Intermittent fasting is becoming increasingly popular due to its positive impact on your weight loss, energy level and concentration level (you can read more about it in our brand new magazine). Yet specialists go a step further in the field of healthy fasting…

What is the “one meal a day” principle?

Just one large meal a day according to the 23:1 ratio would bring even more health benefits than the usual intermittent fasting. Your body can rely on itself for 23 hours, so to speak. Both your natural fat burning as well as your mental health get a boost during this way of keto. Want to know more about this fasting technique? Read on quickly.

This is how it works

OMAD / one meal a day / one meal a day works according to exactly the same principle of all types of intermittent fasting. The focus is not on what you eat, but when. Eating according to the clock. The aim is to provide your body with the necessary calories in just one meal. Eating nothing for almost 23 hours, 1 hour does. Plan your large meal between 16h and 19h, so you give that difficult feeling of hunger (almost) no chance. What’s more, you don’t have to completely change your social agenda and go to bed with anything but a ‘full’ feeling. But where does this view come from? From an evolutionary point of view, man was not made to eat three times a day, because there simply wasn’t enough food available. Your meal had to keep your body satiated long enough, with an eye on optimal performance (both physically and mentally) and long-term health.

This is how you start this form of fasting

For those who do not yet have any experience with fasting, this form is a little too extreme to begin with. Know your body! Make sure your body has gotten used to fasting according to the clock. Give this technique a chance, don’t you think?

Limit your carbohydrate intake. The more carbohydrates in your body, the longer it takes for your body to get into ketosis and the more difficult it becomes to burn fat. The risk of that typical sugar dip is pressed in your head.

Give your body time to get used to this method. It’s all about developing and maintaining a routine. A little too heavy? OMAD every other day, eat a healthy snack after physical exertion or reduce your routine to 16:8 or 20:4. People who have previously experimented with this form of intermittent fasting all say the same thing. It’s not ‘not eating’ that’s the hardest part, but ‘changing your eating habits’.

The health benefits

When you fast, you put pressure on your cells. Still, we can take a positive view of this. It makes your cells more resilient and stronger over time. We can compare the effect of ‘one meal a day’ with a solid strength training session. A small dose of “stress” repairs damaged cells and gets rid of toxins. Your metabolism, resistance to hunger and fat burning are boosted while your blood sugar level and insulin resistance are lowered.

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Karen has been running health and detox retreats in Portugal since 2012. Having met a lot of clients, therapists and doctors, she has developed a broad view on holistic health.

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