Lessons from OMAD

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

First of a lot of thanks to White-Green that made a comment on my last blog asking about the result of OMAD, it made me go back and reflect, somehow it also helped me out of my current lethargy.

First reflections on OMAD (One Meal A Day), my hundred days ended at the end of June, I continued with eating one Meal a Day through July, it was very conveniant because we were on tour with our theatre most weekdays which meant traeling by car a couple of hours. Not having to think or plan for when to eat and what to eat was a relief, I had my One meal when I came home in the evening and that was great.

My good points from OMAD:
It was a simple as giving up drinking – one meal a day means one meal a day and I did not have to ”negotiate” with myself whether to eat lunch early, whether to have some sort of brunch, whether to buy some foods that is not suitable for meals but more of a snack etc. It simplified my life and I can see that I got very used not to eat… not between meals, not ”because I should”

It was easy to plan.

I was rarely hungry i spite of not eating before six or seven in the afternoon. that is interesting and it has strenghened my belief that a lot of dietary ”rules” are not scientifically based.

Did I succeed all the time? No, Im still a compulsive overeater and OMAD did not cure that even though I think it helped me to handle it. My downfalls came as usual with ravings in the evenings, I can´t see any difference between if I eat three meals during the day or just one.

Did I lose weight? No, not really. As I only had one meal a day I thought that I could cook it with butter, cream and cheese, and calories are still calories, it is possible to have too many calories for one day with just one meal. The problem I got fromOMAD is that I got used to big servings…

Socially I did not suffer at all, on the contrary OMAD helped me to plan my social events to situations that was not based on eating together.

In the beginning of august I went back to ”normal” eating mostly because I DO like breakfast and wanted to see if I can find an eating mode that includes breakfast. At the same time I stopped weighing in, partly because I knew (or maybe feared) in the back of my head, that I was probably eating too much and I did not want to know that… So silly, sooner or later you always have to face the music.

And White-Greens comment somehow gave me courage to step on the scale – NOT a good experience because from the enda of july up until yesterday I had gained seven kilos. Big shock, but really nice that I dared to weigh-in, last year I was in denial fråm midsummer until christmas and had at weight-gain of fifteen kilos, reached an all-time-high and felt really bad. could hardly walk at all, avoided stairs etc. etc. I managed to lose 17 kilos during the first six months but now I have gained seven back again… these numbers may stun ordinary people but as very obese I can see-saw five-twenty kilos in a month… and I have already lost two of the kilos that shocked me yesterday morning….

If I back of OMAD and diet and look upon my life there are other explanations to my weight. Last summer I retired and although I am selfemployd and still get commissions I have joined the ”senior citizen” group and I did not expect myself to get a little lost by that… but I did. I foind it very hard to find routines for my day, one would think that exercise would be easier when I got more time but the exercise I can do is swimming and goint to the indoor pool involves starting the car which mean petrol costs… before I had to go to work anyway and could schedule swimming before starting working.

Despite the shock from the scale, I feel vey optimistic because reflecting make me realise that I have learned many things and I have tools to use.

Another thing I have learned this year is that I bet motivated by punishment more than by rewards… the contract I wrote with my daughter when I vowed to pay mony to a political party I hate, worked, the thought of having to pay money to them prevented me from eating and I forgot the other example but it is threat and punishment that drives me…
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    I'm glad you are back to blogging. I learn a lot from your blogs, and appreciate that you always keep things 'real'. I have decided to use some of your tips in my life, though I do not do OMAD. I do fasting for 16-20 hours a day, and have 2 meals a day. Still, I have a difficult time controlling my appetite when I do eat, and tend to eat too much. I think if I did OMAD, when I got to eat I would eat till I burst!
    1015 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    Make that contract!

    I'm glad you feel optimistic.

    The OMAD people claim that the appetite declines when they eat fewer hours per day. I can't deny that is true for some, but we don't know about the dropouts, do we.

    Many don't want to admit that calories in/out is still the ultimate measure for weight loss. Even if changed hormones make it possible to eat more calories than when spread out- and that's controversial, though each side cherry picks the evidence-, it's usually by only a few hundred calories a days, the amount in a candy bar or other dense, processed food, if sweets are not your thing.

    I know of people on other sites that have lost quite a bit eating 5 or fewer hours a day or with some longer fasts. I won't say the hours in case someone gets triggered! But they keep saying it's not because of a calorie deficit. And won't track. Can they really claim over the course of a week that they are not eating less food than they used to?

    Ok, enough of my ranting. But I do think time-restricted eating is a viable avenue for some people to cut their calories in a sustainable way. It's all about what people can sustain.
    1022 days ago
    Thank you so much for this. I admire your courage in self-examination. I suspect my fears of looking at myself too closely are a big reason I feel so stuck. Please keep blogging!
    1030 days ago
    Ha ha if you can find a way to let me punish you maybe I can support you in the future!!!
    I even looked for tools to threaten / punish you with in the emoticon corner:
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    1041 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/19/2018 1:53:05 PM
    Thanks for this blog!
    I find it all very interesting to read! I think it's wonderful that you did the full 100 days, and tried something so 'different'!

    While reading I got several questions, ignore them if you don't feel like answering them but you know, I am always curious... Your story may even inspire me to try something like OMAD (TWOMAD? whatever???) myself, at some point (if I dare...).
    So these are my questions: How long did it take for you to get used to the OMAD? And to reap the benefits of feeling at ease with it, with planning the social events, ectc?
    How did the OMAD help you to handle the compulsive overeating? Is it now still easier to not overeat now that you no longer do the OMAD?
    Do you think that if you had smaller meals (not big servings) with less calorie-rich foods (butter, cream etc.) that you would have struggled with hunger (more)?
    Can you describe what a meal usually looked like for you while on the OMAD (I am also asking because I know you are fond of meat and animal producst and I am almost a vegan now so I'd have to think hard about what to eat if I tried to limit the amount of meals I eat in one day).
    Did you lose weigth while on the OMAD? I think you did if I read that right? Do you know how much per month or per week?
    If you compare the OMAD to other diets you tried, how do you rate it? Which diet that you've done so far (I know you have a lot of experience) do you think works best or made most sense to you, and why?
    And... would you consider doing it again? If so would you make changes? What kind of changes?

    All right! I'll stop here!

    I hope you can find ways to exercise that bring you pleasure.
    1041 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/19/2018 1:43:20 PM
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