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  • Anyone Else Eating Just One Meal A Day?

    I started this experiment 3 days ago and I'm curious what to expect. Is anyone else eating just once a day?
    I'd eat about 1200 calories at 5 pm. and that's it. I am very active and exercise 5 days a week and I also keep it low-carb (have for over a year). So far I am not hungry until late in the afternoon. Any thoughts?

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    Two to four times per week I will fast from dinner to dinner. Usually it is no issue at all. Sometimes I'll get hungry late afternoon and eat a handful of almonds or a hard boiled egg. Sometimes I'll eat a bigger dinner or snack some after dinner. But, overall I enjoy a 20 hour fast 4 hour eating window. It makes the day easy, no worries about having, making or eating food.

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    • #3
      I do this most days, outside a few cups of coffee with a drop of cream during the day. I've come to the point where going out to breakfast on the weekend ruins my appetite for dinner.
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      • #4
        Yeah, about twice a week. That one meal is still over 2000 calories for me though I'm sure.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by CleoCat View Post
          I started this experiment 3 days ago and I'm curious what to expect. Is anyone else eating just once a day?
          I'd eat about 1200 calories at 5 pm. and that's it. I am very active and exercise 5 days a week and I also keep it low-carb (have for over a year). So far I am not hungry until late in the afternoon. Any thoughts?
          I know it's off topic but it's just for you to consider - but someone who is very active, exercises 5 days a week, keeps a low carb diet and only eats about 1200 calories seems to me to be on a road to disaster.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Darz View Post
            I know it's off topic but it's just for you to consider - but someone who is very active, exercises 5 days a week, keeps a low carb diet and only eats about 1200 calories seems to me to be on a road to disaster.
            Appreciate your concern, but I'm sure I'll be fine. Maybe I exaggerated my activity level a little. I do move around the house a lot all day long and do yard work too. As far as exercise goes, it's just weight/resistance workouts for about 40 - 50 min tops. Prior to my 1 meal a day experiment I used to eat about 1500 calories.
            I have adapted my body in utilizing dietary fat (and stored body fat) for energy. Also I'm a 5' 3" female and weigh 123 lbs. My goal is 120.
            Thank you for the feedback, everyone!

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            • #7
              I can't imagine. I start to get nauseous around 11am if I haven't eaten yet.
              Finally started starting the diet - 5/8/12.

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              • #8
                Yep, a one meal a dayer right here. I've been doing it for many weeks now and I quite like the feeling of eating to full (whatever that is, it depends some days) and just forgetting about food the rest of the day. It's a great feeling to be free of eating food and I find that it helps in a lot of areas, specifically sleep. I can now wake up early without the use of an alarm clock-my body's like "we need foooooooooddddd!" and I'm up, making myself a meal, eating it, and going about my day earlier, fresher, and with more energy.

                Love that one meal a day.
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                • #9
                  I usually follow fast-5, but there are plenty of times I am either too busy or just forget to eat before dinner. Seems to suit me~ I have good energy during the day and look forward to eating in the evening.

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                  • #10
                    Husband has been eating one meal a day while closing in on his weight-loss goal. He loves it, feels great. I do two meals, but try to keep it within an 8-hour window.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Darz View Post
                      I know it's off topic but it's just for you to consider - but someone who is very active, exercises 5 days a week, keeps a low carb diet and only eats about 1200 calories seems to me to be on a road to disaster.
                      I don't see what that would be true. When you are so small, you simply can't eat so much. I'm also 5'3" and never eat 2000 calories a day. I usually eat more like 1500. I'm not 120lbs. Can't seem to get below 135, probably because I can't seem to get down to 1200 calories and stay there long enough.
                      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                      • #12
                        I'm 5'4", 155lbs, goal weight 135-140lbs, and currently have enough muscle to be <20% bf at that gw.

                        I am losing pure fat at a rate of 1lb/week, which I am fine with. Currently I eat 2200 calories/day on average, usually for 1 meal/day, sometimes including a coffee with cream during lunch. I work out 3-4x/week doing heavy lifts and sprints, and sometimes I do a three hour or so hike on the weekends. Seriously, you do not need to eat 1200 calories/day...in fact you should be eating more so as to not depress your metabolism.
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                        • #13
                          Sakura, you can do it because you are very muscular - being under 20% BF at 140 lbs would be my wet dream!

                          Women with different body type (i.e. shorter, thinner bones) might not be able to put on enough muscle and their food requirements is lower.

                          I am sure all of us tried to eat more and exercise less (who wouldn't want to!!!)

                          For some women, the miracle does happen, and they gain muscle and do not gain or even lose fat. The rest increase body fat too fast. When I was trying to bulk up, I gained 12 or 14 lbs over 2 or 3 months, by eating 1800-2200 cals a day (my height is 5' and 6&1/2 inches), and lifting 3x a week with slow cardio. I gained 75% of fat, with very marginal increase in strength (my weakest lift, the OHP increased to 68 lbs at the body weight of 132-134 lbs; now, at the body weight around 120 lbs, I can do 5x62# of the overhead press).

                          I find that when I am close or slightly under 20% BF, the 3,500 cals rule to put on a lb is no longer valid. It takes much less extra calories to pile the weight up like mad. My body simply wants me to be fatter than that & works swiftly and efficiently.
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                          • #14
                            I've often wondered about the calories ppl are eating per day when they eat once a day, or even twice. I usually eat twice. I have had a 24 hour fast one time and I think my calories came in around 700-800.

                            I am normally a Fast5 but had to eat an early lunch yesterday (or late breakfast) and breakfast this morning. The last two mornings, I have been trying to drink coffee with half&half as opposed to BP coffee, so maybe that is part of the difference. Also I have been busy outside, working up more of an appetite I guess.

                            Anyways, I was wondering about the low end of the calorie scale. How that affects a person. I know what CW says but sometimes I am confused on forum opinions.
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                            • #15
                              Leida, I agree with you that body type has a lot to do with it. But I also think that because you have a lot of hormonal problems relating to high stress levels, it makes the situation a lot worse than it should be.
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