Imagine if you only worried about eating once in the day? No more snacks, or planning lunch or worrying about what you were going to eat all day. All you need to consider is eating whatever you want or feel like, once a day. Eating one meal a day is not a new concept. Yet, many find themselves struggling to accept that it could be a liable diet option for them. According to Harvard and Oxford University-educated doctor Xand Van Tulleken, eating one meal a day, could be the key to losing weight. “The ‘one meal a day‘ approach may also be surprisingly convenient for many dieters as it produces weight-loss results without the hassle of excessive meal preparations, juicing or calorie counting”, according to Dr Xand Van Tulleken, who is an advocate of the eating plan.
What about Medical Evidence?
While some have interest in the diet, there is always questions about medical issues. Many wonder what the long term effects of eating one meal a day are. Dr Van Tulleken explains that there’s a “large amount of medical evidence that indicates fasting is a safe and effective way of losing weight.” And, that while the way in which it works isn’t quite clear, “some researchers describe fasting as being a good kind of stress on your body, like exercise, and that it promotes fat burning.” There is no doubt that intermittent fasting has been shown to have many benefits. What many question is what type of intermittent fasting achieves maximum results.
Advice On Starting a One Meal a Day Diet
Tulleken also goes on to explain, “Fasting can be a shock to the system and the first day you’re likely to feel hungry. It does get better”. Dr Van Tulleken himself also adds the diet should not be used as an excuse to overindulge, as even extreme calorie restriction cannot reverse a diet high in processed food and sugar. Starting the one meal a day diet can be challenging for some. It’s always best to make a slower transition to adapting to the one meal a day diet before starting.
Tulleken goes on to say “Ultimately, to fast successfully you should be eating your one meal when you are really hungry and ensuring your plate is balanced, fulfilling and tailored specifically to your needs”.
As with any diet plan the ‘one meal a day’ can have its drawbacks – and Van Tulleken says “it’s important to understand we do function less well when we’re hungry”. Always make sure you are getting all daily nutrients in your meal and supplementing when needed. Choosing an eating window that fits your lifestyle is crucial to your long term success on the diet.