Answers to OMAD questions

Thursday, September 27, 2018

A bit late but… here are my answers to questions from spark friend White-green:

WG: 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, etc?

• Not very long, I had sort of slided into a two-meal-a-day routine so it was just a question of skipping breakfast. About social events I have to admit that I have very little social life nowadays, when I meet people it is mostly over a cup of coffee. During a week course this summer I got used to saying: ” Well I only eat one time a day and it is not now” when suggestions were made that we should go together for breakfast or lunch.

WG: 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?

• It helped me to get used to not eat between meals at all, and no, when I left OMAD I had some relapse into overeating so my disease is very much present.

WG: 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)?

• Not really, hunger is in my opinion truly a habit. I get hunger feelings during the day, they last for maybe five minutes and then disappear.

WG: Can you describe what a meal usually looked like for you while on the OMAD

• A chicken breast, rice, stir fry vegetables, blue cheese sauce. Or pork belly, rice, stir fry vegetables and some sort of creamy sauce…Shrimp salad with a driessing with mayonaisse. Quorn fillets, rice, peanutsauce…

WG: 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?

• At the start I did, but that stopped as I slipped into getting bigger servings AND lately I realised that the LCHF trend has made me believe that I can eat unlimited amounts of fat. the reason I stopped losing weight was more that my servings was cooked with added cream, blue cheese, creme fraiche mayonaisse on the side… I am not sensivitve to sugar, I am sensitive to fat, I cna´t handle fat that well and have to rethink my food plans…

WG: 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?

• I love OMAD, in fact I am back on it again. The best thing was that I learned that you really don´t have to eat all the time, it is perfectly okay to have one meal a day once you find ways to handle the social aspect. And that too has gotten a lot easier these days when everybody seem to be ”special” in their food preferences. Twenty years ago it was very rare that you invited people for dinner and they had special concerns about the menu. Today you have to ask if they are vegetarians, vegans, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant, LCHF… it is accepted or shall I say ”normal” to be not nromal with food… Funny enough I have not been forced to defend it as I have been in the past with different kind of diets. I think we have Michael Mosley to thank a lot for this – when he made 5:2 known and popular he opened for fasting as an okay part of a diet.

It clearly suits my lifestyle and personality, to me it is really ”Kiss” – ”Keep it simple stupid!”

WG: And... would you consider doing it again? If so would you make changes? What kind of changes?

• I am back on it because it is so simple… I am lazy and it is so easy to work with just one meal. The thing I don´t love is to miss breakfast, I think that I want breakfast as part of my menu but nor right now.

The reason that I am back on it is that I gained weight during august, I did not step on the scale for fifty days and fooled myselfthat I was eating okay. Which I was not.

By coincidence the day I stepped on my scale the same day I found that my laziness with exercise during august meant that I only had five days to complete a swim challenge… So I went swimming (”the Amsterdam dash” a 37 km long challenge in Swimtag, whit five days left I had seven kilometers to go…) like a maniac and together with meals with 1200-2000 calories in OMAD I lost the weight I gained in a week…craaaaazy!

The changes I make is to decrease the amount of fat I use in cooking. No more cream or creme fraiche in my fridge…

I notice that it has changed my thinking, I am still a compulsive overeater but I look at healthy eating with OMAD with a kind of peace in my heart, it feels as if I have found a pattern that will work for me, with or without overweight. And it has convinced me that you can get used to a lot of things and you are free to decide what works best for you.

WG: I hope you can find ways to exercise that bring you pleasure.

• In fact the weird experience last week made me realise that this is my big challenge now, to incorporate more exercise in my daily life. Because the hysterical exercise I did last week made me feel so much better, my oedema disappeared, I slept better, my joints are better, my artros feels better… this is a very big challenge because I don´t have any natural exercise in my life anymore. In my former life with horses I moved around a lot with farm work, today I have to add ”artificial” exercise because it is not a part of my life. I have to go swimming, biking, walking or whatever… it has to be a concious effort… and I find it hard!
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  • OOLALA53
    Have you bowed out? The Fasting for Fat Loss team says the leader hasn't posted for 60 days. Hope you are ok.
    958 days ago
    What I love about the fasting is the huge increase in energy I had. That did disappear when I had some other health issues going on, but it mainly disappeared when I started really slipping into eating simple carbs and desserts again. I need to get a lot stricter again so that I get my energy back up, and so I start losing weight again.

    One thing I have noticed is that my hunger has become really ravenous lately. I think that too has a lot to do with the increase in eating carbs and sugars, as those really stimulate the appetite. Before I increased the carbs and sugars I really had no problems doing the 18-20 hour fasts, without that much hunger.

    When I exercise the edema disappears from my legs also, and I then see slim legs and ankles. Even the lymphodema in my left leg decreases dramatically. And, it does make a huge difference in my sleep quality.
    1014 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    Not everyone doesn't get hungry when waiting to eat for the whole day. I have tried at times and get really ravenous! I know Bert Herring says to just keep trying to push your window back. That might be an option for me, though I'm still on the fence. But if YOU don't, that might be a sign it's a good tactic for you.

    But sometimes my eating urge is just the antsy desire, the compulsive need, to fill the time. I'm still facing dilemmas in life that are harder to face than eating.

    What do you think might help you face down those night time overages? You said the compulsion comes whether you eat in the day or not, so it might have to be logic and willpower, no? I know willpower gets a bad rap, but I can't see anything else that has gotten me over the tough times.

    I continue to be intrigued with fewer meals because of appetite issues; eating less at many meals is not very attractive right now. Also, from my previous experiments, I've think I've gotten over the hype that you can eat anything when you do eat. It sent me back to low satiety foods, and that was not a pleasant road.

    MP, do you not get any sense of being too full from eating? Is that not something you would be inspired to avoid? I ask this in true curiosity. I do know that in the last year, I sometimes get full on ridiculously small amounts of food and sometimes feel almost noting from larger amounts so I have been willing to go with allotting smaller portions and living with the results. I know that statistically, heavier people have a much harder time ascertaining fullness. I think their bodies give weaker signals.

    I really hope you find a key to something to reduce the compulsion a bit more.

    White, I do a quarterly modified diet program; I just finished the fall stint. It's vegetarian; the only animal product was half and half in my daily cup of coffee. From that, I'd guess that if I were going to eat one meal that would be "enough" but leave me not holding my stomach, it would have to have quite a bit of fat. It's the only thing that's dense enough to provide calories without making me too full. But I can't imagine eating more than 700 calories at a meal, and that's a lot of nuts and avocado. The rest in freggies and maybe one fruit, one starch. I can't see doing that every day. I got PLENTY hungry! But it wasn't until the last night that I was hungry at night. I don't know if it was because I'm not actually overweight or not. But I DO have fat stores, so it isn't as if the body was really starving. Just avoiding going for the stores.

    Anyway, I know some people plunge to OMAD with success relatively quickly but cutting my teeth on three meals seemed key. And it's what I always go back to if things get rough.

    BTW, in full disclosure, I have been failing at lot at my original eating plan over the last few months. But I've also been working on divorcing any sense of self-worth from success or failure. At the same time, it feels lousy physically, so I still want to work it out.
    1021 days ago
    THANKS for sharing!
    1031 days ago
    Thank you so much for answering all the questions! I truly appreciate it. emoticon

    I can tell you're a journalist! emoticon

    It's all very interesting to me! I believe we can learn so much from trying new things. I might try to eat fewer meals at come point, though just one meal a day would be a big plunge for me.

    Wishing you the best of luck and keep us posted!

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    Comment edited on: 9/27/2018 4:05:52 AM
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