The Benefits of Eating One Meal a Day
Megan Fox, Dr. Nun S. Amen Ra, Herschel Waiker and Retired General Stanley McChrystal
Eating One Meal a Day
I have been eating one meal a day for 40 years. It saves me a few hours a day that it would take to buy, prepare, eat and clean up after the meals. I am not missing out on anything at all. I am not fond of things that I have to do.
The only people who eat more than once a day have nothing to do and all day to do it! It is a bad habit, like having black slaves. The biggest health problem in the world today is the average weight of each person is going up everyday! Soon the average weight will be 300 pounds. WHO says:
- Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.
- In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 600 million were obese.
- 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2014, and 13% were obese.
- Most of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
- 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2014.
- Obesity is preventable.
There is a lot on the internet about one meal a day. One meal a day is called the acronym OMAD. An acronym is where they make a word from the initials of each word. There are 2 industries that are against this. The food industry wants you too eat as much as possible and weigh as much as possible. It means more business for them. Also the medical industry is a business. This is very good for health. The sicker you are, the more business they get.
I have never been overweight and I have done fasts on only pure water with no minerals as suggested by Joel Fuhrman M.D. for 22 days (see my article on it) and several fasts of 10 days and several fasts of a week. I have also done many fasts less than a week. Also I have not had a cold, flu or headache in 15 years but I also do a meditation taught by Prem Rawat.
When Mahatma Gandhi, who was famous for fasting, died at 78 years old the average lifespan of an Indian was 54 years old. Also he did not die of natural causes. He was shot with a gun and killed. My mother died of natural causes at age 46, but she did smoke. Note that like Dr. Ra, I sweeten all teas with stevia, that is a sweet and from a herb. See Health Benefits of Stevia Herbal Sweetener.
Before writing this I searched the internet to see what I could find. I already knew that Buddha ate one meal a day and it looks the Buddhist monks only eat one meal a day. Although I feel that they should be allowed to choose what they want to do. Here is a webpage about this called Why One Meal a Day. It says:
The Buddha recommended one meal a day for health reasons.
I have been practicing the one-meal a day program for several years and have no problems with it.
Regardless, eating just one complete meal for the day has many benefits when one gets used to it, among them: much less time of the day worrying about food, more time to practice and much, much less sloth & torpor since there isn't the drowsiness after the meal.
Lost 165 Pounds
Many people use this one meal a day to lose weight. This webpage tells about a guy who lost over 100 pounds by doing this. He went from 363 pound to down to 198 pounds (lost 165 pounds). His blood pressure dropped from 152/117 down to 106/67. He says:
The Macedonians, the Greeks and Romans, our hunter-gatherer ancestors, not to mention the followers of Elijah Muhammed, all ate one meal a day.
To whom it may concern, here is how I did it. You should ignore the haters and armchair dietitians out there and give it a try if you have serious trouble with obesity, are a binger [binge eater], a psychological eater, or otherwise struggle with serious resistance to other, more lenient programs.
Here is the Examiner article called Megan Fox reveals one-meal-a-day diet (see picture above from this). This article must have been taken down. It says:
Megan Fox is widely considered one of the sexiest women in the world, but her diet may raise some eyebrows.
Megan told reporters on the red carpet that she normally eats only once a day because she hates to cook and doesn't feels hungry. "In my normal life I eat maybe once a day at 10 p.m.," said the willowy 5-foot-5 Fox.
I have a personal trainer who is supposed to come three times a week.
The picture above is retired general Stanley McChrystal. Wikipedia says that he only eats one meal a day. Wikipedia says about General Stanley McChrystal:
Lead all forces in Afghanistan.
Some people think that by eating one meal a day my metabolism will slow down and I will be obese. Others think that I will not be able to get enough calories so I am starving to death. Both are right.
One side of my body is emaciated and the other side of my body is obese. Actually if both are happening then they cancel each other out. People do ask me if I get hungry and I say "no." The reasons that people get hungry is when they are full, they feel pain and that makes them stop eating. But when their stomach is no longer full, they stop feeling the pain so they associate that with hunger. I do not feel hungry having an empty stomach.
