Helpful Tips when starting Omad


Apparently fasting is good for the body, causing it to increase growth hormone which increases longevity, and helps against alzheimers, and parkinsons. Many people who have fatty liver disease, pre-diabetis, high blood pressure etc, note complete reversals of their diseases- baffling their doctors. The idea being that eating all the time ages us, increased insulin levels caused by many meals and snacks a day, are bad for us and cause us to die earlier....There's a lot of info out there about this. It doesn't have to be OMAD, intermittent fasting has good results too, though not quite as good as OMAD-
 
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What's the right mindset when doing OMAD or how do I focus on losing weight? My routine was eat-work-sleep and more works.
Right Mindset? Doing OMAD to lose weight and get the medical benefits of fasting? That's enough for me.
How to focus on losing weight? Eat whole foods, (foods as close to their natural state as possible) like potatoes instead of potato chips, apples instead of apple pie - though some desserts are ok so long as the bulk of your diet is whole foods. Have a variety of foods.
If I'm craving something, I've read to go ahead and eat it during my One Meal A Day...You don't want to feel deprived- but as time goes by, all those cravings will slow down and disappear.
There are so many health benefits to OMAD, since fasting increases your life span, diminishes chances of getting heart disease, Alzheimers, and Parkingson's disease- to name a few...
Also, I've never been able to lose weight this fast, and this steadily.
Now that my insulin levels are down, my cravings are less.
 
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Apparently fasting is good for the body, causing it to increase growth hormone which increases longevity, and helps against alzheimers, and parkinsons. Many people who have fatty liver disease, pre-diabetis, high blood pressure etc, note complete reversals of their diseases- baffling their doctors. The idea being that eating all the time ages us, increased insulin levels caused by many meals and snacks a day, are bad for us and cause us to die earlier....There's a lot of info out there about this. It doesn't have to be OMAD, intermittent fasting has good results too, though not quite as good as OMAD-
Do you ever switch to 16:8 on a day when you are socially obligated to eat outside of your 4 hr window? On weekends perhaps?
 
Do you ever switch to 16:8 on a day when you are socially obligated to eat outside of your 4 hr window? On weekends perhaps?
I've been wondering myself what to do with some social events coming up, a Bridal Shower, a rehearsal dinner and a Wedding, etc. I think what I'll do is eat my fruits 2 or 3 (a banana and orange or pear etc. typically) and a salad before I go. That way I've gotten that out of the way. And then when I get to my actual meal, whenever that is, I won't look like I'm starving. Ha Ha! I'll be able to eat whatever they eat WHENEVER they eat, - knowing I've gotten the healthy stuff I eat out-of-the-way. But that's just me. I've pondered over this, trying to think of what would cause me the least stress. So salad/veggies and fruit before I go, then eat whenever and whatever they offer... will turn into a 16: 8 for sure!
 
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I've been wondering myself what to do with some social events coming up, a Bridal Shower, a rehearsal dinner and a Wedding, etc. I think what I'll do is eat my fruits 2 or 3 (a banana and orange or pear etc. typically) and a salad before I go. That way I've gotten that out of the way. And then when I get to my actual meal, whenever that is, I won't look like I'm starving. Ha Ha! I'll be able to eat whatever they eat WHENEVER they eat, - knowing I've gotten the healthy stuff I eat out-of-the-way. But that's just me. I've pondered over this, trying to think of what would cause me the least stress. So salad/veggies and fruit before I go, then eat whenever and whatever they offer... will turn into a 16: 8 for sure!
 
I consider the 16:8 intermittant fast as a way to maintain a fast while submitting to unavoidable social detours from omad. By just skipping breakfast and not eating until noon you could sustain at least 16 hours of fast while allowing an 8 hour eat window for the necessary deviations from omad. Then it shouldn’t be too difficult or damaging to omad lifestyle to resume the omad routine. Thoughts?
 
I consider the 16:8 intermittant fast as a way to maintain a fast while submitting to unavoidable social detours from omad. By just skipping breakfast and not eating until noon you could sustain at least 16 hours of fast while allowing an 8 hour eat window for the necessary deviations from omad. Then it shouldn’t be too difficult or damaging to omad lifestyle to resume the omad routine. Thoughts?
Exactly. I'll be skipping breakfast those days. The Bridal shower is at 1pm- so I'll eat fruits and veggies at noon before I leave, since I have no clue how small or big the bridal lunch will be. The Rehearsal dinner is in the evening, and the wedding dinner is at 5:30pm. So, on those days I'll skip breakfast, and just have something, fruits and veggies before I leave since again, I don't know what they will be serving and if it will be a small meal. Main thing being, I'll have gotten my fruits and veggies out of the way before I left, so that I can eat 'daintily' and not be disappointed if they only serve a small meal, I'll have eaten, in a 16:8 time frame though.
 
