Many years ago I gave up breakfast because I was told by my trainer friend that I should be intermittent fasting. At first it felt like a big imposition, but after a few days I didn't feel hungry at breakfast time any more.
Even better, it allowed me to get to work earlier and to do so while drinking tea. I'm not sure I noticed any benefits from intermittent fasting, but I really appreciated the convenience.
Last year a friend of mine who had discovered a new enthusiasm for health and getting in shape began to talk about how much he liked fasting. He would do it for 24 hours once each week. I decided to give it a try and found that it was another level-up in convenience from skipping only breakfast.
After a bunch of research I determined that doing it regularly wouldn't just not kill me, but it could actually be good for health and longevity. I started doing it every day I was in Vegas. At first it seemed like my body fat went down a little bit, but it plateaued quickly and I don't feel that it has significantly changed how I look.
I absolutely love the convenience of it. I wake up and make tea and then don't think about any sort of meal until six or seven. If I've been traveling and have been eating two meals while away, I'll sometimes get hungry by about 4:30. Most days I'm medium level hungry by six.
To get some extra calories to make up for the missing meals I started getting chips and queso with my Chipotle salad, but recently began making large batches of vegetable soup that I freeze in individually portioned sizes. No point in getting tons of calories from corn chips.
I'm on a cruise now and may experiment with it here as well. I intended on doing that today, but then there were lobster rolls for lunch, and there's just no chance I'm turning down lobsters. I ate twelve tails for dinner last night.
I've been doing one meal a day while in Vegas (50% of my time) for about a year now and I wanted to wait for a while before writing about it to see if there were any weird side effects or downsides to it, but I haven't found any. I absolutely love the convenience of not having to think about two or three meals per day, I'm saving money, and it just might end up being good for me. As with anything health-related you should do your own research, but one meal a day might be worth looking into.
Photo is a lobster dinner on a cruise.
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Awesome to hear you are experimenting with this. I've been doing one meal a day for about 5 years now. I've never been more ripped and held onto as much lean muscle mass. I life 3x a week and run marathons and one meal a day is all I need. So many benefits.
@ Bulldog -- he's trying to maintain it on a cruise ship with a mega buffet. Not easy. :-) I forgot, were you able to keep it up while in Italy?
Great post. Not easy to do OMAD on a cruise with a buffet nearby! :-) OMAD seems to work well for a while, but then, for whatever reason, people seem to get away from it. Maybe because you're just fighting the rythims of society too much? Many folks have excitedly posted about OMAD over the years (first made internet popular as the Warrior Diet). But when someone asks them about it years later, they mention that they stopped doing it.
It's day five of the fifth trip to our island. We don't yet have any sort of permanent structure, so even with cots, sleep isn't perfect. And there's the irregular meal schedule, the hard work, and the lack of good hygiene. All of these factors wear you down a little bit as the days go on.
Today we were all exhausted. We woke up early, but no one made a move to get done the things which needed doing. We punted around through the forest looking for good branches for torches, our latest obsession, but mostly we waited until it was time to leave the island.
We had scheduled a tour at 2:30 at Oak Island, which is just a couple hours away. The tour group was surprisingly large, maybe fifty people or so. We hiked all throughout the island, learning about it and seeing firsthand some of the strange clues pointing towards possible treasure.
As we hiked in the heat on the island, I noticed that I was really lagging. Mentally, I wasn't all there. Physically, I was tired. By the end, the three of us were sitting down while the guide talked. We were the only ones not to stand.
I started outlining and writing a piece about the biochemistry behind it, but (1) it took me down a way deep rabbit hole, and (2) I'm not very clear that I don't understand the topic well enough to write about it.
That said, when doing a basic intermittent fasting protocol a la Leangains.com, it's been relatively easy to consistently march down towards lower bodyfat and greater health and wellness.
I ran a caloric deficit of between 500 and 1000 calories each day, eat all those calories spaced into a 4-6 hour window.
That was pretty good, and remains pretty good.
I've recently (six weeks ago) started experimenting with fasting 24+ hours, sometimes to the 60 to 70 hour range once a week.