Why the One Meal a Day Diet Won’t Help You Lose Weight
- Possible Pat
- March 29, 2018
Have you heard of the One Meal a Day Diet?
Or have you tried to limit yourself to only eating a single meal a day in an effort to lose weight?
This is a tactic that I have seen many people trying to lose in an attempt to lose more weight, but limiting yourself to only one meal isn’t the way to go. Not only will it leave you feeling unsatisfied throughout the day, but it may also stop you from losing weight and keeping it off long-term.
This type of dieting is different from the intermittent fasting that many people do, where you take a break from consuming calories for long stretches every day. When you are on a diet, such as intermittent fasting, most people typically cut off their calorie intake in the evening, after dinner, and then resume in the afternoon the following day, skipping breakfast. In this diet, you still include lunch, dinner, and snacks.
Does Having One Meal a Day Work?
Consuming only one meal every day may lead to weight loss in the beginning because you are most likely consuming fewer calories than you would typically. This can lead to weight loss, but over time it can slow your metabolism and lead to a plateau that can be difficult to break.
When you eat one meal a day, the idea is to eat until you are full during that meal while eating carbs, proteins, fats, and veggies. Because this is your only meal of the day, you can eat more at one sitting.
The problem with this type of approach is that it is not sustainable and can have many downsides that make this type of dieting just not worth it.
Cons of Only Having One Meal a Day
When you only have one meal a day, you are doing your body a disservice. Yes, you may lose weight in the beginning, but losing that weight won’t be fun, nor will it continue the longer you stick with it.
Here are many of the side effects that people encounter when they try only to eat one meal a day:
- >Extreme hunger throughout the day
- >Inability to focus (brain fog)
- >Binge eating
- >Slower metabolism
Only eating one meal during the day can leave you feeling hungry during times when you would normally eat meals and can make it difficult to get through your day as it can make you sluggish and make it harder to concentrate on certain tasks. This can lead to poor job performance and interfere with family life.
Because only consuming one meal a day can leave you feeling hungry and wanting to refuel, many people end up binge eating. This can lead to consuming unhealthy, processed foods, consuming more calories than is needed, weight gain and plateaus.
Health Risks of Eating One Meal a Day
Only eating one meal a day can come with health risks, especially if you are doing it long term. If you have a lot of weight to lose as I did, chances you are may be dealing with diabetes, or you may be pre-diabetic. People with health conditions such as diabetes and hypoglycemia may find this type of diet to be more detrimental to their health.
Always check with your doctor, especially if you have health conditions that are dependent on diet, before starting any diet or changing the way you eat.
Lose Weight the Right Way
If you are trying to lose weight, there are better ways to do it that are sustainable and won’t leave you hungry throughout the day. My Custom Meal Plans are created so that you are consuming 3 balanced meals and two snacks every day. With these meal plans, you won’t feel hungry, and you will lose weight faster in a healthy, safe way that won’t interfere with your ability to make it through your day.
Don’t let your One Meal a Day Diet get in the way of your job, your family and your life. When you eat the right foods, you can eat more often because you are eating foods that are clean and low in calorie. This means you can actually eat more, not just in frequency but the overall amount.
My nutritionists and I calculate how many calories are needed for you to lose the weight that you want based on your body and your activity level, so you can eat and lose weight. Plus, we only put the foods you like on your meal plan so that you enjoy it every step of the way. These meal plans will help teach you how to eat properly by giving you a structured guideline to follow and choices to choose from for every meal.
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About Possible Pat
Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.