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Apparently fasting is good for the body, causing it to increase growth hormone which increases longevity, and helps against alzheimers, and parkinsons. Many people who have fatty liver disease, pre-diabetis, high blood pressure etc, note complete reversals of their diseases- baffling their doctors. The idea being that eating all the time ages us, increased insulin levels caused by many meals and snacks a day, are bad for us and cause us to die earlier....There's a lot of info out there about this. It doesn't have to be OMAD, intermittent fasting has good results too, though not quite as good as OMAD-
Can I really eat anything I want for my one meal?
 
Can I really eat anything I want for my one meal?
I'm guessing 50% of OMAD people have a 1 plate rule- no higher than 3 inches. Not me. Many OMAD people encourage you to eat how much you want of whatever you want. If I'd had a strict one plate rule especially in the beginning - I probably wouldn't have made it. Even the guy on OMAD Revolution= who preaches the 1 plate rule, now wishes he hadn't been so strict in the beginning, limiting his calories etc. Now he eats 2 and 3 plates full- but he's in maintenance. I eat what I want. Some days, especially the first month- I was just trying to establish an OMAD habit. So I ate 1 meal a day, whatever I wanted- even if that meant 2 plate fulls etc- In fact, I ate till I didn't want to eat any more- till food wasn't interesting, for me, up to 1,500 calories on some days, less on other days. Now, 6 weeks later, my hunger is down, I probably eat about 1,ooo to 1,200 calories - more or less, but I'm short, 5' 3 1/2"- That's because I'm satisfied, full, and not interested in food after that. About sweets, if you save them to the last of your meal, or even can't wait and have them first, I've discovered that just a few tastes, or 1 serving is enough now. Amazing what lower insulin levels do. Just went to the doctor's office and had my blood glucose tests etc. My potassium levels were within range, and everything else too. My blood pressure normal. I think variety and whole foods help a lot. I include oranges, salads, and bananas to fill up, but also have the burger etc

P.S. Jimmy, who lost all that weight on this site writes,

" Within your 1-hour eating time, there are no restrictions on what food or beverages you can consume.

The only restrictions will come outside of the eating window.

You might be wondering what you can drink. If you do get hungry during the day on the OMAD diet, there are some things you can do to stave off the hunger until your eating window approaches.

In terms of beverages, you can drink teas, coffee, and other liquids as well. Coffee is a great suppressant as it does help you keep hunger at bay (or any caffeine).
 
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Just as Shelly mentioned, this is exactly what I tell most people in the beginning on omad when they ask me about what they should eat. I think it's important to not restrict yourself in the beginning of omad because you are already dealing with enough change. Healthy eating is always encouraged for your well being, but it's easier to incorporate healthier foods once you have become adjusted down the road with omad. Healthier plates just became a natural progression for me after my mind and body became disciplined with my eating habits.
 
Personally, the 2 health benefits I’ve experienced on a 20:4 protocol is being more insulin sensitive and blood pressure. I’m new to OMAD since I had been eating 2 times in a 4 hour window. Prior to that I was very insulin resistant eating cabs (junk) ALL waking hours long ballooning to 290 pounds. (6’0”). Now I’m 239 heading to 190-200 pounds. I’ve lost 7” off my belly and BP has dropped from 150/110 to 123/76. But I’ve plateaued at 239 and now I’m going to OMAD to finish off the remaining pounds.
 
Biggest benefits I have noticed since I started omad is less cravings and bloating. I feel better overall and have more energy.
 
The biggest benefit for me so far is willpower. I feel so much stronger and in control when it comes to food. Now when I go to meetings at work and there is a table full of cookies and brownies I bring with me a hot cup of green tea to sip on. On the weekends when everyone is eating breakfast or lunch I either sit down and drink tea or keep myself busy cleaning (burning some calories). I am learning to find other things to do and focus on to get through those times.
 
The biggest benefit for me so far is willpower. I feel so much stronger and in control when it comes to food. Now when I go to meetings at work and there is a table full of cookies and brownies I bring with me a hot cup of green tea to sip on. On the weekends when everyone is eating breakfast or lunch I either sit down and drink tea or keep myself busy cleaning (burning some calories). I am learning to find other things to do and focus on to get through those times.
This is definitely my way of life now, I carry along healthy options whenever I'm invited to an outing with friends,Will power is really needed to pull when it comes to ones diet.I take my green tea in place of other beverages and I kick my calories burning by being active all day,taking a brisk walk to the groceries store, taking the stairs instead of elevator and having organised work.it helps keep me away from thinking about food and sticking to my one meal per day routine.
 
The biggest benefit for me so far is willpower. I feel so much stronger and in control when it comes to food. Now when I go to meetings at work and there is a table full of cookies and brownies I bring with me a hot cup of green tea to sip on. On the weekends when everyone is eating breakfast or lunch I either sit down and drink tea or keep myself busy cleaning (burning some calories). I am learning to find other things to do and focus on to get through those times.
Green tea is such a massive help! I've grown to love it so much, and there are so many health benefits to it - including the fact that it really helps cut through those cravings. Now I actually crave green tea.

There's something satisfying about those moments where you don't feel like a slave to food. It's a massive achievement!
 

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