losing so weight so I started researching eating-once-a-day and discovered the eating a night thing.

    I feel like eating right before I go to work (and I’ve already been awake at least 8 hours at this point in the day) helps me to not be crabby and low on energy during work, or shaky if I drink too much caffeine. I don’t necessarily binge eat… today I’m having soup and sandwich. But the other day for my meal I had like 4 slices of pizza in one sitting and didn’t even feel full.

    tldr; Eat 8 hours into your day for an energy boost and if you’re absolutely starving after work have a light snack or just go to sleep.

    1. To stop the nighttime growlies before bed, try 10-15 almonds or walnuts. Just make sure whatever you eat right before bed is not full of sugars (fruit is bad at bedtime — it hampers my weight loss). Raw broccoli or celery is good too (carrots have way too much sugar).

    2. Fruit never bothers me if I pair it with some protein….it slows the insulin spike…so add nuts or cottage cheese with your fruit. I personally have to eat after 6PM so then I am not having any evening hunger issues. If I eat before 6PM my energy is completely sapped. I do all my daily activities much better in a fasted state….food seems to take all my energy…which is fine after 6PM before bedtime comes but definitely not during the day when I need to be alert and active! Again we are all different.

  199. Eating once a day is horrible it can cuss meal nutrition and a body break down which leads to rabid weight gain 5 to 6 small meals a day is a perfect meal plain eat a protien and fat source at every meal and carbs early in the day like oatmeal and raisins or around your working out times like brown rice
    This meal plain will help you burn more fat and keep you nice and fit$$$ personal trainer at whls for over 10 years

    1. You cannot become malnourished or experience muscle break down from eating all your daily calories in one sitting instead of in 4 – 6 sittings. In fact, it keeps your insulin levels in check so you lose rather than gain weight. Google the new scientifically based studies that support this.

    2. …no not for everyone TJ. I am a perfectly healthy female specimen or so my doctor tells me…and I have done this 25+ years. I have never had the flu and cannot remember the last time I had a cold. I take ZERO vitamins! My bone density test was that of a 25 year old…BTW I’m 44. No muscle loss…I am lean and strong. I workout 3 times a week 20-30min. Drink 8-10 500ml glasses of water per day…more ore less some days. My eye site is 20/20. I crave NOTHING! Food is not an issue at all. Just as a side note during my teens I was 80lbs overweight and had high blood pressure. This has worked for me…but none of us is the same…we cannot follow one prescribed path in this life. Not even science has the answer. Find your path and be happy!

    3. lol what malnutriton
      the western 5 meals a day diet is not about nutrition, it’s more about food fetish. i eat only once a day since childhood and my weight is perfect for my age/height

  200. I eat ONCE a day too…. and I have lost 80 lbs in 2 years. I went from 220 to 140. I am 5 ” 7 – Male, and very into style. I like wearing skinny jeans, and nice designer clothing. I look fabulous… very happy and everyone tell me I LOOK SO SO THIN. oh and I drink alot of beer, and thus not gain weight!! Train your body to ONCE a DAY and it will WORK !!

  201. I have been losing weight slowly but steadily over the last two years. I find myself maintaining more so than losing. (i think its the weekend drinking and late night fast food that accompanies that) Whenever I go down to eating one meal, (1200 ish cal at dinner) my weight drops by one or two pounds within the week. I have a sensitive stomach and get very gassy and bloated easily. Whenever I do this regiment, my stomach feels its best. I feel more energized during the day as well. I just make sure i dont over do bad foods at dinner. I eat moderately and healthy and feel completely satisfied throughout the entire day knowing i can have a little extra if i want.

    example of a dinner:
    2 -3 glasses of 2% milk ( i am addicted to milk)
    small salad (i love salads, piled up with some cheese and croutons and i use regular high cal dressing)
    4-6 ounces of meat
    usually a medium potato or a normal helping of a cheesy pasta side (delicious!)
    brocolli or green beans

    usually after about 2 hours i want something sweet so i have a fudgebar icecream thing- not low sugar or low fat. 80 cal per bar and is delicious. or i have a glass of chocolate milk or some dark chocolate or half a peanut butter sandwich.

    i feel very satisfied and full and happy with this. good luck guys.

    stats- 5’2 130 lbs 22.7% body fat bmi 23 something
    2 years ago: 153lbs.

