Intermittent Fasting & The One Meal A Day (OMAD) Lifestyle
It is intermittent fasting or I.F. as it is known to those already doing it. There are many types of intermittent fasting but the most popular one is the OMAD lifestyle. OMAD means One Meal A Day and that basically is it. You eat only one meal a day. You don’t count calories and you don’t deny yourself from eating anything during your eating window.
Most people believe the old social lie which is that we must have three square meals a day. This is simply not true. Our bodies are designed to go long periods without food. Our ancestors didn’t know when they were going to get food next so they would go days without eating.
And here is the important thing, they did not collapse or die. Their bodies became more primed for hunting and it burned the fuel which was stored in the body as fats.
Today we eat far too much food with a lot of that being full of sugar and we are not allowing the body to burn it all off. The body is certainly not getting around to burning up those fat reserves which are building up.
The more sugary food we eat the more it is being stored in the body. Every time we eat we release hormones like insulin, over time this cycle of eating more sugary food than what we can burn along with the constant release of insulin will lead to obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
This is called the long slow scream. The body is screaming out for you to stop but more and more food is crammed in which is turned to sugar fat stores in the liver and body until it can take no more. The body becomes resistant to the constant insulin release and then Type 2 Diabetes is developed.
Eating too much food especially sugary foods is linked to several cancers and excessive protein which is stored in the brain is believed to be responsible for Alzheimer’s.
To reduce the risk of several serious illnesses like cancers and Alzheimer’s as well as lose weight the easiest and best way is to fast.
At first this might seem hard but it is relatively easy. Skip two meals a day then eat your dinner/lunch/breakfast as normal and stop when you feel satisfied.
The OMAD lifestyle promotes eating windows, you choose which window suits you best. You might decide to fast for 16 hours then eat during an 8 hour window or you might prefer doing 18-6 or you might find it easier doing a 22-2 fast.
It also promotes healthy eating, you still need nutrients and minerals but you do not count calories and you can eat what you want. However you look at it, if you only eat one meal a day then you are reducing your food intake by two thirds.
For example; instead of eating breakfast and lunch you only eat in the early evening or eat within a four hour window. You can eat cake and maybe a salad with a fizzy drink. The following evening you might have a plate of salad and nuts then an hour later pizza and fries.
That eating period will be balanced out but you won’t count calories. You will just eat what you fancy while being conscious of the food you eat. You still eat what you like… just less of it.
Of course… it is advised that you also focus on eating as much healthy and nutritious food as you can for maximum benefit. As much as I would love to eat pizza and fries each day it is not advised. 🙂
The Calorie Counting Myth
Counting calories is a fallacy anyway, a plate of broccoli may have the same calorie count as a chocolate bar but they will have different effects on the body. Broccoli will give you vitamins and nutrients whereas the chocolate bar will give you sugar.
Sugar if it is not burned off will be stored in the body as fat. You can eat twice as many calories from broccoli and it will still not cause the same amount of damage or fat as the chocolate bar. So why count calories? It is not the calorie itself which causes fat gain. Insulin does.
Insulin is a hormone which burns up sugar but it is also responsible for storing unused sugar which is converted into fat and so if we eat less we release less insulin, the body burns fat from its reserves and is not trying to store any more.
Intermittent Fasting is great for weight loss as it does not mess up your metabolism and in fact speeds it up. You cannot cause any permanent damage. If you fast for enough hours the body will begin to burn up the fat in your body and will eventually go into a state called autophagy which is where the body begins to heal the body at the cellular level.
Instead of over acting and throwing out new cells because the body is too focused on digesting and storing food and sugar the body can repair damaged cells instead of replacing them with a lesser strong copy.
The more cells which are created the weaker they become. Bit like photocopying a picture then photocopying the photocopy and carrying on like that. Eventually you will be left with a weak looking copy of the original.
The weight loss can be fast and dramatic but unlike trying to lose weight on calorie restricting diets the skin with intermittent fasting does not become saggy nor does your metabolism become damaged.
The scientific data is undeniable, research across the world is now showing that eating less is not just ideal for weight loss but it is actually very beneficial to your health.
During the great depression of the 1930s in the United States it was expected that the death rate would be high due to the fact that a lot of people could not afford food and that there was very little food to go around but the opposite is actually true. Studies found that when people are forced to eat less their health is often better and they lived on average 10 years longer.
Do you want to lose weight?
Would you still like to eat the foods you love without counting the calories?
Would you like to lower the risk of developing several life threatening diseases like cancers, Alzheimer’s and Type 2 Diabetes?
Would you like to save money on your weekly shop by eating less food?
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