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Intermittent Fasting and One Meal a Day Living

Updated on October 27, 2016

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting has become a popular way of losing and maintaining weight for a many people over the years. To sum it up, it’s basically a pattern of eating that goes through periods of fasting, and periods of eating during a certain time frame. Its main goal is to reduce the number of calories you consume within a certain time span (like a week), and overall for weight loss. During fasting periods mostly water and non-calories drinks are consumed. When the fasting period is over, a person would consume limited calories to encourage weight loss and other health benefits.

The Details of Intermittent Fasting

With intermittent fasting, a person could fast anywhere from a few hours (eating once or twice a day), to a few days (not eating at all certain days), and can eat a varied number of calories between fasts. Some can eat what they normally would, while others restrict their calories. There are many varied plans for intermittent fasting, some specify what time the fasts should be at, and how much should be consumed and when. Some plans have you consuming more (2000 calories or more) during certain days, and less (400 calories or less) on others. All in all the main benefits that are concluded is that intermittent fasting can help you lose weight, expand your life span (if done long-term), and can be great for your internal health overall.

How One Meal a Day Compares

The one meal a day plan is a form of intermittent fasting. It is a specific way of intermittent fasting that normally has a smaller window of eating compared to what most intermittent fasters would follow. You just fast during the day (or which ever part of the day you choose) and eat at only one time a day. This could be expanded to a range of a couple of hours. It doesn't necessarily need to be all in one meal. It’s a more simplistic form of intermittent fasting with the same results. The amount you choose to eat a day also stays the same for as long as you want it to. It can be reduced or increased to fit you health needs.

Fasting For Weight Loss

You can choose to go at it any way you want, but the main thing to take away is that you don’t have to eat all the time. It’s ok to go through periods of hunger, our bodies were built for that. It won’t slow your metabolism (unless you haven’t eaten for days, but even then it will return to normal), and eating all the time won’t increase your metabolism by anything major. Eating all the time (the six meal a day craze) has led to obesity (especially in the U.S.), it has not reduced it. So if you’re struggling with your weight intermittent fasting, or eating one meal a day just might be your dieter’s resolve.

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    • Chuck Bluestein profile image

      Chuck Bluestein 9 months ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      Herschel Walker has been eating one meal a day since age 18 since he had important things to do. I have been eating one meal day since age 20. I estimate that Americans eat 10 times the food that they actually need. I have always been thin and I fasted for 22 days on pure water. The average weight of everyone in the world goes up every year. In about 50 years most people in America will be obese!