    1. follow up comment to myself:

      whenever i did try the small meal regiment a day, i was starving the entire day and very unsatisfied with all of my meals. i’d find myself cheating or overeating in between my 5 6 small meals and would ALWAYS overdo it at dinner. Then i’d feel extremely disappointed and guilty.

      1. This does not work for everyone. Some people are just grazers…they need a steady calorie flow every 2-3 hours. So experiment…you will find what works for you.

  202. I agree with J.J. April 5. The main difference between he & I is that I am 46yrs of age. I’m often complimented on my youthful looks (at least 10yrs younger) and great physique. I workout regularly and love eating huge amounts of Sushi for my one meal, mainly at lunch. It was tough at the beginning but now the hunger pangs (if any some days) are easy to cope with as they are nowhere near as bad as they used to be. I guess after a while the body just adapts to the change in eating habits. Weight dropped significantly in the 1st month but now seems to have settled. I love the new ‘lean/toned’ me!

    1. I am 44 and I am always guessed at 33-36 years and I must admit..I love that! One meal a day really works for me too.

  203. I think people should be very careful and research the weight loss plan they mean to follow. Here in the UK our Drs are very poorly educated about nutrition – so we cannot rely on our GPs to give good advice.

    I am a Type 1 diabetic. have been for 52 years. I, along with anyone else with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, am at great risk of complications caused by a high BP, impaired glucose tolerance and high low density lipoproteins (the bad sort including cholesterol).

    This well conducted research demonstrated that eating once a day led to elevated blood glucose levels and inpaired glucose tolerance – very bad for diabetics of either Type but particularly Type 2.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17998028

    Research the LONG TERM EFFECTS do not just focus on achieving fast weight loss now. In 2007 the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that eating once a day put stress on the body which led to increased blood pressure and cholesterol – very bad for anyone with diabetes and potentially life threatening for people as they get older. You may feel great now, but your arteries are being damaged and you will probably suffer for this in later life. 2 articles here but I found many more re the same topic.
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/542042-is-eating-one-meal-a-day-healthy/
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080307084626.htm

    A review of the research into this topic, as far back as 1993 – found the same thing. An increase in low density lipoproteins through gorging once a day, with a reduction in those fats through eating several times a day
    http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/1993/pdf/1993-v08n01-p006.pdf

    So please, think before you act – we live in a world where body shape appears more important than long term health. Do your research properly, and if a diabetic for goodness sake do not follow this once a day diet that could kill you faster than the diabetes. If not a diabetic – then make your choices, slim quickly now in exchange for a shorter life, or take your time – its up to you!!

    1. There is NO WAY a diabetic can get by on only one meal a day! Their blood sugar would crash and they could go into a coma!

      For us non-diabetics, we should eat when we are hungry. For me, some days I’m not hungry until after 4pm, but some days I have to eat a hard-boiled egg in the morning. Every day is different for me, depending on how active I am and where I am in my menstrual cycle. If we listen to our bodies and eat when they tell us too (and not force ourselves to eat once-per-day everyday), then we will be in ideal health.

      1. I am a Type 1 diabetic, and have been doing this for about 4 days now. I test my blood glucose levels about 6-8 times a day and I can tell you that your glucose level does not crash.

    2. I don’t see how blood sugar can rise significantly, if the one meal a day isn’t carb-heavy. A small amount of potato or rice (home cooked) with the vegetable, fat and protein in balance (all either home-grown or bought from our local organic farm), can be a bad choice when set against the usual processed, sugar and grain-heavy choices that a lot of USA folks eat, upwards of three times a day (and looking at some of them, eat all day and every day). No dessert, only a few almonds or piece of fruit after dinner.
      I find that eating once a day helps me lose weight (but I’m not fat anyway) and, when my weight drops, so does my blood pressure. I’m not diabetic but, if I’d carried on eating what I used to, I would certainly have been heading in that direction, fat or not.
      As some people have followed this pattern of eating for upwards of 30 years with no adverse effects, I really don’t understand your attitude, unless of course, you are a food retailer or manufacturer.

  204. Oh I’m SO glad reading this! 😀 I’ve done the ‘Fasting’ route in many ways and it is hard work. If I am exercising I *Need* the energy from food to sustain me otherwise without all the nutrients my workouts are difficult and tiring.

    I Have to eat a balanced diet to keep me in my best mental and physical form.

