Eating One Meal A Day

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  1. Terry Page

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    Yes that's my experience exactly @Frank Sanoica I to feel much better with no belly,...... but lapse when on vacation ;) there are recent reports that hunger is good for the brain, and improves cognitive function and helps prevent dementia....I went back on the one meal a day regime yesterday and already feel better ........:) .............but will probably lapse when away in Bosnia ;)
     
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    I watched the video above. I’m over weight again, seriously overweight. I need to spend more time in this effort of losing some serious weight rather than spending time writing childish
    narrative that’s good only for the recycle bin. So how am I going to do it? I frankly don’t know. I’m eating too much, I know that. My calorie intake most days is countable. It is fair to say exercise is out of the s question so the only thing I can see is to back away from the table, eat less. Can I do one meal a day? I don't think so without snacking a good deal. And I guess I've been snacking on the wrong stuff. What do some of you snack on?

    I'm going to start with two meals a day and maybe a light snack and cut out and trim where I can. I ned a good snack. I can't chew carrots very well but some vegetable. I just know this is going to be super hard.
     
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    If you can't chew raw carrots, soften them up a little in the microwave...dip them in hummus, try and get the lowest calorie one.

    All veggies can be cooked a little so they aren't as difficult to chew.

    Try and eat snacks that aren't bad carbs and go low calorie..then you can eat more.

    I eat about 5 meals a day because I'm always wanting to eat...just the way I am.

    I try to limit my main meals to 300 calories or less so that I can eat more snacks.

    On my main meals I try to fill up on veggies and then have some protein as a side.

    You'll have to figure out for your weight and height how many calories you can eat to lose weight and stick to that.

    I have to eat 1200 or less to lose weight...I can maintain with 1500-2000.

    Take a look at the south beach diet or the 17 day diet...both are low carb but not as drastic as Atkins.

    It was the 17 day diet that I lost the 30lbs I gained when I quit smoking.
     
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    I don't think one meal a day is good....unless you do as suggested and snack healthy during the day. I have battled weight most of my life.Have gained too much in last three years.
    Instead of going on and on about weight issues...how about...one do something realistic...diets set you up to fail.Write down what u eat or take a picture of what you eat. Create your own sensesble way of losing some weight without always trying to deprive yourself.
    There is plenty of info if you search it out.
    We are here to help...if we can:)
     
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    I've have started my diet tonight. It will be varied and one of my choosing. I need to go to the grocery store but for dinner tonight I had a quarter cup of unsweetened bran flakes with one half cop of cottage cheese covering them all with a bottle of ozarka water.. It is my first thoughts that breakfast will be the biggest meal of the day with lunch next and only a light snack in the evening. I plan to double my water intake but so much for plans; we'll see how it goes. The goal here is to lose weight but stay healthy. I'll make mistakes I'm sure because I'm doing this by the seat of my pants. Weight this morning, standing on the scales in my skivvies, having emptied my bladder on the way to the scales, is 188.0 pounds.
     
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    @Bill Boggs
    188 lbs! Why, you made it sound as though you are obese! 'Course, if you're 3 feet tall, then.......

    Seriously, IMO gaining weight should not be any easier than losing it, should not, but always is. So, look at the whole deal as a challenge to yourself to control via mind-set, those forces demanding that you eat. I maintained very idea weight for many years by eating one meal a day, interspersed with low-calorie, low-fat tidbits to keep the hunger pangs at bay.

    I stopped weighing myself. My "scale" is a big mirror on my wife's closet door. My belly is now at the point of needing to be pared off.

    I'll start next week........
    Frank
     
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    When I need to lose weight (which I need to do now) I find the best way is to eat six or more times per day. Just a small amount every two hours or so. It doesn't seem to matter what you eat just so it's only a small amount. Meat, vegetables, fruit, bread or crackers, cheese, It's all good. In fact a variety of all of them seems to be best.
     
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    I think you have to eat in a way that you feel comfortable with.....At around 150lbs I don't really need to lose weight, but while on vacation or indulging in unhealthy foods, I can put on a few pounds.
    Over the past few years I have tried the several small snacks a day, the 5:2 fasting, the low carb, the high fat and the one meal a day. They all worked for me in that I lost weight on them, I felt the healthiest on the 5:2 intermittent fasting diet though. .............. I have noticed that over the past few years my hunger mechanism no longer works, so I never feel hungry, which makes the fasting and one meal a day systems easy, but I also find myself snacking unnecessarily when I am worried or bored, so it all gets a bit complicated. ;)

    I wish you well with your diet @Bill Boggs let us know how you get on!!!
     
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    Don't know if I have the ability to snack (small amounts) that often. We'll see how it goes.
     
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    Oh Lord... ... geez Bill, does not sound very appetizing :eek:
     
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    Just as a small hint @Bill Boggs. Save that cottage cheese for your night time snack. It's loaded with casein protein which synthesizes much slower than other proteins like those contained in whey, which are beneficial for amping up the metabolic rate in the day when you need them.

