How do you explain OMAD to others? People get horrified when I tell them about my lifestyle.

#1
The typical eating habit of most people is eating at least 3 meals a day. I mostly keep my OMAD lifestyle to myself because other people become horrified when I tell them about it, as if doing OMAD will kill me. I know that they just need to be educated about it, but I am really struggling on where to start when explaining OMAD to them. How do you explain this lifestyle in such a way that is easy to understand?
 

Happyflowerlady

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#2
I think that most of us have found this out as well. For at least the last 50 years, the food industry has promoted the idea that people need to eat more food, and that if we don’t , we won’t be healthy, and we have grown up believing this to be true.
Since I am a senior, and grew up back in the 1950’s , I can remember the advertising for cereals (Wheaties..... the Breakfast of Champions !) and Wonder Bread, which was only plain white bread that we now know is almost worthless as a food.
Back then, the programming was the importance of three solid meals per day, but now, snacks have become a big thing, and we are all told we should eat the three “balanced” meals, plus several snacks.
No one really stops to think that all of this so-called healthy information just is coming from the companies who want us to spend money buying their food products.

The good thing is that IF and OMAD both are starting to be very well known, and people are being re-educated about food, as well as that fasting is actually very healthy for our body. The Facebook group just for this OMAD forum already has well over 70,000 members, and growing each day, and that is just one of the many health/diet oriented groups that people are joining.
 
#3
I have same scenario with you. I'm also having a hard time explaining to my friends about Omad. For some instances, I really use my experiences in Omad, like how I started and what I gain in doing Omad. Things like that and also showing my old photos when I use to be obese. It's embarrassing but I think it's the only way I can catch there attention. Well, we do not expect them to believe and join right away. Omad is a lifestyle that should be embrace willingly. All we can do is to show them positive outcomes of doing Omad and how Omad changes our lives.
 
#4
I don't tell anyone that I am on this diet but I can understand how it can be difficult for most to do that since people do tend to notice once you start declining offers for meals or eating out especially once people have become used to having you around for most meals. If I had to explain it, I would just tell them that I don't feel any weaker and actually I feel a lot healthier and less bloated, and that I also feel mentally clearer. I'd maybe also point them to some videos explaining how this diet is really the more natural way to live. It may be difficult to change other people's minds because we have all been so conditioned to think that three meals a day is the norm and that anything less is destructive, but I think they need to be reminded that not all past traditions are scientifically sound.
 
#5
People need to see results especially those that have got to lose weight. Anywhere that I am talking about Omad, I use my mom as an example and because most of the people in the neighborhood knows her, they tend to see the results which is the reason doing Omad is pretty nice.
 
#6
I think it's all in the language you use to describe what you're doing. If you say that you only eat one meal a day people will be horrified because for them it brings up negative images and thoughts related to poverty and being unhealthy. However you could frame it as: "Based on my health - which is none of your business - and after consulting my doctor, we determined that I need to eat (number of calories) which I personally choose to eat at one point in time during the day. It's no different than someone who might eat no breakfast, a large lunch and then a very light dinner, expect my calories are all closer together." If they're still bothering you about it, then remind them that while their entitled to their opinion and can freely share it, you will not be rehashing old arguments. This way you're getting your point across, explaining OMAD in a different manner that your friends might undersand, and putting an end to all future conflict.
 
#7
The typical eating habit of most people is eating at least 3 meals a day. I mostly keep my OMAD lifestyle to myself because other people become horrified when I tell them about it, as if doing OMAD will kill me. I know that they just need to be educated about it, but I am really struggling on where to start when explaining OMAD to them. How do you explain this lifestyle in such a way that is easy to understand?
Well, when you try as much as possible to explain to them in your own words on what OMAD is all about and they still don't understand or feel like it's not something safe to get into, you can easily recommend the forum for them to join.

Believe me that when they stay here for at least a minimum of one week, they will definitely understand what OMAD is all about.
 
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