    Yes I would love to eat one meal a day like an acquaintance of mine who ate nothing but 1 tin of salmon and 1 tin of mixed veg a day for months and months and lost 10 Stone; Impressive,Yes. But having done different fasts, I don’t like the feeling it gives me-weakness, muscle fatigue, worn down, immunity drained, it’s too much.

    As I mentioned, for me, I *Need* a balance of *All* nutrients-even carbs! 😉

    1. I think we are all different. I workout usually around 18 hours after my previous days evening meal and I have ZERO problems having the energy for it…then I eat my evening meal and then off to bed. My entire work day is done in the fasted state….I am alert and do all the physical aspects of my job well. If I doo eat at all during work my energy is sapped…I’m finished. So I do not eat at all during my work day. Then I go home at 4 or 6PM work out 20-30 min of tough Tabata type interval training…shower then prepare and eat my one daily meal. I drink lots of water during the day and also have a fiber supplement before my meal. That’s my day. Days off I also only eat one meal per day. This just works for me. But it may not work for you. We are all unique.

  205. Ok, so I’ve been seeing alot of different stuff here.
    For starters, fasting has different meaning to all people.
    Some eat once 48 hours, which is two days, others 24 hours which is once a day. How does this works for you?
    I just started, this is my third day on this life-style, and this is how I’ve being doing….
    First day, nothing until 6pm which I had a 6inch, subway sandwich for dinner, dont call me lazy, I loveee subway,Icould eat there every single day.
    Second day, I couldn’t hold the hunger, so I had three strawberrys for breakfast with a glass of fresh orange juice, not a nice combination thou.
    Third day, went fine till 5pm when I had two chicken breast for dinner and a bottle of water.
    Yes, you could say I’m carnivore lol, but here is the thing, I go for what I want not for what Im supposed to have, maybe tomorrow Ill be just craving rice and not anything else.
    My point is….I think this way of lifestyle is great, you just have to have the will and do drink a lot of water, Im not a fan of tea so I dont have it, nor black coffee, so I stick to water all day long, cold water.
    I feel great, I tried every single diet, the six small meals, I couldnt hold the hunger nor I had the whole day to worry about all those meals, they made me feel too exahusted.
    So Im sticking to this, I need to lose 30 pounds to be healthy so I hope this workx, I actually feel more energeti through the day plus less cranky and more happier.
    If you are wondering, please just try it, start tomorrow, you pass it? Good, keep on going….see you are almost one week…Did you die? noooo because eating one meal a day is enough fuel for our bodies!
    I highly recommend this, in just three days, Im starting to see changes.
    Anyway, Ill keep in touch, good luck you all!

    1. totally agree with nina’s approach, just listen to your body and eat what you feel like eating each day, as long as you don’t stretch your stomach and stick to the one meal a day plan.
      i do once in a while have to have lunch with colleagues and clients and most of the time i manage to keep it small so it needn’t be too strict but as nina said, the important thing is to just let your body tell you what it is it needs.

    2. For myself I need to make sure my one meal is well rounded nutritionally and calorie dense 900-1200 calories. Any less does leave me feeling weak the next day…we need nutrients. Also water water water….all day long!!!!!!! I personally do not take vitamins but you may benefit somewhat from a multiple supplement. Do not restrict calories when eating only once per day. A 900-1200 calorie meal is HUGE when filled with colorful nutrient rich foods. There must must must be good fats in your diet. I sometimes add a tablespoon of organic coconut or flax oil….especially if my protein source was lower in fat…the brain needs fat!!!!!! Good luck and eat smart.

  206. I am planning to try this out and hopefully turn it into a lifestyle, but since I am a carb addict I’ll stick to the Paleo. The only question I have is if I am going to eat around 1-3 pm when would it be better to work out – before or after? Or maybe it’s better to shift a meal to morning or evening?

    1. …for me food takes away my energy…so I have to work out in the fasted state before I eat. But you may get energy from your food…so test it out.

  207. I do the “one meal a day diet” every once in a while. I definetely agree that it is not healthy, but I use it when my body needs a week of cleanse. After a weekend of eating pizza and ice cream at birthday parties, or after a vacation, it’s nice to follow this for a week and my weight goes back to normal. When I don’t follow this, I tend to eat 3-4 meals a day. I don’t believe most people could follow the “one meal a day diet” for the rest of your life, so I think it would be more realistic for people to maybe follow it every other week or one week a month. Life is full of food. Don’t waste your life turning your friends and family down to good breakfasts, snacks, and lunches, just so you can wait and have your one meal at dinner. Lifes too short, but I do think this is good diet to do every now and then for a week or two.