Note that many of these sayings come from the food industry that wants you to eat a lot of food and eat it often so you can get fat and eat more food. There is a saying "Milk does a body good." Can you guess where that comes from? The milk industry that sells the milk of cows. Breakfast being the most important meal comes from food industry. They have a financial investment in your eating massive amounts of food. If you are obese, the food industry is doing their job. If you are thin, the food industry is doing a bad job. That is why processed food is so fattening.
The information about why you should wear sunscreen comes from the drug companies that sell sunscreen (a drug). They just want you to buy it no matter how bad it is for your health. Psychology Today says that increased rates of depression are caused by sunscreen blocking out much needed vitamin D. So people are actually paying to become depressed. See why the Highest Paid Model in the World Not Wear Sunscreen.
On the 16 minute video below: Mark Mattson is the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. Mattson is one of the foremost researchers in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disorders.
Here is another webpage I found interesting called The Science of One Meal a Day. It says:
According to American neuroscientist Dr. Mark Mattson, in a research paper he published in a British medical journal called The Lancet in 2005, eating one meal a day is the healthiest and most natural way of life.
Dr. Mattson believes that eating one meal a day or one meal every other day can actually cut calorie intake by 40 percent. He and other researchers also suggest that such a diet can serve as a protection against diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as against cardiovascular diseases.
A webpage online called The Life has an article about the wisdom of eating 1 meal a day. From the book, The Hygienic System: Orthotrophy by Dr Herbert M. Shelton, originally published in 1935:
Dr. Felix Oswald says that “during the zenith period of Grecian and Roman civilization monogamy was not as firmly established as the rule that a health-loving man should content himself with one meal a day, and never eat till he had leisure to digest, i.e., not till the day’s work was wholly done.
For more than a thousand years the one meal plan was the established rule among the civilized nations inhabiting the coast-lands of the Mediterranean.
The evening repast–call it supper or dinner–was a kind of domestic festival, the reward of the day’s toil, an enjoyment which rich and poor refrained from marring by premature gratifications of their appetites.”
Dr. Herbert Shelton was a doctor of chiropractic and a doctor of naturopathic medicine. He fasted around 40,000 people so he was an expert on fasting. I cannot find the word "orthotrophy" anywhere except as a section of Dr. Shelton's books. So I guess it is a word that he made up.
From another article on the above webpage it says:
The Romans believed it was healthier to eat only one meal a day. They were obsessed with digestion and eating more than one meal was considered a form of gluttony.
Shape Magazine said:
Intermittent fasting (IF) is the hottest ticket in the nutrition world right now, with reported benefits ranging from improved immunity, faster metabolism, better insulin sensitivity, lower cancer risk, and of course, weight loss. While we'd all love these rewards, not eating for 24 hours or more can feel like a marathon of deprivation. A way to ease into it is to try to eat just one meal a day. People often find that once they get past the habit of eating all the time, they really don't miss the extra meals.
Intermittent fasting is fasting for less than 24 hours. After writing this article I found that a medical doctor, Bert Herring M.D., was not eating lunch and had accidentally missed breakfast. He had less appetite and felt better so he kept it up until he lost 20 pounds. Then he got his wife (also an MD) to try it and she lost 30 pounds. See the fast-5 diet for weight loss article. In this you eat whatever you want and as much as you want for 5 hours and then for 19 hours you do not eat anything. He helped a woman lose over 200 pounds with this-- before and after picture on webpage.
In this non-diet diet you eat for 5 hours and do not eat for 19 hours. He researched it a found it to be the most effective and it worked on everyone. He wrote a book on it. During this time he was working at the NCI (National Cancer Institute) trying to find a cure for cancer. If you want to avoid cancer or treat it the best way, make sure you are getting enough vitamin D and see Prevent or Treat Cancer!
The medical doctor above, Dr. Herring, has it where you can eat all the food you want during the 5 hours of eating. I eat all the food that I want to. I eat fruit first since it does not digest and passes through the stomach. Joe who coined the word OMAD, created it to lose weight. He used it to lose 173 pounds in 10 months and 27 days. Here is his webpage for doing this to lose weight. It says:
It violates all modern dietary advice, but eating one meal a day (OMAD) is how your hunter-gatherer ancestors ate. Your doing so will reduce your weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol, and improve your energy level and overall health. Not only that, but you will feel better and be sick less.
