What Has Been Your Greatest Challenge In OMAD?

#1
We were invited to a prayer breakfast which began at 6a.m up to around 11:00. My eating window is between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. The biggest challenge was that I could not eat the mouth-watering dishes that came after prayers.

I couldn't break the fast before time because if I did I will have the longest fast the next day. I had just to take water during the time. That was my greatest challenge.

What is yours?
 
#2
My greatest problem which I had with OMAD was hunger pangs.Thr first few weeks wasn't easy though I used to have intermittent fasting but it wasn't a daily thing like OMAD so I really used to have hunger issues until I told myself I just have to achieve my goal of losing weight which I saw visible changes in those few weeks. It was a bit difficult one but the good thing is that it is doable.
 

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#3
We were invited to a prayer breakfast which began at 6a.m up to around 11:00. My eating window is between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. The biggest challenge was that I could not eat the mouth-watering dishes that came after prayers.
I couldn't break the fast before time because if I did I will have the longest fast the next day. I had just to take water during the time. That was my greatest challenge.
What is yours?
Actually, you can make your schedule for eating fit what you have to do each day, @Meshack Bwoyele Keya . One of the things that I have read about the OMAD plan is that you can plan ahead for days that you have more than one meal when something special (like your prayer breakfast) is going to happen.
If we have a family birthday party, or a business luncheon, and it won’t fit in with our regular eating window, then we can shoes to have 2 meals that day, or just to have the one meal, but at a different time of day.
As long as you have around 16+ hours of fasting overnight, you can still have two meals and be considered as doing intermittent fasting. that is actually how I started out.
I didn’t eat after 4PM and then had breakfast and lunch. That worked really well, so I started having only a protein drink for breakfast, and then stopped that and fasted until my one meal.
If there is some reason that the OMAD won’t work, I just adjust my schedule for that day and do an IF day instead.
 
#4
My biggest challenge has been about consistency. I have been fighting this when I am on Omad and I appreciate every single post that I have been reading here as that is the way that I have gotten better at what I do when it comes to Omad. I hope not to quit soon!
 
#5
My biggest challenge was when I had guests visiting me. When you must to do all the cooking and have a kid to feed it can be quite challenging not to fall off the wagon.

You know how fussy kids can be at meal times. Some of the kids will only eat if you are also eating. That's the one time I had to eat more than three meals a day even though I was supposed to be fasting. Sometimes you just have to cut yourself some slack. You can always get back up, when you deal with whatever is making it impossible for you to stick to your OMAD meal plan.
 
#6
Of course it's hunger and sleeping issues which I know I got because I sleep hungry. It's very hard especially at the beginning when I'm starting. I thought of giving up before but whenever I look at the mirror, I always think of being skinny and I was reminded how my classmates bullied because I was so fat. I struggle so much to the point that I cry because I really want to eat. Doing Omad I developed self discipline. It's very important to discipline ourselves.
 
#7
My greatest challenge is probably just fighting off regular cravings when they come in full force.

Some of my favorite YouTube channels, which I watch on a daily basis, all involve food in one way or another. A lot of them feature either taste testing or food challenges, and when I see that delicious food on an empty stomach, I find it really hard to resist the cravings. It basically comes down to either sheer self-discipline or avoiding those channels in general, which is something I really wouldn’t want to do since YouTube is basically my number one source of entertainment.
 
#9
For me, passing up tempting food is a bit easier as long as I stay within my routine. I find that I have a harder time with the overall effort of sticking to just one meal a day rather than the temptation to eat tasty food. Once in a while I will crave something, but that's about it, and as long as I am sticking o the routine, I can remind myself that the craving will pass. It's why I've been refraining from cheat days as much as possible since it's so easy for me to to slip back into my old routine of eating more than once a day.
 
#10
The greatest challenge for me is limiting myself to eat one meal a day. I am a foodie person before and I love to eat different types of food on a different type of day. Right now, it has been the greatest challenge, to not be tempted by those foods around me.
 
#11
I don't know how to handle lunsh meetings or get together. Holiday meals are usual earlier than my evening window. What do you do?
 
#12
Weekends are my greatest challenge in OMAD. I'm not even going to be including how the holidays seasons impacts on my diet plan but I try as much as possible not to mess up everything but it's good to point out that it's not easy at all.
 
#13
Actually, you can make your schedule for eating fit what you have to do each day, @Meshack Bwoyele Keya . One of the things that I have read about the OMAD plan is that you can plan ahead for days that you have more than one meal when something special (like your prayer breakfast) is going to happen.
If we have a family birthday party, or a business luncheon, and it won’t fit in with our regular eating window, then we can shoes to have 2 meals that day, or just to have the one meal, but at a different time of day.
As long as you have around 16+ hours of fasting overnight, you can still have two meals and be considered as doing intermittent fasting. that is actually how I started out.
I didn’t eat after 4PM and then had breakfast and lunch. That worked really well, so I started having only a protein drink for breakfast, and then stopped that and fasted until my one meal.
If there is some reason that the OMAD won’t work, I just adjust my schedule for that day and do an IF day instead.
That's what I've been thinking. This week I'll see how it goes. All this has to work with my life how life really is for me to do this for life.
 