  208. One meal a day is the ONLY way I have ever been able to lose weight. I lost 30 lbs that way and walking a lot. Ever since I stopped 1 meal a day I keep putting on weight, I went from 110 lbs to 180 lbs and now I have at least 60 lbs to lose before I can be a healthy BMI. I’m gonna start ignoring all the “expert advice” to eat 6 small meals. It’s exhausting trying to remember to eat what food at what time in what portion – 1 meal a day, eat what you crave/feel like eating and then throughout the day drink water and diet drinks. It works. I’m sick of hearing ppls advice how I can lose weight, I know my body and this is what works for me. And a lot of ppl who are skinny that I know ppl say “oh they can eat whatever they want and stay thin” well it’s true they eat whatever they want, but they only eat once a day.

    1. It all comes down to caloric intake whether you eat your total calories in 1 or 5 meals per day is up to you…the outcome will be the same. The reason for myself and only one meal per day is because food saps my energy about 10 minutes after I eat it and it encourages cravings and false hunger pains. I do much better energy wise if I work and participate in my day in a fasted state. I have more energy and am more alert in the fasted state, As soon as I eat I’m finished…I’m sluggish and my brain power diminishes. I think for me digestion completely needs all my energy and attention so eating one meal in the evening after completing all my daily tasks and then going to bed just works best for me. I am a happy active extremely healthy 44 year old gal. I would not be if I had to eat 3-5 times per day. This is why I do this. It’s more than weight issues…it’s daily living issues. It works for me but it may not work for somebody who needs to graze on their 1200 calories 3-5 times per day. We are different and unique and what one swears by could seriously derail another. So find your path to healthy daily living.

  209. Well, I have been told by people to go look at the scientific research that supports eating once a day – but do not get given any web addresses. Come on folks, if scientists have proven it is healthy and suitable for all, give me the web site addresses which include the research methodology and the references. Not some site where people say “I listen to my body”. People who are severely overweight “listen to their bodies” and decide they need chocolate and chips to remain healthy.

    Next people say if they do not have diabetes – ignore the research that syas eating once a day raises blood fats, cholesterol and the blood pressure. If you want short term gains for long term illness fine, if you want to be slim when young and have strokes/heart attacks etc in 20-30 years time, fine. If youare young and your children bury you early through following dangerous dietary advice now you carry on.

    I entered the information I had found in good faith, to have it treated with contmpt by some people is beyong belief. T

    1. “Google” for yourself Liz…we MUST be proactive when it comes to our health. You can not expect others to provide for you. Go searching, all you need is out there. BTW the scientific community changes their minds every 15 minutes it seems…so counting on them can be a slippery slope. Happy hunting.

  210. In the Name of Allah the beneficent the Merciful
    All praise is due to Allah Forever who came in The person of Master Farad Muhammad whom Came among us a raised one from among us and Taught the science of everything itself from the origin of the moon and the universe to the science of how to eat to live to achieve long life again and today his national representative honorable minister Louis Farrakhan is teaching this truth all over the planet earth. If you do your research you will find that Apart of nation of Islam Dietary law has been one meal a day and even have people that have been eating this way for years 1 meal every 2 days they have been Doing for nearly 82 yrs and the government knows this sense they broke into the temple and stole his Info by the way if you want proof from someone who is certainly not a
    Muslim go online and read about caloric restrictions.com or cr.com. These false dietary nutritionist are agents of death and dont even no it go read about NSSM 200 about how they are trying depopulate the planet through food.

    1. AS SALAAMU ALAYKUM BROTHA

      WE MUST LIVE IN THE NAME OF ALLAH IF WE ARE TO LIVE A LONG LIFE. WE ARE BEARING WITNESS THAT THE TEACHINGS OF MASTER FARD MUHAMMAD ARE TRUE

      THANK YOU BROTHA FOR YOUR MESSAGE AND LABORING IN THE MIDST OF THIS WICKED CIVILIZATION.