Join the OMAD revolution! Lose weight, lower blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar levels. Forget liposuction and gastric bypass procedures. Beat irritable bowel syndrome. Squash psychological cravings and binging.
The first 4 days on OMAD will be especially difficult, but your body will adjust in time. You will be hungry and it will be hard to do your usual tasks on an empty stomach, but your re-adjustment to being productive while hungry instead of full is a life-change that must be made.
See video on this below.
20 Benefits of Eating One Meal a Day. Only 2 minutes long.
Here is an experiment that you can do to learn about hunger. Get a little kid to accompany you while you do chores that he will find very boring. Then ask him every 2 hours if he wants to eat. Every time, he will say "yes." Now find an activity that this child really loves doing. Then ask him if he wants to eat, every 2 hours and he will say "no" until the activity is over.
Eating is a very pleasurable activity.
Hypoglycemia is very rare but its symptoms are identical to the body going into a fasting mode from not eating for a while. If I did not eat the next meal after 24 hours sometimes I would have the symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Then I learned about fasting and would fast for 5 days and I would not get those symptoms unless I was fasting over a day. Then I continue fasting and the symptoms go away.
What is the above like? Did you know that smoking cigarettes is good for health? Why because if you stop you will feel terrible. But if you continue not smoking for long enough, those symptoms go away. They are from the body flushing out tobacco toxins at an accelerated rate. When your body goes into a fasting mode, it flushes out toxins at an accelerated rate.
How Do You Know
How do you know when the body is in the fasting or cleansing mode? A woman said that she cannot fast since she has hypoglycemia. She guessed that she had it since if she goes too long without food she gets the symptoms of low blood sugar. So I told her that when your body goes into the fasting mode, the tongue gets coated. So she emailed me saying "You sure know your stuff!" She had gone too long without eating and was feeling very bad. She checked her tongue and it was coated.
So the benefits of eating one meal a day is that it is healthier, can help people to lose excess weight and save you hours a day. People say "Time is money." So how much money is your time worth? The reason that I started eating one meal a day is that I wanted to meditate many hours a day and you are not supposed to meditate for at least an hour after eating. So I would do the meditation first and by the time that I got done it was time for dinner.
Also sleeping is good for health but there is one reason for this that people are not aware of. If someone says that fasting is bad for health, they are saying that sleep is bad for health since you have to fast to sleep. You cannot eat while sleeping. If you sleepwalk that is not sleep. If you skip breakfast then your fast continues. When you stop a fast you "break" a fast, like with breakfast.
Please take 90 seconds to listen to the following video of Dr. Oz talking to Joel Fuhrman M.D. He was fasted by Dr. Shelton mentioned above. Then he became a great doctor. He talks about what you eat and the hunger symptoms that people get. To eat healthy foods eat unprocessed foods that were made by God or nature instead of man. Processed foods are made by man. You can also see my article the Many Benefits of Fasting. I have fasted for 22 days on only pure water and nothing else and I also have an article on that. I fast for health. I have never had a problem with excess weight.
So what do people call fasting symptoms when they do no know the above. Wikipedia says:
Hypoglycemia (common usage) is also a term in popular culture and alternative medicine for a common condition characterized by shakiness and altered mood and thinking, but without measured low glucose or risk of severe harm. It is treated by changing eating patterns, i.e. eating regular balanced meals with reasonable portions and avoiding excessive sugar.
I have not had a cold, flu or headache in over 15 years. To learn more about this specifically see How to Avoid Colds and Flu. Wikipedia says:
Herschel Walker (born March 3, 1962) is a former professional American football player, bobsledder, sprinter and mixed martial artist. He played college football for the University of Georgia, earned consensus All-American honors three times and won the 1982 Heisman Trophy.
He has eaten one meal day for 20 years. He started doing this around 18 so he could have more time to do other things.. Notice how muscular that he is. I guess that the average American eats about 10 times the food that he needs. This biggest health problem in the world that is growing is obesity.
Herschel Walker on his unusual diet (1 meal a day). Only 2.5 minutes.
How to Eat One Meal a Day (OMAD) - The Basics OMAD Revolution OMAD Revolution. 5 minutes long.