    By using the casein protein at night, your sleeping metabolic rate rises throughout about a 6 hour period. By doing that, your body works to repair muscle and burns fat cells. uh, no, you will not lose any normal sleep.
    I digress,
    When you burn the unwanted fat cells one other thing happens which is all important to men. Aromatase, which converts testosterone to estrogen, makes its home in the brain, liver and the major one, in our fat cells. By eliminating the fat cells you are also giving your body the chance to keep more testosterone and allowing the estrogen levels to stay at a healthy minimum.

    One other handy thing to know. Because casein protein is so slow, when you wake up in the morning your body will not require as much fuel to get started.
     
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    Or your internet! :p
     
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    Yeah but I'm starting to tire of forums..I'm enjoying binge watching Netflix more these days.

    Ive already tired of Facebook and twitter.
     
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    That why we need periods of "rest" from things like FB and Forums...they become the "same old, same old" if that's all you spend your time on. :)
     
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    I'm on the 11th season of NCIS on netflix. That habit alone creates other habits like eating peanut butter and crackers and stuff whist I am immersing my brain in flick fat.
     
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    Ha ha...I'm on a British kick right now. I try to stick to green and red pepper slices. :)

    Wow, I haven't watched anything with 11 seasons yet....lucky!!
     
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    Thanks for that. Think your advise is solid and useful and will make that switch.;)
     
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    I'm trying to wean myself off television.
     
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    It's funny how "addicting" these like TV can be. When I noticed I was spending more time daily on my laptop then I was on anything else...I started weaning down too. :p
     
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    Yep. I am curious.
     
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    I have been reading about intermittent fasting again. The OMAD (one meal a day) plan might work for some people, but it is not working for me, at least at this time. However, for the last couple of days, I have been doing the intermittent fasting with a 16 hour fast, and 8 hour eating window.
    This allows me to have a small breakfast before I go swimming, and a large lunch/dinner meal afterwards, and a snack late afternoon, if I need one, although I usually don’t.
    My food window is 8-4, and fasting from 4pm-8am.

    There is a lot of good information about the many benefits of intermittent fasting, and I am especially interested in anything that improves my health, my thinking, and is anti-aging as well.
    I even joined a facebook group , so I have some online support for this.
    I am now reading one of the main books about intermittent fasting, it is called “Eat, Stop, Eat”, and it has a lot of great information about the good things that fasting does for your body and your mind.
     
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    I would say I fast for 12 hrs everyday.

    I only eat between 4 am and 4 pm

    It's very rare that I eat after 4 pm when at home in Fresno...of course when I visit I eat on their schedule unless it's too late.
     
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    I suspect diet requirements all vary according to individual, age, sex, race, ethnic background and activity level. There is a guy on another forum who eats one 7000 to 10,000 Kcal meal daily, and stays very slim, but he makes his living by hard physical labor and lives without electricity, running water or indoor plumbing. I couldn't even HOLD that many calories if I wanted to do so. He basically lives like people did hundreds of years ago. If you look at the diets of working people in Europe in the Middle Ages, they ate INCREDIBLE amounts of calories to keep up their hard labor. It seems logical that everyone should eat when they are hungry and not other wise. You will establish you own routine. My wife eats more frequently than I want do and I tend to eat when she does, so balancing when you have a partner makes things more difficult. Also, if you note that most religions once included fasting as part of their dietary regimen. That has been eliminated in much of Christianity, but is still observed in Islam and conservative Catholicism.

    The trick with cottage cheese brought up by @Bobby Cole is an interesting idea that I will try.
     
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    The old wives tale of not eating directly before bed is only semi-true. Gorging is one thing but purposeful snacking is quite another.

    The most important time for someone who works out isn’t in the gym but rather when the whole body is at rest and
    the same applies to someone who labors all day. Not too strangely, all the neat stuff like muscle fiber repair happens during our sleep period and that’s when balancing act really starts.

    A small meal before bed consisting of a little fat and protein is ideal to keep the ball rolling during sleep. Cottage cheese fills both criteria but since it metabolizes so slowly it allows the body to work all night rather than for an hour or two which really isn’t sufficient time for much repair.

    Oh yeah, I saw a documentary about a guy living up on the northern slopes of Alaska. During the winter months, for breakfast alone he consumed nearly 3000 calories and they said that he would burn all of that and more before his next meal some three hours later. All that said, he was living in the same conditions as was described by @Don Alaska. No electricity, no running water, no grocery store. Cut wood, dog sled to the pond and hunt for food.

    Note in line with the OP. I do eat several small meals but I do not start “eating” anything until around 2 or 3 PM. I do a predigested meal around 8AM and that’s it until later on.
     
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    Interesting reading this thread again, I haven't changed my eating habits much, still basically one meal a day, but when on vacation with Lisa I may have breakfast. My weight is stable at 150 lbs and I generally feel well,, but noticed while travelling in Bulgaria I developed lower back pain and some pain in my joints. When we crossed into Macedonia all these pains vanished, the main difference was that we were eating a more vegetarian diet in Macedonia, could this be the reason, I recall reading somewhere on here about inflammatory foods in a thread by @Yvonne Smith , maybe that could be a factor?
     
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