  211. What is the thing with eating once a day and high blood fats? I thought it was the other way around. I eat once a day and my fasting cholesterol is 130. I am also a vegetarian though. I definitely feel that for me, this regiment is very healthy. I also slowly drop weight, maybe 10-15 pounds a year. It is not much I know, but hey – I eat what I want and I don’t constantly think about food. I feel great! I am 135 and 5’5″ now (was 155 when I started), would like to drop another 10 pounds and stay there. Hopefully soon I can do this!

    1. ….I have done this for 25 years and my cholesterol has never once been high….it’s just peoples fears. In my eyes 1200 calories is 1200 calories no matter how you split it up. One meal a day works for me….5 meals works for others. We are all just trying to survive the best we can. Have a nice day 🙂

  212. UPDATE: I recently went crazy with ‘eating anything’ over the weekend (very fatty/tasty stuff) and didn’t get a chance to go to the gym for 4 days. When I got to the gym, my fears were confirmed; I had packed on approximately 2kg of weight (looking in the mirror I noticed exactly where it was: my waist!).

    The weird thing is though, after going back to my eating once a day/gym, it appeared as if I had lost that weight/fat in only 2 days, something I was never able to achieve in the past. Could it be possible that my metabolism is more efficient now…? Probably not, but just wondering…

    Anyway, I’m just glad this eating once a day thing seems to be doing wonders for me. Everyone’s body is different and it appears mine just happens to thrive on one meal a day.

    Everyone has their own opinion (not all based on reliable evidence) however, to deny oneself the opportunity to discover a ‘better way’ simply because others say ‘you shouldn’t, is just plain and simple wrong…that’s just my opinion.

    As a wise person once told me…”You’ll never know, till you give it a go”. Peace 🙂

  213. I don’t eat once a day but I came to this site because I don’t eat many calories per day…about 1000. I have a shake & coffee with milk after my morning workout @ 7 am because it is fast (just protein, water, greens, vitamins & raspberries). I have 2 whole eggs & a fruit @ 11 am. Unpasteurized raw cheese, 4 yeast free fig crackers & celery @ 3 pm. Then @ 7 pm I have 3oz of meat & steamed veggies with herbal tea. I drink about 5 litres of water per day. I honestly think 1000 calories per day is more than enough. Eating 1-2 times per day is totally fine too.

  214. I have an underactive thyroid and as soon as I started my medication I ate one meal a day and lost the 3 stone I had put on. I also exercise daily and make sure my one meal is a good one filled with all the usual healthy foods. Eating only once per day is not always suitable for some people, but it suits my lifestyle and I have never felt better.

  215. I started eating once a day during 1964 do to the fact I became an alcoholic and cigarette smoker. Once I had something to eat I disliked drinking alcohol and smoking. To solve this eating problem I ate just before going to bed to sleep. i no longer drink alcohol (1976) nor smoke (1991) but continue to eat once a day until just before going to bed. I never eat anything until bed time (48 years). I met a top vascular surgeon who does the same thing and he stated that when you eat you put your body under stress due to the fact 1/2 of your blood suppy is digesting food not oxygen. I remain healthy, normal blood pressure, I am 5’7″ 130 lbs, & still do not need glasses. My last cholesteral check was total 190. During my wake hours until about 6 PM the thought of food turns me off & during the day I remain full of energy.

  216. I started eating once a day during 1964 do to the fact I became an alcoholic and cigarette smoker. Once I had something to eat I disliked drinking alcohol and smoking. To solve this eating problem I ate just before going to bed to sleep. i no longer drink alcohol (1976) nor smoke (1991) but continue to eat once a day until just before going to bed. I never eat anything until bed time (48 years). I met a top vascular surgeon who does the same thing and he stated that when you eat you put your body under stress due to the fact 1/2 of your blood suppy is digesting food not oxygen. I remain very healthy.