Longevity & Why I now eat One Meal a Day | Great 16 minute video by biochemist including information about intermittent fasting (fasting less than 1 day).
Vegan Strongman Eats ONE Meal a Day! He is a Doctor of Public Health. 35 minutes long.
An Egyptian Pyramid inscription from about 3800 B.C. said "Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the other three-quarters live their doctors." Mark Twain suggested that fasting was more effective than medicine. See his exact quote about fasting and the flu at How to Avoid the Flu and Colds linked to above. He said:
A little starvation, can really do more for than the average sick man than the best medicines and the best doctors.
I saw 2 videos that put down the vegan strongman (Dr. Nun S. Amen Ra) video. I personally do not count calories. They did not make much sense and used profanity (swearing or cursing). I think profanity is profane. Profane is defined as to treat (something sacred) with abuse, irreverence, or contempt or to debase by a wrong, unworthy, or vulgar use.
Profanity is defined as an utterance of profane language or blasphemous or obscene language. People use it when they are angry. When people are angry, they are driven by a strong emotion, not logic and can kill you even if they are the nicest guy. When people are irrate, there is a lot of hate. Watch video with song on it. Irrate is defined as feeling or characterized by great anger. Using profanity is a sign that that person is not in their right mind. Using it against police is not illegal but can get you handcuffed, arrested or killed. Actually even though there is the first amendment, that protects what you say, you can be arrested for disturbing the peace.
I looked him up and saw him on LinkedIn. He has a Doctor of Public Health degree (epidemiology) from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and teaches science at Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys and he is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW). Nun Amen-Ra, Dr.PH, MA, MSW, LGSW.
Jason Fung M.D., author of The Obesity Code, is an expert on intermittent fasting (fasting less than one day) and weight loss. He says on video below:
01:07:54 Dr. Fung’s Elevator Pitch: We need to teach people about the therapeutic value of fasting. It has the potential to change the entire health system of the world.
48:09 Calories: Calories have nothing to do with weight loss. Fasting is about the time spent not eating. Fasting is about changing your hormones. It has nothing to do with calories. Cutting calories will not impact the hormonal imbalance.
09:42 Muscle Loss and Fasting: Starvation mode and muscle loss are two of the many myths. Hypoglycemia is not a big concern unless you are taking blood sugar meds. As you fast, you will consume glycogen. When you eat, you fill your glycogen stores. These are chains of glucose. These stores will last from 24 to 36 hours. For a 24 hour fast, you generally have enough glucose in your liver. At some point in the 24 to 36 hours there is a window where you use protein to produce glucose. This is gluconeogenesis.
We store energy as sugar and fat, so we burn sugar and fat. A portion uses protein, but protein burning is not increased. Studies show little change in muscle mass with fasting. An obese person will burn a larger percentage of fat than a lean person. Any time you lose weight, your lean mass is reduced. Fasting is 4 times better at preserving lean mass as compared to caloric restriction.
Toxemia-- Cause of Almost All Disease
Since we are talking about fasting, we may as well talk about the cause of all disease. A medical doctor wrote a book in 1926 and Amazon.com still sells it. It is about the cause of almost all disease which is toxemia. The very best way to get rid of all these toxins is fasting.
The body is always cleansing itself but gets burdened down with eating massive amounts of food. The way to un-do this is with fasting. It was the main method of healing with Jews, like Jesus, 2,000 years ago. See Is Toxemia Ruining Your Health.
Why fasting bolsters brain power: Mark Mattson at TEDxJohnsHopkinsUniversity
The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss by Jason Fung M.D.
Everything you believe about how to lose weight is wrong. Weight gain and obesity are driven by hormones—in everyone—and only by understanding the effects of insulin and insulin resistance can we achieve lasting weight loss.
In this highly readable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps, a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels, Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight—for good.
Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss w/ Jason Fung, MD
The End of Dieting by Joel Fuhrman M.D.
Fuhrman writes, "By reading this book, you will understand the key principles of the science of health, nutrition and weight loss. It will give you a simple and effective strategy to achieve—and maintain—an optimal weight without dieting for the rest of your life. This new approach will free you forever from a merry-go-round of diets and endless, tedious discussions about dieting strategies. This is the end of dieting."