Need advice from those that eat only one meal a day/ Warrior Diet
Based on my schedule this makes a lot of sense to me and I want to try it out for a good three months.If it works for me. I will be doing it for a very long time. I just have a few questions and concerns:
1. How long will it take for the hunger pains to go away and my body adjust?
2. Should I eat something small everyday when I wake up or should I just drink water or black coffee then have my one primal meal a day? I prefer drinking water throughout the day then eating something small throughout the day.
3. If I do need to eat something, what should I eat? Vegetables, hard boiled eggs, canned salmon?
4. Is it really true I will experience a surge of energy and mental fog will go away?
5. Why did you choose this way of eating one meal a day?
6. Have you ran into any issues when going out with friends/family, barbecue's and parties?
For those that are wondering. I work from 3:30 pm to Midnight Monday through Friday. Go to sleep when I get home and wake up and go to school at my local community college.
Last edited by fitnessfanatic; 05-28-2013 at 02:30 AM.
Go easy if you have never done that, follow pklopp's advice when you approach one meal a day.
You can also look intop the fast-5 protocol which says about the same thing except that it is not about one meal a day but an eating window of 5 hours. Then you have the Warrior Diet which is based on an undereating window of 20hours, and overeating window of 4 hours.
I personally follow a simple one meal a day without any time window for this or that. My approach was the following (not a conscious decision mind you):
I went ketogenic for many months to get rid of the bulk of my visceral fat and restore my carb tolerance. I discovered that I had no sensation of hunger and was eating by habits so I skipped lunch at work (I spare a lot of money by doing so ). Then I heard about bullet proof coffee. Since I like good coffee in the morning, and I love butter, I switched my breakfast to BPC. After a few weeks, I figured I was having it by habit so I tried to go without the butter. I found myself eating only one meal a day after about 6-7 months ketogenic and a few weeks on BPC in the end. Then I researched whether it was a good thing and found a nice series of articles written by pklopp. It confirmed 100% what my body led me to naturally: that one meal a day is a great WOE so long as you approach it slowly. And the bonus is this: you can eat whatever you want, regardless of macro partitioning. Since I only eat primal (if you include dairy and chocolate ...), be it meat / fish / eggs / tubers / fruits / veggies / fat / nuts / etc, I no longer care whether I eat this or that amount of carbs / fat / etc. I just compose meals according to what is in my fridge and pantry, sometimes low fat high carbs, sometimes 0 carb, sometimes very meaty, and at times we have a fruit orgy or primal ice cream with tons of coconut milk and chocolate
My wife and I also became quite active with regular work-outs which are sometimes intense, sometimes slow but always fun We include the kiddies during those workouts and it always ends up really fun! We do these workouts fasted whereas the evening is really for eating and relaxing (I am uncomfortable with working out on a full stomach ...).
If you're eating a high enough fat diet you'll adjust to one meal a day soon enough. Just keep at it! Eating other foods during the day may make this transition take longer however. I would stick to unsweetened tea and coffee and water during the day. If you feel like you absolutely MUST eat something though, maybe some coconut oil in your coffee or tea might be the best option.
I like eating this way because of all the extra time it gives me to do other things and not be thinking about my next meal or be in the kitchen multiple times a day. When with family and offered food I do my best to simply say that I am not hungry. Some get pushy or worried about my eating habits, but most just let it be at that. If you go out just remember that it's 80/20. Do your best to stay primal, but try not to sweat the small stuff. Being anal about your diet can lead to just as many awkward situations with family and friends as not.
Agree with that. And you know, if you eat say a big brunch with friends or family, feel free to skip dinner
Originally Posted by Drumroll
EDIT: I forgot to mention that if you go low carb for a while, make sure you get enough salt. If you go meal free for many hours after you wake up and it makes you feel a little funny (slightly queasy for example), have a pinch of salt and some water.
Last edited by dkJames; 05-28-2013 at 02:19 AM.
Thank you all for the feedback.
I just want to make sure. Don't eat throughout the day even if it's something small.this will delay my results. One primal based meal a day. Coffee or water throughout the day. I plan on drinking only water. I think I'm getting over my own coffee phase.
I know to start slow is the best thing to do. But I feel I need to do this cold turkey. I plan on starting tomorrow. If I start gradually I will go back to my old ways.
I just hope the hunger pains will go away quickly.Also I understand I will feel groggy in the beginning. I hope it goes away fast. i just got a new job and need to perform a 100% everyday.
Also should I take vitamins eating this way?
No need to take vitamins or supplements unless you think you ate missing out on something essential in your diet from your one meal a day.
Agreed. The Warrior Diet is much more complex than a fasting protocol of 20/4.
Originally Posted by counterpuncher
Fasting CAN be done every day for 20 hours, but can you do that now until you die? On a high fat, low carb diet? Sounds terrible to me.
The Warrior Diet method is much more sustainable, in my opinion. Eat raw and light throughout the day (veggies, fruit, plain kefir, almonds) and have the majority of your calories at night. Save the raw almonds for the last few hours of the undereating period. Don't obsess over windows, your feast can be 4-10pm or 8-9pm, whatever you need to eat until full. Eat high carb, low fat some nights and low carb, high fat others.
I've found this method works well for me, and I've had success with it while still eating fairly high carb (under 200g) and drinking beer liberally.
I would absolutely recommend taking time transitioning to eating one meal a day. The results are worth the effort.
Answers to your questions above ^^^^^^^^^
Originally Posted by fitnessfanatic
That's a big schedule! Just make sure you're getting enough calories.. If you need to eat a huge meal & another snack that's fine.. See what feels right & experiment.. I would pick a plan though & try to be consistent because this sounds like a new eating style you're approaching here & will take some adapting.. You will be foggy & hungry for a little while till your body switches to that fat metabolism for energy & less reliant on sugar metabolism for fuel
Hope that helps!
Last edited by abc123; 05-28-2013 at 09:44 AM.