  217. I love knowing that only once a day is so popular my partner is always nagging me to eat and after having twins a year ago i started eating more than normal and put on 40kgs which really upsets me so i have gone back to eating once a day and cutting out all sugar and processed foods i have lost 10kgs in the last month and am so happy i tried eating the small 6 meals a day and it didnt work i just felt heavy and bloated i also have cut out gluten to stop feeling bloated and drink plenty of water i’m hoping by christmas i’ll be back down to 60kg or smaller I am obsessed about losing weight its all i think about to the point some times i go 3 days not eating but take vitamins in fear of gaining more weight in a way I guess most people would see this as an eating disorder and in a way they are probably right but i feel great my energy levels are higher than when i eat and i don’t get sick when my tummy growls i drink more water and am no longer hungry. thanks to reading this i can now tell my partner to stop nagging me to eat because other people only eat once a day and they’re are still alive and healthy thanks so much everyone

  218. Eating once a day is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard! One may lose weight by eating once a day but will likely gain it back once their goal is reached and they move away from this “diet”. Let’s not forget that being thin and being healthy are two completely different things. I was thin back when I smoked cigarettes but was far from healthy. At 42 I am as healthy as I have ever been and this is due to a healthy diet, exercise and staying away from drugs and alcohol. The question is do you want to be thin or do you want to be healthy? My goal is to live long and be healthy while I’m doing it and the only way to do those two things is to eat several healthy meals per day and exercise 3 to 4 times per week.

    1. ….well I guess those of us who have done this for years and are in great health should just now stop and follow what Melissa has suggested. Because after all we are just ridiculous as Melissa has so eloquently expressed. Melissa’s plan should work for everyone because she says so and apparently we are not smart enough to find what works for each of us personally. Thank goodness she has come along to put us all on the one and only “right” nutritional path and helped us see the error of our ways. Thank you for your wise and intellectually sound advice.

  219. I’m going back to eating once a day. I did this once before and dropped weight pretty fast but got off track when my dad passed away. Instead of eating at night I eat my 1 meal for breakfast with all my supplements. I’m afraid if I switched this to night I wouldn’t be able to sleep.

  220. I just started this plan yesterday, so I’m not as far along as some. I just had a baby 2 months ago, and I’ve always been bigger. Before I got pregnant, I had lost 40 pounds, and got down to 215. Now, I’m right back where I started before losing the weight. I lost the weight through depression and attempts at anorexia…. Not a good mix at all. I want to be down to 120 (I’m 5’5) eventually, but I want to be healthy for my daughter. I’m really excited to start it. Thanks for everyone’s tips!

  221. Great posts yall. I’m on this from only 3 days and I’m enjoying it so far. I weight 230lbs X 5’11” and need to go back to 170lbs. I am trying to rotate my only meal over breakfast, lunch, and dinner because I’d like to be flexible to eat whenever I want (it’ll be great for social/family gathering). Also for each meal I am trying to follow these guidelines http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/downloads/TenTips/DGTipsheet7BuildAHealthyMeal.pdf

  222. Okay, I had to post because I’m laughing over here.
    To everyone that is saying it is unhealthy and that is BS and what not, well, when there comes a day where it is as the end of the world or an apocalypse or what not, and everyone that is used to eating every 2 hrs doesn’t get their food because there is no source to get it from, so they become weak, Those who eat 1 meal a day will have the strength to go longer with out food. And I will be one of those people, and I will run past you laughing because I have the energy to hunt…. I’m a vegetarian but, you got to do what you got to do lol

    1. No, I was definitely not saying that eating one meal a day was not healthy. I was giving praise to the knowledge of eating one meal a day. Thanks to Elijah Muhammad who was taught the wisdom of the Gods, modern civilization has a taste of ancient science.

      That’s what my post said.

  223. “Even with all of those comments I still have to disagree just from my own experience. I don’t like starving. I get moody and I get headaches if I haven’t had enough to eat.”
    Thats appetite not starvation, your minds telling you to eat (actually acid debris in your stomach are making it gnarl or growl or even rumble, your not actually hungry at all) because it’s a habit that you’ve grown accustom to.
    “Besides, how can you get all of the vitamins and nutrients you need from one meal a day?”
    Eat one big meal consisting of vegetation and starch or just fruit that has all the required nutrition in it, a varied salad with a starch or fat – avocado would do. Preferably make this meal an alkaline-forming one so that your not leeching important minerals and vitamins from the body (the whole point of food is to replenish these). Mainly this meal should require either an alkaline medium or an acidic medium (hydrochloric acid) to digest, as we all know what happens when we have an acid and then add a base/alkaline to it. thats what causes fermentation of the foods ingested. Also makes you feel full/uncomfortable.

  224. eat clean alkalizing regenerating replenishing food, no matter the quantity but quality over quantity as digestion should be rested at some point other than sleep, don’t you think??