#14
Eating the scheduled lunch yesterday didn't go well. I'm beginning to think I really need to keep to my 4-8pm eating window. Eating earlier just isn't working. I think next week for another lunch party, I'll just bring my Tupperware (to take home)and eat during my reg window
 

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#15
Eating the scheduled lunch yesterday didn't go well. I'm beginning to think I really need to keep to my 4-8pm eating window. Eating earlier just isn't working. I think next week for another lunch party, I'll just bring my Tupperware (to take home)and eat during my reg window
Even though I do like Jimmy recommends, and have one plate of food, which takes me way less than an hour to eat, I have an eating window that goes from 11-3.
Most days we go to the fitness center in the mornings, and get home anywhere between 11-1, depending on what time we leave home to go to the fitness center. After my exercise, then I have my meal for the day. It just needs to come somewhere in between the hours of 11-3, but not necessarily at the dame exact time each day.
I realize that this will give me longer fasting hours some days and shorter ones on others, but I am still gettingin over 20 hours of fasting each day, and sometimes, over 24, depending on how the eating schedule goes.
If I am a little hungry at night, then a hot cup of broth seems to help that, and broth (with no meat or veggies) is allowed as one of the drinks on OMAD. I usually use the Knorr powdered boullion to make my broth, and put a little less than a full teaspoon, so it does not have too much salt.
 
#16
Even though I do like Jimmy recommends, and have one plate of food, which takes me way less than an hour to eat, I have an eating window that goes from 11-3.
Most days we go to the fitness center in the mornings, and get home anywhere between 11-1, depending on what time we leave home to go to the fitness center. After my exercise, then I have my meal for the day. It just needs to come somewhere in between the hours of 11-3, but not necessarily at the dame exact time each day.
I realize that this will give me longer fasting hours some days and shorter ones on others, but I am still gettingin over 20 hours of fasting each day, and sometimes, over 24, depending on how the eating schedule goes.
If I am a little hungry at night, then a hot cup of broth seems to help that, and broth (with no meat or veggies) is allowed as one of the drinks on OMAD. I usually use the Knorr powdered boullion to make my broth, and put a little less than a full teaspoon, so it does not have too much salt.
So when there's an evening party or friends are going out to dinner, what do you do? Go and not eat? Or you don't go?
 

Happyflowerlady

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#17
I actually don’t go to parties much (almost 74 years old) , but what I would do is schedule that into my eating and go to the party and have fun, and then back on the eating plan the next day.
This is a lifetime eating program for me, and not like a 10-diet that you have to stick to and then forget about. I just do my best each day, and on days when something special is happening, I go and enjoy it . If we deny any pleasure in our food, then we will soon begin to resent the diet altogether, at least that is my opinion.
 
#18
My biggest challenge has been about consistency. I have been fighting this when I am on Omad and I appreciate every single post that I have been reading here as that is the way that I have gotten better at what I do when it comes to Omad. I hope not to quit soon!
Consistency is still my problem. I’ve only stayed on OMAD for four days in a row. When I go off it’s bad. I binge eat, which is what my problem with food is. Any advice on getting more consistent? The days I do OMAD I feel great and don’t have cravings. I think the days I get off has to do with eating with others.
 

Happyflowerlady

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#19
For me, this has been kind of a re-training program. I have been overweight most of my 73 years, and because of constantly being on and off of a new diet, I learned to starve (low calorie) and then binge eat when I was not on a diet, or was just so hungry for something that tasted good.
I had completely stopped listening to my body telling me when to eat or not eat, because I was either following the diet plan, or binging on everything I could find, even things I didn’t really like.
Now, I am finally making peace with myself. Since I know that I can have anything I want in my eating window, I do not feel that constant deprivation.
Some days, I still overeat, but I am even then learning to stop sooner, because I know that this is not the last time I will ever see whatever food it is that I am eating, and I no longer have to feel guilty when I do eat foods that are comfort foods.
Most days now, I am able to eat sensible healthy foods in a smaller amount, and control my appetite. I think that it helps when you allow yourself to eat comfort foods sometimes during the eating window, so you do not feel deprived.
 
#20
Consistency is still my problem. I’ve only stayed on OMAD for four days in a row. When I go off it’s bad. I binge eat, which is what my problem with food is. Any advice on getting more consistent? The days I do OMAD I feel great and don’t have cravings. I think the days I get off has to do with eating with others.
I've been doing much better a whole week now! The key for me is letting go of doing this perfectly. Also when I think of eating a food outside of my eating window, I tell myself I can have it. I can have it later in my window. So freeing! My crazy overwhelming cravings are gone!
 
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