  225. Honestly I dont mean to starve myself, or think of this as a diet.. But for me I might only have 1 meal a day and be full or not hungry the whole day. And the next day I try to remember what I ate the following day and release I haven’t ate meals. I only dont know how I do it, but it doesn’t make me lose weight but just keeps me on my balanced weight without being bloated etc.

    1. I just started this also an i gotta say i feel great an i lost a few pounds already did it for a week in a half still going strong (TeamonemealAday) oyeahhh…

  226. Thank you for all the comments! They’ve been really helpful. I started eating one meal a day on August 20th at 164.4 and this morning I weighed 159.6. Very encouraged!!! It’s great not having to think about food all day. Plus it makes planning dinner really fun!

    Just wondering can I continue to eat once a day while pregnant? Has anyone ever done that? Or what modifications did you make? Thank you!

  227. >I don’t like starving
    because you’re used to

    i eat some snacks once for breakfast/dinner and then a legit dinner. and don’t feel like starving at all.

  228. I just started doing the one meal a day 2 days ago and Im 22 years old and currently 240lbs. I excersise twice a week for about 20-30 minutes. I was wondering if I keep doing this, what would my ideal weight be by February? I’m getting married and I really want to look and feel good for it. Thanks!

  229. I have been doing this for the past 3 months, and I have lost more than 40 lbs.
    Of course I am also exercising daily, eating healthy, and drinking lots of water.
    It was a little hard to get used to, but the payoff is definitely worth it, and to me, this in no longer a “diet”, but a new way of life.
    So many people are so ignorant about this meal plan, saying foolish things like your body will go into starvation mode, or eating 6 meals a day increases your metabolism. If they were more educated, they would know that nothing could be farther from truth.
    I feel, and look the best I have ever been, and will never go back to my old eating habit.
    Try it out, make a commitment, and I guarantee you that it will change your life (and weight)

  230. I have been doing the one meal a day routine since the end of April. and have lost nearly 60 pounds and 6 inches from my waistline. I also do a workout in the mornings of 200 crunches and 50 push-ups and then do some running when I get the chance to (or chase after my kids cause thats a pretty intense workout at times!) Not to mention I drink a TON of water, usually 4-5 32 ounce nalgene bottles if not more.

    Heres the thing I hated “normal” diets that required me to eat a bunch of crappy tasting unsatisfying meals to keep my calorie count low, thats why I switched over to the one good fulfilling meal per day and it has worked really well, I also do like to enjoy beers and cocktails so I get some calories there even though they are pretty hollow.

    Also there are days (esp. with my kids or when I have to attend a work lunch) when I will eat 2 meals a day and when I do I feel like crap and all my energy has been sucked out and I just dont want to do anything at all.

    So for all the people who say that this is unhealthy, I have never felt better about myself and I will never get tired of people telling me how great I look since losing weight.

  231. Is it ok to eat one meal a day during the week (dinner) and then when it gets to the weekend eat 3 meals? would you still loose weight this way? Thanks

  232. Most popular fitness sites will say the same thing – eat 5 to 6 small meals a day. – Completely wrong, based on biased science that only looks at western diets.

    Having worked with many groups of farmers and hunters in Africa many only eat twice a day, usually evening and then what is left over in the morning, they then spend the rest of the day in the forest or in their fields. In all cases they are a lot fitter than I am, or many other people who I know that do both regular exercise and eat through out the day.

  233. read all the comments.

    Been doing my own version of this and thought id look it up. Turns out loads of people do the same thing.. And i thought i was gonna be the next Dr Atkins!! damn it!

  234. Just started eating once a day today I drink organic coffe,mocha or tea twice during the day and one meal after 5 and feel great hopefully I will see results soon

  235. Just wondering do people drink coffe with milk like me and still lose weight on one meal a day… I eat around 5/6 and eat whatever i Want and feel great.

  236. There are many examples in the history of the food once a day was normal. The monks klasztorachjedli one meal a day and in addition worked hard.
    Roman legionaries also ate one meal a day to the full and, as we know from history, all fought bravely after it;)
    It all depends on lifestyle and quality of food.

  237. eating breakfast makes me hungrier though out the day and eating lunch makes me sleep. So for me it makes sense to only eat one meal a day.
    1. my skin issues are clearing up
    2. my hair is growing faster than before.
    3. my metabolism is on point..i use to be very constipated
    4. say goodbye to cavities, brushing once in the morning and then after you eat, nothing left to stick onto the teeth.

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